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January 14, 2017

Vice-Admiral Sir George Strong Nares KCB FRS (24 April 1831 – 15 January 1915)

"His next appointment was to the brand new Philomel-class gunvessel Newport, which he commissioned and took to the Mediterranean for survey work, including a survey of the Gulf of Suez, accessed by the newly opened Suez Canal. The Suez Canal opened in November 1869, and although the French Imperial yacht L'Aigle was officially the first vessel to pass through the canal, Newport, commanded by Nares, actually passed through it first. On the night before the canal was due to open,Nares navigated his vessel, in total darkness and without lights, through the mass of waiting ships until it was in front of L'Aigle. When dawn broke the French were horrified to find that the Royal Navy was now first in line and that it would be impossible to pass them. Nares received both an official reprimand and an unofficial vote of thanks from the Admiralty for his actions in promoting British interests and for demonstrating such superb seamanship.

"In recognition of his work in the Gulf of Suez, Nares was promoted to the rank of captain in 1869."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 14, 2017 01:49 PM