Augustus Reebkomp (later Montgomery)
was born 23rd Nov 1762.
He was named "Augustus Reebkomp"
entered Royal Navy as child.
First record is June 1773, age 10,
where he is Captain's Servant on the
He entered the Royal Naval Academy
in Portsmouth on 3rd November 1774.
There was a riot by pupils
(rebelling against the harsh punishments and conditions)
at the Royal Naval Academy
late in 1776.
Reebkomp was disciplined for participating in the riot
He was discharged from the Academy on 27th February 1778.
On 1 Apr 1778 (age 15) he became a Midshipman
on the Bienfaisant.
Becomes Lieutenant, 1780:
On 8 Mar 1780 (age 17), he was appointed
on the Hope.
See a later
from Vice Admiral of the White,
26 Mar 1782,
about his appointment as a Lieutenant.
Calls him "Augustus R. Reebkomp".
En route from Charlestown, South Carolina,
to New York to join the Hope,
Reebkomp was captured 24 Mar 1780 off
Sandy Hook, New Jersey,
by an American privateer.
carried into Rhode Island as a prisoner.
Eventually freed in an exchange.
He mentions what happened in a later letter
of 27 Mar 1782.
[Pembroke Papers, vol.I, p.491].
He finally joined the Hope
on 1 June 1780.
Lieutenant on the Intrepid,
appointed 3 Nov 1780.
Appointed 9 May 1781
Lieutenant on the Sandwich
(flagship of Admiral Rodney).
Becomes Commander, 1781:
In 1781 he was appointed
of the Ranger
(purchased in 1779, renamed the Pigmy in 1781).
took the name "Augustus Montgomery"
on becoming Commander in 1781. Letter
of 27 Mar 1782
says he was appointed "Master and Commander" of the Ranger on 27 July 1781 (age 18)
under the name Augustus Montgomery.
says he was appointed on 28 July 1781.
He re-joined active service in the Navy in 1788.
On 23 May 1788 he was appointed
Captain of the Mercury.
Sailed to the Mediterranean. Presumably to the Eastern Mediterranean, and that is how he met his wife.
See Beechey portrait painted 1789. [Steel's List]
shows him as Captain of the Mercury, in the Mediterranean,
in at least Jan 1790 to Jan 1791.
On 5 May 1791, he went on leave.
In June 1791,
shows the Mercury at Portsmouth. No Captain listed.
He got married in Oct 1791.
On 8 Jan 1793, he was appointed Captain of the Inconstant.
In Feb and Mar 1793,
shows him as Captain of the Inconstant, then in the English Channel.
In Apr to June 1793,
shows him as Captain of the Inconstant, location listed as "To the West Indies".
He and his ship the Inconstant
captured the French ship the Curieux
in the West Indies on 3rd June 1793.
of The Royal Navy: A History, by William Laird Clowes,
In July 1793,
shows them back in the English Channel.
In Aug 1793,
shows them "With Earl Howe".
(This was the commander of the Channel Fleet,
Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe.)
In Sept to Nov 1793,
shows him as Captain of the Inconstant, location listed as "Cruising".
In Dec 1793,
shows them in "Convoy to Mediterranean".
In Jan 1794 to Apr 1795,
shows him as Captain of the Inconstant, in Mediterranean.
flagship at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent was the
under Capt. Miller.
The Captain was badly damaged in the successful battle.
After Reebkomp's death, the Theseus came out from England to join the fleet,
with the crew a
"hotbed of mutiny and intrigue"
Nelson made the Theseus
his new flagship, under Capt. Miller,
c.Apr-May 1797, and they restored order.
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