Royal Naval Biography/Greenlaw, John Potenger


We first find this officer acting as second lieutenant of la Creole frigate, Captain Austin Bissell, which ship, when accompanying a fleet of merchantmen from the West Indies to England, was necessarily abandoned by her officers and crew, Jan. 2d, 1804[1], He subsequently served as senior lieutenant of the Naiad, and obtained great credit for the “zealous support” he afforded Captain Carteret (afterwards Sir Philip C. Silvester) in two actions with the Boulogne flotilla, under the immediate inspection of Napoleon Buonaparte[2]. His first commission bears date May 4th, 1804; and his promotion to the rank of commander took place on the 15th June, 1814. He married, Sept. 15th, 1814, Miss E. Palmer, of Hammersmith.