|Sir Charles Saunders|
Sir Charles Saunders
|Died||December 7, 1775|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Commands held||Mediterranean Fleet|
|Battles/wars||Seven Years' War|
|Awards||Knight of the Order of the Bath|
Admiral Sir Charles Saunders, KB (c. 1715 – 7 December 1775) was a Royal Navy officer in the Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War and later served as First Lord of the Admiralty. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1766.
Saunders joined the Royal Navy in 1727. He later commanded HMS Gloucester and then HMS Yarmouth. He was Member of Parliament for UK Parliament constituency from 1750 to 1754 and then represented the Yorkshire borough of UK Parliament constituency from 1754 until his death. In December 1755 he was made comptroller of the navy and in January 1756 and was sent to Gibraltar as Second in Command of the Mediterranean Fleet. In January 1757 he became Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet. He held the post until May 1757.
Seven Years war
In April 1760 he resumed his role as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and blockaded Cadiz preventing the French and Spanish fleets from sailing.
Cape Saunders, on the Otago coast of New Zealand, was named in his honour by Captain James Cook, who had served under Saunders in Canada.
|Comptroller of the Navy
|Parliament of Great Britain|
|Member of Parliament for Plymouth
1750 – 1754
The Viscount Barrington
|Member of Parliament for Hedon
with Peter Denis 1754–1768
Beilby Thompson 1768–1775
1754 – 1775
The Earl of Egmont
|First Lord of the Admiralty
Sir Edward Hawke
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