Richard Bowen (Royal Navy)

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Richard Bowen (1761 – 25 July 1797) was an officer of the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars.wikipedia
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James Bowen (Royal Navy officer)

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The Bowens were a seafaring family, with Richard's older brother James and two other siblings, George and Thomas, all serving in the navy.
His younger brother, Richard Bowen, also embarked on a career at sea.

Ilfracombe

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Bowen was born in Ilfracombe, Devon in 1761.
Captain Richard Bowen (1761–97) James Bowen's younger brother, a commander on, served under Lord Nelson and was killed at the battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797).

Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797)

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Bowen saw service with Horatio Nelson, and was killed fighting alongside him at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
On 14 July Nelson sailed for the Canaries aboard his flagship HMS Theseus, (Captain Miller), leading a squadron composed of HMS Culloden (Captain Troubridge), HMS Zealous (Captain Hood), all 74-gun ships; and the frigates HMS Seahorse (38 guns), commanded by Captain Fremantle, HMS Emerald (36 guns) led by Captain Waller, and HMS Terpsichore (32 guns) under Captain Bowen; as well as the hired armed cutter Fox under Lieutenant John Gibson, and a mortar boat, the Ray, under Lieutenant Crompton.

Spanish ship Nuestra Señora de la Santísima Trinidad

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He followed Jervis to the Mediterranean and took part in several hard-fought frigate actions, and even went so far as to attack the Santísima Trinidad, the largest warship in the world at the time, in his 32-gun frigate,.
Several days later, Santísima Trinidad was spotted, still damaged, making her way back to Spain, and engaged by the 32-gun frigate under Captain Richard Bowen, but she escaped.

George Thorp (Royal Navy officer)

George Thorp
On the night of 17/18 April a joint cutting out expedition was mounted by the two British frigates, each sending three boats of which those from the Terpsichore under the command of its First Lieutenant (Lieutenant George Thorp) successfully captured the nearer of the Indiamen to the shore, Principe Fernando, sailing and towing her to sea while under fire from shore batteries for two hours.
His short, but distinguished, career culminated in service as first lieutenant of the frigate and his death, aged 19, at the side of his commanding officer, Captain Richard Bowen, in the assault on Santa Cruz, Tenerife.

Atlantic (1783 ship)

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Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Australia was entered and named by Bowen in 1791 in the convict transport ship Atlantic of the Third Fleet, in honour of Admiral John Jervis.
The Naval Agent on board was Lieutenant Richard Bowen, and the surgeon was James Thompson.

Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797)

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Bowen was at Gibraltar when news of Jervis's victory at the Battle of Cape St Vincent arrived.
Captain Richard Bowen then ordered to keep the pursuit but from a longer distance until the frigate vanished away.

Bowen Island (Jervis Bay)

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When explorer George Bass entered the same bay on 10 December 1797 he named Bowen Island in honour of Richard Bowen, who had been killed in July of that year.
The island was named after Lieutenant Richard Bowen RN.

Jervis Bay

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Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Australia was entered and named by Bowen in 1791 in the convict transport ship Atlantic of the Third Fleet, in honour of Admiral John Jervis.
In August 1791 Lieutenant Richard Bowen, aboard the convict transport ship Atlantic, part of the Third Fleet, sailed into the bay and named it in honour of Admiral John Jervis, under whom he had served.

Royal Navy

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Richard Bowen (1761 – 25 July 1797) was an officer of the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars.

American Revolutionary War

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Richard Bowen (1761 – 25 July 1797) was an officer of the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars.

French Revolutionary Wars

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Richard Bowen (1761 – 25 July 1797) was an officer of the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars.

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

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Bowen saw service with Horatio Nelson, and was killed fighting alongside him at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent

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Bowen was born into a naval family, and first saw service alongside several distinguished naval figures, including John Jervis, who would become a long-standing friend and patron to Bowen.

Caribbean

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Bowen rose to prominence after distinguishing himself in several actions, but was unable to gain a commission by the end of the war with America, and spent several years in the Caribbean, hoping to receive promotion.

Tenerife

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He was operating off Tenerife in 1797 when he came under the command of Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was quickly impressed by Bowen's zeal and ability.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Bowen was given the task of leading the first wave of the assault on the town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, but the attack went badly.

Grapeshot

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The defenders poured grapeshot onto the attacking British, killing and wounding many, Bowen was killed while Nelson was badly wounded.

London

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His friends and relations pressured the authorities for the erection of a memorial in one of the main London churches, but their requests were turned down.

Devon

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Bowen was born in Ilfracombe, Devon in 1761.

Jamaica

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After two years with his father Richard joined his elder brother James' merchant ship and made trading voyages between England and Jamaica.

Benjamin Caldwell

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He applied to join the navy as a volunteer and a position was found for him by his friend, Captain Benjamin Caldwell, then the commander of the frigate.

Guard ship

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Finding her to be unready for sea, Bowen and a number of the officers from Emerald joined the guardship at the Nore,.

Nore

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Finding her to be unready for sea, Bowen and a number of the officers from Emerald joined the guardship at the Nore,.

Sloop-of-war

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Caldwell went on to equip the 14-gun ship-sloop HMS Lightning for service while awaiting the launch of Hannibal, and Bowen received an appointment to her and the position of midshipman on 12 August 1779.