Original Naval Order Signed, addressed to Robert Mitford, Captain of HM Sloop Espoir, ordering him to take a number of named Transports under his protection, and to proceed as speedily as possible to Malta. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, lightly faded, but legible. Given on board the San Juan, Gibraltar, 1 October 1811. Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Vinicombe Penrose (1759 – 1830) became Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet. Penrose joined the Royal Navy in 1775. He took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1781 and the capture of Martinique in 1793. In 1794 he became Commander in HMS Lynx. He later commanded HMS Cleopatra, HMS Resolution, HMS Sans Pareil and HMS Carnatic. During 1813 he commanded a small squadron operating off northern Spain and south-western France with his flag in HMS Porcupine. He coordinated naval support for the crossing of the Adour River in early 1814 that allowed the Anglo-Portuguese Army to isolate and invest Bayonne. He went on to be become Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet in Autumn 1814.