Command of the Chesterfield, immediately after Battle of Minorca, May 1756
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Hi, nice to be here, thanks
I am putting online a biography of William Gough, who was Byng’s flagship Ramillies’ first lieutenant at Minorca
In his defence at his court martial, Byng says
“I ordered Surveys on the Damages received by the crippled Ships in the late Action, and on their Sores; and gave Captain Lloyd an order to command the Princess Louisa during Captain Noel’s Illness, who had lost a Leg in the late Action; and Lieutenant Gough an Order to command the Chesterfield during Captain Lloyd’s Absence.”
William Gough was then appointed to the Fortune on the 6th June, and promoted to Commander.
What I would VERY much like to know is:-
– how long was Gough lieutenant commanding the Chesterfield?
– if I need to research this, am I looking for daily muster rolls, or the ship’s logs, and if so do these still exist, and where would they be?
– was he replaced on the Chesterfield by that ship’s own first lieutenant as lieutenant commanding?
[It should read “Stores” not Sores]
re: Musters, Pay Books and Captain’s Logs are all at the National Archives Kew
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