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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[1]. 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[2]; 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.