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Samuel Hood

British Admiral Samuel Hood

Profession: British Admiral

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Why Famous: Best known for his service in the American Revolutionary War where he fought in the Battle of the Chesapeake alongside Admiral Thomas Graves. He was later Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet during the French Revolutionary Wars.

A mentor to the young Horatio Nelson, Hood was made First Sea Lord, head of the Royal Navy, in 1795.

Born: December 12, 1724
Birthplace: Butleigh, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: January 27, 1816 (aged 91)

Married Life

  • 1749-08-25 British admiral Samuel Hood (24) weds Susannah Linzee in Portsmouth, England

Events in the Life of Samuel Hood

  • 1781-09-05 American Revolutionary War: French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British forces under Admiral Graves at the Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] and trap Cornwallis
  • 1792-09-12 Court martial begins for instigators of the mutiny on the Bounty on board HMS Duke in Portsmouth harbour, presided over by Vice-Admiral Samuel Hood

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