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Graham Moore
1764 – 1843
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain
Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1777-1839
Rank Admiral
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
Napoleonic Wars
Relations Dr. John Moore
General Sir John Moore

Vice-Admiral Sir Graham Moore (1764-1843) was a British sailor and a career officer in the Royal Navy. He was the younger brother of General Sir John Moore.

Moore was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of the doctor and author John Moore, and Jean Simson. He entered the Navy in 1777 at the age of 13, gaining promotion to Lieutenant in 1782. He was made Post-Captain in 1794, soon after the start of the Revolutionary War, commanding the 36 gun frigate HMS Melampus from 1800, before being appointed to HMS Indefatigable (44) in 1803.

Moore commanded the squadron of four Royal Navy frigates - Indefatigable (44), Medusa (32), Lively (38) and Amphion (32) - that captured a Spanish treasure fleet of four frigates - Medea (40), Clara (34), Fama (34) and Mercedes (36) - carrying bullion from the Caribbean back to Spain off Cadiz in the Action of 5 October 1804. Performs an act of piracy by attack in time of peace to a spanish fleet carrying goods and civilian personnel.

Moore was then attached to Sir Robert Calder's squadron blockading Ferrol. In 1808, he served as Commodore, flying his broad pendant in the new ship HMS Marlborough assisting Admiral Sir Sidney Smith with the Portuguese royal family's escape to Brazil. He later served as part of the North Sea fleet for several years. He received a knighthood and promotion to Rear-Admiral at the end of the war, and served on the Board of Admiralty between 1816-1820, being promoted to Vice-Admiral in 1819. He served in the Mediterranean between 1820-24, and flew his flag in HMS Impregnable (98) at Plymouth in 1839. He died in 1843, aged 79.

Moore kept a detailed diary from 1784 until 1806, later published in thirty-seven volumes, which provides a unique account of his service as Lieutenant, Commander and Captain.

Canada's Sir Graham Moore Islands, Cape Graham Moore, and Graham Moore Bay are named in his honor.

Further reading

  • Wareham, Tom, Frigate Commander, Pen and Sword (September 2004) ISBN 978-1844150731


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