Thomas Wells (Royal Navy officer)

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Thomas Wells
Died31 October 1811
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldHMS Melampus
HMS Defence
HMS Glory
Nore Command
Battles/warsFrench Revolutionary Wars

Vice Admiral Thomas Wells (1759 – 31 October 1811) was a Royal Navy officer who became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore.

Naval career[edit]

Wells joined the Royal Navy in 1774. He became commanding officer of the frigate HMS Melampus in early 1794 during the French Revolutionary Wars.[1] During this time Melampus participated in the Action of 23 April 1794, during which the British took three vessels, Engageante, Pomone, and Babet.[2] Melampus had five men killed and five wounded.[3] He went on to be commanding officer of the third-rate HMS Defence later in 1794 and commanding officer of the second-rate HMS Glory in 1799.[1] He acted as a pallbearer at the funeral of Lord Nelson in October 1805.[1] After that he became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1807[4] and was promoted to Vice Admiral of the Red in 1808.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Admiral Wells: History". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 13646". The London Gazette. 28 April 1794. pp. 377–379.
  3. ^ "No. 13651". The London Gazette. 5 May 1794. p. 402.
  4. ^ Winfield, p. 17


Military offices
Preceded by
Lord Keith
Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Stanhope