Charles Holmes 162,261
- Born: 1711
- Died: 21 November 1761, Jamaica aged 50
Charles pursued the steps of Sir Robert Holmes. He was bred under
Admiral Balchen, and Sir Edward Vernon. Soon after he was made a port
Captain, he sailed on a cruise on the [IT:Sapphire:IT]; you have the
following account from the London Gazette. February 8th, 1743.
His Majesty's ship the [IT:Sapphire:IT], commanded by Captain Holmes,
being on a cruise on the coast of Portugal, and in company with some
homeward bound merchant ships which he was convoying into the sea, saw
two Sail on December 25 upon which he made a signal for the merchant
ships to keep their course, and gave chase. About two o'clock in the
afternoon the two Sail parted, the one keeping her wind, the other
bearing away. Captain Holmes continued chasing the former and at
about five o'clock, took her, she being a Spanish Privateer of about
fifty tons, with eight carriage and six swivel guns and fifty-two men.
It being then calm, Captain Holmes immediately shifted her men into
his ship and put a lieutenant and thirty men on board to row after the
other vessel which they came up with the next evening and retook, and
found her to be a Sloop from Limerick bound for Lisbon with butter.
Cenotaph in Westminster Abbey. Was Naval Commander in Chief in the
West Indies in 1760 and died in Jamaica.
Died unmarried and without issue.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He was baptised on 19 September 1713 in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
2. Promotion: 18 June 1734, Lieutenant.
3. Promotion: 20 February 1742, Captain.
4. He signed a will on 21 October 1754.
5. Promotion: 1758, Rear Admiral Of The Blue.
6. Promotion: 1759, Rear Admiral Of The White.