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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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Fanshawe joins the Navy

Dec 18, 1828

Edward Fanshawe joins the Royal Navy

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Symonds joins HMS Vestal

Apr 1833

Lieutenant Symonds is appointed to HMS Vestal 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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HMS Formidable Makes a Very Fast Run

Oct 07, 1845

HMS Formidable makes an extremely fast run from Portsmouth to the Downs. She makes this 150 mile run in nine and half hours.

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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 Hastings is Paid Off

May 12, 1856

HMS Hastings is paid off at 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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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 Prince of Wales is Launched

Jan 25, 1860

HMS Prince of Wales is launched from Portsmouth Dockyard, but never fitted for sea

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Court-Martial for Royal Marine

Oct 13, 1860

A Royal Marine from HMS Trafalgar is court-martialled on HMS Victory for refusing to attend gun drill. He was sentenced to be flogged and then imprisoned for three months with hard labour.

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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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HMS Boscawen Becomes a Training Ship

Mar 05, 1862

HMS Boscawen becomes a training ship in Southampton Water under Commander Frederick Strode

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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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Kerr is Promoted to Commander

1868

Lieutenant Walter Kerr is promoted to Commander and then joins HMS Formidable commanded by Vice-Admiral Baldwin Wake Walker in the Nore

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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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Theft From Sailor

Nov 20, 1869

A woman is sent to goal for 21 days with hard labour for stealing a gold breast pin from a sailor of HMS Revenge

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Shipwright Dies Working on HMS Trafalgar

Feb 09, 1870

A shipwright dies while working on HMS Trafalgar at Portsmouth Dockyard

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Lethbridge is Given HMS Trafalgar

Aug 17, 1870

Captain Thomas Bridgeman Lethbridge is given command of HMS Trafalgar as a seagoing naval cadet training ship

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HMS Trafalgar is Paid Off

Jun 08, 1872

HMS Trafalgar is paid off at Portsmouth

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HMS Shah Launched

Sep 10, 1873

HMS Shah is launched from Portsmouth dockyard. She was originally to be called HMS Blonde, but the name was changed to honour the Shah of Persia. She was built of iron cased with wood, and intended as a swift ocean cruiser.

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HMS Clio is Paid Off

Jan 21, 1874

HMS Clio is paid off

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HMS Trafalgar Leaves Portsmouth

Sep 23, 1874

HMS Trafalgar is towed out of Portsmouth to be taken to Portland to take over from HMS Boscwen

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Royal Naval College

1875

vice-Admiral Fanshawe is made the President of the Royal Naval College

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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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Hoskins is Given HMS Hector

Apr 26, 1875

Captain Hoskins is given command of HMS Hector, the guard ship of Southampton Water

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Notice to the Press

Oct 29, 1875

The officers of HMS Minotaur place a notice in the newspapers that they would not be responsible for the debts of their steward.

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