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J. K. Laughton

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Belcher, Sir Edward (1799–1877), naval officer and hydrographer, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 27 February 1799, the second son of Andrew Belcher (1763–1841), a merchant in Nova Scotia who moved to England in 1811 and settled at Roehampton, Surrey, and his wife, ...

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Des Barres, Joseph Frederick Wallet (1721–1824), hydrographer and colonial official, was born in November 1721, either in Basel, Switzerland, or in Paris, the eldest child of Joseph-Léonard Vallet des Barres, a Huguenot, and his wife, Anne-Catherine, née Cuvier. He was baptized Joseph-Frédéric Vallet...

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Dunsterville, Edward (1796–1873), naval officer and hydrographer, son of Edward Dunsterville, shipowner, was born at Penryn in Cornwall on 2 December 1796. He entered the navy on 17 July 1812 as a first-class volunteer on board the sloop Brisk, on the north coast of ...

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J. K. Laughton

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King, Phillip Parker (1791–1856), naval officer and hydrographer, born at Government House, Norfolk Island on 13 December 1791, was the third, but only legitimate, son of Captain Philip Gidley King (1758–1808), naval officer and colonial governor. His mother was Captain King's wife, Anna Josepha, ...

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McCluer, John (1759?–1795), hydrographer, joined the Bombay marine as a volunteer about 1777. He was promoted second lieutenant on 18 February 1780 and first lieutenant on 8 January 1784. His hydrographic career probably began in March 1785 when, in the Scorpion, he surveyed ...

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Reed, Sir Edward James (1830–1906), naval architect, was born at Sheerness on 20 September 1830, the son of John Reed. He became an apprentice at Sheerness Dockyard where his outstanding ability led to selection in 1849 for the Central School of Mathematics and Naval Architecture...

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Sir Edward James Reed (1830–1906) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rotz, Jean (b. c. 1505, d. in or after 1560), hydrographer, was born in Dieppe. His father, David Ross, was one of a number of Scotsmen who went to Dieppe to seek a living. His mother was French, probably Dieppoise, and he was known in ...

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Schank [Schanck], John (1740–1823), naval architect and naval officer, was born near Castlerig, Fife, the son of Alexander Schank. He first went to sea in the merchant service, then served for six years as able seaman, midshipman, and master's mate in the warships ...

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Spratt, Thomas Abel Brimage (1811–1888), naval officer and hydrographer, eldest son of Commander James Spratt (1771–1853) and his wife, Jane, daughter of Thomas Brimage, was born at East Teignmouth in Devon on 11 May 1811. He entered the navy in June 1827, and from 1832 served in surveying vessels in the ...

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Stalkartt, Marmaduke (bap. 1750, d. 1805), naval architect and shipbuilder, was baptized on 22 April 1750 at St Mary the Virgin, Dover, the fourth child and second son of Hugh Stalkartt (1711–1782) and his second wife, Sarah. Between about 1764 and about 1771 he served as an apprentice shipwright at ...