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Sherard Osborn R.N.

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Sherard Osborn R.N.Explanation
Son of Colonel Edward Osborn of the Madras army
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
25 April 1822 Born
January 1852 Married Helen, daughter of John Hinksman of Queen Anne Street, London
4 February 1856 C.B. (Companion of the Bath)
6 May 1875 Died (London)
September 1837Entered Navy
4 May 1846Lieutenant
30 October 1852Commander
18 August 1855Captain
29 May 1873Rear-Admiral
Date fromDate toService
September 18371842Serving in Hyacinth, commanded by William Warren, East Indies
1842 Serving in Clio, commanded by Edward Norwich Troubridge, China
18431843Serving in Volage, commanded by William Dickson, East Indies
4 May 18461848Lieutenant in Collingwood, commanded by Robert Smart, flagship of Rear-Admiral George Francis Seymour, Pacific
1848 Lieutenant in Dwarf, coast of Ireland
28 February 18501851Lieutenant commander in Pioneer, tender to Resolute (Horatio Thomas Austin), searching for Sir John Franklin's ill-fated 1845
30 October 1852 Commander in Pioneer, tender to Assistance (Sir Edward Belcher) searching, together with Resolute (Henry Kellett) and Intrepid (M'Clintock) for Sir John Franklin's ill-fated 1845 North-West Passage expedition, until abandoned at Bathurst Island
1855 Commander in Vesuvius, Black Sea during the Russian War
18 August 1855 Captain in Medusa, senior offcier in the Sea of Azov during the Russian War
11 May 18571859Captain in Furious, East Indies and China (escorting a fleet of fifteen gunboats out for the attack on Canton during the 2nd Anglo-Chinese War)
18 May 186110 June 1862Captain in Donegal (until paying off at Plymouth), Channel squadron then (November 1861) transporting troops to Mexico, toegether with Sans Pareil and Conqueror
13 June 186213 July 1862Captain in Dauntless, Coast Guard, Southampton Water
September 1862January 1864Employed by the Imperial Chinese government as flag-officer of a naval squadron to combat pirates and the Taiping rebellion, but resigned when he learned that he was to be placed under the command of the mandarins at the several ports, and not directly under the Emperor
7 July 186414 October 1864Captain in Royal Sovereign (from commissioning at Portsmouth), Channel squadron
18651866Agent to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway
18671873Managing director of the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company
1869 Founding Director of the International Mid-Channel Telegraph Co. Ltd.

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