Friday, 16 August 2019

973) Henry Keppel

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Keppel (1809 – 1904). Royal Navy officer.
As commanding officer of the corvette HMS Dido on the East Indies and China Station he was deployed in operations during the First Opium War and in operations against Borneo pirates. He later served as commander of the naval brigade besieging Sebastopol during the Crimean War. After becoming second-in-command of the East Indies and China Station, he commanded the British squadron in the action with Chinese pirates at the Battle of Fatshan Creek when he sank around 100 enemy war-junks. He subsequently took part in the capture of Canton during the Second Opium War.
Keppel went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station, then Commander-in-Chief, South East Coast of America Station, Commander-in-Chief, China Station and finally Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.

- "... James met a red-haired British naval captain named the Hon. Henry Keppel..."…

- "Keppel was known to the Dyaks as ‘The Red Devil’ on account of his red hair.

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