Monday, April 28

Midshipman Creyke

CREYKE.
Acasta Midshipman under Capt. Dunn, May 1805 - 1806

Richard Creyke is son of the late Capt. Rich. Creyke, R.N., by Anne Leming, eldest daughter of Geo. Adey, Esq., of London; brother of the late Capt. Geo. Adey Creyke, R.N. ; and cousin of the present Lieut. R. B. Creyke, R.N.

This officer entered the Navy, 6 March, 1800, as Sec.-cl. Boy, on board the Cambridge 80, flag-ship at Plymouth of Sir Thos. Pasley. He removed, as Midshipman, 5 June, 1801, to the Princess Royal 98, bearing the fiag in the Channel of Sir Erasmus Gower ; served for a few months in 1802 on board the Galatea 32, Capt. Geo. Wolfe ; and, on accompanying that officer into the Aigle 36, witnessed, 12 July, 1804, the destruction off the coast of France, of La Charente of 20, and La Joie of 8 guns. In May, 1805, he joined the Acasta 40, Capt. Rich. Dalling Dunn, with whom we find him enacting a part in the battle of St. Domingo, 6 Feb. 1806, and then visiting the Mediterranean. Being promoted from the Royal George 100, flag-ship off Cadiz of Sir John Thos. Duckworth, to a Lieutenantcy in the Alfred 74, Capt. John Bligh, 7 Nov. 1806, Mr. Creyke, after assisting in the operations against Copenhagen in 1807, accompanied home in 1808 the Russian fleet which had surrendered in the Tagus; and with the same Captain, in the Vamant 74, he was further present at the destruction of the French shipping in Basque Roads and the siege of Flushing in 1809, and at the capture of La Confiance (late 40-gun frigate Cannoniere), with colonial produce on hoard to the value of 150,000l. sterling, 3 Feb. 1810.

Source: A NAVAL BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY: COMPRISING THE LIFE AND SERVICES OF EVERY LIVING OFFICER IN HER MAJESTY'S NAVY, FROM THE RANK OF ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET TO THAT OF LIEUTENANT, INCLUSIVE. Compiled from Authentic and Family Documents. BY WILLIAM E. O'BYRNE, ESQ.
LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, PUBLISHER TO THE ADMIRALTY. 1849.

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