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Richard Douglas


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service18.9.1809CSORN
Last Known Service18.9.1809CSORN

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18.9.1809 LieutenantCSORN


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Posted by Tony Gould on Tuesday 2nd of November 2021 19:21

Richard was born in Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon in 1788. On 14 August 1799 he joined the Royal Navy as a First Class Volunteer on board the Royal George (100 guns) under Captain William Domett. On 1 October 1800 he was appointed a Midshipman with service number SB243. On 25 November that year he was admitted to Greenwich Hospital School. Richard served as a midshipman on HMS Achille at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. In August 1808 he passed his Lieutenant exams. He served on board the Neptune at the attack on Martinique in January 1809. On 15 March 1809 he was appointed Acting-Lieutenant on the Surinam under Captain John Lake. He was made a Lieutenant on 18 September 1809 on the Intrepid (64 guns) under Captain George Andrews. On 20 November 1820, just over a year after Richard married, he was appointed as a Supernumerary Lieutenant on the Coast Blockade on the ‘Severn’ under Captain William ‘Flogging Joey’ MacCulloch. On 5 September 1823 he was appointed as a Commander in the coast guard at Sheerness in Kent. This was in the very early days of there being a coast guard. In 1831 Richard was made an Inspecting Commander of the Coast Guard. From 1840 until the autumn of 1843, he was a Commander on the ‘Poitiers’ (72 guns) guardship in Chatham, Kent. On 28 July 1851 he was appointed a Captain on reserved half-pay and in the 1851 Census he was living at 14 Sandwell Road, Lewisham, Kent, where he stayed until his death on 21 December 1866. He is buried with his 2nd wife in Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery in Lewisham.

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