Anthony Hunt (1)

Died 1796.

He was commissioned lieutenant on 2 April 1757 and promoted commander of the Tamar 14 on 16 October 1767, taking her out to the Falkland Islands. Early in 1770 he found himself senior officer in the Falklands ,the sloops Favorite 16 Captain William Maltby and Swift 14, Captain George Farmer also being present, and when a Spanish official demanded that the British leave he returned home for instructions with his command being paid off in June. He was one of many officers posted captain on 10 January 1771.


Greenwich Hospital

He commissioned the corvette Sphinx 20 in October 1775, and sailed for North America in February 1776, being present at the unsuccessful attack on Charleston on 28 June 1776. During June 1777 he was instructed to take a convoy from New York to Antigua and then return, and his command was present in the Philadelphia campaign of August – November 1777. Later patrolling off Cape Henlopen, the Sphinx took several privateers including the Eagle on 30 November and Rover on 1 December.

During the winter of 1778 Captain Hunt commanded the Hector 74 in a temporary capacity for Captain Sir John Hamilton in home waters. In March 1779 he recommissioned the Portland 50 as the flagship of Rear-Admiral Richard Edwards at Newfoundland, sailing thither in June, and after returning home he was present in Commodore Charles Fielding?s squadron that detained a Dutch convoy on 31 December 1779 . He remained in command of the Portland until the early part of 1780 before commissioning the Spanish prize Diligente 70 as a receiving ship at Portsmouth, retaining her until 1782.

He died, the second captain of Greenwich Hospital, in 1796 where his wife was the matron.

He was married and had at least one daughter.