Robert Spencer Robinson R.N.
Robert Spencer Robinson R.N.


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Robert Spencer Robinson R.N.Explanation
Son of Sir John Robinson (1754-1832), Bt., Archdeacon of Armagh
 
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
6 January 1809 Born (Welford Park, Berkshire)
April 1839 Wrote 'The Nautical Steam Engine Explained, and Its Powers and Capabilities Described for the Officers of the Navy and Others Interested in the Important Results of Steam Navigation'.
10 May 1841 Married Clementina (1817-1897), daughter of Admiral Sir John Finney Louis (1785-1863)
1847 Wrote 'Observations on the Steam Ships of the Royal Navy'.
7 December 1868 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath), civil
3 June 1869 F.R.S. (Fellow of the Royal Society)
1871 Wrote 'Results of Admiralty Organisation as Established by Sir James Graham and Mr Childers'.
27 July 1889 Died (London)
Obituary in the Times newspaper
 
DateRank
6 December 1821Entered Navy
27 September 1830Lieutenant
28 June 1838Commander
5 November 1840Captain
9 June 1860Rear-Admiral
2 April 1866Vice-Admiral
2 June 1870Retired Vice-Admiral
14 July 1871Retired Admiral
 
Date fromDate toService
5 May 18311834Lieutenant in Dublin, commanded by Lord James Townshend, South America, flagship
18 March 1836 Lieutenant in Asia, commanded by William Fisher, Mediterranean
26 September 1837 Lieutenant in Tyne, commanded by John Townshend, Mediterranean
20 July 1839 Commander in Phoenix, Mediterranean
19 February 1840 Commander in Hydra, Mediterranean (including operations on the coast of Syria in 1840)
15 February 185026 September 1852Captain in Arrogant (until paying off at Portsmouth), Lisbon
15 June 185412 January 1856Captain in Colossus (from commissioning), North America and West Indies, then (1855) the Baltic during the Russian War
13 January 185624 August 1856Captain in Royal George (until paying off at Sheerness), troop transport from the Crimea
25 August 185624 January 1858Captain in Ajax, Superintendent of the steam reserve, guard ship of Ordinary, Devonport
1 February 185825 April 1859Captain in Exmouth, Superintendent of the steam reserve, guard ship of Ordinary, Devonport
25 April 185931 May 1860Captain in Wellington, Superintendent of the steam reserve, guard ship of Ordinary, Devonport
7 February 186114 February 1871Controller of the Navy (until Gladstone decided, in the light of the loss of the Captain, for which he was quite unfairly blamed by First Lord of the Admiralty Hugh Childers - that the appointment would not be extended at the end of his second five-year term)
22 December 18688 February 1871Commissioner of the Admiralty (3rd Naval Lord)


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