Captain Thomas Colby RN (1823-1892)


From Great Torrington, Capt. Colby served as a lieutenant on HMS Thunderer, a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at the Wells brother's shipyard in Rotherhithe and launched on 13 November 1783. The Thunderer was one of the first of the main British battle fleet to sight the Franco-Spanish fleet and signal the news to the Victory. Shortly afterwards the Thunderer exchanged opening broadsides with the opposing fleet, commencing the Battle of Trafalgar.
 
Colby was later promoted to the rank of Captain and upon retirement returned to Great Torrington where he served as Mayor for 1834-35. He was also a Commander of Greenwich Hospital.

Captain Thomas Colby RN (1823-1892)


From Great Torrington, Capt. Colby served as a lieutenant on HMS Thunderer, a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at the Wells brother's shipyard in Rotherhithe and launched on 13 November 1783. The Thunderer was one of the first of the main British battle fleet to sight the Franco-Spanish fleet and signal the news to the Victory. Shortly afterwards the Thunderer exchanged opening broadsides with the opposing fleet, commencing the Battle of Trafalgar.
 
Colby was later promoted to the rank of Captain and upon retirement returned to Great Torrington where he served as Mayor for 1834-35. He was also a Commander of Greenwich Hospital.

Captain Thomas Colby RN (1823-1892)


From Great Torrington, Capt. Colby served as a lieutenant on HMS Thunderer, a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at the Wells brother's shipyard in Rotherhithe and launched on 13 November 1783. The Thunderer was one of the first of the main British battle fleet to sight the Franco-Spanish fleet and signal the news to the Victory. Shortly afterwards the Thunderer exchanged opening broadsides with the opposing fleet, commencing the Battle of Trafalgar.
 
Colby was later promoted to the rank of Captain and upon retirement returned to Great Torrington where he served as Mayor for 1834-35. He was also a Commander of Greenwich Hospital.

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