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Victorian

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Victorian

The era when the British Empire grew rapidly




Cadet Keyes joins HMS Raleigh

Aug 1887

Cadet Keyes is appointed to the flagship of the Cape of Good Hope and West Africa Station, HMS Raleigh

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Location: West Africa



Aitken Dies

Sep 18, 1887

Robert Hope Moncrieff Aitken dies in Scotland

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Location: Britain



Thomas Wilkinson Dies

Sep 22, 1887

Thomas Wilkinson dies in York

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Location: Britain



Hamilton is Made Admiral

Oct 18, 1887

Rear-Admiral Hamilton is promoted to full Admiral

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Location: China



Robeck Transfers to HMS Agincourt

Nov 1887

Lieutenant John de Robeck transfers to the flagship of the Channel Squadron HMS Agincourt

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Location: Britain



HMS Amethyst is Sold

Nov 1887

HMS Amethyst is sold for scrap

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Location: Britain



Valentine Baker Dies

Nov 17, 1887

Valentine Baker Pasha dies

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Location: Egypt



Rear-Admiral Salmon C in C of the China Station

Dec 1887

Rear-Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon raises his flag on armoured cruiser HMS Imperieuse as Commander-in-Chief of the China Station

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Location: China



Assistant to Admiral Superintendent of Reserves

Dec 1887

Captain Edward Seymour becomes assistant to the Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves

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Location: Britain



Hamilton Returns to Britain

Dec 17, 1887

Admiral Hamilton returns to Britain

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Location: Britain



Marchand is Commissioned

Dec 18, 1887

Marchand is commissioned as sous-lieutenant

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Location: France



HMS Boadicea 3Rd Commission

1888

HMS Boadicea begins her third commission. She is despatched to the east coast of Africa as the flagship of Rear-Admiral Edward Freemantle

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Location: Indian Ocean



Fakhri Graduates

1888

Fakhri Pasha graduates from the War Academy in Constantinople

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Location: Constantinople



Scheer Does Torpedo Training

Jan 1888

Scheer took part in torpedo training aboard SMS Blücher

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Location: Germany



John Robarts Dies

1888

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

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Location: Portsmouth



Ovonramwen Becomes King

1888

Ovonramwen Nogbaisi becomes the Oba, or King, of Benin. This is the moment that he took up the name that he is known by.

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Location: Benin



Sir Garnet Wolseley is Given the Ranger's House

1888

Sir Garnet Wolseley is given the Ranger's House in Greenwich to live in by Queen Victoria

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Location: Britain



PS Great Eastern is Broken Up

1888

PS Great Eastern is broken up

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Location: Britain



HMS Racoon is Commissioned

Mar 01, 1888

HMS Racoon is commissioned and sent to the East Indies station

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Location: Indian Ocean



Barghash Bin Said Dies

Mar 26, 1888

Barghash bin Said of Zanzibar dies and is replaced by Khalifah bin Said.

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Location: Zanzibar



Churchill Goes to Harrow School

Apr 1888

Churchill passed the entrance exam for Harrow School

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Location: Britain



William Hewett Dies

May 13, 1888

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

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Location: Portsmouth



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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Location: Portsmouth



Helmuth Von Moltke Retires

Aug 09, 1888

Helmuth von Moltke retires

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Location: Germany



Robeck joins HMS Britannia

Sep 1888

Lieutenant John de Robeck joins the staff of HMS Britannia

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Location: Britain



Committee on Naval Manoeuvres

Oct 1888

Admiral Hamilton becomes a member of committee to consider the lessons of the naval manoeuvres of that year. This leads to the Naval Defence Act of 1889.

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Location: Britain



Lord Hay is Promoted to Admiral of the Fleet

Dec 15, 1888

Lord Hay is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet

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Location: Britain



Second Naval Lord

Dec 28, 1888

Admiral Hamilton is made Commissioner of the Admiralty as the Second Naval Lord.

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson Returns to Britain

1889

Rawlinson’s mother dies and he returns to Britain where he transfers to the Coldstream Guards.

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Location: Britain



Kanko is Broken Up

Jan 01, 1889

Kanko is broken up

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Location: Japan



Capture of Diena in Mali

1889

Marchand is wounded during the capture of Diena in Mali

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Location: North Africa



Wilson Takes Command of HMS Vernon

1889

Captain Wilson takes command of HMS Vernon

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Location: Britain



Alfred Gaselee is Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel

Jan 09, 1889

Alfred Gaselee is promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel

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Location: India



Apia Cyclone

1889

HMS Calliope manages to escape, but the US and German fleets are wreaked

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Location: Pacific ocean



Beatty is Promoted to Sub-Lieutenant

May 14, 1889

Midshipman Beatty is promoted to Sub-Lieutenant and sent to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. He managed to leave with a first-class examination pass in Torpedoes, despite being distracted by the delights of London being so close. His cabin at Greenwich was full of photographs of actresses, some of which were signed in the most endearing terms.

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Location: Britain



Beatty is Posted to a Torpedo Boat

May 14, 1889

Sub-Lieutenant Beatty is posted to a torpedo boat

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Location: Britain



HMS Thrush is Launched

Jun 22, 1889

HMS Thrush is launched. She has both sail and steam power, with her steam engine being able to generate 1200 horsepower through a single propellor.

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Location: Britain



Beatty joins HMS Warspite

Jul 1889

Midshipman Beatty joins HMS Warspite

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Location: Britain



Edward Seymour is Promoted to Rear-Admiral

Jul 14, 1889

Captain Edward Seymour is promoted to Rear-Admiral and made the Second-in-Command of the Channel Squadron, with his flag in the battleship HMS Anson

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Location: Britain



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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Location: Portsmouth



Vice-Admiral Robinson Dies

Jul 27, 1889

Vice-Admiral Robinson dies in London

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Location: Britain



Assistant to the Director of Naval Ordnance

Sep 1889

Lieutenant John Jellicoe is appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Ordnance

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Location: Britain



Beatty joins HMS Ruby

Sep 1889

Midshipman Beatty joins HMS Ruby

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Location: Britain



HMS Sparrow is Launched

Sep 26, 1889

HMS Sparrow is launched. She has both sail and steam power, with her steam engines generating 1200 horsepower through a single screw.

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Location: Britain



Helmuth Von Moltke Makes a Voice Recording

Oct 21, 1889

Helmuth von Moltke makes a recording for Thomas Edison of a line from Hamlet and a passage from Faust. This recording still exists and is the only sound recording known to exist of a person born in the 18th century.

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Location: Germany



Knight Grand Cross of Saint George

Dec 18, 1889

Sultan Khalifah bin Said of Zanzibar is made a Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

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Location: Zanzibar



Training Ship Clio Association is Renamed

1890

Control of the Training Ship Clio is transferred to the Training Ship for Boys to North Wales Association at Bangor

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Location: Menai Straits



Scheer Returns to Kiel

1890

Scheer returns to Germany and is made an instructor at the Torpedo Research Command in Kiel. While there he met Alfred von Tirpitz.

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Location: Germany



Redvers Buller is Made Adjutant-General

1890

Redvers Buller is made Adjutant-General to the Forces

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Location: Britain



Sultan Khalifa Dies

Feb 13, 1890

Sultan Khalifa dies. His brother Seyyid Ali is elected by the leading Arabs of Zanzibar to replace him as Sultan.

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Location: Zanzibar



Captain Mansell Dies

Mar 1890

Captain Mansell dies at Chalcis in Euboea

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Location: Greece



Tyrwhitt Becomes a Sub-Lieutenant

Mar 14, 1890

Midshipman Tyrwhitt is commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant

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Location: Britain



HMS Philomel is Launched

Aug 28, 1890

HMS Philomel is launched from Devonport

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Location: Plymouth



Cradock joins the Royal Yacht

Sep 06, 1890

Lieutenant Christopher Cradock is joins the Royal Yacht Victorian and Albert

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Location: Britain



Robert Mccormick Dies

Oct 25, 1890

Robert McCormick dies

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Location: Britain



Moltke's 90Th Birthday is a National Holiday

Oct 26, 1890

Helmuth von Moltke's 90th birthday is declared a national holiday

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Location: Germany



HMS Thetis is Launched

Dec 13, 1890

HMS Thetis is launched

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Location: Britain



Norman Finch is Born

Dec 26, 1890

Norman Augustus Finch is born in Birmingham

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Location: Britain



Robeck joins HMS Imperieuse

Jan 1891

Lieutenant John de Robeck transfers to the flagship of the China Station, the armoured cruiser HMS Imperieuse

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Location: China



King George V Commands HMS Thrush

1891

HMS Thrush is commanded by the future King George V while operating near Halifax

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Location: Canada



Berkeley Milne Takes Command of the Royal Yacht

1891

Captain Archibald Berkeley Milne takes command of the Royal Yacht HMY Osborne. This was normally a position for a Commander rather than a full Captain, and they usually wanted to get back into the fleet quickly in order to progress up the ranks. Milne, however, enjoyed the emphasis on ceremonial duties and felt that royal service would be a good way of getting flag rank.

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Location: Britain



Assistant Inspector of Constabulary

1891

Alan Boisragon resigns his commission to take up as the Assistant Inspector of Constabulary on the Gold Coast

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Location: Nigeria



Sheriff And Overseer of Prisons in the Gold Coast

1891

James Phillips is appointed as a Sheriff and Overseer of Prisons in the Gold Coast

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Location: Nigeria



Zora Neale Hurston is Born

Jan 07, 1891

Zora Neale Hurston is born in Notasulga, Alabama

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Location: usa



Helmuth Von Moltke Dies

Apr 24, 1891

Helmuth von Moltke dies

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Location: Germany



Richard Sandford is Born

May 11, 1891

Richard Douglas Sandford is born in the Cathedral Close of Exeter Cathedral in Devon. He was the son of the Archdeacon of Exeter.

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Location: Britain



HMS Intrepid is Launched

Jun 20, 1891

HMS Intrepid is launched from the yard of the London and Glasgow Shipbuilding Company on the River Clyde

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Location: Britain



HMS Brilliant is Launced

Jun 24, 1891

HMS Brilliant is launched from Sheerness Dockyard

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Location: Britain



Jellicoe is Promoted to Commander

Jun 30, 1891

Lieutenant John Jellicoe is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



President of Royal Naval College

Sep 1891

Admiral Hamilton becomes the President of Royal Naval College at Greenwich

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Location: Britain



Salmon is Promoted to Full Admiral

Sep 10, 1891

Rear-Admiral Sir Nowell Salmon is promoted to full Admiral

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Location: Britain



Rawlinson is Promoted to Captain

Nov 04, 1891

Henry Rawlinson is promoted to Captain

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Location: Britain



HMS Philomel is Commissioned

Nov 10, 1891

HMS Philomel is commissioned into the Royal Navy

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Location: Britain



Alfred Gaselee is Knighted

Nov 19, 1891

Alfred Gaselee is knighted as a Companion of the Order of the Bath

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Location: India



HMS Iphigenia is Launched

Nov 19, 1891

HMS Iphigenia is launched from the yard of the London and Glasgow Shipbuilding Company on the River Clyde

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Location: Britain