Victorian
Victorian

The Bluejackets Periods Victorian

Victorian

The era when the British Empire grew rapidly




Qishan Dies

Aug 03, 1854

Qishan dies

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Location: China



Burgoyne Transfers to HMS Swallow

Sep 16, 1854

Lieutenant Burgoyne transfers to HMS Swallow

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Location: Black sea



Havelock is Appointed Adjutant-General

Nov 1854

Henry Havelock is appointed Adjutant-General in India

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Location: India



Patey is Given HMS Monarch

Dec 28, 1854

Captain Patey is given command of HMS Monarch in the Pacific, then the flagship of Rear-Admiral Henry William Bruce

Patey is given HMS Monarch

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Location: Pacific ocean



Garnet Wolseley is Promoted to Captain

Dec 29, 1854

Garnet Wolseley is promoted to Captain

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Location: Britain



HMS Cornwallis Gets a Steam Engine

1855

HMS Cornwallis was fitted with a steam engine and a screw propellor

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Location: Britain



Joseph Hooker Appointed to Kew

1855

Hooker was appointed Assistant-Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Location: Britain



Aaron Manby is Broken Up

1855

The Aaron Manby is broken up

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Location: France



Townsend Sailing Chinese Coast

1855

Frederick Townsend Ward is working as the First Mate on the steamship Antelope operating along the Chinese coast

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Location: China



Townsend Working as a Clerk

1855

Frederick Townsend Ward is working as a Clerk at his father's shipping agency

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Location: usa



Orundellico Found

1855

A group of Christian missionaries from the Patagonian Missionary Society visited Wulaia Bay on Navarino Island. They find that Orundellico was still living there, and remembered how to speak English.

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Location: South America



Moltke Becomes Aide to Prince Frederick

1855

Helmuth von Moltke becomes personal aide to Prince Frederick, later Emperor Frederick III

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Location: Germany



Arthur Wilson joins the Navy

1855

Arthur Knyvet Wilson joins the Royal Navy as a Midshipman on HMS Algiers

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Location: Britain



Nicholson is Promoted to Brigadier-General

1855

John Nicholson is promoted to Brigadier-General in the Bengal Army

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Location: India



Goodenough joins HMS Excellent

Jan 03, 1855

James Goodenough joins HMS Excellent

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Location: Portsmouth



HMS Wasp is Commissioned

Feb 02, 1855

HMS Wasp is commissioned under Commander Henry Lloyd at Sheerness and sent to the Mediterranean

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Location: Sheerness



Emperor Tewodros II Crowned

Feb 11, 1855

Kassa Hailegiorgis is crowned as Emperor Tewodros II

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Location: Ethiopia



HMS Weser is Given to Commander Wise

Feb 21, 1855

HMS Weser is given to Commander Charles Arthur Wise in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Powell is Made Captain

Mar 08, 1855

Commander Powell is promoted to Captain as an additional Captain on HMS Harpy. HMS Harpy is the flagship of Rear-Admiral Frederick William Grey in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Dundas Given Turkish Order of the Medjidie

May 15, 1855

James Dundas is appointed to the Turkish Order of the Medjidie

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Location: Britain



Raby is Promoted to Commander

May 29, 1855

Henry Raby is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



Archibald Berkeley Milne is Born

Jun 02, 1855

Archibald Berkeley Milne is Born

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Location: Britain



Napier Re-Enters Parliament

Jul 1855

Charles Napier enters parliament as the MP for Southwark

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Location: Britain



Governor-General of India

Jul 1855

Lord Canning is selected to be the next Governor-General of India

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Location: Britain



Lord John Hay is Knighted

Jul 05, 1855

Captain Lord John Hay is knighted as a Companion of the Order of the Bath

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Location: Britain



Dundas is Advanced to Knight Grand Cross

Jul 05, 1855

Sir James Dundas is advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

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Location: Britain



Captain Buckle is Knighted

Jul 05, 1855

Captain Buckle is knighted as a Companion of the Garter

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Location: Britain



William Hulme Dies

Aug 21, 1855

William Hulme dies and is buried in the Symonds Street Cemetery

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Location: New Zealand



HMS Pearl Launched

Sep 13, 1855

21-gun screw corvette launched from Woolwich dockyard

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Location: Britain



Tewodros II Conquers Magdala

Sep 22, 1855

Emperor Tewodros II conquers Magdala and transforms it into his capital

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Location: Ethiopia



Mansell is Made Commander

Sep 29, 1855

Lieutenant Arthur Mansell is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



Leopold Heath Goes Into Coast Guard Service

Nov 01, 1855

Leopold Heath becomes Captain of HMS Melampus in the Coast Guard service

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Location: Britain



Day is Promoted to Commander

Nov 19, 1855

George Day is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



HMS Shannon is Launched

Nov 24, 1855

HMS Shannon is launched from Portsmouth Dockyard

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Location: Portsmouth



HMS Recruit is Sent to the Mediterranean

Nov 30, 1855

HMS Recruit is given to Commander Henry Frederick McKillop and sent to the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Lord Canning Leaves for India

Dec 1855

Lord Canning leaves Britain for India

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Location: Britain



Lord Hay is Given HMS Forth

Dec 08, 1855

Captain Lord Hay is given command of HMS Forth

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Location: Britain



Harry Parkes Marries

Jan 01, 1856

Harry Parkes marries Fanny Plumer, the granddaughter of Sir Thomas Plumerias the first Vice Chancellor of England.

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Location: Britain



HMS Pearl is Commissioned

Jan 01, 1856

HMS Pearl is commissioned under Captain Edward Southwell Sotheby and sent to the Pacific

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Location: Britain



Albert Markham joins the Navy

1856

Albert Markham was educated at Eastman’s Royal Naval Academy before joining that Royal navy at age 15.

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Location: Britain



Non-Muslims Allowed in the Ottoman Army

1856

Non-Muslims are allowed in the Ottoman Army for the first time.

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Location: Constantinople



Tewodros II Reforms

1856

Emperor Tewodros II abolishes the slave trade within his domain, with limited success. He also abolished the more draconian punishments, such as flaying alive, and cracks down hard on any corrupt judges.

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Location: Ethiopia



Nicholson Appointed District Commissioner

1856

John Nicholson is appointed the District Commissioner of Peshawar

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Location: India



Brunel Designs the Three Bridges

1856

Isambard Kingdom Brunel designs the Three Bridges in Ealing, in London. This set of three overlapping bridges has a road bridge on top, above an aqueduct for the Grand Junction Canal, which is above the Great Western and Brentford Railway.

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Location: Britain



Anson Becomes C in C of India

1856

George Anson becomes the Commander-in-Chief of the army in India

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Location: India



Salmon is Promoted to Lieutenant

Jan 05, 1856

Nowell Salmon is promoted to Lieutenant and then transfers to HMS Shannon later that year

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Location: Britain



Mansell is Given HMS Tartarus

Jan 07, 1856

Command of HMS Tartarus in the Mediterranean is given to Commander Arthur Lukis Mansell

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Location: Mediterranean



HMS Wasp is Paid Off

Jan 07, 1856

HMS Wasp is paid off again at Sheerness

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Location: Sheerness



Prettyjohns is Promoted to Sergeant

Jan 16, 1856

John Prettyjohns is promoted to Sergeant

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Location: Britain



Lord Canning Arrives in India

Feb 1856

Lord Canning arrives in India and takes up his post as Governor-General

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Location: India



Goodenough joins HMS Goshawk

Feb 15, 1856

James Goodenough joins HMS Goshawk

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Location: Britain



Commander in Chief China Station

Feb 19, 1856

Admiral Michael Seymour was appointed commander-in-chief of the East Indies and China Station. HMS Calcutta became his flagship.

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Location: Hong Kong



Gordon is Given HMS Hermes

Feb 21, 1856

Commander Gordon is given command of HMS Hermes at the Cape of Good Hope

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Location: Southern Africa



Commerell Transfers to HMS Snake

Feb 27, 1856

John Commerell transfers to HMS Snake in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Hamilton joins HMS Haughty

Feb 28, 1856

Lieutenant-Commander Hamilton joins HMS Haughty and is sent to China

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Location: China



Prettyjohns Embarks on HMS Sans Pareil

Mar 12, 1856

John Prettyjohns embarks on HMS Sans Pareil for Hong Kong

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Location: Hong Kong



Morrell Retires

Apr 01, 1856

Commander Morrell is promoted to Captain on the retired list

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Location: Britain



The Tongzhi Emperor is Born

Apr 27, 1856

The future Tongzhi Emperor is born and called Zaichun

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Location: Peking



Prettyjohns is Promoted to Colour-Sergeant

Apr 29, 1856

John Prettyjohns is promoted to Colour-Sergeant

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Location: Hong Kong



Waddilove is Given HMS Swallow

May 10, 1856

Commander Charles Lodowick Darley Waddilove is given command of HMS Swallow in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Marryat is Given HMS Wrangler

May 10, 1856

HMS Wrangler is given to Commander Joseph Henry Marryat in the Mediterranean

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Location: Mediterranean



Burgoyne is Promoted to Commander

May 10, 1856

Burgoyne is promoted to Commander

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Location: Britain



HMS Hydra is Paid Off

May 10, 1856

HMS Hydra is paid off at Sheerness

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Location: Sheerness



Bythesea is Promoted to Commander

May 10, 1856

John Bythesea is promoted to Commander

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Location: Baltic



Darwin Starts on the Origin of Species"

May 14, 1856

Darwin starts writing what he hoped to be a short paper on evolution of species by natural selection. The paper keeps running into hard questions, each of which require that it grows so that he can present the answer to them. This paper grows until it becomes the basis of the book “On the origin of species”

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Location: Britain



Wheeler is Given Command At Cawnpore

Jun 1856

Major General Hugh Wheeler is given command at Cawnpore

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Location: Cawnpore



HMS Wasp is Commissioned

Jul 18, 1856

HMS Wasp is commissioned under Commander Frederick Henry Stirling and sent to the east coast of south america

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Location: South America



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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Location: Portsmouth



PS Great Western is Scrapped

Aug 1856

PS Great Western is sold for scrap and broken up

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Location: Britain



HMS Royal George is Paid Off

Aug 24, 1856

HMS Royal George is paid off in Sheerness

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Location: Sheerness



Robinson is Given HMS Ajax

Aug 25, 1856

Captain Robinson is given command of HMS Ajax. This is the guardship at Devonport, and he is made the Superintendent of the steam reserve

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Location: Plymouth



Arthur Wilson Goes to China

Sep 1856

Arthur Wilson is transferred to HMS Raleigh on the China Station

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Location: China



Goodenough joins HMS Raleigh

Sep 04, 1856

James Goodenough joins HMS Raleigh. HMS Raleigh will strike an uncharted rock near Macaw on its way to China and sink.

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Location: China



Goodenough joins HMS Alligator

Sep 04, 1856

James Goodenough joins HMS Alligator in the chinese station

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Location: China



HMS Shannon is Commissioned

Sep 13, 1856

HMS Shannon is commissioned under Captain William Peel in Portsmouth

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Location: Portsmouth