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 on: 11 August 2017 04:39:52 PM 
Started by Nigel Brown - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

As to what they would have been doing... they were part of the British naval squadron maintained in the West Indies, basically to act as both a support to the colonial authorities, but also to protect British interests - there was a war going on in Venezuela, and much of the South American coast was regarded as lawless, and the U.S. civil war was also underway. British naval ships were also very active in suppressing slavery in the first half of the 19th century, and although most countries had officially outlawed slavery by this time, the R.N. patrolled to make sure that this was enforced

Murray and the Skipjack gets some mentions at this time in The Milne Papers vol.2 (a collection of letters etc. from Admiral Milne, then commanding the station).  From this it is clear that she was based at Barbados. Milne states that she was there "For the protection of British interests and Commerce"

She had an interesting episode in in February 1860 when Murray was informed that 2 British subjects had been seized as hostages by 'insurgents', and immediately went to the reported location, in the river Orinoco; the Skipjack went 40 miles upriver and after confronting the 'insurgents' (which Murray described as 'very contemptible') they undertook to release the hostages .  The ship unfortunately ran aground in the shoal river, and was with much effort by the crew that they got free

Admiral Milne later wrote: 'You have a very superior man in Murray.. very unassuming, modest and shy but well read and a sensible, good officer, devoted to the service and his gunboat is a perfect man of war..."

 on: 11 August 2017 04:13:04 PM 
Started by Nigel Brown - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

SKIPJACK was commissioned in August 1857 for service on the North America and West Indies station; she returned to England and was paid off in November 1861.  I believe she was actually commanded by Lieutenant John Murray from August 1857 until Lieutenant George Barnard assumed command in March 1861

 on: 11 August 2017 04:07:25 PM 
Started by MikeH1 - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Just get a copy of his Service Record: this will show the ships served on etc

 on: 10 August 2017 02:32:49 PM 
Started by MikeH1 - Last Post by MikeH1
My first post.  I am hoping someone out there can help me with my research.
Would there be a crew list available, circa 1856, for HMS Firefly?  I have a relation George Woods who, according to his marriage certificates,  was a seaman onboard this ship.
His father is also names on the certificate as a seaman in the Royal Navy and if possible I would like to know more about him and his service.

 on: 09 August 2017 11:26:55 AM 
Started by Nigel Brown - Last Post by Nigel Brown
My great great grandfather's brother John James Brown (1838-1911) was an Able Seaman on HMS Skipjack in the 1861 census. The Albacore class gunboat was commanded by Plymouth-born Lieutenant Commander George H Barnard. The census form says they were located at Latitude 24 19' North Longitude 74 28' West, West Indies, which by my reckoning is about 13 nautical miles north of San Salvadore in the Bahamas.

Can anyone tell me what they would have been doing there at around that time and/or before and after (he served on Skipjack for several years I believe).

Thank you for any help or pointers.

Nigel Brown

 on: 05 August 2017 08:12:20 AM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
Wow, thank you very much.

To know all these places is truly wonderful. I so wish
he had talked more about his time in the navy but there was always too much to do.
Such busy lives we all lead.
There again, had I embarked upon family history earlier I would have known to ask him.

I guess we need to get more of the younger generation interested in family history so that they learn
from our mistakes.

Again many thanks for all your help and the information you have given me.
No amount of googling helped as much.

Kind regards


 on: 03 August 2017 01:27:51 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
Why  would the WG and PWC be listed under nature of decoration?

Short answer: Don't know.  But I would suspect that as the War Gratuity was, in effect, an award of cash for those who had served, that it may have seemed logical to have recorded it under Awards and Decorations.  Although a separate thing, the Post-War Credit seems to have been associated with the Grant, although I think the intention with this, was to compensate for lost wages (i.e. if they hadn't been in the forces, they could have been earning more as a civvy.)

 on: 03 August 2017 01:21:46 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

This is an outline of Vanguard's service:

June Aug 1948 at Devonport
Sep Oct cruise to Mediterranean; calls at Malta and Gibraltar
Nov returned Devonport

Jan 1949 - Devonport
3 Feb sailed for Mediterranean
Feb - Gibraltar
Mar exercises, western Med
16 20 Mar Algiers
28 Mar 2 Apr - Naples
Apr - Malta
May exercises in central Med
18 22 May visit to Venice
May - Malta
15 16 Jun Famagusta, Cyprus
18 Jun Port Said, Egypt
End-Jun exercises eastern Med
1 4 Jul Phaleron Bay, Greece
6 7 Jul Tripoli, Libya
16 Jul - Gibraltar
21 Jul Devonport
Aug Devonport
Sep joined Home Fleet Training Squadron
Oct exercises off Scotland
Nov / Dec Portland

Jan 1950 Gibraltar
Feb - Jun Portland
Jul exercises off Scotland
20 24 Jul visit to Bangor (N Ireland)
Jul/Aug Solent for Cowes Week
Sep to Gibraltar for exercises
Sep/Oct exercises in western Atlantic; visits to Dakar; Cape Verde; Madeira
Nov visit to Lisbon
Nov/Dec Portsmouth

Jan 1951 to Gibraltar
Feb exercises in Mediterranean
Mar Portland
Apr Jun exercises off Scotland
Jul visit: Eastbourne (to coincide with Festival of Britain)
Jul/Aug Portsmouth
Sep/Oct - Devonport

 on: 02 August 2017 02:36:15 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
Why  would the WG and PWC be listed under nature of decoration?
Forgive me if I'm being a bit simple. :)

 on: 02 August 2017 02:31:37 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc
June 1948 to
October 1951.

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