Charles George Fane

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Admiral SIR Charles George Fane, K.C.B., J.P., Royal Navy (14 November, 1837 – 22 February, 1909) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Fane was promoted to the rank of Commander on 16 October, 1868.[1]

He was appointed in command of the iron battleship Hector on 11 July, 1885.

Fane was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria on 6 January, 1888, vice Hotham.[2] He was appointed Captain Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard on 1 June.[3]

Fane was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 August, 1890, vice Rowley.[4]

Fane refined Prince Louis of Battenberg's masthead semaphore machine, making it more reliable in operation by employing ropes rather than levers to expand or collapse a cone at the masthead. It was visible for several miles and was comparatively tested against another system invented by Rear-Admiral Wilson at the Annual Manoeuvres of 1895.[5]

He was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral dated 9 November, 1896, vice Hopkins.[6]

On the occasion of the King Edward VII's birthday Fane was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 9 November, 1901.[7]

Fane was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 24 January, 1902, vice Tracey.[8] In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, he was placed on the Retired List at his own request the following day.[9]


  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 25 February, 1909. Issue 38892, col E, p. 13.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Claude E. Buckle
Captain of H.M.S. Invincible
11 Jun, 1885[10] – 1 Jun, 1888
Succeeded by
Arthur T. Brooke
Preceded by
Noel S. F. Digby
Captain of H.M.S. Northampton
22 Apr, 1886[11] – 23 Nov, 1886
Succeeded by
Henry L. Fleet
Preceded by
Robert H. M. Molyneux
Captain Superintendent, Sheerness Dockyard
1 Jun, 1888[12]
Succeeded by
Richard Duckworth-King
Preceded by
John A. Fisher
Admiral Superintendent, Portsmouth Dockyard
1 Feb, 1892[13]
Succeeded by
Ernest Rice


  1. The London Gazette: no. 23433. p. 5510. 20 October, 1868.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 25774. p. 243. 6 January, 1888.
  3. Clowes. VII. p. 7.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26077. p. 4328. 8 August, 1890.
  5. Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle (Portsmouth, England), 27 July, 1895, p. 8.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26796. p. 6363. 20 November, 1896.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27376. p. 7291. 12 November, 1901.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 27401. p. 583. 28 January, 1902.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27405. p. 844. 11 February, 1902.
  10. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 214.
  11. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 226.
  12. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 7.
  13. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 6.