Admiral Sir Joseph Sherer, K.H., R.N. A cabinet card portrait , circa 1875
Admiral Sir Joseph Sherer, K.H. A cabinet card by Aspley & Green, 18½ Beresford Street, Jersey identified on the verso by a family member as Admiral Sherer and dated in a contemporary hand Octbr 1st 1875. A very small part of the bottom of the card has been trimmed off to fit in a frame. The elderly admiral is shown bust length in formal dress. jan1/3 RESERVED 12th January 2023
Provenance: Acquired in a family archive from a descendant of the family.
Joseph Sherer entered the Navy, in Feb. 1811, as a volunteer on board the Defiance 74, Capt. Rich. Raggett, stationed in the North Sea and Baltic. In Sept. 1813 was appointed Midshipman on Devonshire 74, and from 1814 he again served with Capt. Raggett, at Chatham and on the coast of North America, in the Tonnant 80 and Spencer 74. At the close of 1823 as a lieutenant he was engaged in an expedition to the Polar regions conducted by Edward Parry. Being again, 12 Feb. 1824, appointed to the Hecla, commanded in person by Capt. Parry, he sailed on another voyage of discovery to the Arctic seas, where he remained until the end of 1825. In 1829 he was in command of the Monkey and Nimble schooners. In the Monkey, a vessel of only 75 tons, mounting 1 long 12-pounder on a pivot, with a complement of 26 men, he made the prize, in April, 1829, of the Spanish schooner Josepha, carrying a cargo of 207 slaves; and took, 27 June following, after an action of 35 minutes, the Midas brig of 360 tons, well armed and with a crew of more than 50 men (of whom 1 was killed and 3 wounded), and having as many as 400 slaves on board. In the Nimble, of 5 guns, Lieut. Sherer, in Nov. of the same year, captured the Gallito, mounting 1 nine-pounder, with a crew of 16 men, and 136 slaves. Thus, within eight months, were three vessels, carrying in the whole 743 slaves, the reward of his activity and zeal. His valour in effecting the capture of the Midas obtained for him a strong recommendation from the Commander-in-Chief, Hon. Chas. Elphinstone Fleeming, to the Lords of the Admiralty, who signified their approval of his conduct, and on his arrival home, in Aug. 1830, in the Barham 50, Capt. Sir John Louis, presented him with a Commander’s commission dated 30 Dec. 1829. He was afterwards, from 22 Feb. 1831 until April, 1837, employed in the Coast Guard; and, from 14 Feb. 1838 until paid off in May, 1841, in command of the Dee steamer, on the North American and West India station. He became an Inspecting-Commander of the Coast Guard and Capt. Sherer was nominated a K.H. 25 Jan. 1836 and advanced to Post-rank 23 Nov. 1841. He retired in 1862 as a Vice Admiral and was promoted to the rank of Admiral shortly before his death in 1875. Like others of his family he retired to the Channel Islands.
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