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Royal Naval Biography/Sparshott, Samuel

Deputy Comptroller General of the Coast Guard.

This officer passed his examination in May 1809; obtained the rank of lieutenant on the 22d Aug. following; and subsequently served under Captains Robert Preston and William Bowles, in the Ganymede, Aquilon, Euphrates, and Amphion frigates. He was advanced to his present rank on the 16th Oct. 1818; and appointed inspecting commander of the coast guard at Yarmouth, in July 1814. We next find him, Sept. 13th 1826, commissioned to the Nimrod sloop, which vessel, when on her way from Cork to the river Clyde, having brought up in Holyhead bay during a gale from the N.N.W., drove on shore and was bilged, in the night of Jan. 14th, 1827. On the account of this disaster reaching the Admiralty, a master-attendant was sent round with succours from Plymouth, but, owing to strong easterly winds, he did not arive at Holyhead until after the Nimrod had, by very great exertions on the part of her commander, officers, and crew, been floated off the rocks, and placed in a dry dock. She was sold out of the service on the 3d March following; and Commander Sparshott appointed to the office he now holds, on the 16th May in the same year. His younger brother, Edward, is a captain R.N., and a Knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order.