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Robert Stopford is Born

Feb 05, 1768

Robert Stopford is born

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Robert Stopford joins the Royal Navy

1780

Robert Stopford joins the Royal Navy

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Robert Stopford Promoted to Lieutenant

1785

Robert Stopford is commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy is commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy

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Gordon Bremer is Born

Sep 26, 1786

Gordon Bremer is born in Portsea near Portsmouth. He was the only son of a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy

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Robert Stopford Promoted to Captain

Dec 1789

Robert Stopford is appointed Captain fo HMS Ferret

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William Parker joins the Navy

Feb 1793

William Parker joins the Royal Navy as a Captain's Servant on HMS Orion.

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Gordon Bremer joins the Navy

1794

Gordon Bremer joins the Royal Navy at age 12 as a volunteer on board HMS Sandwich at the Nore.

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George Byron joins the Royal Navy

Dec 1800

George Byron joins the Royal Navy as a Volunteer

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is Born

Apr 09, 1806

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is born in Portsmouth were his father had created a block making factory. He was the son of French exile Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Sophia Kingdom.

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James Hosken Becomes a Midshipman

Feb 23, 1808

James Hosken becomes a Midshipman on HMS Formidable

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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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Robert Stopford Marries

1809

Robert Stopford marries Mary Fanshawe

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Admiral Sir James Hope joins the Navy

Aug 1820

Admiral Sir James Hope joins the Royal Naval College in Portsmouth as a Cadet. After passing out he was appointed to HMS Forte.

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Kamehameha II And Kamāmalu Arrive in Portsmouth

May 17, 1824

Kamehameha II and Kamāmalu arrive in Portsmouth

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Robert Stopford Becomes C in C

1827

Robert Stopford is made the Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth

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Thomas Reeves is Born

1828

Thomas Reeves is born in Portsmouth

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Robert Stopford is Promoted to Rear-Admiral

1834

Robert Stopford is promoted to Rear-Admiral

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Dundas is Give HMS Britannia

1836

Captain James Dundas is give command of HMS Britannia as flag captain to Admiral Sir Philip Durham who was Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth Dundas is give HMS Britannia

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Edward Seymour is Born

Apr 30, 1840

Edward Seymour is born. He was educated at Radley College and then Eastman's Royal Naval Academy at Southsea.

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HMS Britannia is Paid Off

Jan 1843

HMS Britannia is paid off in Portsmouth and placed in reserve

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Osborn Transfers to HMS Excellent

Mar 20, 1843

Midshipman Sherard Osborn transfers to HMS Excellent in Portsmouth

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Belgrave joins HMS Excellent

Dec 06, 1843

Lieutenant Thomas Belgrave joins HMS Excellent in Portsmouth

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Sherard Osborn is Rated as Mate

Dec 12, 1843

Sherard Osborn is rated as Mate on HMS Excellent in Portsmouth

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Robert Stopford Dies

Jun 1847

Robert Stopford dies

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Goodenough is Promoted to Mate

Jun 05, 1850

James Goodenough is promoted to Mate in HMS Excellent

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HMS Britannia Made Portsmouth Guard Ship

Aug 30, 1851

HMS Britannia is made the guard ship at Portsmouth under Captain Richard Augustus Yates

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Edward Seymour joins the Royal Navy

1852

Edward Seymour joins the Royal Navy

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HMS Highflyer Commissioned

1852

HMS Highflyer Commissioned

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HMS Highflyer in Naval Review

1853

Command passed to Captain John Moore. She took part in the naval review as part of the Starboard division and was then sent to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

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HMS Highflyer Sent to Crimean War

1854

HMS Highflyer sent to the Black Sea during the Crimean War

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Harris is Given HMS Illustrious

Jan 20, 1854

Captain Harris is given command of the training ship HMS Illustrious based in Portsmouth

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Goodenough joins HMS Excellent

Jan 03, 1855

James Goodenough joins HMS Excellent

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HMS Shannon is Launched

Nov 24, 1855

HMS Shannon is launched from Portsmouth Dockyard

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Roderick Dew joins HMS Flying Fish

Jan 16, 1856

Roderick Dew joins HMS Flying Fish in Portsmouth

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HMS Highflyer Recommissioned

Aug 01, 1856

Recommissioned at Portsmouth under Captain Charles Shadwell, where she was joined by Jackie Fisher as a Midshipman. She then sailed for the China Station, where she took part in the Second Opium War.

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HMS Shannon is Commissioned

Sep 13, 1856

HMS Shannon is commissioned under Captain William Peel in Portsmouth

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Edward Seymour Goes to HMS Excellent

1859

Midshipman Edward Seymour attends the gunnery school at HMS Excellent

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HMS Britannia Becomes Training Ship

Jan 01, 1859

HMS Britannia is converted into a training ship for officer cadets in Portsmouth under the command of Captain Robert Harris

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Harris is Given HMS Britannia

Jan 01, 1859

The cadet training ship HMS Britannia is given to Captain Harris in Portsmouth

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Edward Seymour is Made Sub-Lieutenant

May 04, 1859

Midshipman Edward Seymour is promoted to Sub-Lieutenant

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HMS Pearl is Paid Off

Jun 16, 1859

HMS Pearl is paid off in Portsmouth

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HMS Pearl is Sent to the Far East

Aug 23, 1859

HMS Pearl is re-commissioned under Captain John Borlase and sent to the Chinese station

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HMS Cruiser is Paid Off

May 01, 1861

HMS Cruiser is paid off in Portsmouth

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HMS Highflyer Returns

May 31, 1861

HMS Highflyer returns to Portsmouth and then paid off

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Thomas Reeves Dies

Aug 1862

Thomas Reeves dies of consumption in Portsea

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Admiral Seymour Becomes C in C Portsmouth

1863

Admiral Seymour becomes Commander in Chief at Portsmouth, which prevents him from standing for further re-election as the MP for Devonport.

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Edward Seymour Becomes a Flag Lieutenant

1863

Edward Seymour becomes the Flag Lieutenant to the Command-in-Chief of Portsmouth

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Osborn is Given HMS Royal Sovereign

Jul 06, 1864

Captain Sherard Osborn is given command of Royal Sovereign in Portsmouth as part of the Channel Squadron

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Wilson joins HMS Excellent

Apr 1865

Lieutenant Arthur Wilson joins HMS Excellent at Portsmouth

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HMS Shannon is Paid Off

Apr 11, 1865

HMS Shannon is paid off at Portsmouth for the last time

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Burgoyne is Given HMS Wivern

Jul 04, 1865

Captain Burgoyne is an additional Captain in HMS Victory in Portsmouth and given command of HMS Wivern

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First Recruits At HMS Ganges

Jan 01, 1866

The first intake of 180 recruits arrive at HMS Ganges from HMS Wellesley, another training ship at Chatham.

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Goodenough is Given HMS Minotaur

Dec 03, 1866

Captain Goodenough is given command of HMS Minotaur in Portsmouth as an additional captain of HMS Victory in Portsmouth

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William Goodenough is Born

Jun 02, 1867

William Goodenough is born is Portsmouth the son of another naval officer, James Graham Goodenough.

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HMS Highflyer Paid Off

Aug 31, 1868

HMS Highflyer paid off for the last time before being broken up at Portsmouth in May 1871

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HMS Octavia is Paid Off

1869

HMS Octavia is paid off in Portsmouth

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Launch of HMS Dido

Oct 23, 1869

HMS Dido was a wooden hulled ship with a steam engine for auxiliary power. She was launched in 1869, and the commissioned in 1871 and send to West Africa.

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HMS Shah Launched

Sep 10, 1873

HMS Shah is launched. She was originally to be called HMS Blonde, but the name was changed to honour the Shah of Persia.

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Wyatt Rawson joins HMS Discovery

Apr 1875

Lieutenant Wyatt Rawson is appointed 3rd officer of HMS Discovery on a exploration mission into the Artic.

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Shaw Commisioned

Aug 14, 1876

HMS Shaw was commissioned

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HHY Glasgow is Launched

Mar 02, 1878

HHY Glasgow is launched. She is to be the Royal Yacht of the Sultan of Zanzibar. She is based on the design of HMS Glasgow, which had visited Zanzibar in 1872.

She is armed with 7 muzzle loading rifled guns and a Gatling Gun. It also had a number of refinements to make her more comfortable for the Sultan, including: two state rooms, a dining saloon, a bathroom and a water closet.

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Shaw Placed in Reserve

Oct 24, 1879

On 24 October 1879 some of her crew were paid off at Portsmouth and Shah was placed in the fourth division of the Steam Reserve.

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Sturdee is Promoted to Lieutenant

Feb 07, 1880

Frederick Sturdee is promoted to Lieutenant and joins the brig HMS Martin in Portsmouth

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Beatty Enters Burney's Naval Academy

1882

David Beatty enters Burney's Naval Academy at Gosport to prepare for the examinations for joining HMS Britannia.

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De Robeck Transfers to HMS St. Vincent

Apr 1882

John de Robeck transfers to HMS St. Vincent in Portsmouth

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Robeck Transfers to HMS Excellent

Aug 1882

John de Robeck transfers to HMS Excellent in Portsmouth

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Jellicoe joins HMS Excellent

May 1884

Lieutenant John Jellicoe is appointed to the staff of HMS Excellent at Portsmouth

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Active Flagship of the Training Squadron

1885

In 1885 she became the flagship of the Training Squadron for training young officers. While she was serving in this capacity she became the last Square Rigged ship to leave Portsmouth Harbour under sail.

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Jellicoe Returns to HMS Excellent

Dec 1886

Lieutenant John Jellicoe is given command of experimental department at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth

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John Robarts Dies

1888

John Robarts dies of heart disease at his home in Southsea in Portsmouth

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William Hewett Dies

May 13, 1888

William Hewett dies in the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar in Portsmouth

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Commerell Becomes C in C of Portsmouth

Jun 20, 1888

Admiral Sir John Commerell is appointed the Commander-in-Chief of Portsmouth

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HMS Camperdown Commissioned

Jul 18, 1889

HMS Camperdown was armed with two pairs of 13.5 inch guns in barbettes positioned on the centre-line at either end of the superstructure, and she was also armed with a ram bow. She was commissioned, and a year later sent to the Mediterranean fleet.

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Salmon Becomes C in C Portsmouth

Jun 1894

Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon becomes Commander-in-Chief of Portsmouth

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Henry Curtis Dies

Nov 23, 1896

Henry Curtis dies in Portsea

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