MAINWARING, Edward R. P. (1788-1865), naval officer. Autograph summary of naval service 1799-1813

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MAINWARING, Edward Reeves Philip (1788-1865), naval officer. Autograph document signed by Edward R.P. Mainwaring Capt. RN, 4to, 3 sides, [no date] detailing a summary of his early service “…. entered the Navy in June 1799 on board HMS Roebuck commanded by Capt John Buchanan – was engaged in her Boats in action with the Spanish Gun Boats in the G- of Gibraltar …….. assisted in landing the British troops in the Morning of the 8th of March in Egypt…….. when Lieut. of the Plantagenet in the Baltic frequently ingaged in her Boats with Danish Gun Boats ….. in December 1813 with the Barge of that ship I took the American letter of Marque Rapid mounting one long twenty four pounder & thirty men – for which service won the approbation of the late Sir John Warren the Admiral Commanding in Chief …… on the Coast of America I was frequently ingaged with the Enemy both on shore & afloat …….. at the Battle of Trafalgar I was with the Squadron under the Command of the late Sir John Jervis ….”. Small holes and edge nicks along creases.

Edward Reeves Philip Mainwaring was born in Leeds 16 June 1788 the son of Edward Manwaring (both spellings found) and Elizabeth Judith Reeves. Mainwaring served as Lieutenant on the Plantagenet from 1807 to 1815, until 1812 under the command of Thomas Eyles, and thereafter under the command of Robert Lloyd, serving in the Baltic, North America and West Indies. In June 1813 HMS Plantagenet experienced a narrow miss in Lynnhaven Bay (Virginia) when what was reported at the time as ‘a combustible machine called a torpedo’ went off alongside the ship – this was in fact an early version of a contact mine floating below the water’s surface. Mainwaring’s last command was as captain of the Electra in South America.

See also the related ALS by Edmund Fanning in this section.

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