I’m rubbish at this blogging thing, there’s always something else to do!
HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool Historic Quay
That aside,I have a task to do. In December, The Friends of HMS Trincomalee, of which I’m one of seven trustees were successful in appointing our first Patron, Lord Eric De Saumarez, who is a direct descendant of Sir James Saumarez, First Baron De Saumarez, one of Nelsons “Band of Brothers” from the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and commander in Chief in the Baltic from 1808-1812.
James Saumarez, 1st Baron De Saumarez
A nephew of the first Lord De Saumarez served as a young Lieutenant aboard HMS Trincomalee during the ships second commission.
In a strange quirk of fate, I have been reading about Philip Vere Broke, of Shannon vs Chesapeake fame.
The action between Shannon and Chesapeake during The War of 1812
In the course of reading I discovered a tenuous link between Broke, Saumarez, HMS Trincomalee and one of Trincomalees sea officers,Sir Lambton Loraine.
Philip Vere Broke, Captain, HMS Shannon
In 1882, The 4th Baron De Saumarez, (our Patrons great grandfather) married Jane Anne Vere Broke (grand daughter of Philip Vere Broke) becoming Lady De Saumarez.
Following the marriage into the Saumarez family came Shrublands Hall in Suffolk (famous for being the health spa visited by James Bond in “Thunderball”).
So there is one connection. Now a second.
The sister of Lady De Saumarez, Frederica Mary Horatia Vere Broke (theres a name!) married Sir Lambton Loraine, 11th Baronet of Kirk Harle, in Northumberland.
Lambton Loraine, 11th Baronet of Kirk Harle,Northumberland.
The final connection? Sir Lambton Loraine had served as a Midshipman in Trincomalee during the second commission.
Sir Lambton Loraine later became famous during the Virginius incident in 1873.
Funny how things connect together, isnt it…. I wonder what the conversations between Loraine and young Saumarez would have been like…. at that stage they were unrelated. If only they knew what the future was going to bring.