Auction Date: 5/03/2020 at 10:30 am
Royal Navy Commission document on vellum, appointing John Chambers White as captain of H.M.S. Windsor Castle, 2nd August 1799 - Black printing with manuscript annotations. Signed "J Gambier" and others, with wafer seal of the Admiralty and blue 2/6d. revenue stamp. Size 13" × 11¼". Vice Admiral Sir John Chambers White, KCB (c.1770-1845) was a prominent British Royal Navy officer who participated in a number of engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. He achieved most of his fame in the late 1790s as the commander of HMS Sylph, a small brig operating in Northern European waters. H.M.S. Windsor was a 98-gun second rate ship of the line launched in 1790. Windsor Castle was part of Robert Calder’s fleet at the Battle of Cape Finisterre in 1805. James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756 -1833) was an admiral of the Royal Navy, who served as Governor of Newfoundland, and as a Lord of the Admiralty. He gained public distinction for his part in the Glorious First of June in 1794 of his ship the "Defence" being the first ship to break through the enemy line. He subsequently received the Naval Gold Medal.