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Gordon, Samuel, 1775-1826 (Commander of the Royal Navy)



  • Existence: 1775 - 1826


Samuel Gordon (1775-1826) entered the Royal Navy as able seaman with HMS Artois in 1794. Gordon joined HMS Duke as midshipman in 1796 and transferred to HMS Veteran as master's mate in 1797. His log covers the period 17 JUN 1797-10 JUN 1798, while the Veteran served in the North Sea with Admiral Lord Duncan's fleet. Gordon describes the Battle of Camperdown, 1797,against Admiral de Winter's Dutch fleet. The Dutch fleet was captured, though many of the prizes were severely damaged. After returning to Yarmouth and The Nore for repairs the Veteran rejoined the fleet off the Texel, engaged in blockading the Dutch remnants, where the journal ends. Gordon served as midshipman on HMS London during the Copenhagen expedition of 1801. He was made lieutenant in 1801, paid off in 1818, and granted the rank of commander in 1821.

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Samuel Gordon: Log book, HMS ''Veteran''

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9517
Scope and Contents

Ship's log marked 'A Log of the Proceedings of His Majesty's ship Veteran. George Gregory Esquire, Commander. Commencing 17th June 1797 By me S. Gordon. Master's Mate'. Includes exercises in nautical mathematics and navigation, with diagrams and illustrations.

Dates: 1797-1798
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