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Naval History of Great Britain - Vol III
1802 State of the British Navy 163

THE difference in the totals, between the abstract for this year * and that for the last, is too slight to need any observation. The casualty-list of the French navy contains few important losses. That of the Spanish navy, with the exception of the Gamo, is filled with the issue of one unfortunate rencontre. The Dutch navy, having lain quietly in port, ran no risk of suffering any diminution in its numbers. The loss sustained by the Danish navy was of trifling amount; and, considered in a national point of view, was far overbalanced by the renown which the Danes acquired on the occasion. The British casualty-list is distinguishable from any that have preceded it, except that connected with Abstract No. 3, for the number of its captures ; among which, as a very rare occurrence, appear two line-of-battle ships. ||

The number of commissioned officers and masters, belonging to the British navy at the commencement of the year 1802, was:

Admirals

 

 

45

Vice-admirals,

 

 

38 

Rear-admirals

 

 

55 

Rear-admirals

superannuated

30

 

Post-captains

 

 

544

Post-captains

superannuated

15

 

Commanders, or sloop-captains

 

406

Lieutenants

 

 

2322

Lieutenants

retired as Commanders

50

 

Masters .

 

 

540

* See Appendix, Annual Abstract No 10

See Appendix, No. 13.

See Appendix, No. 14

See Appendix, No. 15.

|| See Appendix, No. 16

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