There is a Tho. Griffiths (1) included in Steel's List of the Royal
Navy for May 1805 ; he is noted as being promoted to the rank of
Master in 1797 ; and by the time of the Navy List for 1827 I note that
there are TWO masters with this name, the one as listed above, which
now includes the full date of promotion as 29 June 1797 and another
who was promoted to Master 13 January 1810 ; so regret to advise you
are spoilt for choice !
There is no mention of where either Thomas might have been serving in
1805 or 1827, although in Steel's List for 1 Mar 1811 Thomas Griffiths
(1) is noted as serving onboard the Princess Charlotte, then described
as serving in the [English] Channel. I'm just in the middle of
transcribing some extracts from The Times for 1811, and see I have the
following where the Princess Charlotte.receives a mention ; the first
appeared on 14 Jan 1811: subsequent dates reflect the date of the
report from the base port and not the date of printing:
"Plymouth Jan 12
Arrived the French ship privateer L'Aimable Flore, of 14 guns, and a
complement of 100 men, from Granville, from when she sailed on the
30th ult., and has made four captures ............<snip> L'Aimable
Flore was captured after a long chase by the Princess Charlotte."
"Arrived the Venerable from Falmouth, to repair the damage she
sustained in a heavy gale off Ushant ; and the Princess Charlotte, of
38 guns, from the Cork Station."
Plymouth Jan 24
Sailed the Princess Charlotte, frigate, and Orestes loop of war, on a
Plymouth Feb 23
Arrived the Princess Charlotte and Lightning, from separate cruises.
Plymouth Feb 25
Sailed the Princess Charlotte frigate, for the coast of France
Portsmouth, Mar 6
Sailed the Undaunted frigate for Cadiz ; the Princess Charlotte
frigate on a cruise.
Plymouth Mar 22
Sailed HM ships Princess Charlotte, Loire, and Thais, to the westward
Plymouth Mar 24
Sailed the Princess Charlotte, and Loire, on a cruise off Brest.
Plymouth Mar 30
Arrived the Princess Charlotte, and Orestes, from separate cruise
Plymouth Jun 10
Arrived last evening the Lyra gun brig from Corunna, which place she
left on Wednesday evening last, the 5th inst. ; she brings
intelligence that great rejoicing and illuminations had taken place at
Corunna, in consequence of the defeat of the French army, in the
battle of Albuera? HM frigates Le Rhin and Princess Charlotte were
left at Corunna, having arrived there to victual ; the latter is
expected at this port to refit. [which is as far as I've got for
Regret that Thomas Griffiths (2) hasn't found his way into Steel's
List of the Royal Navy by 1811.
During the period in question the Master of an RN ship was responsible
to the Captain for the running and day to day operation of the ship,
and for navigation ie ensuring it got from A to B, and was sometimes
known as the Pilot, with the Captain being in overall command and for
the fighting efficiency of the ship. The rank of Master was phased
out in the 1860s-1870s, with his responsibilities being taken over by
By Dec. 1843 the Navy List still includes the Thomas Griffiths (2) who
was promoted to this rank 1810, and also a Thomas Griffiths (3)
promoted to Second Master 28 Sep 1838.
If you want to research the careers the National Archives web site
provides a number of leaflets to help those researching subjects
concerning the Royal Navy:
there is a full range of Navy Lists on the shelves, which should help
you fill in the gaps. And if you look at my web site (see signature)
you will also find details of some ship movements for this period,
along with William James' Naval History of GB 1793 -1827.
On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 13:26:31 -0000, "Denise Smart"
New to this list. I have just found out on 1861 census that my GGGG
grandfather Joseph William Griffiths born 1815 was born in Stonehouse,
Devon. Does anyone know which parish this comes under? I also know that
his father was called Thomas from Joseph's marriage certificate, and that he
was an Officer in the Navy. I know no more than this.
I noticed from browsing the archives there seems to be quite a few Griffiths
in Barnstaple. Does any one recognise Joseph or Thomas Griffiths.
Is it possible to look up parish records for Stonehouse without visiting
Devon? Any help would be appreciated.