Thames, Medway and Nore Station

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Thames, Medway and Nore Station
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Active1746-48, 1757-1762
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
Part ofDepartment of Admiralty
FirstRear-Admiral of the Red Henry Osborne
LastRear-Admiral of the White William Gordon

The Thames, Medway and Nore Station was a naval command area of the Royal Mavy first established from 1746 to 1748 and again from 1757 to 1765. It was controlled and directed by the Commander-in-Chief, Thames, Medway and Nore.


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 1711 the Admiralty reestablished a Thames, Medway and Nore Station under the command of the Commander-in-Chief, Thames, Medway and Nore until 1745.

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, Medway and at the Nore until 1797. 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

Commander-in-Chief, Thames, Medway and Nore, (1746-48, 1757-65)


  1. Rear-Admiral of the Red Henry Osborne, 29 April, 1746 - 1748.
  2. Commodore Distinction Francis Geary, 7 September, 1757 - 1758.
  3. Captain William Boys, 16 March 1759 - 31 August, 1759.
  4. Captain Lachlan Leslie, 31 August, 1759 - 16 June, 1760.
  5. Captain William Boys 16 June, 1760 - 6 July, 1761.
  6. Captain Lachlan Leslie, 6 July, 1761 - 8 April, 1762.
  7. Rear-Admiral of the White William Gordon, 8 April, 1762 - 1765.


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