ST. VINCENT, Admiral John Jervis, Earl. 15586

£250

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Letter Signed ‘St. Vincent’ to “The respective Officers of the Ordnance at Gibraltar”, about their accounts “which you describe to be of great importance” which were to be sent home by HM Storeship Gorgon, informing them of the alternative presented by “several Ships of superior force (some of them not likely to be embarrassed with Convoy) are soon expected here on their way to England, and may arrive before the Gorgon”. 1 page 13 x 8 inches, in fine condition, integral blank leaf. HMS Le Souverain, Gibraltar, 18 April 1799. Admiral John Jervis, Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823) signs as commander of the Mediterranean Fleet. Between 1797 and 1799 Jervis set himself the task of improving the dockyards and defences of Gibraltar including building a new Victualling Yard and Water Tanks to replenish his ships. After the Battle of the Nile the dockyards, under Jervis’ watchful eye, managed to successfully repair most of the fleet. He relinquished the command in June 1799.