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Commodore Thomas Smith (1707-1762)
When Smith was a junior lieutenant in the 'Gosport', 43 guns, in 1728, he achieved some notoriety by forcing a French corvette visiting Plymouth to salute him and dip her pennant on her departure. This resulted in a small international incident and Smith's subsequent removal from the Navy for a few months. The incident was exaggerated by the press and saw Smith popularly named 'Tom of Ten Thousand'. He pursued an active naval career but remained in relative obscurity, until the unlucky fortune of being senior officer at Portsmouth at the time made him president of the court martial of Admiral John Byng, in 1756-1757. When Byng was found guilty of neglect of duty, Smith was obliged to pronounce the death sentence on him, albeit with a strong recommendation for clemency. When George II declined to grant it Byng was shot at Portsmouth.
- Image reference: BHC3032
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection