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George Strong Nares R.N.Explanation
Third son and sixth child of Commander William Henry Nares RN (1788/9-1867)
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
24 April 1831 Born (Llansenseld, Nr Abergavenny in Monmouthshire)
22 June 1858 Married Mary (d. 1905), eldest daughter of William Grant, banker of Portsmouth
1860 Wrote "The Naval Cadet's Guide: or the Seaman's Companion" (retitled "Seamanship" from the second edition, 1862)
3 June 1875 Fellow of the Royal Society
9 December 1876 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath), Civil division
1878 Wrote "A Voyage to the Polar Sea".
15 January 1915 Died (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey)
1845Entered Navy
21 October 1854Lieutenant
24 November 1862Commander
10 December 1869Captain
24 April 1886Retired Captain
1 January 1887Retired Rear-Admiral
26 March 1892Retired Vice-Admiral
Date fromDate toService
18561858Lieutenant in Conqueror, commanded by Hastings Reginald Yelverton, Mediterranean
18581859Lieutenant in Illustrious, commanded by Robert Harris, trainng ship, Portsmouth
1 January 18591862Lieutenant in Britannia, commanded by Robert Harris, trainng ship, Portsmouth
1 September 186314 July 1865Commander in Boscawen, training ship, Southampton Water
July 1865 Commander in Salamander, east coast of Australia
31 March 1868 Commander in Newport, hydrographical work in the Mediterranean
21 July 1871May 1872Captain in Shearwater (from commissioning at Sheerness), Mediterranean (surveying)
15 November 187211 December 1874Captain in Challenger (from commissioning at Sheerness), Admiralty-Royal Society round-the-world oceanographic expedition
15 April 18755 December 1876Captain in Alert (from commissioning at Portsmouth until paying off at Portsmouth), leading the British Arctic expedition of 1875-6 (also included Discovery, Captain Henry F. Stephenson). Alert reached 82° N, and Commander A.H. Markham (second in command) took a sledge party to 83° 20' 26" N, the highest latitude reached by man up till that time. Nares finally had to abandon the expedition when scurvy broke out; he was subsequently knighted and Markham promoted to Capt.
20 August 187811 March 1879Captain in Alert (from commissioning at Chatham), survey of the Strait of Magellan
11 March 18791986Employed in the harbour department of the Board of Trade
December 1896October 1910A conservator of the River Mersey

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