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Royal Naval Biography/Beer, Thomas


Was born at Stoke, near Plymouth, on the 18th Aug. 1787; and entered the navy, as midshipman on board the Royal Sovereign first rate, bearing the flag of Sir Alan (afterwards Lord) Gardner, on the Channel station, in Aug. 1796. He was made a lieutenant on the 4th May, 1810; and appointed to the Martin sloop, April 23d, 1811. We next find him commanding the Bream schooner; and lastly, employed in the suppression of smuggling on the Kentish coast, where he continued, under the orders of Captain William M‘Culloch, for a period of eight years. His promotion to the rank of commander took place July 29th, 1825.