Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station

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Office of the
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
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Department of Admiralty
Reports toFirst Naval Lord
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed usually
1-4 years
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief, South America Station
Formation1837
First holderRear-Admiral of the White
Charles Bayne Hodgson RossCB.
Final holderCommodore 1st Class
James Edward Clifford Goodrich, MVO. RN.
Abolished1905
SuccessionCommander-in-Charge for Station Duties on the West Coast of America

The Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station was a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment from 1837 to 1905. The office holder was responsible for the command and control of the Pacific Station.[1]

History

The office was created on 4 September, 1837 with the appointment of Rear-Admiral of the White Charles Bayne Hodgson Ross, CB as the first Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station.[1] A further twenty nine flag officers held this office and the final incumbent appointed on 15 October 1903 was Commodore 1st Class James Edward Clifford Goodrich.[1] On 1 March 1905 the Pacific Station was abolished and this office was succeeded by a new post Commander-in-Charge for Station Duties on the West Coast of America and Commander Allen Thomas Hunt RN relived Commodore Goodrich.[1]

Office Holders

  1. Rear-Admiral of the White Charles Bayne Hodgson Ross, CB. – 4 September, 1837 – 5 May, 1841.[1]
  2. Rear-Admiral of the White Richard Thomas – 5 May 1841 – 14 May 1844.[1]
  3. Rear-Admiral of the White Sir George Francis Seymour, Kt. CB. – 14 May 1844 – 25 August 1847.[1]
  4. Rear-Admiral Phipps Hornby, CB. – 25 August 1847 – 21 August 1850.[1]
  5. Rear-Admiral of the Blue Fairfax Moresby, CB. – 21 August 1850 – 17 August 1853.[1]
  6. Rear-Admiral of the White David Price – 17 August 1853 – 25 November 1854.[1]
  7. Rear-Admiral of the White Henry William Bruce – 25 November 1854 – 8 July 1857.[1]
  8. Rear-Admiral of the Red Robert Lambert Baynes, CB. – 8 July 1857 – 5 May 1860.[1]
  9. Rear-Admiral of the White Sir Thomas Maitland, Kt. CB. – 5 May 1860 – 31 October 1862.[1]
  10. Rear-Admiral of the White John Kingcome – 31 October 1862 – 10 May 1864.[1]
  11. Rear-Admiral of the White the Hon. Joseph Denham – 10 May 1864 – 21 November 1866.[1]
  12. Rear-Admiral the Hon George Fowler Hastings, CB. – 21 November 1866 – 10 September 1869, (promoted to VAdm in post).[1]
  13. Vice-Admiral the Hon George Fowler Hastings, CB. – 10 September 1869 – 1 November 1869.[1]
  14. Rear-Admiral Arthur Farquhar – 1 November 1869 – 9 July 1872.[1]
  15. Rear-Admiral Charles Farrel Hillyar, CB. – 9 July 1872 – 6 June 1873.[1]
  16. Rear-Admiral the Hon Arthur Auckland Leopold Pedro Cochrane, CB. – 6 June 1873 – 15 April 1876.[1]
  17. Rear-Admiral George Hancock – 15 April 1876 – 6 August 1876.[1]
  18. Rear-Admiral Algernon Frederick Zous de Horsey – 6 August 1876 – 21 July 1879.[1]
  19. Rear-Admiral Frederick Henry Stirling – 21 July 1879 – 10 December 1881.[1]
  20. Rear-Admiral Algernon McLennon Lyons – 10 December 1881 – 13 September 1884.[1]
  21. Rear-Admiral John Kennedy Erskine Baird – 13 September 1884 – 4 July 1885.[1]
  22. Rear-Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bart – 4 July 1885 – 20 September 1887.[1]
  23. Rear-Admiral Algernon Charles Fieschi Heneage – 20 September 1887 – 29 November 1889, (promoted to VAdm in post).[1]
  24. Vice-Admiral Algernon Charles Fieschi Heneage – 29 November 1889 – 4 February 1890.[1]
  25. Rear-Admiral Charles Frederick Hotham, CB. – 4 February 1890 – 2 March 1893.[1]
  26. Rear-Admiral Henry Frederick Stephenson – 2 March 1893 – 5 March 1896.[1]
  27. Rear-Admiral Henry St Leger Bury Palliser – 5 March 1896 – 20 March 1899.[1]
  28. Rear-Admiral Lewis Anthony Beaumont – 20 March 1899 – 15 October 1900.[1]
  29. Rear-Admiral Andrew Kennedy Bickford, CMG, – 15 October 1900 – 15 October 1903.[1]
  30. Commodore 1st Class James Edward Clifford Goodrich, MVO. RN. – 15 October 1903 – 1 March 1905.[1]

Additional Notes

Prior to 1864 the Royal Navy was divided into three coloured squadrons (red,white and blue). The junior squadron was the Blue Squadron and senior was the Red Squadron. On 9 July 1864 following an Order-in-Council coloured squadrons and ranks were abolished.[1]

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 Gough, Barry (2016). "Appendix D: Commanders-in-Chief and Senior Naval Officers Pacific Station 1837-1914". Britannia's Navy on the West Coast of North America, 1812-1914. Victoria, BC. Canada.: Heritage House Publishing Co. pp. 319–321. ISBN 978-1-77203-109-6.