Le Havre

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Le Havre
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1761, 1915-1919
CountryFlag of France 1794 to 1815 and 1830 to 1958.png France
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofAdmiralty
Garrison/HQLe Havre, France
FirstAdmiral of the Blue
Sir John Norris.
LastRear-Admiral of the Blue
Armar Lowry Corry.

Le Havre was a naval base and command of the Royal Navy first established in November 1761.[1]


During the Seven Years War a French invasion of Great Britain was planned to take place in 1759 during the Seven Years' War, but due to various factors (including naval defeats at the Battle of Lagos and the Battle of Quiberon Bay) was never launched. The British therefore decided to blockade of Le Havre, which began in September of 1759. In November 1761 Commodore James Young was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Le Havre.[2]

During World War One the French port city of Le Havre on the English Channel used by the British Expeditionary Force and developed into a primary base to support naval operations for France and her Allies in the Great War.[3]

In Command

Commander-in-Chief, Le Havre (1761)

  1. Commodore James Young, 11 November, 1761.[4]

Principal Naval Transport Officer, Le Havre (1915)

  1. Captain (retired) Sir Malcolm MacGregor, October, 1915.[3]

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Le Havre (1915)

  1. Acting Captain (retired) Alfred E. H. Marescaux, October, 1915.[3]

Senior Naval Officer, Le Havre (1918-1919)

  1. Commander Joseph Man, 1918 – 3 April, 1919.[3]

Divisional Naval Transport Officer Le Havre (1918-1919)

Commander Joseph Man, (retd), December, 1918 – March, 1919.[3]

Assistant Divisional Naval Transport Officer (1917-1919)
  1. Commander Alfred W. Gush, (retd), November, 1917
  2. Commander (retd) William Hamilton, (retd), December, 1918 – 14 October, 1919.[3]


  1. Harrison, Simon (2010–2021). "Commander-in-Chief at Le Havre". threedecks.org. Cy Harrison. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  2. Cy Harrison
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (23 August 2018). "Le Havre - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  4. Cy Harrison