O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'
O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'


The Royal NavyO'Byrne

The following is the entry for Henry Smith in William O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'.

SMITH. (Captain, 1846.)

Henry Smith entered the Navy, 20 May, 1810, as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the Courageux 74, Capt. Wm. Butterfield, stationed in Basque Roads; and, from the following Nov. until March, 1813, was employed in the East Indies in the Malacca 36, commanded by the latter officer and by Capts. Sam. Leslie and Henry John Peachey, Sir Francis Drake 32, Capt. H. J. Peachey, and Modeste 36, Capt. Jas. Coutts Crawford. He served next, until Aug. 1815, on the Baltic and Home stations, as Midshipman, in the Amphion 32, Capts. Jas. Pattison Stewart and John Brett Purvis, and Northumberland 74, flag-ship of Sir Geo. Cockburn; and, from Nov. 1816 until Oct. 1821, in North and South America, the Mediterranean, and West Indies, as Midshipman, Master’s Mate, and Admiralty-Midshipman, in the Leander 50, flag-ship of Sir David Milne, Vengeur 74, Capt. Fred. Lewis Maitland, and Pyramus 42, bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral Wm. Chas. Fahle. He then became Acting-Lieutenant of the Forte 44, Capt. Sir Thos. John Cochrane, to which ship, employed at Halifax and in the West Indies, he was confirmed 9 Jan. 1822. He was placed on half-pay in 1823, and was subsequently appointed – 10 Aug. 1826, as First, to the Pelican 18, Capt. Hon. Chas. Leonard Irby, fitting for the Mediterranean, whence he returned in the summer of 1827 – 15 Dec. 1828, in a similar capacity, to the Champion 18, Capts. Geo. Scott and Fras. Vere Cotton, with whom he served for about two years and a half on the African and North America and West India stations – 2 Sept. 1832, again as Senior, to the Tyne 28, Capt. Geo. Hope, in South America – and next, as a Supernumerary, to the Dublin 50 and President 52, flag-ships on that station of Rear-Admirals Sir Graham Eden Hamond and Chas. Bayne Hodgson Ross. He was presented with a second promotal commission 23 Nov. 1841; and, from 12 Dec. 1844 until advanced to his present rank 27 June, 1846, was employed on particular service in the Rattler steam-vessel.
Capt. Smith is married and has issue.


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