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John Fawler


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service30.5.1724CSORN
Last Known Service1747CSORN
Date of Death1777CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1.8.1733 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/221RNLPC
13.3.1733/34 LieutenantCSORN
13.3.1733/344.11.1734
Revenge (70) 1718-1740
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/14/177
ADM 6/14
4.11.173415.3.1734/35
Revenge (70) 1718-1740
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lieutenant ADM 6/14/196
ADM 6/14
23.8.1742 CommanderCSORN
23.8.17422.12.1745
Deptford (24) 1735-1756
British 24 Gun
Unrated Storeship
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/188
Confirmed 14.6.1743
BWAS-1714
2.12.1745 CaptainCSORN
2.12.174522.1.1745/46
Stirling Castle (70) 1742-1762
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/287
BWAS-1714


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Posted by Albert Parker on Monday 22nd of November 2021 22:18

Note that the /Deptford/ that Fawler commanded with the rank of commander was an armed, purpose-built transport. (4 × 12, 16 × 9, 4 × 6, 16 × ½ [swivels]) That there is no record of his getting a lieutenant's billet in the great expansion of the navy beginning in 1739 does not speak well for his reputation. Command of a transport in wartime was probably something of a dead-end position. The previous captain of /Stirling Castle/ had been ordered home to be tried by court-martial for acting wisely at the Battle of Toulon (Feb. 1744), with many other captains in the Mediterranean fleet who had been present at that action. Admiral Rowley might have run out of commanders of unrated warships like bombs and fireships or lieutenants from his flagship, /Neptune/, to fill the resulting vacancies.


Posted by Albert Parker on Saturday 11th of August 2018 05:07

Fawler was court-martialed for misconduct after capture of French frigate in private service Volage (although told by the crew that other ships of the raiding squadron were in the vicinity, he took no precautions, then cut the tow line when they showed up, abandoning the prize crew to capture by the French). Sentenced to me mulcted (fined) 1 year's pay.

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