Naval commander. Entering the service in 1664 as a cabin boy, Shovell achieved a reputation for unflinching courage and skill during his Mediterranean commands in the 1680s, and was promoted rear‐admiral in 1690. In the naval war against the French during the 1690s he proved an effective operational commander, with an important share in the victories at Beachy Head (1690) and Barfleur (1692). In the early years of Anne's reign he commanded in several Mediterranean actions including the capture of Gibraltar and the battle off Malaga in 1704. Returning from the unsuccessful Toulon mission in 1707, his flagship was wrecked off the Scilly Isles, and Shovell drowned.
Subjects: Maritime History.