Royal Naval Biography/Warrand, Thomas
THOMAS WARRAND, Esq.
[Post-Captain of 1825.]
Obtained the rank of lieutenant in Feb. 1800; and assisted at the capture of two Spanish corvettes, in Barcelona road, by the boats of the Minotaur 74, and Niger troop-ship, under the directions of Captain James Hillyar, on the 3d of Sept. following. He afterwards received the Turkish gold medal for his services on the coast of Egypt.
We next find Mr. Warrand serving as signal-lieutenant to Sir Robert Calder, at the capture of two Spanish line-of-battle ships, July 22d, 1805; and subsequently commanding the Bloodhound gun-brig, on the Downs station, where he captured a small French privateer, Aug. 6th, 1810. Some time after this, he was appointed to the Sealark schooner, of ten 12-pounder carronades and fifty men, in which vessel he captured, after a long and severe action, la Ville de Caen lugger privateer, of sixteen long 4-pounders and seventy-five men, on the Plymouth station, July 21 st, 1812. The enemy’s loss amounted to fifteen or sixteen men killed, and about the same number wounded ; the Sealark had seven slain, and twenty-two, including her commander and Mr. Alexander Gunn, midshipman, wounded, several of them dangerously.
This gallant action procured Lieutenant Warrand immediate promotion; and on the 15th of the following month he was re-appointed to the Sealark, then rated a sloop of war. On the 22d of Sept. 1819, he obtained a pension for his wounds, the present amount of which is 150l. per annum. His advancement to the rank of captain took place July 27th, 1825.