The loss of HMS Osprey in 1867
The loss of HMS Osprey in 1867


The Royal Navy
The Royal Navy


On 30 May 1867 the steam gunvessel HMS Osprey was wrecked off Cape St. Francis, Algoa Bay, South Africa (Google mapExternal link). At two subsequent Courts-martial, Commander William Menzies, Navigating Lieutenant Francis Blueman Christian, and Lieutenant Robert Percival Moutray, the officer of the watch, were found guilty on counts of negligence, were severely reprimanded, and sentenced to lose seniority (go hereExternal link for an interesting account of the naval career of Francis Blueman Christian, including an account of this Court-martial).


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