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Constantine Richard Moorsom

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Constantine Richard Moorsom (1792–1861) was a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy. He commanded HMS Fury a Hecla-class bomb vessel which saw wartime service in the Bombardment of Algiers, an attack on Barbary pirates at Algiers in HMS Fury in August, 1816.

1792 Born the son of Admiral Sir Robert Moorsom, a veteran of Trafalgar, and his wife Eleanor Scarth.

Moorsom was on the roster of HMS Revenge, his father's ship, when it was at the Battle of Trafalgar. However records show that Constantine was actually at school at the time of the battle.

Married Mary Maude of Silaby Hall in Durham

Went into the railway business as company secretary at the same company where his brother, William Scarth Moorsom, was engineer. He was elected to the board of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway in 1841 and almost immediately became its chairman. He remained in this position until his resignation just before the company became part of the Midland Railway in 1843.

He served as a director of the London and Birmingham Railway from 1837 to 1839. He was promoted on 29 August 1851 to be a Rear-Admiral of the Blue.

From 1852 until the time of his death on 26 May 1861, he was chairman of the London and North Western Railway. During this time he also chaired a committee for the British Association on steamship performance.

1861 May 26th. Died at Russell Square in London

1857 Became a vice admiral

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