Born................................1839, Stoke Damerel (registered December Quarter
A full record of Thomas Shapcote’s naval career is recorded in “A Naval Biographical
Dictionary of 1848”, by O, Byrne.
Thomas served in the Royal Navy for fifty years :
He joined the Royal Navy in 1795 at the age of 15, as an Ordinary Seaman on board
the HMS Nautilus, sloop, and the HMS Repulse. For nine months he was employed in
the West Indies and the North Sea.
In September 1798 he joined HMS La Tourterelle where from November 1798 to February
1805 he took part in active service as an A.B. in the English Channel and the Mediterranean,
and also off the Port of Cadiz in the HMS Renown. Under the command of Sir John
Borlase Warren, he was in frequent pursuit of the French Fleet.
During the next two and a half years he was a Midshipman on the HMS Bellona and the
In January 1808, he became Sub Lieutenant of the HMS Bloodhound, gun brig, which
for a time he commanded. He also served from 1809 to 1810 in the same capacity in
the HMS Rapid.
On the 19th March 1811 he was made a full Lieutenant in the HMS Reynard and served
on this vessel in the Baltic until 1814.
A large gap then appears in his record.
From the 26th October 1841 he received his last appointment which was on the guard
ship HMS San Joseph at Devonport, where he remained until the beginning of 1845.