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Stephen Lushington

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Admiral Sir Stephen Lushington (1803-1877)


1877 Obituary [1]

ADMIRAL SIR STEPHEN LUSHINGTON, second son of the late Sir Henry Lushington, Bart., was born on the 12th of December, 1803.

He entered the Navy in 1816, as a first-class volunteer on board the "Tagus,” 38, Captain Dundas. After serving in South America he was appointed midshipman in the “Hind,” 20, Captain Hon. Henry J. Row, in the boats belonging to which vessel he was actively employed in the suppression of piracy in the Archipelago in 1823 and two following years. For these services he was made Lieutenant in July 1824; and in the "Zebra,” 18, and "Cambrian,” 48, he again performed similar active work against the pirates, which led to their entire suppression.

Lieutenant Lushington was appointed in October 1827 to the “Asia,” 84, Admiral Sir J. Codrington, on the same station.

In the following May he commanded the “Etna,” bomb, in the operations against Morea Castle, and for his distinguished services on that occasion he obtained the order of St. Louis of France and the Redeemer of Greece ; and in October 1829 was promoted to Post Captain. His next appointment was, 19th January, 1839, to the "Cleopatra,” 26, fitting for the West Indies, whence, after nine months of severe illness, he was ordered by Sir Thomas Harvey, the Commander-in-Chief, to be invalided in November 1840. He next commanded the "Retribution,” steam frigate, and "Vengeance,” 84, on the home station, till he was appointed Superintendent of the Indian Navy, in 1848, an office he held till 1852.

At the siege and capture of Sebastopol, in 1855, he was in command of the Naval Brigade, and for his services against the Russians he was nominated a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, and made an officer of the Legion of Honour, of which he was promoted to Commander in 1857.

He was made Rear-Admiral in 1858, appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Greenwich Hospital in May 1862, and Admiral on the reserve list in December 1865. He received the Grand Cross of the Bath in March 1867. Admiral (then Captain) Lushington was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 6th of May, 1845, on the proposition of Mr. Joseph Maudslay, on account of his acquirements in connection with steam navigation and machinery.

He died on the 28th of May, 1877.


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