Michael Seymour (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Michael Seymour
Vice Admiral Michael Seymour1802-1887croppedsmall.jpg
Vice Admiral Michael Seymour. Engraving by F Holl after an original by A. de Salome
Born 3 December 1802
Died 23 February 1887
Horndean, Hampshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1813–1870
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Challenger
HMS Britannia
HMS Powerful
HMS Vindictive
China Station
Portsmouth Command
Battles/wars Crimean War,
Second Opium War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, GCB (3 December 1802 – 23 February 1887), was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth.

Naval career[edit]

Born the third son of Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, 1st Baronet,[1] Michael Seymour entered the Royal Navy in 1813.[1] He was made Lieutenant in 1822, Commander in 1824 and was posted Captain in 1826.[1] From 1833 to 1835 he was captain of the survey ship HMS Challenger, and was wrecked in her off the coast of Chile.[1] In 1841 he was given command of HMS Britannia and then of HMS Powerful.[1] In 1845 he took over HMS Vindictive.[1]

From 1851 to 1854 he was Commodore Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard.[1] In 1854 he served under Sir Charles Napier in the Baltic during the Crimean War.[1] He was promoted to Rear-Admiral that same year and, when the Baltic campaign was resumed in 1855 under Admiral the Hon. Richard Dundas, Seymour was second in command.[1]

On 19 February 1856 he was appointed commander-in-chief of the East Indies and China Station.[1] Flying his flag in HMS Calcutta,[1] he conducted operations arising from the attack on the British Coaster Arrow,[1] helped destroy the Chinese fleet in June 1857,[1] took Canton in December,[1] and in 1858 he captured the forts on the Baihe (Hai River),[1] compelling the Chinese government to consent to the Treaties of Tianjin.[1] He was made GCB in 1859.[1] He sat as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Devonport from 1859 to 1863.[1] In 1863 he was made Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, a post he held until 1866.[1] He retired in 1870.[1]

Seymour Road on Hong Kong Island was named after him.

Family[edit]

In 1829 he married Dorothy Knighton: they had a son and three daughters.[1] He was the uncle of Sir Edward Hobart Seymour, also an admiral.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Stirling
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies and China Station
1856–1859
Succeeded by
Sir James Hope
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Erskine Perry and
James Wilson
Member of Parliament for Devonport
1859–1863
With: James Wilson, to August 1859
Sir Arthur William Buller, from August 1859
Succeeded by
William Ferrand and
Sir Arthur William Buller
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Bruce
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
1863–1866
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Pasley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Provo Wallis
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
1876–1887
Succeeded by
Office abolished
(recreated in 1901 with
Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bt)