The Barrington Papers, Vol. 77. Originally published by Navy Record Society, London, 1937.
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II. The Seahorse
You are hereby required and directed when the Yachts (fn. 1) pass the Nore, to observe if the Standard of England is hoisted on board the Royal Caroline, and then you are to salute His Majesty with twenty one guns, beginning as soon as the Hampton Court shall have fired two, and you are to man your ship as His Majesty passes by you. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Hampton Court at Black Stakes the 13th November 1748.
Whereas it has been constantly observed in His Majs Navy, that the casks of Flesh supplied to Pursers of His Majesty's Ships, seldom or never answer to the Contents mark'd on the heads and are often over or under; for the doing of justice betwixt His Majesty and the Purser, you or one of your Mates are hereby required and directed to be always present at the opening of all Casks of Beef and Pork, and carefully see the number of pieces told over, which is to be set down in the Log Book; that when the Purser passes his account it may appear a voucher for His Majesty.
|To Mr Arthur Trevillian, Master of His Majesty's Ship Seahorse and His Mates for the time being.||Saml Barrington.|
You are hereby required and directed to proceed with His Majesty's Ship under your Command to Gibraltar, there to compleat your Water and Provisions, after which if you find Captain Farmer in the Nightingale is attending on that Garrison, and protecting the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects in those Streights and the Governor makes no application to you to attend the same Service, you are then to proceed to Lisbon and to receive the Remittances for the Garrisons of Gibraltar and Minorca, and any other Remittances the Factory may have to send as high as Leghorn, and then to return to Minorca and attend the Service of that Island, taking care to protect the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects wherever you may happen to be. But if upon your arrival you should find Capt. Farmer is gone to Lisbon for the Remittances, you are then instead of going to Lisbon to attend the Service of the Garrison at Gibraltar and Trade about it until further Orders.
Whereas Capt. Willett of His Majesty's Ship the Garland has informed Commodore Keppel that he proposed calling at Cadiz for the Remittances which the British Factory have occasion to make to Italy and he has been prevented therein by contrary Winds which detained him at Lisbon.
You are therefore hereby required and directed to proceed with H.M.S. Seahorse under your Command to Cadiz Bay and there inform yourself in what time the Remittances may be ready and how far the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects are interested therein, that you may be a judge what time you will be necessitated to stay there, and if in case you should find it will occasion your delay for three weeks or a month, you are in that case to proceed to Lisbon and follow the former Orders you received from Commodore Keppel. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Nightingale in Gibraltar Bay this 22nd of April 1749.
Whereas I have received a Letter from His Brittanick Majesty's Consul at this place, representing to me, the request of the Secretary of State of His Portugueze Majesty, that His Royal Master would take it in good part, for the British Men of War in this River to perform the usual ceremony of firing on this day's festival. You are therefore hereby required and directed (agreeable thereto) to fire fifteen guns as soon as you shall observe me to begin. Given under my hand on board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in the River Tagus 25 May 1749.
When I would have the Fleet spread in a Line abreast, each ship keeping at the distance of one mile from the other, I will hoist a Flag chequered Blue and Yellow on the Flagstaff at the Mizentopmasthead and fire a gun, and if I would have the ships spread in a line ahead of each other, and keep at the distance of one mile asunder, I will hoist a Flag chequered Red and White at the Mizen Peek and fire a gun.
And when the Signal is made for the ships to spread either abreast or ahead of one another, and I would have them keep at the distance of one mile and a half asunder, I will hoist a Pendant under the forementioned Flags, then every ship is to make sail and get into the Station accordingly. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in Tetuan Bay the 16th June 1749.
|6||Nightingale||Honble Wm Farmer||20||140|
|Seahorse||Honble Sam1 Barrington||20||140|
|4||Centurion||Honble Augs Keppel, Commander-in-Chief||50||350|
When I would speak with the Captains of any of His Majesty's Ships or Vessels undermentioned, I will put abroad a Pendant as against that Ship or Vessel's name, if with a Lieut. the same Signal with a Weft of the Ensign, and if for a Boat without an officer the Weft shall be hoisted but half staff up.
|Garland||Tryal Sloop||Fly Sloop||Mizentopmast head|
For all other Signals I refer you to the General printed Sailing and Fighting Instructions, with the additional Signals hereunto annexed and such other Signals and Instructions as you shall receive from me. Given under my hand on board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in Tetuan Bay the 18 June 1749.
You are hereby required and directed to proceed with His Majesty's Ship under your Command, to Cadiz or Lisbon, whichever of the places you find you can be of most service to the Factory and Trade of His Majesty's Subjects, and carry their Remittances to the Garrisons of Gibraltar and Minorca, or any they may have to send as far as Leghorn, and after leaving that place, you are to endeavour to join me wherever you may hear I am. Given under my hand on board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in Tetuan Bay 20th June 1749.
Whereas the Honble William Farmer Commander of His Majesty's Ship Nightingale has acquainted me by Letter of this day's date that he is so excessively ill that he is not able to hold the Command of the Ship and desiring me to appoint some one to take the Command of her, You are hereby required and directed forthwith to repair on board His Majesty's Ship Nightingale and take upon you the charge and Command of her accordingly strictly charging and commanding all the Officers and Company of the said ship to behave themselves jointly and severally in their respective employments with all due respect and obedience unto you their said Captain, and you are likewise to observe and execute the General printed Instructions and such Orders and directions as you shall from time to time receive from me or any other your Superior Officers, for His Majesty's Service. Hereof nor you nor any of you may fail as you will answer the contrary at your peril. And for so doing this shall be your Warrant. Given under my hand on board His Majesty's Ship Seahorse in Lisbon River nth August 1749.
|To Lieutenant William Osborn (fn. 2) hereby appointed to Command His Majesty's Ship Nightingale till further Order.||S. B.|
Whereas the Master of His Majs Ship Seahorse under my Command has acquainted me that the Cask of Beef opened this day has weighed short, ten pieces being weighed agreeable to the fifth Article of your Instructions of Provisions; And whereas I have directed him or one of his Mates to be always present at the opening of the Casks of Beef & Pork and to see the number of pieces told over and weighed, likewise on deficiency of Weight to see that a number of pieces of Beef or Pork be cut equivalent in weight to make up whatever may be short in Weight; you are hereby required and directed constantly to comply with the said Order for which this shall be your Warrant. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Seahorse at Sea the 12th day of September 1749.
You are hereby required and directed (after you have delivered the Merchants' Remittances) to repair immediately back to Mahon Harbour, where you are to Carreen your ship and give her a Brown Bottom with all possible Dispatch and then to proceed down to Gibraltar where not meeting with me you are to proceed to Cadiz or Lisbon, as you may be informed of the Merchants having occasion to send Remittances from thence to Leghorn. But if you shall be requested by them to carry their Remittances home to England you are at liberty to perform that Service acquainting the Right Honble the Lords of the Admiralty upon your arrival there, with my Orders. And as soon as you shall have Clean'd your Ship and [are] in every respect fit to proceed to Sea, You are to repair back to Gibraltar and there remain till further Orders. Given under my hand on Board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in Mahon Harbour 17th Sept. 1749.
Whereas James Mitchell, a native of Great Britain who has been in the service of the Republic of Genoa, lately deserted from thence and came on board His Majesty's Ship Seahorse under my command for protection; You are therefore hereby required and directed to bear the said James Mitchell as a Supernumerary on your List and victual him at whole allowance of all species of provisions as the Ship's Company. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Seahorse in Genoa Mould the 28th of September 1749.
Whereas by a Sentence passed against Wm Clancy at his Tryall this 18th day of November 1749 on Board His Majs Ship Assurance held by Capt. Lionel Daniel and the Captains of the Squadron under my Command in Port Mahon Harbour, You are hereby required & directed to Order a Boat manned and Armed, with a Lieutenant to Attend the punishment by 8 o'clock on Monday morning next the 20th instant on Board His Majs Ship the Centurion. And at the time the said Wm Clancy receives his punishment alongside the rest of the Ships according to the Sentence of the Court Martial You are to call your Ship's Company on the Deck to be spectators thereof, And you are to cause the Articles of War to be read to them at the time of punishment. Dated on Board His Majs Ship Centurion in Mahon Harbour 18th November 1749.
When I would speak with the Captains of his Majs Ships or Vessels under mentioned, I will put abroad a Pendant as against that Ship or Vessel's Name. If with a Lieutenant, the same Signal and a Weft with the Ensign and for a Boat without an Officer, the Weft shall be only hoisted half staff up.
For all other Signals, I refer you to the General Printed Sailing and Fighting Instructions, with the Additional Signals thereunto annexed, and such other Signals & Instructions, as you shall from time to time receive from me. Dated on Board the Centurion in Mahon Harbour Nov: 18th 1749.
Whereas His Majesty's Trading Subjects will be great Sufferers by the unregistered money in the Spanish Galleons being carried to Ferol: You are hereby required, if you are apply'd to from the factory at Cadiz or Lisbon, to cruise a few days for the abovesaid Ships off the Port of Ferol. After you return from this Service the Garrisons of Gibraltar and Mahon will be in want of the Supplys for the Troops, and therefore you are to go to Lisbon for such Supplys, or any other there may be for Italy, and in your return from Leghorn, to call at Mahon for Orders for your further proceeding; you are at all times to protect the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects from all Pirates & others that may attempt to molest them, and for so doing this shall be your Order. Given under my hand on Board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in Gibraltar Bay Dec: 21st 1749.
Please to acquaint their Lordships that Reginald Clark, Master of the Ship Dolly belonging to Lynn, having on the 26th day of January last wore a St George's Ensign at his Ensign Staff in this River, I sent my Boat on board of him and took away the Ensign; the evening of the said day, I being then ashore, he came on board and gave my Lieutenant, whose Affidavit I inclose, a great deal of abusive language.
In conformity with the 7th Article of my Instructions
of Colours, I inclose you Affidavits of the Fact in order to
his being proceeded against in the High Court of Admiralty.
I am, &c.
When I would speak with the Captain of any of His Majesty's Ships under mentioned, I will put abroad a Pendant as against that Ship or Vessel's Name. If with a Lieutenant the same Signal and a Weft with the Ensign and for a Boat without an officer the Weft shall be only hoisted half staff up.
|Centurion||Prince Henry||Assurance||Main||Topmast head|
To all other Signals I refer you to the General Printed Sailing & Fighting Instructions with the Additional Signals thereunto annexed and to such other Signals and Instructions as you shall from time to time receive from me. Dated on Board His Majs Ship Centurion in Mahon Harbour the 4th day of June 1750.
In the Signals to give over chase, instead of a Red Flag on the flag staff at the Maintopmast head, let the Signal be alter'd to a White flag on the flag staff at the Foretopmast head.
[? 4 June 1750.]
Whereas the Eleventh of this Month is the Anniversary of his Majs Accession to the Throne, to Solemnize the same, You are hereby required and directed to cause 19 Guns to be fired on Board the ship You Command, beginning at one of the Clock in the Afternoon, and Firing according to Seniority, immediately after which, You are to man ship and on the Signal of Beat of Drum from his Majesty's Ship Centurion, to join in giving three Cheers, for which this shall be Your Order. Given under my hand on Board his Majesty's Ship Centurion in Mahon Harbour this 9th June 1750.
You are hereby required and directed to prevent any difference between the Men belonging to His Majesty's Ship under your command and the Algerines, not to suffer any of your People to go ashore while you stay here, nor a Boat without a proper Officer with them whose Sobriety and Prudency you can rely on; and for which this shall be your Order.
Whereas, by Letter from Capt. Proby, I find that he was obliged to leave the Negociation with the Alcaide of Tetuan (for the releasement of Mr Latton and the Captives) undermentioned, (fn. 3) on account of the Plague being in Barbary; you are hereby required and directed to repair, with His Majesty's Ship under your Command, to Gibraltar, and pursue such measures as His Excellency General Bland shall judge proper for the above purpose, both as to fetching the Silver from Cadiz (if not arrived) & proceeding with it to Tetuan (in case the Communication is opened with that place) in Order to discharge the sums agreed to be paid on the finishing of that Business (being in full of all former demands) and the renewal of our former Treaties; and when the Captives are received on Board, let them be bore on the Ship's Books as Supernumeraries for Victuals, till such time as there is an opportunity of there [their] being sent to England; & then you are to proceed to Cadiz or Lisbon or pursue the measures you shall Judge most for the Advantage of the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects, taking care to advise me by Letters of the steps you intend to take; And for so doing this shall be your Order. Given under my hand in Algiers this 13th July 1750.
Whereas their Lordships have directed me, to appoint a Twenty-Gun ship to Cruize in the Streights' Mouth & thereabouts, in such manner as will best protect the ships of His Majs Subjects from being Insulted, or attempted to be seized by the Cruizers of Tetuan, or any others, who may be suspected to attempt it, You are therefore hereby required and directed forthwith to repair, & cruize with His Majesty's Ship under your Command, from Cape Spartell to Tangier Bay and look both into that and Tetuan Bay—then call in at Gibraltar, and if you cannot find any appearance of danger to the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects, you are then to proceed to Cadiz or Lisbon and pursue such measures as you Judge most for the advantage of the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects; particularly You are there to execute any Service General Bland may have occasion for, on the Account of the Garrison of Gibraltar, but you are not to proceed to England, and you are to send me an Account from time to time of your proceedings: Given under my hand on Board His Majesty's Ship Centurion in Mahon Harbour, this 27th Sept. 1750.
|To the Honble Capt. Samuel Barrington, Commander of His Majs Ship Seahorse or in his absence Capt. Mar riot Arbuthnot, Commr of His Majs Ship Nightingale.||A. Keppel.|
Whereas I have Order'd Capt. Willett (in case of his finding you at Gibraltar) to proceed to Cadiz and Lisbon, You are hereby required and directed to continue at Gibraltar, or Cruising in and about the Streights' Mouth, as you may find by consulting with General Bland best for the Protection of the Trade of His Majesty's Subjects for the space of one Month.
If at the expiration of that time, there should not be any appearance of Danger to the Trade in those parts, you are to proceed to Cadiz & Lisbon and take in such Remittances as His Majesty's Trading Subjects may want to send for Italy, and also the Remittances for the Garrisons of Gibraltar and Port Mahon for which this shall be your Order. Given under my hand on Board His Majs Ship Centurion in Mahon Harbour this 20th October 1750.
Whereas Messrs Bristow's, Ward & Company, British Merchts residing at this Port, have represented to me by their Letter of this date the great consequence & use it would be of to them if I would Order one of His Majs Ships Lying in this Harbour to Proceed for Cadiz and there receive on Board the Sum of 500,000 Dollars deliverable Conditionally in England or Holland as the case shall require, You are therefore hereby required & directed to Proceed without loss of time to Cadiz and there receive on Board His Majs Ship under your Command the aforementioned 500,000 Dollars and proceed for England or Holland conditionally. After you have performed this Service, if the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have no Commands for you, you are to proceed for Lisbon and there execute your former Orders. Dated on Board His Majs Ship Seahorse in Lisbon River the 4th day of January 1750/51.
Whereas in Pursuance of an Order from the Honble Augustus Keppel Esqr Commander in Chief of His Majs Ships & Vessels in the Mediterranean for me to receive on Board His Majs Ship Seahorse under my Command the Captives that shod be redeemed from Barbary, which I accordingly have done. And whereas His Majs Ship under your Command is now bound to England You are hereby required and directed to receive the said Captives, bearing them on a Separate List for Victuals only. Dated on Board His Majs Ship Seahorse in Lisbon River the 4th day of January 1750/51.
Whereas John Russell Esqr His Majs Consul at this Port has represented to me that the Moors mentioned in the Margin (Subjects of the Emperor of Morocco) were lately brot by the Mazagan Packett & Landed here, and that the Secretary of State has given them his Pass to return home, and as it is thot proper to keep well with that Government, he desired I might receive them on Board His Majesty's Ship under my Command and Victual them during their Passage to Gibraltar. And Whereas I have also been Solicited to receive on Board the two last mentioned in the Margin (Natives of Turkey) who likewise want to return home, and Victual them during their Passage to Port Mahon. You are therefore hereby required & directed to bear them as Supernumeraries on Your List and Victual them at Whole Allowance of all species of Provisions as the Ship's Company, for which this shall be to you a sufficient Warrant. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Seahorse in Lisbon River the 3rd day of March 1750/1.
You are hereby required and directed forthwith to proceed with His Majesty's Ship under your Command to carry such of the Merchants' Remittances, as you have on Board you for Italy. If by contrary Winds or other accidents you are obliged to put into Toulon, You are (during your stay there) to make yourself Master of whatever is doing or Intelligence that can be got at that Port: and in case you shod discover anything sufficiently worthy of the notice of their Lordships of the Admiralty, you are by the earliest opportunity to advise them of it and in such case also, you are, in your return from Italy, to stretch over to the Barbary shore; and if you find I am not gone from Algiers, you are to come in and give me such information.
If you do not find any occasion of coming to Algiers, or, if you do and I am gone from thence, you are then to proceed for Gibraltar and attend on any immediate service of that Garrison; or if they do not stand in need of any, then on any other, that may be particularly requisite for the good of the Service (leaving for me in case of your departure before my arrival an account of your proceeding). But if you shod not find that you are wanted on any such service, you are then to remain at Gibraltar, till the arrival of the Centurion. And in case you should meet with any of the Junior Captains of His Majs Ships, belonging to the Squadron under my Command, and should find it for the good of the service, you are to give them Orders accordingly (any former Orders of theirs notwithstanding). And on the other hand, if you should meet with any of the Senior Captains of my Squadron, you are in the like case to receive and follow their Orders. And for so doing this shall be your Order. Given under my hand on Board His Majs Ship Assurance in Mahon Harbour this 2nd April 1751.
Whereas Burrington Goldsworthy Esqr His Majesty's Consul at Leghorn has represented to me that on the 7th instant NS an unfortunate affair happened in the Mole at this Port on Board an English Ship called the Swimmer, Wm Gregory Master, wherein Adam Pitcher one of the Sailors belonging to the said ship was killed by the Mate of her, William Cary, and desired I might receive the said Wm Cary on Board His Majesty's Ship under my Command and keep him Prisoner until I shall receive Orders from the Right Honble the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty or Commodore Keppel for sending him the sd Wm. Cary home to take his trial, as also John Bastard, Joseph Channon & Edmond Jones three of the Sailors belonging to the said Ship whom he thinks are necessary to appear as evidences at the Trial.
And whereas he hath also applyed to me to receive on Board Wm Smith, James Hunt, John Batchelor & Thos Phillips (British subjects in distress) & keep them till they can procure employment on Board some ship or Vessel.
You are therefore hereby required & directed to bear all the said persons as Supernumerarys on Your List & Victual them at whole allowance of all species of Provisions as the ship's Company until they shall be dispos'd of as above mentioned. And for so doing this shall be to you a sufficient Warrant. Given under my hand on Board His Majs Ship Seahorse in Leghorn Road the 28th day of April 1751 O.S.
Please to acquaint their Lordships that pursuant to an Order from the Hon. Commodore Keppel I this day arrived in this Road with the Merchants' Remittances for England; and as I have likewise a quantity of Money for Holland, that I shall go over there immediately, from whence I shall make all possible dispatch to Spithead to wait their Lordships' Orders. Inclosed I have sent you my Weekly Account and am &c.
I beg you will inform their Lordships that on the 6th of January 1750/1 John Miller belonging to H.M. Ship under my command was unfortunately killed by William Read belonging to the same ship, & as this is the first opportunity I have had of bringing him to his Trial, I beg their Lordships will please to order a Court Martial on him.
I am &c.
Whereas from information received, that the Plague hath for some time past raged, & doth still continue to rage, with the greatest violence in Constantinople, & the Parts adjacent, His Majesty has been pleased to direct by his Order in Council of the 4th instant, That all such ships & Vessels as are arrived from the Levant, and not yet unladen, or that shall hereafter arrive in any Port of this Kingdom from the Levant, do perform a Quarantine for Forty days. I send you herewith a Printed Order of the said Order in Council attested by the Secretary of the Admiralty, strictly requiring and directing you to comply therewith, so far as the same relates to your duty.
You are to be very Cautious in the Execution of this Order, not to surfer any of your People to go on Board any Ship or Vessel, until they have certain information, that they are not come from the Levant, or that those on Board have not visited Ships under the aforementioned Circumstances. Given under my hand on Board His Majs Ship Monarque in Portsmouth Harbour September 1751.
Whereas the Bearer Mr John Bradshaw has been educated in the Royal Academy at Portsmouth and is well Qualified to serve His Majesty at Sea; You are hereby required and directed to receive him on Board His Majs Ship under your Command & enter him as one of your Complement.
You are to take care that he applies himself to the duty of a Seaman, and he is to have the Privilege of walking the Quarter deck. You are to allot him a proper place to lye in, without setting up any Cabin, and you are to rate him Volunteer by Order, which will entitle him to Able Seaman's pay.
You are to oblige him to keep a Journal & to draw the appearance of head lands, Coasts, Bays, Sands, Rocks & such like, and you are to take care that the Master, Boatswain, and School Master, do instruct him in all parts of Learning that may Qualify him to do the duty of Able Seaman & Midshipman. After two years Service at Sea, you are to rate him Midshipman Ordinary, or Midshipman if he shall be Qualified for it. When your ship shall be at Spithead or in Portsmouth Harbour, you are to direct him to attend the Mathematical Master, in order to his examining his Journals, & representing to us how he has improved himself.
And at the end of his Service in the Ship under Your Command, You are to give him such a Certificate of his Sobriety, Diligence, & Skill in the Profession of a Seaman, as he shall deserve, as also of the length of time he has served with you, either as a Volunteer by Order or Midshipman. Given under our hands the 2nd October 1751.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, (fn. 4) Commander of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Portsmouth.||Anson. Duncannon. W. Ellis.|
His Majesty having been pleased to direct, by his Order in Council of the 4th September last, that all Ships & Vessels, that should arrive after that time from the Levant, should perform a Quarantine of 40 days; and in regard some doubts might arise concerning the Extent of the Levant, has been pleased further to declare & Order, by a subsequent Order in Council of the nth instant, that the Levant be understood in this case (as formerly on like occasions) to extend itself Eastward, from the Isle of Corfeu, on the Borders of Greece in the Ionian Sea; & from Cape Rusata on the Coast of Barca in Africa; You are hereby required & directed, strictly to conform thereto, in Addition to the Orders You have already rec'd. For which this shall be yor Order. Given under my hand on Board His Majs Ship Monarque in Portsmo Harbour 16th October 1751.
So soon as His Majs Ship under your Command is ready for the sea, you are hereby required & directed to proceed & cruize diligently with her between Beachy Head & the Lizard, for the Protection of the Trade of His Majs Subjects and are to intercept Smuggling Vessels in those parts, agreeable to the Instructions you will receive herewith.
You are to continue on this Service till further Order, calling once in fourteen days at Portsmouth or Plymouth; and finding no orders lodged for you there You are to return & cruize agreeable to these Instructions. Given under our hands the 26th Novr 1751.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Commdr of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Portsmouth.||Anson. Barrington. Duncannon. Will. Rowley.|
In addition to our Orders of the 24th of last month, for your cruizing between Beachy Head & the Lizard, You are hereby required & directed, whenever the ship shall be two months foul during the Summer Season, or three months during the Winter, to repair with her either to Plymouth or Portsmouth, to be cleaned and refitted; in which you are to use the utmost dispatch and then proceed back to your Station; taking Notice that if you continue above a Week in Port, when you go in to clean, unless unavoidable necessity shall oblige you to it, you will be dismissed from your Command. Given under our hands the 10th of December 1751.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Comdr of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Plymouth.||Anson. Barrington. Duncannon. Ed Boscawen.|
Whereas too much care cannot be taken for preventing the Plague being brought into this Kingdom, and it being suspected that the Dutch ship Ruygen Hoft now at Sea with the Plague on Board may attempt to come into some of the Ports or Creeks of Great Britain or Ireland; We do hereby require & direct you in addition to former Orders upon this Subject to keep the sea as much as possible and to enable you to do so to complete your Provisions to two Months at least, and in case you meet with the said ship to keep in sight of her at a proper distance to prevent her coming near the Shore or having any intercourse with any Ships, Vessels or Boats belonging to His Majs Subjects; and when you have seen her clear of the Coasts you are to repair with the Ship under your Command to the Islands of Orkney & there perform a strict Quarantine for six weeks. Given under our hands the 31st of December 1751.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Commander of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Plymouth.||W. Ellis. Thos Villier. Will. Rowley.|
Whereas by an Act of Parliament passed in the sixth year of His present Majesty, entituled an Act for enabling His Majesty to apply five Hundred Thousand pounds out of the Sinking Fund for the Service of the Year 1733 &c, it is enacted that there shall be allowed upon the Books of every ship of War in Sea Pay, a man in every Hundred men, that the complement of such Ship of War shall consist of: And whereas by another Act of Parliament passed in the Twenty fourth Year of His present Majesty, entituled an Act for granting to His Majesty the Sum of Six Hundred Thousand Pounds out of the Sinking Fund, for the service of the Year 1751 &c., it is enacted that from and after the 24th day of June 1751, there shall be allowed upon the Books of every Ship of War in Sea Pay, one other Seaman in every hundred men, that the Complement of such Ship of War shall consist of, for such time only as the Number of Men, employed in the Service of the Royal Navy, shall not exceed Twenty thousand, and that the Produce of the Wages of each such Seaman & Value of his Victuals shall be given & applied to the Relief of the Poor Widows of Commission & Warrant Officers of the Royal Navy; You are hereby required & directed to enter and bear upon your ship's Books, as part of her complement till further Orders so many fictitious Names of Seamen under the appellation of Widows' Men with the Number of 1, 2, 3 &c. annexed, as two in every hundred Men of her Complement shall amount to; observing if the Complemt of the Ship or Vessel, or the broken Number of her Complement, amount to Twenty five, or upwards, but less than Seventy five to allow one Name for such broken number, but if it amounts to seventy five or more then to allow Two for it. You are to Rate the said Names as Able Seamen, and always Muster them for Wages (but not for Victuals) as if the Men were actually on Board. When you shall at any time make out Pay Books for the Payment of the Ship you Command, You are to enter the said Names therein, as if real Seamen with Able Seamen's pay and free from any deduction whatsoever in order to the said Wages being applied to the use of the aforesaid Widows. Given under our hands day of
You are hereby required and directed to take care to be at the Nore with His Majesty's Ship under your Command by the 15 of March next, without fail and in the meantime You are to pursue the Orders you are already under. Given under our hands the 14th of January 1751 [/2].
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Commdr of His Majesty's Ship the Seahorse, at—||Anson. Duncannon. W. Ellis.|
You are hereby required and directed forthwith to proceed with His Majs Ship under your Command, into Hosley Bay and to continue there till further Orders, coming to anchor against Balsey Clift, not too low down, that being esteemed a safe Road and good ground.
When I would speak with the Captain of any of His Majesty's Ships or Vessels undermentioned, I will put abroad a Pendant, as exprest against that Ship or Vessel's Name. If with a Lieutenant, the same and a Weft of the Ensign. And for a Boat without an Officer, the Weft will be hoisted only half staff up.
|Royal Carolina||Surprize||Seahorse||Main||Topmast head|
|Torrington||Wm. and Mary||Fubbs||Mizen|
|Charlotte||Mary||Katherine||Main||Topsail Yard Arm|
|Vultyre||6||Surprize||24||130||Capt. Baird||Rt HonbleLord Anson Admiral of the Blue|
|Swift||6||Seahorse||24||130||Honble Capt. Barrington|
When any of the Fleet lose Company & meet again those to Windward shall brail up their Fore sail, and those to Leeward shall answer by brailing up their Main Sail, then he who made the first Signal, after being answered by the Sail of the other, shall hoist his Ensign with the Cross downwards at the Mizen Peek, and the other shall answer by hoisting his Jack on the Ensign Staff.
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If any Ship lose Company and meet again he who hails first shall ask, What Ships that, and he who is hailed shall answer, Great Britain, the other who hailed first shall reply, King George, then he who was first hailed shall answer God Prosper.
Whereas the William and Mary Yacht, where I propose to hoist my Flag, hath not guns enough upon one Side to make the following Signals, by Night and in a Fog, as directed by the printed Instructions in the 5th, 6th & 7th Articles of the former & in the 1st, 3rd & 4th of the latter, You are hereby required & directed to observe & follow the subsequent alteration, as also the Additional Signals in a Fog, &c.:
|Article 1st||To weigh||One gun.|
|3||To bring to on the Starboard Tack||Three guns.|
|To bring to on the Larboard Tack||Five guns.|
|4||To make sail after lying by||One gun.|
Additional Signals in a Fog
When the Admiral would alter his Course in a Fog, he will fire if to Starboard Eight guns, if to Port, Ten guns, at half a minute's distance from each other, and five minutes after a gun for every point of the Compass he would alter his Course; so that if one gun only is fired one point only is to be altered.
The Vulture Sloop is to keep right ahead of the Admiral at the distance of one mile and the Grampus and Swift Sloops are to keep about half a mile ahead of him, the former on the Starboard and the latter on the Larboard Bow, each of the said Sloops carrying a light in the Main Top in the Night unless she happen to fall astern of the Admiral, in which case they are not to shew any.
The Wm & Mary Yacht, where the Admiral intends to hoist his Flag, will keep ahead of the King at the distance of half a mile and in the Night shew a light at the Bowsprit End, for the Sloops to judge of their distance as also two Poop Lights, and a Top Light for the guidance of the Ships & Yachts astern.
The Surprise and Seahorse are to keep abreast of the King, the former upon the Starboard and the latter upon the Larboard Beam and in case any strange ship should attempt to speak with His Majesty's they are to prevent it & to bring the stranger down to the Admiral.
The Sloop that first discovers the Admiral's Signal for weighing, and lies most convenient to repeat it to the ships in Hosely Bay, is to repeat the Signal accordingly upon which the ships are immediately to get under sail, and having saluted the King are to fall into their proper Stations, and in case the Admiral should sail from Harwich in the Night the Sloop that gets under sail first, or happens to be nearest the ships in the Bay, is to fire two guns and make two false fires every five minutes, for the more certain information of the said ships, till the Senior Captain answers it, by firing one gun, and making one false fire.
In case of separation by any unavoidable accident, or upon my making the Signal mentioned on the other side hereof, you are hereby required and directed to proceed to your cruizing Station, & to continue to Cruize there, agreeable to the Instructions you have received from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
Please to acquaint their Lordships that I this day arrived here and brought in with me a Smuggling Sloop from Dunkirk with Tobacco Stalks which he was to have landed a little to the westward of the Isle of Wight.
You are hereby required and directed, to put Yourself under the Command of Capt. Baird of His Majesty's Ship Surprize, and accompany him to Plymouth, with one hundred and five men, whom you will receive from the Tyger, Invincible and Monarque; and whom you are to Victual during the passage, as your Ship's Company; as soon as these men shall, after your arrival at Plymouth be discharged from your Ship, you are to acquaint the Lords Commrs of the Admiralty with your proceedings and in the meantime put in execution their former Orders to you for which this shall be your Order.
In pursuance to an Order from the Right Honble my Lords Commissrs of the Admiralty to me of the 18th inst. you are hereby required and directed to send on board His Majesty's Ship the Eagle all the men belonging to His Majesty's Ships Monarque and Invincible & you are to Keep on board those belonging to the Berwick, Fougeaux and Tyger & proceed immediately back with them to Spithead where you will meet with further Orders. Dated on board His Majs Ship Mars in Hammose the 20th of July 1752.
You are hereby required and directed to make the utmost dispatch in completing your Provisions & Stores, agreeable to the Orders already given for that purpose, and as soon as you have done so, to proceed with his Majests Ship under your Command, without a moment's loss of time to Gibraltar.
When you arrive in Gibraltar Bay, you are to deliver the enclosed packets from the Earl of Holdernesse to Colonel Herbert, the Commandant, and then keep the ship under your Command in a constant readiness for the sea, the cause of your being sent on this Service being to watch a squadron of French Ships of War expected to come down the Streights, therefore you are to keep a constant look out to know all the ships that pass through the Gut, and if you shall see any ships at the Back of the Hill which you may know to be French Men of War, you are to use your utmost endeavours to gain a certainty of the Force, which as soon as you have done, you are to communicate to Colonel Herbert in Writing, or if you shall receive any certain intelligence by any of His Majests Ships of War, or others that you can depend on that a French Squadron of the Line of Battle is sailed from Toulon and come down as far as Malaga or Alicant, you are then to communicate the same to Colonel Herbert as before directed, and having so done to make the best of your way to the first Port in England you can fetch and send us up, by express, a particular account of the Number and Force of the said ships, and what course they were steering.
But if after staying six weeks in the Bay of Gibraltar, you gain no Intelligence of any such French or Spanish Ships of War, you are then to proceed with the Ship you Command to Lisbon, and after a stay there not exceeding fourteen days, you are to repair with such Trade as shall be ready & desirous to accompany you to Spithead and remain there till further Order. Given under our hands the 30th July 1752.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Commdr of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Spithead.||Duncannon. Will Rowley. Ed Boscawen.|
I beg you will acquaint their Lordships of my arrival here on the 22nd instant, and that in my passage here on the 16th instant I spoke with two Spanish Men of War of 60 Guns off Cape St Vincent where they were cruizing for the Algerines; I likewise saw two Spanish Men of War off Tangier, one about 60 guns, the other of 40, a Snow and four Zebeckes which by their steering away N.W. I imagine were going to join the other two off Cape St Vincent.
Captain Herbert has sent expresses to Cadiz and Malaga
to be informed if a French Fleet is fitting out or sailed from
Toulon, but has not as yet received an answer. The Master
of an English snow from Trany that arrived here this
morning informed me that he spoke with five large French
Men of War and a Frigate off Malta from which place they
had just sailed. He asked them where they were going
to; they told him to the westward; but he kept company
with them for two or three days, and then parted with
them in a gale of wind off the Island of Meretimo. He says
they were clean and light. There has not been any large
ships pass through the Gut (except those I have before
mentioned) or seen from the Hill from where there is kept
the strictest Look out.
I am &c. Saml. Barrington.
In addition to the orders you have already received, we do hereby signify to you that in case of your putting into Lisbon, and the merchants there shall want to send remittances to England, you are at liberty to remain there so long as shall be necessary for your taking the same on board. Given under our hands the 19th of August 1752.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Comdr of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Lisbon.||Anson. Barrington. Thos Villiers.|
Whereas at a Court Martial held on board His Majesty's Ship Deptford this day, Joseph Stout belonging to the Weazle Sloop has been adjudged to receive twelve Lashes alongside each of His Majesty's Ships in this River; You are hereby required and directed to send a Boat manned and armed with a Lieutenant on board the Ship I command at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning in order to attend the execution of the Sentence, and at the time the said Stout receives his punishment alongside the ship you command, You are to call your Ship's Company on deck to be spectators thereof, and to cause the Articles of War to be read to them at the same time. Dated on board His Majesty's Ship Deptford in Lisbon River this 8th November 1752.
Whereas we have reason to apprehend that some acts of violence may be committed on the ships and vessels of His Majesty's Subjects by the Dhow boats belonging to Tangier and Tetuan, under a pretence that Foreign Vessels have been furnished with Mediterranean passes, to prevent which we have ordered two Sloops to repair to, and cruize before those ports for the protection of our Trade, but as it may be some days before they sail from hence, you are hereby required and directed (in case the Merchants shall not have occasion for you to proceed with their remittances to England) to repair before the said ports of Tangier and Tetuan and cruize for the protection of the Trade of this kingdom for about a fortnight or three weeks when you are to return to Lisbon and put our former Orders in execution. Given under our hands the 28 of November 1752.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Commdr of His Majs Ship the Seahorse at Lisbon.||Anson. Barrington. W. Ellis.|
You are hereby required and directed to repair with His Majesty's Ship under your Command to Holland, in order to deliver the remittances you have on board for that Country, and as soon as you have done so, you are to proceed into the River Thames, and remain in Longreach for further Orders. Given under our hands the 20th of February 1753.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Comdr of His Majs Ship the Seahorse Spithead.||Anson. Barrington. Will Rowley.|
I beg you will acquaint their Lordships that I this day arrived here with His Majesty's Ship under my command, Where I received their Orders of the 20th of February last to proceed to Holland with the Remittances I had on board for that Country; but as I have none, I shall wait here for their Lordships' further Orders.
Having ordered His Majesty's Ship under Your Command to be paid off at Portsmouth, you are hereby required and directed to cause proper pay books to be forthwith made out & transmitted to the Navy Board, and use all dispatch in unrigging the ship, and clearing her of the Guns, Stores, Provisions & Ballast and delivering her into the charge of the Officers of the Yard in a proper condition which they are to certify to the Navy Board, who, in failure thereof, are not to pay your wages without our particular order. Given under our hands the 26th of March 1753.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Comdr of His Majs Ship Seahorse at Spithead.||Anson. Duncannon. Will Rowley.|
Notwithstanding former Orders, you are hereby required and directed not to dismantle or clear the ship under your Command, but to keep her in condition for Service till farther Orders; we have directed her not to be paid off. Given under our hands the 30th of March 1753.
|To the Honble Capt. Barrington, Comdr of His Majesty's Ship the Seahorse at Spithead.||Anson. Thos Villiers. Ed Boscawen.|