Rochfort Maguire

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Rochfort Maguire
Rochfort Maguire by Stephen Pearce.jpg
Rochfort Maguire, Naval Commander by Stephen Pearce
Born 18 June 1815
Died June 29, 1867(1867-06-29) (aged 52)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Commodore
Commands held HMS Plover
HMS Sans Pareil
HMS Impérieuse
HMS Chesapeake
HMS Galatea
Australia Station
Battles/wars Oriental Crisis

Commodore Rochfort Maguire (Died 29 June 1867) was a Royal Navy officer who served as Captain of HMS Plover from 1852 to 1853 during the Franklin Search Expedition.


Maguire joined the Royal Navy in 1830.[1] He came to notice when he was wounded in action in 1840 at Sidon whilst serving on HMS Wasp under Sir Charles Napier.[2] He was mentioned in despatches and as a result he was promoted to Lieutenant on HMS Vernon in the Mediterranean.[2] Maguire was assigned to the Franklin search expedition. They sailed out of Plymouth, England in 1848 on a mission to find the lost remains of John Franklin's Northwest Passage Expedition of 1845. Maguire was made Captain of HMS Plover from 1852 to 1854.[1] Promoted to Captain in 1855, he was given command of HMS Sans Pareil, HMS Impérieuse, HMS Chesapeake and then HMS Galatea.[1] He became Commander-in-Chief, Australian Station in 1866 before retiring the following year on health grounds. He died in Haslar in June 1867.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d William Loney RN
  2. ^ a b Rochfort Maguire, accessed August 2009

See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
William Wiseman
Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station
Succeeded by
Rowley Lambert