Hubert Henry Grenfell

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Captain Hubert Henry Grenfell, (12 June, 1845 – ) served in the Royal Navy.

Russell Grenfell was his son.

Life & Career

At dawn on 12 September 1882, Grenfell's Phoenix left Gaspé, Canada in company with Northampton. The two ships parted company and Phoenix busied herself with a steam trial and then proceeded under sail power to preserve coal. At 10pm, she ran aground on Prince Edward Island's East Point despite navigating with a beacon in sight. She lost her rudder and compartments flooded. Boats could not be lowered and so rafts were constructed as the situation was examined the next day. Finally, it was determined that she was not going anywhere, and the crew went ashore on the 14th in rafts. A Court of Enquiry severely reprimanded Commander Grenfell for not taking soundings or taking steps to determine the range to the East Point beacon. The navigating officer and the officer of the watch were also disciplined.[1]

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Phoenix
? – 12 Sep, 1882[2]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 12.
  2. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 12.