Robert Smart

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Sir Robert Smart
BornSeptember 1796
Died10 September 1874
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Commands heldHMS Howe
HMS Impregnable
HMS Collingwood
HMS Indefatigable
Channel Squadron
Mediterranean Fleet
Battles/warsCrimean War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order

Admiral Sir Robert Smart, KCB, KH (September 1796 – 10 September 1874) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Smart joined the Royal Navy and was promoted to lieutenant in 1820.[1] Promoted to captain in 1837, he took command, successively, of HMS Howe, HMS Impregnable, HMS Collingwood and HMS Indefatigable.[1] He became captain superintendent of Pembroke Dockyard in 1854.[1]

Promoted to rear admiral in July 1857, he became Commander-in-Chief, Channel Squadron in 1861 and Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet in April 1863.[1] He was promoted to vice admiral in December 1863 and was required to assess the damage caused by the volcanic disturbances in the neighbourhood of Santorini in Spring 1866[2] before handing over his command in April 1866.[1]

He was promoted to full admiral in 1869 and retired the following year.[1]


Smart′s daughter, Isabella Dora Smart, married first J. H. Anderson; and after his death she re-married in August 1902 Henry Francis Wilson, CMG, Colonial Secretary to the Orange River Colony.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f William Loney RN
  2. ^ "Documents relating to the Recent Volcanic Disturbances in the Neighbourhood of Santorino". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 22: 318. 1866. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1866.022.01-02.24.
  3. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36845). London. 13 August 1902. p. 1.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Stopford
Commander-in-Chief, Channel Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Sydney Dacres
Preceded by
Sir William Martin
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Lord Clarence Paget