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Sir John Dalrymple-Hay, Bart., G.C.B., F.R.S.

Nature volume 88, pages 487488 (08 February 1912) | Download Citation



ADMIRAL THE RIGHT HON. SIR JOHN DALRYMPLE-HAY, Bart., G.C.B., F.R.S., was born in Edinburgh on February 11, 1821, and died in London on January 28. His naval career was commenced in August, 1834, and he was placed on the retired list in 1870, under Mr. Childers's scheme, having attained flag rank as Rear-Admiral, about four years earlier, and having occupied various offices on shore after ceasing to command the line-of-battle ship Indus in 1859. His active service afloat, therefore, ceased in the year when our first seagoing ironclads were ordered. During the thirty-six years comprised in that service he had witnessed the change from sails to steam propulsion, serving nearly all the time in wood-built sailing ships, and having commanded, as captain the Indus which was the last sailing line-of-battle srpp in seagoing commission. Sir John Hay was present at the capture of Acre by Sir Rupert Stopford, and later (1849) greatly distinguished himself by the destruction of a pirate flotilla in China. The latter service secured for him promotion to the rank of captain; and in 1855–6 he commanded the Hannibal, the flagship of Sir Houston Stewart, second in command of the Black Sea Fleet during the Crimean War.

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