GAMBIER, Admiral James. 19109

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Naval Order Signed ‘Gambier’, to Vice Admiral Sir John Duckworth, instructing him to take HMS Tigre under his command and to send her into Cawsand Bay with one of the ships most in need of refitting. 1 page 13 x 8 inches, in good condition. 15 August 1808 James Gambier (1756-1833), 1st Baron Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet (1830) was born in the Bahamas. He fought with distinction under Lord Howe in the Battle off Ushant in 1794. He was Governor of Newfoundland, 1802-1804. He commanded the British fleet at Copenhagen in 1807. At the Battle of Aix Roads in 1809 he disregarded the signals of Dundonald, but was acquitted by a court martial. He retained command of the Channel Fleet until 1811. Gambier was a founding benefactor of Kenyon College in the United States, so the town that was founded with it, Gambier, Ohio is named after him. Mount Gambier, South Australia, the extinct volcano and the later city, and Gambier Island in British Columbia are also named after him.