Alfred Ernest Vines

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Chief Gunner Alfred Ernest Vines (27 March, 1875 – 17 June, 1921) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Vines was made Acting Gunner on 3 March, 1900. He possessed considerable skill in Spanish.

Vines was appointed in command of the tender Firebrand on 20 September, 1909. he left her when he was appointed to Actæon for service in T.B.Ds. on 26 September, 1911.

Vines was appointed in command of the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 95 on 23 August, 1913.[1] He would command her for almost four years.

Vines was promoted to the rank of Chief Gunner on 3 March, 1915. In September, 1915 while in command of T.B. 95 as part of a patrol out of Gibraltar, Vines distinguished himself with an attack on U 33, which was in transit to the Adriatic. The enemy was able to make Catarro despite Vine's efforts.

From 10 September, 1917 until March 1920, Vines was in H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth.

Vines was appointed in command of the trawler James Chapman on 8 February, 1921. He died at Haslar Hospital of prostate cancer in mid-June.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur H. Fanshawe
Captain of H.M. T.B. 89
12 Jul, 1905 – 24 Nov, 1905
Succeeded by
John Steel
Preceded by
Henry Hawkes
Captain of H.M. T.B. 95
23 Aug, 1913[2] – 23 Mar, 1917
Succeeded by
Robert G. Payze


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401b.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 401a.