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Barton, Andrew (c. 1470–1511), seaman and shipowner, was one of three brothers, Robert Barton, John, and Andrew, sons of the seafaring merchant John Barton (d. in or before 1494). Like his brothers, Andrew was frequently employed as a naval commander by James IV...

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Hosken, James (1798–1885), naval officer and developer of ocean steam navigation, was born at Plymouth on 6 December 1798. His father, a warrant officer, served with distinction through the American War of Independence and the French Revolution, and was present at seventeen general actions, from ...

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Johnston, James Henry (1787–1851), naval officer and developer of steam navigation, entered the navy in 1803 on the Spartiate, under the successive captains George Murray, John Manley, and Sir Francis Laforey. In her he was present at Trafalgar, and in 1809 at the operations on the coast of ...

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Smith, Thomas (d. 1658), shipowner and naval official, was from an obscure but armigerous family. He rose to prominence as secretary to Algernon Percy, tenth earl of Northumberland, lord high admiral from 1638 to 1662. An energetic official, with good contacts at court, ...