1794 – William Paine is born in Cobham, Surrey.
15th Sep 1812 –William Paine is granted a commission as a Purser, his first ship as a Warrant Officer was HMS Sulphur. This was a
Bomb vessel that had been converted to a shingle ballast vessel. There is no muster for this ship at the National Archives.
19th Oct 1813 – Paine joins HMS Porcupine as a Purser, she saw service on the East Africa Station under Captain John Coode, and
later at the North Coast of Spain. During February and March of 1814 she was present in the squadron of Admiral Penrose
assisting the Army in the drive from the Pyrenees.
Lord Wellington, after driving the French across the Gave d'Oleron, planned to occupy both banks of the Adour and blockade
Bayonne. Rear Admiral Penrose was involved in collecting at Porto de Socca and St Jean de Luz, boats and equipment to build a
bridge across the river.
On 23rd February 1814, 600 infantry and part of a rocket brigade were ferried across the river below Boucaut and the following
morning Porcupine arrived off the Adour, where the sand bar was about a mile across and the surf was very high. Lieut. John
Debenham, an agent of transports, went up into Porcupine's main-top-mast-head and believed he had found a place were a
passage might be attempted. He set out in a 6-oared gig with five spare rowers and under lug fore-sail and mizzen they swept
through the 20 foot waves until they were washed up on to the beach at the extreme end of the right bank. They were followed by
Capt. Dowell O'Reilly of the Lyra who was not so lucky. Five of his men were drowned and the survivors were dragged out of the
surf by Lieut. Debenham and his men. The gig was immediately put to use ferrying men across the river and Lieut. Debenham
started the construction of a large raft.
Lieut. George Cheyne of the Woodlark, a volunteer on board Porcupine, found a pilot willing to guide the flotilla of hired and
purchased boats in and Rear Admiral Penrose shifted to Gleaner to go in closer. Twenty-five chasse-marees and several gun boats
managed to enter the Adour although several boats were lost with their crews. They formed the basis of a 900 yard floating bridge
across the river. On 27th March Porcupine joined the naval force which entered the Gironde. (Egmont, Andromarche, Belle Poule,
Vesuvius, Challenger, Podargus, Martial, Dwarf with Reynard and Nimble joining later) Rear Admiral Penrose stood on Egmont's
poop with the chart spread before him, doing his own pilotage. They pursued the Regulus, 74, and other French ships from Royan
some 8 miles up river to the Talmont shoal and the shelter of a strong fort. On 30th March Rear Admiral Penrose returned to
Porcupine and sailed from Verdun to an anchorage off the town of Castillon which had been abandoned by the French garrison. The
following day Capt. Goode was sent up to Pauillac with Vesuvius, Challenger, Podargus, Reynard & Nimble under his orders. They
bombarded the citadel and the boats of the squadron under Capt. St. Clair of Reynard made an attempt to capture the island of
Pate in the middle of the river which was frustrated by bad weather.
The French General De Caen assembled a small flotilla consisting of two brigs, a schooner, eight gunboats and four chasse-marees
to retake Bourdeaux. This was discovered near Blaye on the 2 April and destroyed by the British boats. While Vesuvius bombarded
Blaye, Porcupine joined the advanced squadron near Pouillac.
Porcupine subsequently sailed to Passages with Rear Admiral Penrose to superintend the transfer of men and stores to America.
He struck his flag at Plymouth on 12 September 1814.
Porcupine was intended for the South American station but did not go to sea again. She was taken out of commission at Woolwich
3rd Jul 1816 – Paine joins HMS Fury at Chatham, ships list No.6, under Commander C.R. Moorsom. Fury was a Bomb Vessel, built
at Rochester in 1814 and lost in the Arctic Circle in 1825 after being converted to an exploration ship.
August 1816 – Paine is present on Fury during the bombardment of Algiers.
19th Oct 1816 – Paid off from HMS Fury at Chatham.
2nd Jan 1817 – Paine joins HMS Esk as Purser (ships list No.14) under Captain G.G. Lennock in the West Indies, he is only present
for a short period of time before being superseded and sent to HMS Active.
14th Mar 1817 – Joins HMS Active.
March 1817- June 1827 – Service on HMS Active and Gloucester as Paymaster and later Secretary to Admiral Sir J.N. Morris,
Admiral Sir George Hope (in the Baltic), Admiral Sir Robert Otway, Admiral Sir Edward Owen (West Indies) and Admiral L.W.
Halsted (West Indies).
Owen is known to have handed over the Jamaica command to Halstead in late 1823.
25th Jul 1823 – Joins HMS Gloucester, a 74 gun ship and the flagship of the West Indies station.
June 1827 – Paid off from HMS Gloucester – his last ship.
3rd Sep 1828 – Thomas Austin, Deputy Treasurer of Greenwich Hospital is committed for trial on the charge of embezzling the
sum of more than £12,000 from the Hospital due to largely inept supervision. A new position of Cashier is established for the
Hospital, William Paine being the first holder of this post. I have noted that Paine actually gave evidence against Austin during the
trial, so may have been holding a post at the Hospital at that time. Austin was eventually tried at Maidstone Assizes in March 1829
but was found not guilty.
12th Jul 1834 – Statement of service shows Paine at the Greenwich Hospital and unable to serve at sea as being appointed as
Cashier of the Hospital.
1841 – Census of that year finds a 47 year old William Paine at the Greenwich Hospital with his 40 year old wife, Mary*.
1st Jan 1851 – Navy Circular for Pursers finds Paine at the Greenwich Hospital. He describes himself as ‘Fit for active service &
actively employed in the undermentioned office of Cashier of Greenwich Hospital.
1851 - Census of that year finds a 57 year old William Paine at the Greenwich Hospital with his 53 year old wife, Mary Caroline
Paine. Mary was shown as having been born at sea off Trinidad. Paine also has in his house his unmarried sister in law, Elizabeth
Young, born in Southampton in around 1808.
1861 - Census of that year finds a 67 year old William Paine at the Greenwich Hospital with his 64 year old wife, Mary Caroline
Paine. Paine also has in his house his unmarried sister in law, Ann Young, aged 59, born in Southampton.
1863 – Paine disappears from the Navy Lists (Half pay), his position at the Hospital being taken by a Joseph C. Paine, possibly a
* Mary Caroline Paine was born as Young. Her father was a William Young, her mother also being called Mary. As she was born at
Sea, and her father later lived in Southampton it is likely that he was also from a Naval background. She died on the 14th of
October 1867 at No.7 Upper St. Germain’s Terrace, Blackheath.
Paymasters Service Books: ADM 11/50 & 11/42
Paymaster Book –ADM 6/195
HMS Esk Muster Book – ADM 35/4107
HMS Fury Muster Book –ADM 35/3572
1841 Census – HO 107/489/17
1851 Census – HO 107/1587
1861 Census – HO 107/9/401