John Lort Stokes

Admiral John Lort Stokes, RN (1812 - June 11, 1885) was an officer in the Royal Navy who travelled on "HMS Beagle" for close to eighteen years.

Stokes grew up in Scotchwell near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He joined the Navy on September 20, 1824. The first ship he served on was "HMS Prince Regent", then in October 1825 he joined the crew of the "Beagle" under Captain Phillip Parker King. The "Beagle" was involved in a survey of the waters of South America. In 1828 the commander of "HMS Beagle", Pringle Stokes (not related to John Lort Stokes), died and Robert FitzRoy assumed command; the ship returned to England in 1830 and was recommissioned. From 1831 to 1836 Stokes served onboard with Charles Darwin.

Following the second voyage of the "Beagle" Stokes was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and served under Commander John Clements Wickham for a survey of Australasian waters. When Wickham was invalidated in 1841, Stokes took command of the ship. While Stokes was in command the "Beagle" surveyed Timor and New Zealand, returning to England in 1843. When he returned he wrote "Discoveries in Australia, with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of the Beagle, 1837–1843"; it was published in 1846.

In July 1846 Stokes was promoted to captain and commanded the steam ship "Acheron" surveying New Zealand for four years. From 1860 to 1863 he commanded a ship surveying the coasts of the English Channel. He retired in 1863, was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in 1863, vice-admiral in 1871 and admiral in 1877. He died at his home in Scotchwell.

References

*Laughton, J. K. Stokes, John Lort (1812-1885), "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, 2004
*Dictionary of Australian Biography|First=John Lort|Last=Stokes|Link=http://gutenberg.net.au/dictbiog/0-dict-biogSt-Sy.html#stokes1

External links

*


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John Lort Stokes — (* 1812 in Scotchwell bei Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales; † 11. Juni 1885 ebenda) war ein britischer Marineoffizier. Stokes nahm an der berühmten Fahrt der HMS Beagle von 1831 bis 1836 sowie als Lieutenant an der Fahrt unter dem Kommando von …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Lort Stokes — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Stokes. John Lort Stokes L amiral John Lort Stokes, (1812 11 juin 1885) était un officier de l …   Wikipédia en Français

  • STOKES, John Lort (1812-1885) — explorer and admiral son of Henry Stokes and his wife Ann, daughter of George Phillips, was born in 1812. Entering the navy as a first class volunteer in 1824 he acted as midshipman on the Beagle from 1825 to 1830. In 1831 he became mate and… …   Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • Stokes-Nationalpark — Stokes Nationalpark …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Stokes — bezeichnet: Stokes (Einheit), die cgs Einheit der kinematischen Viskosität Stokes (Marskrater), einen Marskrater Stokes (Mondkrater), einen Mondkrater Stokes ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Adrian Scott Stokes (1854–1935), englischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Clements Wickham — (December 21 1798 ndash;January 6 1864) was naval officer and judge. He was a Lieutenant on HMS Beagle during her second survey mission from 1831 to 1836, which took the young naturalist Charles Darwin on what became the subject of his book, The… …   Wikipedia

  • Stokes — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le nom Stokes peut désigner : John Lort Stokes (1812 1885) , militaire britannique George Gabriel Stokes (1819 1903), mathématicien et physicien… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • John Clements Wickham — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Wickham. John Clements Wickham, né le 21 décembre 1798 et mort le 6 janvier 1864, est un officier de marine et magistrat anglais. Il a été l un des lieutenants du HMS Beagle durant son deuxième voyage, entre 1831 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stokes — /stoʊks/ (say stohks) noun 1. Constance, 1906–91, Australian painter; leader of 1930s modernist movement. 2. John Lort, 1812–85, Australian naval officer and marine surveyor, born in England; first European to discover Port Darwin and the Plains… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cerro Stokes — Cerro Stokes …   Wikipedia Español


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.