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Irish Mariners

Agar

Augustus Agar

24 jan 1890

30 Dec 1968

Augustus Agar

He joined the Royal Navy in 1904. He took part in many actions during World War I. In late 1918 he worked with the British Secret Intelligence Service. He was the only man to be knighted based entirely on his exploits as a spy. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for sinking the Oleg, a Bolshevik Russian cruiser. He saw action in World War II

born in Kandy, Ceylon. His father John Shelton Agar, was an Irishman from Woodmont, County Kerry

Andrews

Thomas Andrews

Feb 7, 1873

Apr 15, 1912

Thomas Andrews

Businessman and shipbuilder; managing director and head of the draughting department for the Belfast shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff. Andrews was the shipbuilder in charge of the plans for the ocean liner RMS Titanic. He was travelling on board the Titanic during its maiden voyage when it hit an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and was one of the 1,517 people who perished in the disaster.

born at Ardara House, Comber, County Down

Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

1818

Jul 4, 1899

Alexander Armstrong

Naval surgeon, explorer, and author. From 1850–1854 sailed the arctic on HMS Investigator under the command of Robert John Le Mesurier McClure in search of the lost expedition of explorer Sir John Franklin. He became director-general of the Royal Navy’s medical department. He was awarded a KCB in 1871.

born Donegal

Armand

Ange René Armand

17 Feb 1788

13 May 1855

Ange René Armand

French naval officer and politician.

Descendant of an ancient family of Ireland who followed King James II to France

Aylmer

Baron Matthew Aylmer

1650

1720

Baron Matthew Aylmer

Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Navy.

Baugh

William Baugh

1587

1619

William Baugh

pirate. He was a ‘rear-admiral’ of the confederation of North Atlantic pirates c.1611 probably born in England,

operated out of Kinsale

Baldwin

Augustus Warren Baldwin

1 Oct 1776

5 Jan 1866

Augustus Warren Baldwin

Joined the merchant navy in 1792. He was commissioned Royal Navy lieutenant in 1800. He participated in the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807, and in 1808 received a gold medal and a commander’s commission for his part in the capture of the russian ship Sewolod (Vsevolod. Although retired from the navy, he was promoted to admiral in 1862.

born near Lisnagat in County Cork

Barber

Robert Barber

1749

1783

Robert Barber

quartermaster on HMS Adventure during Captain Cook’s Second Voyage 1772-1775. On the 31 December 1772 he became an A.B. He was Master of HMS Mercury when he died.

born in Kilkenny

Barry

John Barry

1745

13 Sep 1803

John Barry

‘The Father of the American Navy’; an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. He commanded Lexington, Raleigh, and Alliance. He won the final naval battle of the American Revolution off the coast of Cape Canaveral on March 10, 1783.

born in Tacumshane, County Wexford

Bransfield

Edward Bransfield

1785

1852

Edward Bransfield

Polar explorer. Discoverer of the Antarctica continent, (mainland rather than islands), on 30 January 1820. Bransfield Strait, Bransfield Island, Bransfield Trough and Mount Bransfield are named after him, as is the RRS Bransfield.

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Beaufort

Francis Beaufort

1745

13 Sep 1803

Francis Beaufort

Creator of the Beaufort scale for indicating wind force. He entered the British Navy at 13 and served on HMS Colossus and HMS Latona before being transferred to HMS Aquilon, which participated in the ‘Glorious First of June’. With his brother-in-law he devised a system which could transmit a message from Dublin to Galway in eight minutes. An Alaskan sea is named after Beaufort.

born in Tacumshane, County Wexford

Burgoyne

Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

17 Jul 1833

7 Sep 1870

Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

Awarded the Victoria Cross, as a Royal Navy lieutenant, serving in the Crimean War, he landed at a beach where the Russian army were in strength, without covering fire, he set fire to corn stores and ammunition dumps and destroyed enemy equipment

born in Dublin

Blake

James ‘Spanish’ Blake

1560

20 Feb 1635

James ‘Spanish’ Blake

spy. Blake was the second son of Walter Blake (died 1575) and Juliana Browne. His grandfather and brothers served as Mayors of Galway; his elder brother, Valentine Blake (1560–1634) was created a baronet in 1622. Blake moved through the world of international intrigue as an agent for, variously, the Irish, English, French and Spanish during the Nine Years War in the 1590s. He has been credited with the alleged assassination of Red Hugh O’Donnell in Spain in 1602. He was in the company of O’Donnell at the time of his death, and offered his services to Sir George Carew for the plot.

born in Galway

Bligh

William Bligh

9 Sep 1754

7 Dec 1817

William Bligh

In 1800 he completed a major survey of Dublin harbour and recommended that the North Bull Wall should be constructed to prevent sand building up in the mouth of the harbour. He correctly forecast that this would create a natural scouring action that would deepen the river channel, and sand gradually accumulated along the side of the North Bull Wall resulting in the modern Bull Island.

Employee of the Dublin Ballast Board

Bonny

Anne Bonny

8 Mar 1697

25 Apr 1782

Anne Bonny

Pirate

born ‘Anne Cormac’ in Kinsale, County Cork.

Brendan

Brendan ‘the Navigator’

circa 1460 to 484

16 May 577

 Brendan ‘the Navigator’

a legendary voyager, may have travelled to America. His voyage was re-enacted by Tim Serveren in ‘the Brendan Voyage’

born in Ciarraighe Luachra (Fenit) in County Kerry

BrownW

William Brown

22 Jun 1777

3 Mar 1857

William Brown

William Brown, also known as Guillermo Brown, Irish-born Argentine Navy admiral. Brown’s victories in the Independence War, the Argentina-Brazil War, and the Guerra Grande in Uruguay earned the respect and appreciation of the Argentine people, and today he is regarded as one of Argentina’s national heroes. Creator and first admiral of the country’s maritime forces, he is commonly known as the ‘father of the Argentine Navy’.

born in Foxford, County Mayo.

Byrne

Michael Byrne

1761

Michael Byrne

A near-blind fiddler who served in the Royal Navy. His sixth ship, in 1787, was the Bounty under Captain Bligh. He survived the wreck of the Pandora. He was acquitted of the charge of mutiny. He later served under Bligh’s nephew, Francis Bond, on the Prompte.

born in Kilkenny

Baugh

William Baugh (Bagh, Bough, Boghe)

c.1587

1619?

William Baugh (Bagh, Bough, Boghe)

pirate

operated out of Kinsale

Beatty

William Beatty

1773

1842

William Beatty

naval surgeon

born in Derry

Blackwood

Henry Blackwood

28 December 1770

1832

Henry Blackwood

vice admiral

born at Ballyleidy, Upper Clandeboye Co Down

Browning

Michael Browning

1689

Michael Browning

captain of the Mountjoy, whose Christian name occurs in various forms, including Micah, Micaiah, Micaill, and Mihal

native of Derry city

Button

Thomas Button

April, 1634

 Thomas Button

officer of the Royal Navy and explorer engagement at Kinsale in 1601, where he commanded the pinnace Moone. In 1612–13 he led an expedition in search of the north-west passage, explored the west coast of Hudson’s Bay and gave his name to Button Bay. He was appointed admiral of the king’s ships on the coasts of Ireland, probably in 1614, and apparently for life. His Irish base was Kinsale, where he held command of the fort at Castle Park from 1616, who in 1612–1613 commanded an expedition that unsuccessfully attempted to locate explorer Henry Hudson and to navigate the Northwest Passage

admiral of the king's ships on the coasts of Ireland, Operated out of Kinsale

BrownM

Molly Brown

Molly Brown

the Unsinkable Molly

Irish born father.

Burgoyne

Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

1833

1870

Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

RN VC

Byrne

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

able seaman with Captain Bligh on the Bounty.

Bingham

Edward Barry Stewart Bingham

26 July 1881

1939

 Edward Barry Stewart Bingham

rear-admiral, RN

born in Bangor Castle, Co. Down

Cameron

Robert Rupert Gibson Cameron

24 October 1903

1979

Robert Rupert Gibson Cameron

naval architect.

born at Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Cazy

Joseph Grégoire Cazy aka O'Casey

Joseph Grégoire Cazy aka O

minister of the navy.

irish grandparent.

Cammock

George Cammock (Camocke, Camock),

c1666

1722

George Cammock (Camocke, Camock),

sailor and Jacobite, was , He served as first lieutenant of the Lion (1690) and the Loyal Merchant (1693) and was captain of the Owner’s Goodwill (a fireship) and the Intelligence (1695–7), seeing action at the battles of Beachy Head and Barfleur and burning French ships at La Hogue. He captained the Bonettla off Cape Clear before serving with great distinction as captain of the Speedwell (1702) and Monck (1712–14), capturing many French privateers off the Irish coast.

born in Co. Down

Campbell

Peter Campbell

1780

1832

Peter Campbell

Urugayan Navy

Cathcart

James Leander Cathcart

 James Leander Cathcart

enslaved in Algiers

Colgan

Nathaniel Colgan

28 May 1851

1919

Nathaniel Colgan

botanist, marine biologist, and traveller, was . In 1873 he was involved in the production of a magazine, Varieties, to which he contributed a number of papers and which he later edited. He also contributed to the Irish Monthly, Tinsley’s Magazine and Hibernia, His 1896 monograph on the history of the shamrock in Ireland is still the definitive account.

born in Dublin

CoppinW

William Coppin

9 October 1805

1895

William Coppin

sailor, shipbuilder, and inventor.

born in Kinsale, Co. Cork

CoppinL

Louisa Coppin

1845 ?

1849?

Louisa Coppin

prophesied the as-yet-undiscovered location of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 polar expedition to chart the North-west Passage.

Coppinger

Richard William Coppinger

11 October 1847

1910

Richard William Coppinger

naval surgeon, naturalist, and explorer, was surgeon aboard HMS Discovery.

born in Dublin.

Cormac

Cormac Ua Liatháin in Durrow

 Cormac Ua Liatháin in Durrow

pilgrim monk. mentioned several times by Adomnán (qv) in his ‘Vita Columbae’.

He appears in the genealogies as ‘priest’, son of Dímma, grandson of Commán, and belonging to the tribe of Uí Liatháin

Crozier

Francis Crozier

1796

1848

Francis Crozier

Royal Navy captain and polar explorer.

Coveney

Hugh Coveney

Hugh Coveney

former Minister for the Marine and noted yachtsman

Craig

Roger Anthony Craig

 Roger Anthony Craig

Laser dinghy competitor

Cudmore

Harold Cudmore

Harold Cudmore

yacht racing skipper

Crean

Tom Crean

Tom Crean

explorer

Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham

First Sea Lord

deCourcy

John deCourcy Ireland

 John deCourcy Ireland

Irish Maritime Historian

de Robeck

John de Robeck

John de Robeck

admiral in the British Royal Navy who commanded the Allied naval force in the Dardanelles during World War I.

born in Naas, County Kildare

Dombrain

Sir James Dombrain

1793

1871

Sir James Dombrain

comptroller general of the Irish coastguard, and railway pioneer involved in waterford and wexford railway.

England

Edward England aka Edward Seegar

Edward England aka Edward Seegar

pirate

Farran

George Philip Farran

21 November 1876

5 January 1949

George Philip Farran

marine taxonomist and fisheries scientist. From 1898 he took part in the fisheries investigations organised by Edward William Holt at the RDS’s floating marine laboratory at Ballynakill, Co. Galway, where he investigated marine molluscs. Two years later (1900) the marine laboratory was taken over by the newly founded Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, and Farran was appointed assistant naturalist. He remained with the department until his retirement (1946). In 1910 he was appointed inspector of fisheries, and after the retirement of Charles Green, he was promoted chief inspector of fisheries (1938). During the first world war he served in Egypt and Palestine (1915–19)

born at Knocklyon House, Templeogue, Co. Dublin

Fegen

Edward Fegen

Edward Fegen

HMS Jervis Bay.

FitzPatrick

Richard FitzPatrick

Richard FitzPatrick

1st Baron Gowran , Royal Navy officer and MP, was the son or grandson of Andrew Fitzpatrick of Castle Fleming, Queen’s Co. (Laois) MP for Harristown, Co. Kildare (1703–13) and Queen’s Co. (1713–14) he was created Baron Gowran of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, In September 1715 he was sworn of the privy council, taking his seat in the Irish house of lords on 12 November.

Forbes

George Forbes

George Forbes

3rd Earl of Granard diplomat, and admiral. he entered the royal navy in 1702, becoming captain of the Lyon in 1706. He engaged in much privateering and was responsible for seizing bullion on Genoese ships. As lieutenant governor of Fort St Philip, Minorca (1716–18),Sent to Vienna in 1719, he was briefly in charge of developing the Habsburg navy, he entered the British house of commons as MP for Queenborough (1723–7), and later Ayr Burghs (1741–7), and the Irish house of lords as Lord Forbes (27 February 1724). Continuing his naval career he served in the Mediterranean (1726–7, 1731), and was nominally governor of the Leeward Islands (1729–30) he was sent to St Petersburg (1733–4) as plenipotentiary minister to negotiate a commercial treaty. He successfully concluded the first trade treaty between Russia and any European state; the Czarina Anna was so impressed she later offered him the command of the Russian navy, but he declined.

Forde

Robert Forde

Robert Forde

polar explorer. Robert Forde was 35 years of age when he joined the Terra Nova as Petty Officer on May 30th 1910. He had served on the sea with his fellow Cork man, Patrick Keohane on a number of previous occasions between 1900 and 1906 aboard the Amphion, Emerald and Vivid. Man hauling for ten hours a day, Forde worked with tireless energy in an epic team effort to establish Scott’s ‘Corner Camp’ 35 miles from Cape Evans. In September 1912 Evans, Forde and Gran were sent on a perilous mission to re-mark and dig out Corner Camp in temperatures of minus 58 degrees Celsius. Forde suffered severe frostbite to the hands and was forced to return home to Cork. Mount Forde, a monumental peak of over 1,200 metres at the head of the Hunt Glacier was named in his honour

Robert Forde was born in the parish of Moviddy, Co. Cork.

Foxall

Damian Foxall

Damian Foxall

won the 2007/2008 Barcelona World Race. see http://afloat.ie/resources/afloat-news-archive/item/482-foxall-lifts-sailor-of-the-year-award

Greaves

Red Legs Greaves

Red Legs Greaves

Fought in the Irish Confederate Wars refused amnesty and turned Tory, captured and sold with 300 others to Barbadian planters by Cromwellian forces. With three fellow Irish slaves stole a lugger, while loading sugar, and escaped. Joined L’Olonnois who, in time, appointed Greaves captain of one of his ships, crewed by escaped Irish slaves. He captured Margarita and looted a fortune in pearls. He retired but was arrested and sentenced to hang. He escaped after an earthquake and went whaling. Eventually he did retire, became respectable and died of natural old age.

Green

William Spotswood Green

10 September 1847

1919

William Spotswood Green

marine scientist.see http://www.botanicgardens.ie/herb/books/inetok.htm

born in Youghal, Co. Cork

Griffith

John Griffith - Griffith, Sir John Purser - see irish bio

5 October 1848

21 October 1938

John Griffith - Griffith, Sir John Purser - see irish bio

engineer.

HalpinG

George Halpin

George Halpin

founding father of the Irish lighthouse service.

HalpinR

Robert Halpin

Robert Halpin

Master of the SS Great Eastern.

Harrel

David Harrel

1841

1939

David Harrel

Merchant navy, RIC, Under-Secretary for Ireland.

Hayden

Bartholomew Hayden

Bartholomew Hayden

Brazil Navy.

Hayes

Patrick Hayes

1770

1856

Patrick Hayes

director of the Marine Insurance Company, director of the Captains’ Society; Harbor Master for the Port of Philadelphia.

Healy

Michael Healy

Michael Healy

Captain of the US Revenue Cutter Bear, defender of Alaska’s native Americans, inspiration for Jack London’s ‘The Sea-Wolf’, prominent figure in James Michener’s ‘Alaska’.

grandparent

Holland

John Philip Holland

John Philip Holland

submarine inventor.

Hobson

William Hobson

William Hobson

rn – first Governor of New Zealand.

born in Waterford

Holmes

Robert Homes (Holmes)

23 July 1694

a.1743

Robert Homes (Holmes)

influenced the decision of hundreds or even thousands of Ulster-Scots to leave Ireland for new opportunities in America.

born in Stragullin, Co. Tyrone

Michael Joyce (MP) sailor & mp K Walter Kennedy (pirate) (?-1721):pirate File:Captain_Dulaien_Flag.svg? Patrick Keohane – polar explorer Henry Kellett (1806–75) vice-admiral (RN) and polar explorer, was born 2 November 1806 at Clonacody, Co. Tipperary, Lieutenant Commander John Kerans – The Yangtse River Incident [7] John King (sailor) (1865–1938) Ballinrobe : United States Navy Medal of Honor twice. L Germyn Lynch (1441-1483) merchant sea captain Patricio Lynch – Rear Admiral – Chilean navy M James Joseph Magennis VC Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) – US naval officer and author whose work, including “The Influence of Seapower Upon History, 1660-1783]],” inspired the creation of the modern United States Navy. (his father Dennis Hart Mahan may have been born in Ireland. – grandparent Richard Charles Mayne (1835 – 1892): RN Admiral and explorer Kevin McClory (1926-2006) screenwriter, producer, and director. served in the British Merchant Navy in the Second World War. His ship was torpedoed on 21 February 1943, and he spent 14 days in a lifeboat Robert McClure aka Sir Robert John Le Mesurier McClure (or M’Clure):(1807–1873): he was the first to transit the Northwest Passage, and the first to circumnavigate the Americas.: He was born at Wexford :File:Robert McClure.jpg Charles McGuinness IRA, adventurer and sailor. Thomas Murphy (VC) VC for sea rescue O Conor O’Brien (1880-1952) circumnavigation in the Saoirse Jorge O’Brien – Captain of the Chilean Navy during the Chilean War of Independence [8] Jeremiah O’Brien (1744–1818) : was in command of Unity when she captured HMS Margaretta in the Battle of Machias, the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. William Ahern (Medal of Honor recipient) aka William O’Hearn (1861-?) United States Navy Gráinne Ní Mháille (Grace O’Malley) – Pirate Queen P Oliver Hazard Perry(1785–1819): US Navy in the War of 1812 against United Kingdom, and earned the title “Hero of Lake Erie” for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie: Irish mother, Sarah Wallace Alexander.[9] :File:Operry.jpg Matthew C. Perry (1794 – 1858) was the Commodore of the U.S. Navy who compelled the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 : Irish mother, Sarah Wallace Alexander.[10] : File:Perry1852LibraryOfCongress.jpg William Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie:(1847–1924):shipbuilder:Born in Quebec, Canada, the son of Irish parents, he was taken back to Ireland when he was two years old and spent his childhood at Conlig, County Down:File:438825 aa17f8df.jpg R John Roach – Shipbuilder – Captain Richard Roberts (1803-41) of SS Sirius (1837) S Tim Severin lives in Timoleague, County Cork Ernest Shackleton – polar explorer John Shaw (navy) (1773-1823) United States Navy Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker : captain of the Australian Submarine HMAS AE2. John Sullivan (VC) RN VC T François Thurot real name O’Farrell, French naval captain who terrorised British shipping during the Seven Years’ War. Derek Turner (journalist) (1964-) :served in the Irish Navy : a freelance journalist. W Joseph Wheeler (shipbuilder) – shipbuilder John Richardson Wigham – lighthouse Engineer David Wilkins (sailor) : silver 1980 Moscow Olympics in the Flying Dutchman class James Wilkinson (sailor) : silver 1980 Moscow Olympics in the Flying Dutchman class Thomas Wright (1799-1868) – founder of the Ecuadorian naval school