Philip Affleck

Philip Affleck

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Philip Affleck (1726–1799) was a British admiral — a younger brother of Sir Edmund Affleck. Although not equally fortunate in having had opportunities afforded to him to win for himself a degree of distinction similar to that which had been acquired by the commodore; still Philip, when serving afloat, had often encountered the enemy, and, on more than one occasion, evinced considerable daring in conflicts which are technically termed "cutting out;" indeed at the siege of Louisburg, he obtained his commander's commission for the intrepidity and courage he displayed in boarding, and capturing with the boats of the squadron, two French vessels of war of considerable force.

Early career

Affleck began his nautical career in the service of the East India Company. He joined the navy at an undetermined date and was promoted acting Lieutenant in 1755. As a lieutenant he served either in the sloop-of-war or bomb ketch although as his brother Edmund was serving at almost exactly the same time the records are a little unclear. At the Siege of Louisbourg he distinguished himself in leading the boats that cut out the French men-of-war Prudente and BienfaisantShips of the Royal Navy, Colledge,...
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