Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743)
In 1718 Wager was appointed a commissioner of the Admiralty, a position he held until 1733 when he became First Lord. During this time he took a fleet to the Baltic in 1726, whose presence thwarted the ambitions of Russia, and in the following year took reinforcements to Gibraltar, then under siege from the Spaniards. He continued in commands in the Channel and the Mediterranean until 1731, the year of this portrait. The Navy benefited greatly from Wager's constant interest and care for improvement in its conditions of service and he was an early innovator in the use of citrus fruits against scurvy.
- Image reference: BHC3072
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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