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Royal Naval Biography/Harnage, George

(Formerly George Blackman.)

This officer is the eldest son of Sir George Harnage, Bart., and grandson-in-law of the late Admiral Sir Edmund Nagle, K.C.B.

He entered the royal navy, May 1st, 1807, as midshipman on board the Penelope 36, Captain John Dick, under whom he served off Ferrol, on the Halifax station, and at the reduction of Martinique[1]. From Sept. 26th, 1810, on which day the Penelope was put out of commission at Plymouth, we find him in the Defiance 74, Captain Richard Raggett, on the North Sea and Baltic stations, until promoted to the rank of lieutenant, Aug. 12th, 1813. His subsequent appointments were, – Feb. 4th, 1814, to the Hamadryad frigate, Captain Edward Chetham, fitting out for the Newfoundland station, from whence she returned in the beginning of the following year; – April 11th, 1815, to be flag-lieutenant to Rear-Admiral Sir Israel Pellew (Captain of the Mediterranean fleet), which situation he held until June 29th, 1816; – and Aug. 4th, 1818, to the Salisbury 58, Captain John Wilson, in which ship he served under the flags of Rear-Admiral Donald Campbell, and his successor, the late Sir William Charles Fahie, on the Leeward Islands station, until promoted to the command of the Raleigh sloop, at St. Kitt’s, June 19th, 1820. He was subsequently employed under the orders of Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Rowley, on the Jamaica station, from whence he returned to Spithead, bringing home 320,000 dollars, Dec. 18th, 1821. The Raleigh was paid off at Chatham on Jan. 14th, 1822.