WHITE, Vice Admiral Sir John Chambers. 16682



His Last Will and Testament (1845), signed by White and witnessed, together with an autograph draft Memorandum of Services signed JCW (1817) . 3 pp. 12 x 8 inches, in good condition. 27 February 1845. Vice Admiral Sir John Chambers White, (1770–1845) was a prominent British Royal Navy officer of the early nineteenth century, who participated in a number of engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. He achieved most of his fame in the late 1790s as the commander of HMS Sylph, a small brig operating in Northern European waters. White was able to capture a number of equivalent French, Spanish and Dutch vessels and on one occasion was instrumental in the destruction of a much larger French frigate by a British squadron. In 1798 he was with the squadron that discovered the French invasion attempt on Ireland and acted as a messenger in the campaign to destroy the invasion force that ended at the Battle of Tory Island. He was later flag captain for Sir John Borlase Warren and participated at the Action of 13 March 1806 and the destruction of the Regulus in 1814