Medway and Nore Station

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Medway and Nore Station
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Ensign of the Medway and Nore Station's
last commander as Vice-Admiral of the Blue
Active1714-1716, 1741-1799
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeStation
Part ofDepartment of Admiralty
Commanders
FirstCommodore Distinction
Robert Arris
LastVice-Admiral of the Blue Skeffington Lutwidge.

The Medway and Nore Station also known as the River Medway and at the Nore Station was a naval command area of the Royal Navy established in 1714. until 1716, then again from 1741 to 1799.

History

The Nore is a sandbank at the mouth of the Thames Estuary and River Medway. The origins of this station can be traced to the first naval command covering the same area that was called the Thames Station it was commanded by the Commander-in-Chief, Thames from 1695 to 1696. It had been known by different names until it was permanently based at Chatham in Kent England from 1899 to 1961.

From 1698 to 1699 the Admiralty established a Medway Station that was superintended by the Commander-in-Chief, Medway. That station was deactivated from 1700 until 1706. In 1707 a Thames and Medway Station was formed under the command of the Commander-in-Chief, Thames and Medway before being abolished once more. In 1746 the Admiralty reestablished a Thames, Medway and Nore Station under the command of the Commander-in-Chief, Thames, Medway and Nore until 1762.

In 1745 a Commander-in-Chief, Nore was established at Chatham in charge of the Nore Station . In 1747 it was renamed the Medway and Nore Station controlled by the Commander-in-Chief, River Medway and at the Nore until 1799 when it was renamed the Nore Station. In 1815 the North Sea Station based at Ramsgate was abolished its forces, units and staff were absorbed within this station. The name was changed back to the Nore Station until 1826. In 1827 the Commander-in-Chief Nore was accommodated in Admiralty House, Sheerness, built as part of the renewal of Sheerness Dockyard. From 1834 to 1899 the command was known as the Sheerness Station managed by the Commander-in-Chief, Sheerness until 1899. In 1900 it was renamed back to the Nore Station.

In Command

Included:[1]

Commander-in-Chief, River Medway and at the Nore, (1714-16, 1741-99)

  1. Commodore Distinction Robert Arris, 20 September, 1714 – 13 October, 1714.
  2. Commodore Distinction Samuel Vincent, 13 October, 1714 – 2 November, 1714.
  3. Commodore Distinction Robert Arris, 3 December, 1714 – 26 October, 1716.
  4. Commodore Distinction John Balchen, 26 October, 1716 – 8 November, 1716
  5. Commodore Distinction Charles Browne, 24 July, 1741 – 26 September, 1741.
  6. Rear-Admiral of the Blue Sir Charles Hardy, 6 July, 1742 - 16 July, 1722.
  7. Vice-Admiral Christopher O'Brien, 3 January, 1743 - 28 January, 1743.
  8. Rear-Admiral of the Blue Sir Charles Hardy, 5 May, 1743 - 21 April, 1744.
  9. Commodore Distinction William Davies, 22 April, 1744 - 27 October, 1744.
  10. Rear-Admiral of the Red Isaac Townsend, 27 October, 1744 - 1 December, 1744.
  11. Commodore Distinction Charles Cotterel, 1 December, 1744 - 28 April, 1745.
  12. Rear-Admiral of the White George Anson, 29 April, 1745 - 20 May, 1745.
  13. Rear-Admiral of the Blue Charles Cotterel, 20 May, 1745 - 16 June, 1745.
  14. Rear-Admiral of the Blue Perry Mayne, 17 June, 1745 - 5 September, 1745.
  15. Rear-Admiral of the Blue Thomas Smith, 5 September, 1745 - 11 September, 1745.
  16. Admiral of the Blue Sir Chaloner Ogle, 11 September, 1745 - 1 February, 1746.
  17. Commodore Distinction The Hon. Edward Boscawen, 1 February, 1746 - 17 July, 1746.
  18. Rear-Admiral of the Red Perry Mayne, 18 July, 1746 - 18 December, 1747. (promoted to Vice-Admiral of the White 15/7/1747).
  19. Commodore Distinction Arthur Scott, 19 January, 1748 - 25 January, 1748.
  20. Commodore Distinction The Hon. George Townshend, 18 December, 1747 - 27 February, 1748.
  21. Commodore Distinction Savage Mostyn, 23 August, 1749.
  22. Rear-Admiral The Hon. George Townshend, 3 June, 1748 - 19 January, 1749.
  23. Commodore Distinction Charles Proby, 17 December, 1763.
  24. Commodore Distinction William Saltern Willett, 28 November, 1766.
  25. Commodore Distinction James Gambier, 2 December, 1767.
  26. Commodore Distinction William Saltern Willett, 16 November, 1769.
  27. Commodore Distinction Christopher Hill, January 1770 - September, 1770.
  28. Rear-Admiral of the Red Sir Peter Denis, 7 December, 1770 - June, 1771.
  29. Commodore Distinction George Mackenzie, 12 January, 1774.
  30. Commodore Distinction Sir Edward Vernon, 6 May, 1775.
  31. Commodore Distinction George Mackenzie, 8 August, 1775.
  32. Rear-Admiral of the White John Campbell, 3 February, 1778.
  33. Rear-Admiral of the White Robert Roddam , 29 April, 1778 - 1783. (promoted to Vice-Admiral of the White 26/9/1780).
  34. Commodore Distinction Sir Walter Stirling, 1783 - 23 May, 1785.
  35. Commodore Distinction George Bowyer, 23 May, 1785 - 22 June, 1785.
  36. Sir Andrew Snape Hamond, 22 June, 1785 - 26 September, 1787.
  37. Vice-Admiral of the White Richard Edwards, 26 September, 1787 - 23 August, 1788.
  38. Commodore Distinction Skeffington Lutwidge, 23 August, 1788 - 21 October, 1789.
  39. Commodore Distinction Thomas Pasley, 21 October, 1789 - 8 May, 1790.
  40. Rear-Admiral of the Red John Dalrymple, 8 May, 1790 - 25 December, 1790.
  41. Commodore Distinction Thomas Pasley, 25 December, 1790 - 28 March, 1791.
  42. Rear-Admiral of the Red John Dalrymple, 28 March, 1791 - 19 September, 1791.
  43. Commodore Distinction Thomas Pasley, 9 September, 1791 - 1792.
  44. Commodore Distinction William Locker, 1792.
  45. Rear-Admiral of the White The Hon. George Murray, 27 Ocober, 1792 - 4 February, 1793.
  46. Vice-Admiral of the White John Dalrymple, 4 February, 1793 - 10 February, 1795.
  47. Vice-Admiral of the Blue Sir George Collier, 10 February, 1795 - 2 March, 1795.
  48. Vice-Admiral of the Blue Charles Buckner, 2 March, 1795 - 21 June, 1797.
  49. Vice-Admiral of the Blue Skeffington Lutwidge, 21 June, 1797 - April, 1799.

References

  1. Harrison, Simon (2010–2021). "Commander-in-Chief at River Medway and The Nore". threedecks.org. Cy Harrison. Retrieved 25 March 2021.