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William Edwin Archdeacon

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Staff-Captain William Edwin Archdeacon R.N. (1839-1893)

1893 Obituary [1]

STAFF-CAPTAIN WILLIAM EDWIN ARCHDEACON, R.N., born on the 6th of January, 1839, entered the Royal Navy in the year 1854 and first served in the Baltic and Black Seas during the Russian War in the "Dauntless," which took part in the night attack on the forts of Sebastopol, in the capture of Rinburn and in the blockade of Odessa. For these services he was awarded the Baltic medal, the Crimean medal with Sebastopol clasp, and the Turkish medal.

In 1857 he was transferred to the Surveying Branch of the service and from that date until 1866 acted as an Assistant Marine Surveyor in the Bay of Fundy, North America, under the late Admiral Shortland.

In July, 1865, he obtained a commission as Navigating Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Archdeacon was appointed in May, 1866, to the Cape of Good Hope Survey, of which he was placed in charge in November of the following year....[more]

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