Profession: British Admiral
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.
- 1749-08-25 British admiral Samuel Hood (24) weds Susannah Linzee in Portsmouth, England
- 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