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Benjamin Hallowell Carew
(d 1834)

Benjamin Hallowell Carew died on 2 Sep 1834. He served in the Royal Navy.

Sons who served as naval officers: Charles Hallowell Carew and William Henry Hallowell Carew

Ranks:

Lt (1781)
Capt (1793)
RAdm B (1811)
RAdm W (1812)
VAdm B (1819)
Adm B (1830)

Ship Ranks:

Captain on the Swiftsure

He appears as a character in the books "Ramage and the Drum Beat" (Dudley Pope) and "Jackass Frigate, The" (Alaric Bond).

Notes:

Son of Benjamin Hallowell

• As Captain of Courageux, 74, he took part in the Battle of Hyθres (13 Jul 1795).
• Present as a volunteer on Victory, 100 (Captain George Grey) during the Battle of Cape St. Vincent (14 Feb 1797). Sent back to England with duplicates of Admiral Sir John Jervis' despatches.
• As Captain of Swiftsure, 74, he took part in the Battle of the Nile (1 Aug 1798).
• Presented Lord Nelson with a coffin made of wood from the main mast of L'Orient (23 May 1799).
• Colonel of Marines (31 Jul 1810–1 Aug 1811)
• Assumed the surname of Carew upon succeeding to the Carew family estates per the will of Mrs. Anne Paston Gee (1828).
• C-in-C Ireland

"In person he was the exact cut of a sailor, five feet eight or nine inches high, stout and muscular, but not at all corpulent. His countenance was open, manly, and benevolent, with bright, clear grey eyes, which, if turned inquiringly upon you, seemed to read your most secret thoughts. His mouth was pleasing and remarkably handsome, but indicative of decision and strength of character; and his thinly scattered hair, powdered, and tied in a cue [sic] after the old fashion, displayed, in all its breadth, his high and massive forehead, upon which unflinching probity and sterling good sense seemed to have taken their stand. Such in outward guise was Captain Hallowell, when I first became acquainted with him. His usual manner was thoughtful and reserved; but that was often laid aside, when his conversation became lively and entertaining, mixed with anecdotes of old times and old scenes, and occasionally even sportive and playful." — Abraham Crawford (Reminiscences of a Naval Officer, during the Late War with Sketches and Anecdotes of Distinguished Commanders)

Further Reading:

Crawford, Abraham. 1851. Reminiscences of a Naval Officer, during the Late War with Sketches and Anecdotes of Distinguished Commanders (2 volumes). London: Henry Colburn.

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