Graham Moore

Graham Moore

Infobox Military Person
name=Graham Moore

born= 1764
placeofbirth=Glasgow, Scotland
allegiance=Kingdom of Great Britain
Great Britain and Ireland
branch=Royal Navy
battles=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.

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" (74) in the Brazils, later being 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.

Further reading

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

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