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The Samoa Hurricane of 1889.

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HMS Calliope Crew Members

This list is the one published by Chaplain Evans, and is the crew list on the vessel at Samoa. Some of the crew who set out from England had deserted by this time, and unless they had been recaptured or returned to the ship before Samoa, won't appear here. Some of the crew were on temporary loan from HMS Orlando, the squadron flagship, and some of Calliope's original crew had been exchanged in a similar fashion. Although ERA James Richards died before the storm, I have included him in this list.

I have been gradually culling data from the seaman's records at Kew, but it is a mammoth task, and I cannot spend the time these days to go down to London just for that. So I am going to need to rely on visitors sharing with me any data they may have. If you have a photo or an anecdote, take a look at the Crew Stories page, and if you feel you would like to add to it, let me know the details.

Over the years, I have found instances where Chaplain Evans has apparently mis-read the ship's muster roll and introduced spelling errors in the names. With hand-written registers, this is very easy to do. Where I have been advised of a spelling error, I have amended this list; if you notice an error in the recording of your ancestor's name, please contact me and I'll correct it on this page.

Those names that are underlined are hyper links to the Crew Stories page.

Page or scroll down to get to the table, which starts as full width to maximize the data on it.

Search Hints

If you got to this page by searching the net on your browser for your ancestor's name with "Calliope,name" or something, then the obvious way to try and locate the name is by scrolling down to the tables and simply reading them. If you know your ancestor's rank (at the time of Apia), then the table headings might help, but be prepared for some names to appear in other tables. Perhaps a quick way to find a name is to use your browser's "Search Facility". In Google Chrome, you open this by typing "Ctrl-F" (i.e. hold down the "Ctrl" key and hit "f") and in the box that opens, start typing your ancestor's name. You should be taken to it fairly quickly. If there is more than one instance of the name, you'll be taken to the first; small orange bars appear in the right hand vertical slider to show where other instances occur. They will also be highlighted on the page. Hopefully, you will be able to quickly find the right one. If you got to this page by searching for your ancestor's name, it will appear somewhere on this page!

Other browsers may have different ways of operating a search, you will need to find them yourself if you don't use Chrome.

Remember, if your ancestor's name is underlined, then it is a hyperlink to an entry on the "Calliope Crew Stories" page, i.e. there is already some additional information about the person, though it may be very brief. If you have additional information, or if you are the first person with information, about a particular person, please feel free to share it with me, and therefore, the internet community. It has always been my wish to bring the participants in the storm to the attention of the wider world, with their stories, and a picture and just a few lines about them and what happened to them is better than nothing. If you agree, then contact me and share what you know; I'll update the site as quickly as I can. Take a look at the Crew Stories page to see what other family members have contributed, to help you decide if you want to do the same for your ancestor.

Officers.

RankNameData
CaptainHenry Coey Kaneb. Dec-1843; d.3-Jan-1917. Later Admiral.
Executive OfficerLieutenant Robert K. McAlpineb. 20-Jan-1851; d. 22-Sep-1923. Later Rear Admiral
Navigating LieutenantHenry Pearsonb. c. 1852; d. 17-Aug-1937. Later Captain.
LieutenantArthur W. Carterb. 1856; d. 1931. Later Rear Admiral.
LieutenantHenry G. Monckton 
LieutenantMontague G. Cartwright 
Lieutenant R.M.L.I.Alfred E. Marchantb. 1863; d.1924. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Later Major General.
ChaplainThe Reverend Arthur C. Evans M.A. 
Fleet-SurgeonValentine Duke B.A, M.B. 
Staff-PaymasterBeechey Rogers 
Staff-EngineerHenry G. Bourkeb. 24-Oct-1844; d. 5-Mar-1898
SurgeonArthur Cropley 
Assistant PaymasterTom Seaman 
EngineerWilliam Miltond. 9-Dec 1933.
Assistant EngineerJames R. Roffey 
GunnerCharles O. Martind. 20-Jun 1931
BoatswainWilliam Marshfield 
CarpenterGeorge T. Grant 
MidshipmanThe Honourable Horace L. A. Hoodb. 2-Oct-1870; d. 31-May-1916. Later Rear Admiral. Killed in action on HMS Invincible, Battle of Jutland.
MidshipmanFrank Brandtb. 2-Oct-1871; d. 1-Nov-1914. Later Captain. Killed in action on HMS Monmouth, Battle of Coronel
MidshipmanWilmot S. Nicholsonb. 18-May-1872; d. 9-Jun-1947. Later Admiral.
MidshipmanEdmund J. Prendergastb. 10-Feb-1872; d. 25-Jan-1936. Later Commander.
MidshipmanSidney R. Drury-Loweb. 18-Oct-1871; d. Jan-1945. Later Vice Admiral. Loaned from H.M.S. Orlando.
MidshipmanHugh F. Hopkinsonb. 11-Oct-1871; d. Jun-1922. Later Captain. Loaned from H.M.S. Orlando.
MidshipmanJohn C.T. Glossopb. 23rd Oct 1871, d. 23rd Dec, 1934. Later Vice Admiral. Loaned from H.M.S. Orlando.
MidshipmanCecil H. Foxb. 27-May-1873; d. 1963. Later Rear Admiral. Loaned from H.M.S. Orlando.


Ship's Company.

Petty Officers First Class.

RankNameData
QuartermasterEdward Pratt 
QuartermasterOscar Clark 
QuartermasterRobert G. Smith 
Captain of the Main-TopThomas Gibbs 
Captain of the Fore-TopRobert Newton 
Captain, ForecastleWilliam J. Brown 
Captain, ForecastleHenry B. Sellick 
Captain, QuarterdeckHenry Mullins 
Boatswains MateThomas E. Saunders 
Boatswains MateJohn R. White 
Boatswains MateJohn Hamilton 
Captain's CoxswainJames Pudge 
Gunners' MateJames Howlett 
Gunners' MateWilliam H. Smith 
Gunners' MateWilliam Elgie 


Petty Officers Second Class.

RankNameData
Captain of the Mizzen-TopAlexander Turner 
Coxswain second classWilliam Rolfed. 10-Jun-1889.
Second Captain, QuarterdeckHenry Parnell 
Second Captain, Fore-TopHenry T. Morgan 
Second Captain, Main-TopThomas Carr 


Signal Staff.

RankNameData
Yeoman of SignalsPatrick J. Dalton 
Leading SignalmanFrederick G. Withers 
Leading SignalmanFrederick F. Husband 
Qualified SignalmanArthur Sutton 
SignalmanWilliam Read 
Signal BoyHenry Prewitt 
Signal BoyRichard Jeffers 


Leading Seamen.

NameDataNameData
Frederick J. Brown John Beare 
William I. Thorndaleb. 17-Jul-1861; d. 30-Aug 1949William F. White 
Edmund Godding Ephn. B. Wright 


A.B's (Seamen Gunners).

NameDataNameData
Charles J. Searle Frederick Ross 
William J. Shepherd Alexander S. Stone 
Joseph J. R. Dick Gustavus Miles 
Fredrick Fozard William J. Steer 
James Watt Alfred G. Every 
William H. Ransom Daniel Regan 
Richard W. Sullaway James Stapleton 
Richard Gardiner David Kinnear 
Samuel Moss Frank Beach 
Thomas Healan George E. Munday 
John Stocks John T. Francis 
John T. McDaniel Harley Horton 
Henry Deacon Michael Cull 


A.B's (General Service).

NameDataNameData
William Rawlinson Alfred J. Thompson 
James Crawford Charles Ham 
Henry Hamilton George H. Spreadbury 
William T. Searle Thomas Carroll 
Walter H. Walsh James R. Baldrey 
Joseph Potterb. 13-Apr-1864; d. 1911Frederick W. Rexb. 2-Dec-1867; d. 27-Feb-1934
William Cole Thomas Smith 
Patrick Donovan John Johnson 
James E. Wright Henry G. Russell 
George A. F. Smith William Faiers 
William Trimble James Young 
Thomas Read Frank Pulford 
Benjamin Tyldesley Michael Hall 
James Fensham James H. Pook 
Isaac Briscoe James W. Pickels 
William H. Phillips Thomas P. Jolley 
George J. Hammerton John A. Edwards 
R. H. Durrant Arthur Turner 
William Miller Charles Burdett 
James A. Flower William Nye 
William Webb William T. Sheppard 
Henry Woolley Albert E. Smith 
George H. Jefford Willie Bennettb. 1870
William T. Sweet Louis W. Morgan 
William E. Tull Charles G. R. Reynolds 


Ordinary Seamen.

NameDataNameData
Henry T. Keene William G. Jell 
James C. Mooreb. Sep-1865; d. 1948.George E. Lane 
George Munden William Hardingb. 1868.
Joshua Snaith William Ellis 
William J. Stratton John D. Rodgers 
Henry Osmond Charles Rodgers 
William Hill George A. Shaver 
Robert Day Thomas McFarlane 
Alfred A. Sturt John W. Smith 
Edward G. Sturt Richard C. Curtis 
Edwin Wedlake George Edwards 
Ulick Stanton George Easter 
Ernest J. Denyerb. 18-Apr-1871.Thomas Parker 
Angus Murray Joseph Attwellb. 14-Apr-1870.
George A. Bax William Wisldon 
Charles W. Johnson William Grey 
Thomas Bumstead William Langdon 
Cecil F. Gulliver Joseph J. Barber 


Ordinary Seamen (on loan from Orlando).

NameDataNameData
William Rook Philip Rodd 
William Toms James Spillerb. 5-Nov-1870; d. 1-Nov-1914.
William Allen John Hedges 
Philip Rendle James Baker 
Frederick K. Stimpson George Moog 
Willie C. Hunt Alfred F. Hood 


Engine Room Staff.

E.R.A's (Engine Room Artificers).

NameDataNameData
Edwin Wood Alfred W. Neville 
George G. C. Haines James Richardsd. 13-Feb-1889


Leading Stokers.

NameDataNameData
Henry Aldred Ernest A. Welling 
Thomas Clavell Richard Thorpe 
Mark Kingb. 22-Nov-1861; d. 3-Jun-1910.Thomas Searle 
George W. Childs - 


Stokers.

NameDataNameData
John Doel Edwin W. Beale 
Henry Knight John T. Welsh 
James Osman Walter Wright 
George E. Peach John Whitwick 
William Alsfordb. 1870; d. c.1949Henry Treagus 
Andrew Shier John Charlton 
Charles Gilbert Paul Childs 
James Picknell Thomas Buxey 
Frederick C. Bennett Thomas Chubb 
William McWilliams Henry B. Harding 
William C. Cole Walter Shering 
Herbert Thomas William Breedon 
Charles H. Terry John Elliot 


Other Members.

RankNameData
Master At Arms Harry Taylor Sebright b. 1853; d. 1908.
Ship's Corporal Thomas C. Dobinson  
Armourer William Ruse Loaned from H.M.S. Orlando
Armourer's Crew Arthur Thurston  
Captain of the Hold James Christmas  
Skilled Carpenter's Mate Julius W. Newberry Possibly Newbury.
Carpenter's Mate Thomas D. John  
Carpenter's Crew Frederick Stephens  
Carpenter's Crew Michael O'Brien b. 6-Oct-1861;
Carpenter's Crew William H. Marsh  
Skilled Shipwright James Gillespie  
Skilled Shipwright Duncan Ferguson 
Ropemaker John McDonald  
Sailmaker Thomas Lucas  
Plumber's Mate Richard P. Frost  
Caulker Charles W. Down  
Cooper David F. O'Mahoney b. 1855; d. 1-Nov-1939. Possibly Mahoney.
Writer, 2nd Class Edward N. Luxon  
Sick Berth Steward, 2nd Class Sydney Barendb. c. 1861; d. 1942.


Stewards.

RankNameData
Wardroom William C. Costick 
Wardroom Ah Sam  
Warrant Officers Mess Henry Ayling  
Gunroom William Birch  
Captain's Steward Richard May  
Captain's Steward William Brine  
Assistant Steward George T. Chapman  
Ship's Steward, 2nd Class William G. Crocomb  
Ship's Steward, Boy Michael Finnie  


Cooks.

RankNameData
Ship's Cook, 1st Class George Jarvis  
Captain's Cook George Crawford  
Wardroom Cook Ah Fook  
Wardroom Cook Assistant Montgomery Hamilton  
Wardroom Cook Assistant George W. Pavey  
Gunroom Cook John E. Codd  


Royal Marine Artillery.

RankNameData
Corporal George Champ  
Gunner James Lord  
Gunner Albert Shearman  
Gunner Dennis Barnett  


Royal Marine Light Infantry. Sergeants.

NameDataNameData
Robert Searl Alfred E. Walker 


Royal Marine Light Infantry. Privates.

NameDataNameData
George Graybourne Edward M. Collett 
William Wilde George H. Skidmore 
William E. Brown Frank Wright 
Alfred B. Miller Frederick A. Gray 
Thomas Jones Walter Jenkins 
Robert J. Stamp John Irvine 
Edward J. Wells Thomas Boles 
William C. Doust William Shurmer 
George Credland William Delaney 
James Woods Arthur Cove 
Charles Cox Charles Boxall 
Robert Scott Joseph Statham 
Frederick F. Bullers Andrew Bowie 
William Shawyer Frederick F. Rigsby 
James Shealds Henry Cort 
John W. CarrollBugler-