Edward Arthur Salwey

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Commander Edward Arthur Salwey, R.N. (26 March, 1865 – 2 May, 1949) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born on the Isle of Wight, Salwey's mother was listed as his guardian upon his joining the navy in the July 1878 term at Britannia.

After serving in Invincible in the Mediterranean, Salwey was appointed to the central battery ironclad Audacious on the China Station from October 1882 to January, 1885 and was awarded the Egyptian Medal with Alexandria Clasp in 1883.

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 20 February, 1887.

Salwey worked with early British naval wireless systems and reported on tests between Europa, Alexandra and Juno during the Naval Manoeuvres of 1899 in which Marconi personally adjusted the equipment, delivering fantastic results. Signals were successfully conveyed over sixty miles, as long as only one ship was sending at a time.[1][2]

Salwey was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1899.

In July, 1904 while appointed to the Kinsale Coast Guard, Salwey was reported for conduct in street preaching and distributing tracts and other religious materials to Catholics in Kinsale, which created a disturbance. He was placed on half pay at Board order on 28 July.

He worked two and a half months further in the Coast Guard at Sunderland before being placed on the Retired List at own request on 31 March, 1905.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward Harvey
Captain of H.M. T.B. 43
12 May, 1888 – 14 Jul, 1888
Succeeded by
Charles L. Ottley
Preceded by
Arthur D. Ricardo
Captain of H.M. T.B. 45
18 Jul, 1889 – 31 Aug, 1889
Succeeded by
Cunningham R. de C. Foot
Preceded by
Captain of H.M. T.B. 83
22 Jul, 1890[3] – 15 Aug, 1890
Succeeded by
Sir Robert K. Arbuthnot
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Banshee
24 Jul, 1895
Succeeded by
Philip C. Musgrave


  1. "The Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Feb 24, 1900; pg. 4; Issue 36074.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1896. pp. x, 71-3.
  3. "Naval Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 19 July, 1890. Issue 33068, col C, p. 12.