Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HMS Centurion.

"HMS Centurion."
Seymour's Flagship on China Station.
Very little of his service history is available on young Seymour after he was promoted to full Lieutenant 1860, until six years later on his promotion to that of Commander, and that he was wounded in the African Coast campaign in 1870. In 1873 he was promoted to Captain, he was engaged in the Egyptian War in 1881, then again very little is heard of his tour of duties until he became Aide – de – Camp to Queen Victoria from 1887 and 1889.
On the 14th of July 1889 he was promoted to Rear Admiral. Again nothing is heard of him until his promotion to Vice-Admiral in November 1895. In December 1897 he was given command of the China Station, where his flagship was HMS Centurion. Life there was very peaceful until the Boxer Rebellion and Seymour led the Naval Brigade in the relief of Peking.

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