James Crawford Caffin R.N.
James Crawford Caffin R.N.

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James Crawford Caffin R.N.Explanation
Third son of William Caffin (1778-1869) of the Royal Laboratory, Woolwich, and his wife, Bethia
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
1 March 1812 Born (Woolwich, Kent)
21 September 1843 Married Fanny Brouncker (1819-1871), youngest daughter of William Atfield (1790-1846) of Cosham House, Hampshire
5 July 1854 C.B. (Companion of the Bath)
11 April 1863 Naval Aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria.
7 December 1868 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath), civil.
24 May 1883 Died (Blackheath, Kent)
Entry in O'Byrnes 1849 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'
12 August 1824Entered Navy
3 August 1831Mate
28 June 1838Lieutenant
7 March 1842Commander
11 October 1847Captain
2 December 1865Retired Rear-Admiral
2 November 1871Retired Vice-Admiral
1 August 1877Retired Admiral
Date fromDate toService
12 August 182410 May 18251st class Volunteer in Pylades
18 January 1826 1st class Volunteer in Brisk
July 1827 Midshipman in Cambrian, frigate, 48 guns, Capt Gawen William Hamilton, at battle of Navarino (Britain/France/Russia v Turkey/Egypt)
18281831Midshipman in Gloucester
18281831Midshipman in Protector
18281831Midshipman in Donegal
18281831Midshipman in Hermes
18281831Midshipman in Gloucester
18281831Midshipman in Messanger
31 January 1828 Midshipman in Cambrian, frigate when wrecked off Gramvousa Island, west of Crete, after collision with Iris
18311834Mate in Flamer
1834 Mate in Excelent gunnery school
18?? Gunnery Mate in Asia
18 October 183812 May 1839Gunnery Lieutenant in Excellent, commanded by Captain Thomas Hastings, gunnery ship, Portsmouth
13 May 183913 August 1839Lieutenant in Blenheim, commanded by Captain Humphry Fleming Senhouse, Portsmouth
14 August 18397 October 1841Lieutenant in Excellent, commanded by Captain Thomas Hastings, gunnery ship, Portsmouth
8 October 184116 March 1842Lieutenant in Queen, commanded by George Frederick Rich, fitting for the flag of Sir Edward William Campbell Rich Owen in the Mediteranean
26 November 18458 November 1847Commander in Scourge, Channel squadron
29 March 18545 February 1855Captain in Penelope, the Baltic during the Russian War. Present at the reduction of Bomarsund (Clowes, VI, 424: 'On the 10th [Aug 1854] while passing the fortress, the Penelope, 16, paddle, Captain James Crawford Caffin, went ashore under the enemy's fire, and had to throw her guns overboard ere, much mauled by the enemy's red-hot shot, she could be floated off. She was struk 21 times, and had 2 men killed and 3 wounded... Happily no blame was attributed to Captain Caffin'.
6 February 185528 August 1855Captain in Hastings, the Baltic during the Russian War
September 18551858Director-General of Naval Ordinance.
18581868Director of Stores, War Department.

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