Royal Naval Biography/Smith, John (a)
JOHN SMITH, (a.) Esq.
A Companion of the Most Honorable Military Order of the Bath.
[Post-Captain of 1813.]
A native of Aberdeen. This officer served as acting master of the Egmont 74, at the defeat of the Spanish fleet, off Cape St. Vincent, February 14, 1797; and was first lieutenant of the Africa 64, at the ever-memorable battle of Trafalgar: his commission as a commander bears date December, 24, 1805.
Captain Smith’s subsequent appointments were to the Devastation bomb, Magnet brig, and Beagle of 18 guns. The latter vessel formed part of the squadron under Sir George R. Collier, at the reduction of St. Sebastian, in 1813. He obtained post-rank October 27, in the same year; and was nominated a C.B. December 8, 1815.
Agent.– J. Dufaur, Esq.