An original Memorandum, signed ‘Chas Napier’ as Rear Admiral and Commander in Chief, to Captain William Hall of HM Steamer Dragon, transferring a Gunner of Marine Artillery from the St. Vincent to the Dragon. 1 page 8 x 6 inches, in good condition. HMS St. Vincent, Cove of Cork,6 May 1848. Admiral Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860) fought in the Napoleonic Wars and in the Anglo-American War of 1814. He commanded the rocket boats that bombarded Baltimore, providing both the ‘bombs bursting in air’ and ‘the rocket’s red glare’ of Francis Scott Key’s American national anthem. He saw service in Portugal (1833-34), Syria (1840-41). In May 1847 he took command of the western squadron.