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Source:   John Marshall, Royal Naval Biography, (London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, (1823-1835), Volume spline No. 9, p.257 - published 1827.  As extracted from the volume held in the Admiralty Libray and provided courtesy of CPO Peter Lockyer - HMS Victory, Portsmouth Naval Base. For the names of the officers and ratings on the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar - see the offical crew list.

Note: The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy, 1660-1815, ed.David Syrett and R.L. DiNardo (Aldershot: Scolar press for the Navy Records Society, 1994)  would be a source for the likely 1835 death date of Capt. Andrew King.


Is a brother to Captain Edward Durnford King, R.N., whose services we have already recorded.

This officer served as a Midshipman on board the Bellenon 74, bearing the flag of Rear Admiral Pasley, in the battle of May 28 and 29, and the glorious battle of June 1, as senior Lieutenant of the Andromeda frigate, commanded by Captain Henry Inman, when that officer attempted to destroy a French squadron in Dunkirk harbour, 1799, as first on la Desiree, under the same commander, at the defeat of the Danish line of defence before Copenhagen, April 2, 1801, (on which occasion he was commended), and as fourth Lieutenant of Nelson's flagship, in ever-memorable conflict with the combined fleets near Cape Trafalgar, Oct 21, 1805. His promotion to the rank of Commander took place Jan 22, 1806.

By reference to p.239 of' this volume, it will be seen that Captain King commanded the Hebe hired armed ship, and was several times warmly engaged with the enemy' s batteries and flotilla, during the siege of Copenhagen in 1807. From thence he returned home in the Waldemaar, a Danish 80, the equipment of which ship was greatly expedited by his zealous exertions. His post commission bears date Oct 13, 1807  In the summer of 1808, Captain King was appointed the Tempore, to the Venerable 74. and in her he assisted at the reduction of Flushing, Aug 15, 1809  We subsequently find him commanding the Hannibal 74, bearing the flag of Sir Thomas Williams, Royal Georue a first rate, Rainbow of 26 guns, and Iphigenia frigate, the three latter on the Mediterranean station.

The Iphigenia formed part of Sir Josias Rowley's squadron at the capture of Genoa in April 1814, and was afterwards ordered to conduct a fleet of transports from Gibraltar to Bermuda. In Oct 1815. We find her proceeding to the East Indies, from whence Captain King returned home in command of the Cornwallis 74. His last appointment was Dec 28, 1821, to the Active 46, in which frigate he continued until about Sept 1824.

The subject of this sketch married, Mar 5 1821, Mary, eldest daughter of Charles Lewin, of St. Albans. Co. Hens.