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Victorian

The era when the British Empire grew rapidly




Campbell Dies in Chatham

Aug 14, 1863

Colin Campbell dies in Chatham

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Location: Chatham



Shenandoah is Launched

Aug 17, 1863

Sea King is launched in Glasgow. She is a sailing clipper designed for speed with an auxiliary steam engine.

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Location: Britain



Reinhard Scheer is Born

Sep 30, 1863

Reinhard Scheer is born in Lower Saxony

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Location: Germany



Geneva Convention Meets

Oct 1863

14 states take part in a meeting in Geneva organised by the Red Cross about the care of wounded soldiers

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Location: Switzerland



Powell Leaves HMS Britannia

Oct 01, 1863

Captain Richard Ashmore Powell leaves HMS Britannia to be replaced by Captain George Granville Randolph following her move to Dartmouth

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Location: Britain



HMS Britannia Gets New Commander

Oct 03, 1863

Captain Harris leaves HMS Britannia to be replaced by Captain Richard Ashmore Powell

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Location: Britain



Hay is Given HMS Harrier

Nov 09, 1863

Edward Hay is given command of HMS Harrier

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Location: Britain



Mansell is Given HMS Hydra

Nov 10, 1863

Command of HMS Hydra is given to Commander Arthur Lukis Mansell in order to survey and update the charts of the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Bowden is Given HMS Wasp

Nov 16, 1863

HMS Wasp is given to Captain William Bowden and sent to the East Indies

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Location: China



Jean-Baptiste Marchand is Born

Nov 22, 1863

Jean-Baptiste Marchand is born

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Location: France



HMS Minotaur is Launched

Dec 12, 1863

HMS Minotaur is launched. She has both sails and steam power. Her steam engine is a 7949 Horse Power unit powering a single 24-foot propellor. She had 5 masts to support her sails, but proved to have very poor sailing performance.

She was armed with four 9 inch guns, and 24 smaller 7 inch guns. She was originally planned to have breech loading Armstrong guns, but these had proven unreliable so muzzle loading rifled guns were used instead.

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Location: Britain



Salmon is Promoted to Captain

Dec 12, 1863

Nowell Salmon is promoted to Captain

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Location: Britain



Prettyjohns Leaves the Royal Marines

Dec 17, 1863

John Prettyjohns' final tour of duty comes to an end

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Location: Britain



Henry Raby Marries

Dec 31, 1863

Henry Raby marries Judith Forster

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Location: Britain



Charles Beresford Transfers to HMS Clio

1864

Charles Beresford transfers to HMS Clio where he will be the senior Midshipman

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Location: Pacific ocean



George Lambert Retires

1864

Rear-Admiral George Lambert retires

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Location: Britain



HMS Shannon is Sent to the North America

1864

HMS Shannon is sent to the North America and West Indies

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Location: North America



Orundellico Dies

1864

Orundellico dies

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Location: South America



Suez Canal is Cut

1864

Work ends on cutting the channel of Suez Canal. At any point over the previous 10 years there would have been 30000 people were working on the canal, many of them forced labourers.

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Location: Egypt



Alan Boisragon's Father Divorces His Mother

Jan 01, 1864

Alan Boisragon's father divorces his mother after she ran off with a Charles William Moore, a judge in Bengal.

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Location: India



James Phillips is Born

1864

James Phillips is born. He is the eldest son of the Archdeacon of Furness

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Location: Britain



Edward Daniel Arrives in New Zealand

Feb 15, 1864

Edward Daniel arrives in New Zealand

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Location: New Zealand



Henry Rawlinson is Born

Feb 20, 1864

Henry Rawlinson is born at Trent Manor in Dorset

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Location: Britain



Edward Hay Dies

Apr 30, 1864

Edward Hay dies in an attack on the Maori fortification at Pukehinahina, or the Gate Pa, at the Tauranga Harbour in New Zealand

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Location: New Zealand



Captain Goodenough Married

May 31, 1864

Captain Goodenough married Victoria Henrietta, daughter of William John Hamilton

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Location: Britain



Captain Dyke Retires

Jul 01, 1864

Captain Dyke retires from the Royal Navy

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Location: Britain



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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Location: Portsmouth



The First Geneva Convention is Signed

Aug 22, 1864

The First Geneva Convention is signed

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Location: Switzerland



HMS Volage Turned Into a Hulk

Oct 19, 1864

HMS Volage is turned into a hulk for storing gunpowder

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Location: Britain



Goodenough is Given HMS Victoria

Nov 02, 1864

Captain Goodenough is given command of HMS Victoria in the Mediterranean Goodenough is given HMS Victoria

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Location: Mediterranean



Darwin Awarded Copley Medal

Nov 03, 1864

Darwin is awarded the Royal Society's highest award, the Copley medal, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science.

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Location: Britain



HMS Volage Scrapped

Dec 12, 1864

HMS Volage Scrapped

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Location: Britain



HMS Cornwallis Hulked At Sheerness

1865

HMS Cornwallis was transformed into a hulk at Sheerness to be used as a naval base

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Location: Sheerness



HMS Beagle Renamed Kanko

1865

HMS Beagle is sold to the Japanese navy and renamed Kanko

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Location: Japan



Joseph Hooker Becomes Director of Kew

1865

Joseph Hooker takes over from his father as the Director of the Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Joseph Hooker becomes Director of Kew

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Location: Britain



Samuel Hill Lawrence Retires

1865

Major Samuel Hill Lawrence retires from the British army

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Location: Britain



Hamilton is Given HMS Sphinx

1865

Captain Hamilton is given command of HMS Sphinx in the West Indies

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Location: West Indies



Osborn Leaves the Navy

1865

Captain Sherard Osborn leaves the Royal Navy to become an agent to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway

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Location: Britain



Sir James Grant Returns to Britain

1865

Sir James Grant returns to Britain and is appointed Quartermaster-General to the Forces

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Location: Britain



Edward Seymour joins the Royal Yacht

1865

Edward Seymour joins the Royal Yacht HMY Victoria and Albert

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Location: Britain



Captain Harris Dies

Jan 16, 1865

Captain Robert Harris dies

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Location: Britain



Wilson joins HMS Excellent

Apr 1865

Lieutenant Arthur Wilson joins HMS Excellent at Portsmouth

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Location: Portsmouth



HMS Clio Reaches Hawaii

Apr 09, 1865

HMS Clio reaches Hawaii to take part in the visit of Dowager Queen Emma to London. She will escort the Queen as far as Panama. It is here that Charles Beresford will meet Nancy Summer.

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Location: Hawaii



HMS Shannon is Paid Off

Apr 11, 1865

HMS Shannon is paid off at Portsmouth for the last time

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Location: Portsmouth



Charles Beresford Steals American Eagle Sign

Apr 21, 1865

Charles Beresford and the other Midshipmen of HMS Clio steal the eagle sign from the gate of the legation of United States Minister to Hawaii James McBride. The Americans make a formal diplomatic demand for the sign's return. When the Captain of HMS Clio finds out where it is he orders them to return and reinstall the sign as well as make a formal apology to the Americans.

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Location: Hawaii



Robert Fitzroy Dies

Apr 30, 1865

Vice-Admiral FitzRoy kills himself by cutting his own throat with a razor. He is buried in Upper Norwood in south London. He died penniless. Queen Victoria allowed his widow and daughter to live in grace and favour apartments in Hampton Court Palace, and his friends, including Charles Darwin, raised money so that they would not be destitute.

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Location: Britain



HMS Ganges Becomes Training Ship

May 05, 1865

HMS Ganges is put into Devonport to be converted for her new role as a training ship

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Location: Plymouth



The End of the American Civil War

May 09, 1865

The American Civil War ends leading to the emancipation of all slaves within the USA.

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Location: usa



First Nurse From the Nightingale Training School

May 16, 1865

The first nurse trained at the Nightingale Training School begins work at Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary

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Location: Britain



Sengge Rinchen Dies

May 18, 1865

During the Nian Rebellion Sense Rinchen was leaning troops to Shandong. He was ambushed in a tavern near Gaolou Fort and killed.

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Location: China



HMS Miranda is Paid Off

Jun 03, 1865

HMS Miranda is paid off at Sheerness

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Location: Sheerness



John Richardson Dies

Jun 05, 1865

John Richardson dies

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Location: Britain



Garnet Wolseley Promoted to Colonel

Jun 05, 1865

Garnet Wolseley returns to Canada and is given the rank of Colonel

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Location: Canada



HMS Octavia Goes to the East Indies

Jun 14, 1865

HMS Octavia goes to the East Indies under Captain Charles Hillyar

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Location: Indian Ocean



John Prettyjohns Retires

Jun 16, 1865

John Prettyjohns leaves the Royal Marines and retires to the Greater Manchester area were he became a Golf Club steward at Whalley Range Bowling Club

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Location: Britain



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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Location: Portsmouth



PS Great Eastern Lays Telegraph Cable

Jul 15, 1865

PS Great Eastern leaves the Nore to lay a transatlantic telegraph cable. This is the second telegraph cable to be laid across the ocean. The cable is so long that the previous one required two ships to lay it, but Great Eastern is so large that she can take it all itself.

PS Great Eastern lays transatlantic telegraph cable

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Location: Britain



Cable Snaps

Aug 02, 1865

The cable being laid from Great Eastern snaps and the ship returns to Britain

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Location: Atlantic



Alexandros Mavrokordatos Dies

Aug 18, 1865

Alexandros Mavrokordatos dies

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Location: Greece



HMS Wivern joins the Channel Squadron

Sep 28, 1865

Captain Burgoyne is given command of HMS Wivern in the Channel Squadron

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Location: Britain



Bedingfield is Given HMS Wasp

Dec 25, 1865

Command of HMS Wasp is transfered to Captain Norman Bernard Bedingfield while in the East Indies

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Location: China



John Harrison Dies

Dec 27, 1865

John Harrison dies at his home in Westminster

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Location: Britain



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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Location: Portsmouth



Charles Beresford Becomes Acting Sub-Lieutenant

Jan 1866

Charles Beresford is promoted to acting Sub-Lieutenant on HMS Tribune in the Pacific

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Location: Pacific ocean



John Commerell is Knighted

1866

John Commerell is knighted as a Companion of the Bath as part of the Civilian Branch of the order

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Location: Britain



Lal Singh Dies

1866

Lal Singh dies

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Location: India



Edward Seymour Becomes Commander

1866

Edward Seymour is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



HMS Galatea is Paid Off

Jan 23, 1866

HMS Galatea's first is commissioned is paid off in Plymouth

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Location: Plymouth



Roderick Dew joins HMS Royal Adelaide

Jan 31, 1866

Captain Roderick Dew transfers to HMS Royal Adelaide

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Location: Britain



Captain Dew joins HMS Lord Clyde

Jan 31, 1866

Captain Roderick Dew transfers to HMS Lord Clyde in the Channel Squadron

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Location: Britain



Charles Beresford joins HMS Sutlej

Feb 1866

Charles Beresford transfers to the flagship of the Pacific Squadron HMS Sutlej where he will take his examinations for Lieutenant.

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Location: Pacific ocean



Lord Hay is Elected Mp for Ripon

Feb 26, 1866

Lord Hay is elected as the Member of Parliament for Ripon as part of the Liberal party

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Location: Britain



George Byron Dies

Mar 01, 1866

George Byron dies

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Location: Britain



HMS Ganges Arrives At Falmouth

Mar 20, 1866

Falmouth had been chosen because it was a large port, and so they hoped that this would provide a large number of young recruits. She was anchored in the Carrick Roads, but she did not receive the number of boys volunteering as they had hoped due to the strict discipline on board.

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Location: Britain



HMS Diamond Becomes a Training Ship

Apr 1866

HMS Diamond is lent to the Seaman's Mission on the Tyne as a Training Ship

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Location: Britain