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Sir Edward Hawke

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    Royal Navy
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Edward Hawke, Naval Officer - Timeline Index, 22 July 2013 [cached]
Edward Hawke, Naval Officer
1705 - 1781
Edward Hawke, Naval Officer > Website
Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, KB, was a naval officer of the Royal Navy. He is best remembered for his service during the Seven Years' War, particularly his victory over a French fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, preventing a French invasion of Britain. A number of Royal Navy warships were named after him, in commemoration of this. He had also won an earlier victory, the Battle of Cape Finisterre in 1747 which made his name. Hawke acquired a reputation as a "fighting officer" which allowed his career to prosper, despite him possessing a number of political enemies. He developed the concept of a Western Squadron, keeping an almost continuous blockade of the French coast throughout the war. Hawke also served as First Lord of the Admiralty for five years between 1766 and 1771. In this post, he oversaw the mobilisation of the British navy during the 1770 Falklands Crisis.
Mordaunt - Biographies, 1 May 2014 [cached]
Both Mordaunt and Conway doubted whether the attack on Rochefort could succeed, and their fears were shared by the naval commanders Admiral Sir Edward Hawke and Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Knowles.
Mordaunt and Conway remained unhappy-a 'tip and run' strategy held no appeal for contemporary army officers who preferred the set-piece tactics in progress in Germany-but with the political will behind the scheme they, Hawke, and Knowles eventually accepted the plan.
The tensions inherent in a divided command surfaced on the following day, when Hawke declared in a written note his intention of immediately sailing for England in default of any further military plans.
Vauxhall Gardens, 29 Aug 2012 [cached]
In 1762, another historical painting was finished by the same artist in the adjoining pannel, representing Britannia, holding in her hand a medallion of his present Majesty, and sitting on the right-hand of Neptune in his chariot drawn by sea-horses, who by their attitudes, and the spirit they discover, seem to partake in the triumph, which is supposed to be occasioned by the defeat of the French fleet (represented on the back ground) by Sir Edward Hawke, November 10, 1759. The horses are guided by Neptune, as represented by the [p.27] poets. The car is preceeded by tritons blowing their shell, and surrounded by nereids or sea-nymphs who attend the triumph, and are gently impelled along by the agitation of the waves; they hold in their hands medallions as large as life of those heroic naval officers, viz. Howe, Keppel, Saunders, Anson, Hawke, Pococke, and Boscawen, over which last medallion the nereid weeps for his decease. When this painting was finished, admiral Anson was not dead. The sea-fight represents the engagement between the Royal George commanded by admiral Hawke in person, and the Soleil Royal commanded by admiral de Conflans.
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Admiral Hawke, naval Commander-in-Chief, sent Sir William Burnaby to demand Wright be given up.
Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, (February 21, 1705 - October 16, 1781) was an admiral in the Royal Navy.
Edward Hawke 1705-1781) had ..., 12 April 2012 [cached]
Edward Hawke 1705-1781) had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, serving for over half a century and finally becoming First Lord of the Admiralty.
This volume is a selection of his papers chosen from between 1743 and 1771, providing information on every significant stage in Hawke's career combined with a connected sequence of documents for the outstanding campaign of 1759-60 during the Seven Years War.
His peacetime command at Portsmouth between 1748 and 1754 is also documented together with his post of First Lord from which he retired in 1771. Hawke has been the greatest naval commander of his generation, of whom Horace Walpole wrote 'Lord Hawke is dead and does not seem to have bequeathed his mantle to anybody'. Hawke has been the greatest naval commander of his generation, of whom Horace Walpole wrote 'Lord Hawke is dead and does not seem to have bequeathed his mantle to anybody'.
This volume brings together papers to and from Hawke; the sources are the Public Record Office, the National Maritime Museum and the British Library.
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