Captain Henry Bazely R.N. and the return of Queen Maria Theresa from Sardinia in 1815

By U.T.A Mason, published May 1957


This very short article is about the circumstances concerning the voyage of HMS Bombay from Caligari in Sardinia to Genoa in August 1815. Two months after Waterloo, the exiled queen of Piedmont was able to return home in HMS Bombay. An examination of five letters from the queen to Henry Bazely the captain of the Bombay and some extracts from the ships log help to contextualise the six day voyage. They illustrate the command structure and ship’s routine in the Mediterranean at that time. The last letter, dated 15 May 1816, shows appreciation of the Royal Navy’s success in curbing the activities of the Barbary pirates.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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