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A hand written and signed letter by Rear Admiral Sir John Norris | The letter is signed and dated December 4th, 1733 and mentions the names George Musgrave (Storekeeper for the office of Ordnance at Chatham), John Anderson, and signed by Rear Admiral Sir John Norris (Promoted to rear admiral on 10 March 1707, Norris became second-in-command of the Mediterranean Fleet, with his flag in the third rate HMS Torbay. After taking part in the British defeat at the Battle of Toulon in July 1707 and, while sailing aboard his flagship HMS Torbay, Norris was present during the great naval disaster off the Isles of Scilly) and John Anderson | Dimensions: 7" W x 10.75" H | Very Good Condition. The letter has a Crown above GR watermark on the paper when held to the light. HMS Torbay was an 80-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched at Deptford Dockyard on 16 December 1693. In 1707, she served as flagship of Rear-Admiral of the Blue Sir John Norris and belonged to Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's fleet. She saw action during the unsuccessful Battle of Toulon and was present during the great naval disaster off the Isles of Scilly when Shovell and four of his ships (Association, Firebrand, Romney and Eagle) were lost, claiming the lives of nearly 2,000 sailors. Torbay suffered little to no damage and finally managed to reach Portsmouth. She was rebuilt at Deptford, according to the 1706 Establishment, and was relaunched on 23 May 1719. After this, her 80 guns were mounted on three gundecks instead of her original two, though she continued to be classified as a third rate. Torbay was broken up in 1749.. Torbay was notable for breaking the defensive boom in the Battle of Vigo Bay.


7 x 10.75 x 0.01 in


1 lb

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Antique Original 1733 Office of Ordinance HMS Torbay

Estimate $400 - $700Jul 21, 2018
112 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
United States
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