[Bentley, R.]


Privately Printed, Limited Edition : "Seventy-five copies printed at Guildford, 1921" Xv + 112 pp. Bound in ' white buckram; grey buckram boards; gilt lettering to spine; all edges uncut. 23 x 15cm. Bookplate of the late Donald Fyffe. Slight foxing o/w Nr.FINE. Note in the hand of the author tipped in, headed "Upton, Slough, Bucks. ,and written in both black & red ink: "Though the accompanying volumes is NOT in the Navy Records series, it DOES contain some reference to the London earthquakes of 1750, both in text and in footnote. Page 43". A privately printed account of one of the author's ancestors, Vice-Admiral Sir John Bentley (1703-1772). As Bentley left no record of his active life and naval service, a picture has been compiled from other sources including the logs of ships under his command. Sir John Bentley, who enjoyed the confidence of Anson, Boscawen, and Hawke, was born at Deal in Kent in 1703 during the 'Great Storm' of that year. The Bentleys of Sandwich drew their origins from Staffordshire, and John's sister, Sarah, became the wife of Rear-Admiral E. Baker (1687-1751). John Bentley probably entered the Navy about the year 1720 aboard the TORBAY, a ship that later flew the flag of Sir Charles Wager (a neighbour of Bentley) at the relief of Gibraltar, The author describes Bentley's early life (1703-1743) before examining in more detail his naval career : The Battle off Toulon, 1744 (the infamous Mathews-Palliser affair) ; Three Earliest Commissions ' SUTHERLAND, BURFORD, DUKE, 1744-1747 ; The PRINCE GEORGE, 1747 ; The DEFIANCE, 1747-1748 ; Four Commissions ' INVINCIBLE 1748, CHARLOTTE 1755, BARFLEUR 1756, INVINCIBLE 1757 ; Early Career of the WARSPIGHT 1758-1759 ; The Later Career of the WARSPIGHT 1759-1761 ; and finally the Closing Years, 1761-1772 when Sir John was appointed a Commissioner of the Navy and was promoted to Vice-Admiral. An Appendix provides the Appointments and Commissions held by Admiral Bentley and a Postscript provides a note on the Kentish family of Baker. The book is full of anecdote, the last chapter for example, includes the introduction of copper sheathing for war vessels, the introduction of the chronometer, death of Lord and Lady Anson, death of Admiral Holburne, the Foreland Beacons, etc.

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