Richard Hughes

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Admiral Sir Richard Hughes, 2nd Baronet (c. 1729 – 5 January 1812) was a British naval commander. Hughes was probably born in London, England, and entered the Portsmouth Naval Academy in 1739. He served on a number of ships in various locations during his naval career, including HMS Boreas from 1763 to 1766. It is known that Hughes was in Canada in 1778, as he was appointed resident commissioner of the Halifax dockyard. This appointment was short, as by August of the same year he became lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, succeeding Mariot Arbuthnot in that position. During his tenure, the main concern was the protection of the Province. In 1779, he succeeded his father as Baronet. He was followed in the position of lieutenant governor by Sir Andrew Hamond in 1781. In 1782 Hughes was second-in-command under Lord Howe at the Relief of Gibraltar. Then in 1789 he became Commander-in-Chief, North American Station.  ( Wikipedia article )


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