james Hosken

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james Hosken

Merchant Navy captain




James Hosken is Born

Dec 06, 1798

James Hosken is born in Plymouth. He is the son of a Warrant Officer in the Royal Navy

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Location: Plymouth



James Hosken joins the Navy

Feb 23, 1808

James Hosken joins the Royal Navy

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Location: Britain



James Hosken Becomes a Midshipman

Feb 23, 1808

James Hosken becomes a Midshipman on HMS Formidable

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Location: Portsmouth



James Hosken Passes for Lieutenant

Feb 23, 1808

James Hosken passes his examination for Lieutenant, but remains a Midshipman as he is unable to find a post with that rank straight away

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Location: Portsmouth



James Hoskens is Appointed Mate

1824

James Hoskens is appointed Mate of the Customs Cutter Scout

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Location: Britain



James Hosken is Appointed a Lieutenant

Aug 09, 1828

James Hosken is finally appointed as a lieutenant of the bomb vessel Aetna in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



James Hoskens Leaves the Navy

Oct 1832

James Hoskens leaves the Royal Navy. He then becomes the captain of a merchant vessel sailing between Liverpool and South America.

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Location: Britain



Captain of the PS Great Western

1837

James Hosken is appointed Captain of the PS Great Western

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Location: Britain



PS Great Western is Launched

Jul 19, 1837

The PS Great Western is launched in Bristol. She is the largest passenger ship afloat at the time.

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Location: Britain



Fire on PS Great Western

Mar 31, 1838

The PS Great Western begins her maiden voyage from Bristol to New York. A fire broke out in the engine room. The fire was put out, but in the confusion Brunel was injured after falling 20 feet.

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Location: Britain



PS Great Western Leaves for New York

Apr 08, 1838

The PS Great Western sets out from Avonmouth for New York. After the fire many passengers had cancelled their bookings so when she left Avonmouth she had only 7 passengers on board. She becomes the fastest passenger ship to cross the Atlantic travelling at an average of 8.6 Knots.

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Location: Britain



SS Great Britain is Launched

Jul 19, 1843

SS Great Britain is launched. She is the largest ship afloat at the time, and so big that she could not fit through the locks to get to the sea.

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Location: Britain



SS Great Britain Goes to Sea

Dec 1844

SS Great Britain finally gets out of Bristol Docks after the locks are widened to let her pass. She still got stuck on the second set of locks on her first attempt. Brunel tries again the next day after getting workmen to take the top layer of blocks off the lock, which, combined with a very high tide, allows her to finally escape Bristol for the sea. She is then towed to London for her final fitting out.

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Location: Britain



SS Great Britain's Maiden Voyage

Jul 26, 1845

SS Great Britain embarks on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. It is discovered that she rolls heavily when she does not have her sails up, which have a steadying effect.

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Location: Britain



SS Great Britain Reaches New York

Oct 13, 1845

SS Great Britain runs aground on the Massachusetts Shoals. She is re-floated and continues to New York.

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Location: Britain



SS Great Britain Runs Ashore

Sep 22, 1846

SS Great Britain runs ashore Dundrum Bay on the north-east coast of Ireland. Measures are put in place to protect her, organised by her designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but even with these no other ship would have survived the winter storms. However, her iron hull is so strong that she can endure it ready to be re-floated during the next summer.

The Great Western Steamship Company suspends sailings on both of their ships: SS Great Britain and PS Great Western.

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Location: Ireland



Postmaster James Hosken

1848

After grounding SS Great Britain James Hosken is not able to find another post on board a ship he becomes postmaster at Labuan

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Location: Ireland



James Hosken Rejoins the Navy

1851

James Hosken is appointed command of the Banshee in Royal Navy service. This is a despatch vessel in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



James Hosken is Promoted to Commander

Sep 26, 1853

James Hosken is promoted to Commander

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Location: Mediterranean



James Hosken Commands a Hospital Ship

1854

James Hosken is appointed as the commanding officer of the hospital ship Belleisle in the Baltic

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Location: Baltic



James Hosken Retires

1868

Captain James Hosken is placed on the retired list

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Location: Britain



James Hosken is Promoted to Rear-Admiral

Apr 1875

James Hosken is promoted to Rear-Admiral

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Location: Britain



James Hosken is Promoted to Vice-Admiral

Aug 1879

James Hosken is promoted to Vice-Admiral

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Location: Britain



James Hosken Dies

Jan 02, 1885

James Hosken dies in Illfracombe

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Location: Britain