Captain Charles Crowdy

CHARLES CROWDY Esq was born in Mar 1786 at Highworth in Wiltshire where his father practised for many years as a solicitor and realized a considerable fortune.  This officer entered the Royal Navy in Sept 1799 as midshipman on board La Decade frigate, Captain James Wallace fitting out for the Jamaica station from whence he returned home in the Brunswick 74. He next joined the Ganges 74, Captain, afterwards Sir Thomas F Fremantle to whom he served as aide de camp at the battle of Copenhagen April 2nd 1801. During the peace of Amiens Mr Crowdy again visited the West Indies where he remained until the renewal of hostilities with France in 1803. On the Ganges being paid off in 1805 he was received on board the Urania frigate, Captain the Hon Charles Herbert from which ship he was removed into the Hibernia first rate bearing the flag of Earl St Vincent, commander in chief of the Channel fleet early in 1806. He passed his examination for lieutenant on the 1st Jan in the latter year and was promoted into the Hazard sloop, Captain Charles Dilkes on the 17th Mar following.  During a service of nearly two years under that active officer he was frequently employed in boats cutting out French merchant vessels from the vicinities of Rochfort and Bourdeaux.  In the last affair of this kind he was shot through the right arm below the elbow joint for which wound the Patriotic Society voted him a gratuity of 50.  Lieutenant Crowdy subsequently served in the Pilot sloop Cornelia frigate and Diomede 50, the former on the Mediterranean, the two latter ships on the East India station from whence he was obliged to return home in consequence of ill health.  His next appointment was Mar 6th 1813 to the Rippon 74, Captain Sir Christopher Cole. On the 21st Oct following he assisted at the capture of the French 44 gun frigate Weser, and in Feb 1814 he was present at the recapture of a Spanish treasure ship of great value by the Menelaus frigate off L Orient.  In 1821 Lieutenant Crowdy was appointed to the Bulwark 76 flag ship of the late Sir Benjamin H Carew, stationed in the river Medway.  He was made commander from the Maidstone frigate Mar 25th 1824, appointed to the Badger sloop on the North Sea station Dec 29th 1825, and advanced to the rank of captain from half pay Jan 13th 1834.  On the 3rd Mar 1828 a court martial was held on board the flag ship at Portsmouth to try Lieutenant Raymond Evans of the Badger on a charge preferred against him by Commander Crowdy of a breach of part of the 22d article of war in disobeying his commander’s orders relative to a proposed alteration in berthing the men, when, after a minute investigation of all the circumstances the court declared that the charge had not been proved and did adjudge Lieutenant Evans who had been six weeks under arrest on the charge to be fully acquitted.  On the 11th of the same month Commander Crowdy was tried by court martial on charges preferred against him by Lieutenant Evans for unofficerlike, ungentlemanly and oppressive conduct to the officers and crew of the Badger.  On the 17th the court reassembled to hear Commander Crowdy’s defence and agreed that part of the first charge – striking some of the crew when the ship was in danger, they not exerting themselves, was partly proved for which the court adjudged him to be admonished.  This officer married in 1816 the only daughter of the late John C Lewis Esq of Westbury near Bristol and niece to Charles Lewis Esq of St Pierre Park near Chepstow co Monmouth by whom he has had several children.

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