Captain William Royce's background and information
Born as the second son to the wealthy Royce family of London, he found himself privileged in name, but without hope of inheritance. William committed early on to a life of military service, and hoped for glory in warfare. He took mentors to learn the skills of an officer of the Kings Navy, and so upon his inception as a junior officer in His Majesty's Royal Navy, he grew very quickly. Williams skills in leadership were already mastered, and he was promoted with great haste.
William was sent to the Caribbean in late 1722 beginning his first stint as Captain in charge. He was given a small sloop of war and started his journey to greatness. William continued to excel in all the qualities of a Naval Captain, and was recognized for great feats in protecting His Majesty's holdings around the Caribbean. William found himself flying through the ranks. Much sooner than expected, William was placed in charge of a Macedon class fourth rate ship of the line and was tasked with hunting down some of the most notorious Pirates, and protecting English waters from the scourges of the French and Spanish.
William proved himself yet again, and was put in charge of the largest ships available in the Caribbean at the time. A Wenden class 3rd rate ship of the line was the Pride of Williams accomplishments. Sailing the HMS Meteor He defeated the enemy in countless port battles in offense and defense, the records of which have since been lost. agents of the Crown found a storm damaged Trinity class second rate Ship of the Line being refit in the dry docks of St Johns. The ship would be named HMS Eclipse. William began his love affair with the largest boats available in the Caribbean.
The Crown had been inundated with mail begging for the return of First Rate Ships of the Line, and finally found the threat of Spanish and French large enough to warrant construction of the grandest, and most expensive ships in the known world. William became one of the first Captains to receive one of these behemoths of the sea. His was to be named HMS Dawn.
Arms and Ensigns
HMS Dawn, 102-guns first-rate, Victory-class.
HMS Eclipse, 92-guns second-rate, Trinity-class.
HMS Meteor, 72-guns third-rate, Wenden-class.
HMS Aurora, 64-guns third-rate, Lion-class.
HMS Solus, 56-guns fourth-rate, San Fernando-class.
|Bridgetown||May 23rd, 1725||Offense||Defeat||HMS Dawn (Heavily damaged)||Captain, Line, White|
|Golden Lake||june 18th, 1725||Offense||Victory||HMS Meteor||Captain, Line, Black|
|Basseterre||june 18th, 1725||Defense||Victory||HMS Meteor||Commodore, Line, White|
|Turpitude||june 19th, 1725||Offense||Victory||HMS Eclipse||Captain, Line, White|
|St Rose's Bay||june 19th, 1725||Offense||Victory||HMS Eclipse||Captain, Line, White|
|Puerto Del Principe||july 8th, 1725||Offense||Victory||HMS Aurora||Commodore, Line, White|