We beg leave to acquaint you that at our last sitting we were applied to by Eleanor Moore, having a certificate that she was wounded on board His Majesty’s Ship Apollo, when in action with a French frigate on the 15th June 1780, by receiving a gun shot wound on the head, being then actually on service carrying powder to the gun at which her husband was quartered. And though we have no precedent for any persons being relieved who have not been born on the ships books, yet we hope their lordships will approve of our giving this woman the allowance that would have been given to a man under the same circumstance.
Pension administrators writing to the Admiralty in 1780, quoted in Jack Tar by Roy and Leslie Adkins.
The Admiralty did give permission, and Eleanor Moore was given an annual pension of £4.(via sevenshipsdrowned)