Captain George Duff

Born 1764
Died in command of H M S Mars 21st October 1805


To his wife


Mars, off Cadiz, June 14[, 1805]

We were very unlucky in not getting here a few days sooner, as one of the Spanish line-of-battle ships, I believe the Gloriosa, an 80 gun ship, came out to try how they could manage; and our frigate, the Lively, teased and drew her off from the shore, and she has not yet been able to return.  We have had a line-of-battle ship and a frigate working out for her, but we fear she has gone to Teneriffe.    

June 23[, 1805]

 Yesterday our friend Sir Richard Bickerton joined us in the Queen, from Ferrol.  I went on board our Admiral to see hinm, and staid to dine with them.  He is gone up the Maditerranean, and has got from our squadron the Tonnant, the Bellerophon, and the Minotaur.  I wioshed much to have gone with him, but my Admiral had the picking of the ships, and seems to like the old Mars to remain with himself.  I could not be better than with either Admiral, as they are both very kind and civil to me, and I could not ask to go with Sir Richard for fear of offending Admiral Collingwood; as his keeping me here is certainly a compliment, and I now become the senior Captain with him.  

June 27[, 1805]

I dined on Tuesday with our Admiral, on a turtle I had shot with my gun a day or two before, and sent to him; and very good it was.      


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