Richard Dawkins

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Rear-Admiral (retired) Richard Dawkins, (17 August, 1828 – 1896) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Dawkins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1848

Dawkins was severely reprimanded and dismissed the ship following a Court Martial that criticised his role in the collision which sank his central battery ironclad Vanguard on 1 September, 1875. No one of the crew of Iron Duke, which struck her, was subjected to a Court Martial despite their obvious complicity in the fog-bound misadventure.[1]

Dawkins was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on the Retired List in 1878.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Vanguard
1873 – 1 Sep, 1875[2]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 10.
  2. Wikipedia.