Lt Charles Cobbe - Royal Navy
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Charles Cobbe - Lieutenant Royal Navy - 11th April 1797

Charles's Lieutenant's Pass Certificate, PRO Ref ADM107, [1.32], transcribed below, describes;  when, for how long and in what capacity Charles Cobbe served aboard the ships listed. And in particular HMS Captain.

front face of certificate: 

                          In pursuance of an Order from Sir John Jervis KB., Admiral of the Blue and Commander in Chief etc., etc., etc.   We have examined Mr Charles Cobbe, who appears to be more than twenty years of age, and find he has gone to sea more than six years, in the Ships and Qualaities undermentioned,

Ships
Entry
Quality
Discharged
Time
Y
M
W
D
Colossus
24 Septr 1789
Capt St
16 Octo 1790
1
-
3
2
Niger
30 Sept 1791
Able
14 May 1793
1
8
-
3
Captain
17 May 1793
Able
31 May 1793
-
-
2
1
Do
1 June 1793
Mid
31 March 1794
-
10
3
3
Do
1 April 1794
Mid
20 July 1795
1
3
3
6
Dido
26 July 1795
Mid
27 March 1797
1
8
3
-
Ville de Paris
31 March 1797
Mid
11 April 1797
-
-
1
5

                             He produceth Journals kept by himself in the Captain and Dido, and Certificates from Captains Reeve, Hotham, Preston and Grey of his diligence and Sobriety: He can splice, knot, reef, Sail, work a Ship in sailing, Shift his Tide and keep a Reckoning of a Ships way by plain sailing

and

reverse face of certificate:

and Mercator(?)*, Observe by Sun or Star; and** find the variation of the Compass, and is qualified to do the duty of an able seaman and midshipman

Given under our hand on board
His Majesty's Ship the Excellent
off Cadiz the 11th day of April 1797
Cuthbert Collingwood
?...?... Tonsy(?)*
?...Geard(?)*

As can be seen, Charles Cobbe commenced his "apprenticeship" as Captain's Servant before becoming able seaman and then midshipman.

At the time of the Battle of St. Vincent, Charles Cobbe was Midshipman aboard HMS Dido. Further research is necessary to

          (a) determine his career up to and including the time of his death in 1798 and  

          (b) determine his family connections from ship's documents that may still be available

*        [Further, work will have to be done checking some of the words and signatures on the the certificate           that were difficult to interpret].

**      ["and"  is crossed out by whoever wrote out the certificate. There is a signature at the bottom left of the           front face of the certificate].

[Images of the Certificate are on site. The front face suffers a shadow along its left edge and the rear face by a shadow along the right edge. This is normal during photocopying of a volume with a stiff spine. The imperfection has been accentuated through the scanning of a reduced size copy of that photocopy. However, although a partially successful attempt has been made to clean up the shadows using Photoshop 5.5 it has been necessary to add writer's comments to the rear side of the certificate - the original PRO photocopy does allow the characters within the shadow to be discerned. Later it is intended to scan the foolscap PRO photocopy directly with hopefully better results - GGD].

The PRO Website PROCAT search facility for the PRO Catalogue is now much improved voer the earlier versions. Seaching the site produced a large number of documents relating to all of the vessels referred to in Charles's Pass Certificate. All that remains is to visit the PRO and search through those documents in the hope of finding references to Charles's family.

Although the references are quite easily obtainable from the PRO site, through PROCAT, subject to permission being obtained, those references will be listed on this site in PRO sources pages.

As Charles may have been brother to Frances Cobbe and therefore by marriage to Hans Francis Hastings, it would also be interesting to see if there is a Lieutenant's Pass Certificate for Hans Francis Hastings to see if their paths crossed.