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Royal Naval Biography/Baldey, Robert


Was made a lieutenant on the 27th Sept. 1809. At the close of the war, in 1814, we find him serving as first of the Sapphire sloop, successively commanded by Captains Henry Haynes and Adam Brown, on the Jamaica station. He subsequently commanded two small vessels, the Variable and Decouverte, in the latter of which, an American-built schooner, of 12 guns, he conveyed the celebrated Bolivar, with several of his near relations, from the Spanish Main to Port Royal, in 1815[1]. His next appointment was, we believe, Sept. 1st, 1818, to be senior lieutenant of the Leven 24, Captain David Ewen Bartholomew, on whose demise, after surveying the whole of the Azores, part of the African coast, and some of the Cape Verd Islands, he succeeded to the command of that ship, at the island of Mayo, Feb. lOth, 1821. He afterwards endeavoured to make a survey of the River Gambia; but from the water being so very shoal for some miles to seaward, it was found impossible to accomplish the object without risking the ship. He returned to Spithead, July 23d, 1821, and was promoted to the rank of commander on the 26th of the same month. The Leven was soon afterwards