O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'
O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'

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The following is the entry for Thomas Harvey in William O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'.

HARVEY. (Commander, 1840. f-p. 17; h-p., 8.)

Thomas Harvey, born in Dec. 1810, at Walmer, co. Kent, is eldest son of the late Vice-Admiral of the White Sir Thos. Harvey, K.C.B., by Sarah, youngest daughter of his grand-uncle Capt. John Harvey, R.N., who was mortally wonunded in command of the Brunswick 74, in the action of 1 June, 1794. He is grandson of the late Admiral Sir Henry Harvey, K.B.; brother of Commander Henry Harvey, R.N.; nephew, maternally, of Capt. Edw. Harvey, R.N.; and first-cousin of Commander John Harvey, R.N.
This officer entered the Navy, 16 Dec. 1822, as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the Gloucester 74, bearing the broad pendant in the West Indies of Sir Edw. W. C. K. Owen. He continued to serve on that station, part of the time in the Tyne 28, and Helicon 10, Capts. John Walter Roberts and Wm. Robt. Dawkins, until Feb. 1824; and from the following May until Dec. 1825, he was employed as a student at the Royal Naval College. Re-embarking, then, as Midshipman, on board the Dryad 42, Capts. Hon. Robt. Rodney and Hon. Geo. Alfred Crofton, he proceeded, after cruizing for a period on the Channel and Irish stations, to the Mediterranean, where, and in South America, he further, until Dec. 1829, served on board the Isis 50, Commodore Sir Thos. Staines, Camelion 10, Capt. Christ. Wyvill, Philomel 10, Capt. Edw. Hawes, Seringapatam 46, Capt. Hon. Wm. Waldegrave, and Warspite 76, flag-ship of Rear-Admiral Thos. Baker. On 24 of the month last-mentioned we find him promoted to a Lieutenancy in the Tribune 42, Capt. John Alex. Duntze, with whom he served, latterly in the North Sea, until paid off in Dec. 1831. He subsequently joined ? 4 Dec. 1833, the Asia 84, flag-ship of Rear-Admiral Parker, off Lisbon, whence he returned in June, 1834 ? 28 July, 1835, the Russell 74, Capt. Sir Wm. Henry Dillon, employed on the latter station, and also in the Mediterranean, where, on one occasion, he took charge of the Ariadne from Malta to Alexandria, and on another was lent to the Portland 50, Capt. David Price ? and, in the course of 1839, the Inconstant 36, and Winchester 50, as Flag-Lieutenant, in each ship to his father, on the North America and West India station. He was there promoted to the command, 6 Nov. 1840, of the Racer 16, in which sloop he remained until put out of commission in Oct. 1842. He has not been since afloat.
Commander Harvey married, 9 April, 1844, Christian Bargreve, eldest daughter of Wm. Bridger, Esq., of Eastry Court, co. Kent. Agents ? Hallett and Robinson.

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