Lieutenant assigned to Acasta under Capt. Kerr, 6 July 1814
Joseph West entered the Navy 1 June, 1807, as Sec.-cl. Vol., on board the Temeraire 98, Capt. Sir Chas. Hamilton, lying at Portsmouth, and sailed, towards the close of the same year, in the Sapphire, Capt. Geo. Davies, for the East Indies, where he became Midshipman, in May, 1808, and July, 1811, of the Piemontaise 38, Capt. Chas. Foote, and Phoenix 36, Capt. Jas. Bawen. While attached to the Piemontaise, of which frigate he was for 14 months Master's Mate, he was employed on shore in 1808 in co-operation with the army at Quilon on the coast of Malabar, and was twice wounded in cutting out gun-boats from Bantam, in the island of Java. In 1809 he was present in an attack upon a body of Malay pirates ; and at the celebrated capture, in Aug. 1810, of the island of Banda Neira, he was one of those who escaladed the walls of the castle of Belgria.
In 1811 he assisted at the capture of Palambang and Sambas. Returning to England in 1813 in the Bucephalus frigate, Capt. Barrington Reynolds, he joined, in the spring of 1814, the Newcastle 50, Capt. Lord Geo. Stuart, and Meteor bomb and Furieuse 36, Capts. Sam. Roberts and Wm. Mounsey—the two last on the coast of North America ; where, after having accompanied an expedition to Penobscot Bay, he was made Lieutenant, 6 July, 1814, into the Acasta 40, Capt. Alex. Robt. Kerr. That ship however he never joined. He was employed next, between Oct. 1814 and Sept 1815, in the Fantome 18, Capt. Thos. Sykes (under whom he was wrecked on his passage from St. John's, New Brunswick, to Halifax 24 Nov. 1814) Bulwark 74, Capt. Farmery Predam Epworth, Fueiedsb .again, Capt. Mounsey, and Bann 20, Capt. Thos. Whinyates.
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