- For the Army officer of the same name, see Edward Fanshawe (British Army officer)
Sir Edward Fanshawe
|Born||27 November 1814|
|Died||21 October 1906 (aged 91)|
|Commands held||HMS Cruiser|
North American Station
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Born the eldest surviving son of General Sir Edward Fanshawe, and the nephew of Admiral Sir Arthur Fanshawe, Fanshawe was educated at the Royal Naval Academy, Portsmouth where he came second from the top in a very talented year and was commended for both his artistic and writing ability. Fanshawe joined the Royal Navy in 1828. During the Oriental Crisis of 1840 he took part in the capture of Acre. He was subsequently given command of HMS Cruiser and then HMS Daphne.
He took part in the Crimean War as captain of HMS Cossack. Later he commanded HMS Hastings, HMS Centurion and then HMS Trafalgar. He suffered some health problems from the 1850s, which curtailed his Mediterranean command of HMS Centurion.
He was made Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard in 1861, Third Naval Lord in 1865 and Superintendent of Malta Dockyard in 1868. He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, North American Station in 1870, Admiral President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1875 and Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1878. He retired in 1879.
Fanshawe's marriage to Jane Cardwell took place in early 1843; she was the sister of Edward (later Lord) Cardwell, a notable politician and, as Secretary of State for War under William Gladstone in the 1860s, instigator of the 'Cardwell Reforms' of the British Army.
They had four sons and a daughter, including:
- Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Cardwell Fanshawe, of the Royal Engineers, who married in 1900 Alice Drew, daughter of Colonel George Drew, CB.
- Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Dalrymple Fanshawe (1847–1936), whose son Guy Dalrymple Fanshawe also became a Royal Naval Captain.
- Alice Fanshawe
- Admiral Sir Edward Gennys Fanshawe GCB, published 1904, edited by Alice Fanshawe and illustrated with Edward Fanshawe's own drawings
- Albums of over 100 drawings covering his Pacific voyage in the Daphne and the other later activities, mainly in the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean with some of his holiday drawings in Scotland and Switzerland from 1843 to 1883, held by the National Maritime Museum
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- Admiral Sir Edward Gennys Fanshawe GCB, published 1904
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| Third Naval Lord
| Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
Sir George Wellesley
| Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
Sir George Wellesley
Sir Astley Key
| President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Sir Charles Shadwell
Sir George Elliot
| Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Sir Alfred Ryder