Sir Edmund Affleck, 1st Baronet
(ca. 1725 – 19 November 1788) was a naval officer
of considerable repute. He entered the navy at an early age, and during reign of George II
, served in the several capacities of lieutenant
, master and commander
, and post captain
. In the succeeding reign, after a lapse of long and continued toil, he had conferred on him the higher rank of an established commodore
— a rank prized in the service as one not only ensuring its possessor the certainty of active employment afloat, but also as indicating, in the authorities administering the naval affairs of the nation, a public recognition of professional merit. In 1781, Sir Edmund was briefly employed at New York, then being threatened by American rebels under the General, George Washington. Surviving correspondence indicates Sir Edmund and General Washington to have been in contact regarding the treatment of prisoners of war.It was not, however, until the year 1782 had become — as it might be historically stated — a memorable epoch
in the maritime annals of England, and that valour, ability, and boldness in battle, had retrieved for the nation its naval name, that opportunity had been afforded to Affleck to acquire celebrity and establish his professional fame.
About this period, his broad pennant (the commodore's symbol of office) was flying on board , attached to the fleet then employed in the West Indies, under the orders of Sir Samuel Hood
. In the cautious and somewhat speculative......