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Royal Naval Biography/Jauncey, Henry Fyge


HENRY FYGE JAUNCEY, Esq.
[Post-Captain of 1821.]

Was second lieutenant of the Ethalion frigate. Captain (now Vice -Admiral) James Young, at the capture of a Spanish galleon, Oct. 17, 1799 His share of prize-money, on that occasion, amounted to more than 5000l.[1] He soon afterwards suffered shipwreck on the coast of France, while serving under the command of Captain John Clarke Searle[2], from whose narrative of the loss of the Ethalion we make the following extract:–

“I wish it was in my power to describe the very great merit of all the officers and ship’s company; sure I am their exertions, their promptness in executing my orders, and the steady perseverance they shewed, were never on any other occasion exceeded: for in no similar instance was there ever less confusion.”[3]

Lieutenant Jauncey subsequently commanded the Griper and Cracker, gun-brigs. In the latter vessel, he captured a small French privateer, Nov. 20, 1810. He was advanced to the rank of commander, Feb. 1, 1812 ; appointed to the Hope, of 10 guns, June 7, 1814; re-appointed to the same sloop, Sept. 6, 1815; and posted, July 19, 1821.

Agents.– Messrs. Cooke, Halford and Son.



  1. See Vol. I. Part II. p. 684.
  2. See id. p. 729.
  3. See Schomberg’s Nav. Chronology, III. 221.