Thomas Tingey was a Commodore of the United States Navy.
Tingey, Thomas was born on September 11, 1750 in London, England.
Originally serving in the British Navy, Tingey later served in the Continental Navy. Tingey served with distinction during the Quasi-War and would serve as the commandant of the navy yard until his death. As a youth, he served in the British Navy commanding a blockhouse at Chateaux Bay on the Labrador coast.
He later commanded merchant vessels in the West Indies before coming to the colonies and investing in the East India trade. According to unverified tradition, Tingey served in the Continental Navy during the American War for Independence. Navy career In September 1798 Tingey was commissioned a captain in the United States Navy and distinguished himself in the Quasi-War with France, as commander of the man-of-war Ganges.
During that time, Tingey commanded a squadron which cruised the waters of the Windward Passage between Hispaniola and Cuba to protect American shipping from French privateers. Tingey commanded Ganges as she took four prizes and is known for his bloodless encounter with the British frigate HMS Surprise. In January 1800, Tingey was appointed to supervise construction of the new navy yard at Washington, D.C., and became its first commandant on 23 November 1804.
In the summer of 1814, as the British advanced on Washington, the Secretary of the Navy ordered Tingey to set fire to the yard. Tingey returned after the withdrawal of the British forces and commanded the yard until his death on 23 February 1829. Commodore Tingey was buried with military honors in what is now known as Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Societies Personal life Another daughter, Margaret, married U.S. Representative Joseph F. Wingate of Maine.
Married second, Ann Bladen Dulany, December 9, 1812.