Richard Vesey Hamilton R.N.
Richard Vesey Hamilton R.N.

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Richard Vesey Hamilton R.N.Explanation
Son of Rev. John Vesey Hamilton, rector of Little Chart, Kent
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
28 May 1829 Born
18 December 1862 Married Julia Frances Delm? (died 1897), daughter of Vice-Admiral James Arthur Murray
29 May 1875 C.B. (Companion of the Bath)
(1880)1 August 1880Director of Naval Ordnance
21 June 1887 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath)
1895 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
1896 Wrote 'Naval Administration'.
17 September 1912 Died (Chalfont St Peter, Bucks)
Obituary in the Times newspaper
15 July 1843Entered Navy
11 October 1851Lieutenant
10 August 1857Commander
27 January 1862Captain
27 September 1877Rear-Admiral
17 February 1884Vice-Admiral
18 October 1887Admiral
28 May 1894Retired Admiral
Date fromDate toService
18501851Mate in Assistance, commanded by Erasmus Ommanney, particular service, in Horatio Thomas Austen's squadron in search of Sir John Franklin
16 February 18521855Lieutenant in Resolute, commanded by Henry Kellett, particular service: searching, together with Assistance (Sir Edward Belcher), Pioneer (Sherard Osborn, tender to Assistance) and Intrepid (M'Clintock, tender to Resolute) and for Sir John Franklins' ill-fated 1845 North-West Passage expedition, until abandoned at Dealy Island (on 16 September 1855 she was found by Capt. James Buddington of the American whaler George Henry in ice in the Davis Strait off Baffin Island, she was then refitted by the US Navy and on 12 December she returned to Portsmouth)
28 February 1856 Lieutenant and commander in Haughty, China (including 2nd Anglo-Chinese War)
4 June 18581862Commander in Hydra, west coast of Africa, then West Indies
27 January 186223 August 1862Captain in Hydra (until paying off at Woolwich), North America and West Indies
16 July 18621864Captain in Vesuvius, West Indies
1865April 1868Captain in Sphinx, West Indies
12 April 18701873Captain in Achilles, coast guard service, Portland
18731875In command of the steam reserve at Devonport
15 March 187516 October 1877Superintendent of Pembroke dockyard
18801883In command on the coast of Ireland
1 September 188517 December 1887Commander-in-chief, China
October 1888 Member of committee to consider the lessons of the naval manoeuvres of that year, that led to the Naval Defence Act of 1889.
28 December 188828 September 1891Commissioner of the Admiralty (Second then First Naval Lord)
September 189128 May 1894President of Royal Naval College, Greenwich

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