John Mackenzie McQuhae

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Captain John Mackenzie McQuhae, C.B., R.N. (8 June, 1847 – 16 July, 1900) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

McQuhae was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 6 February, 1872.[1]

He was appointed in command of the paddle wheel dispatch vessel Salamis on 1 October, 1879.[2]

McQuhae was promoted to the rank of Commander dated 30 June, 1885.[3] On 26 April, 1886, he was appointed to Victor Emanuel, guard ship at Hong Kong. Though his appointment was to be for two years, he was invalided out on 8 June, 1887 with a bladder disease and embarked on S.S. Verona for transport homeward, arriving in England on 30 July, medically unfit to be resurveyed in three months time. He returned to fitness on 21 January, 1888.[4]

On 5 March, 1890, McQuhae was praised for services rendered in assisting the French gunboat Bouvet, which had been stranded at Zanzibar. The French government offered its thanks on the 20th. It may not have hurt that McQuhae spoke French well. Promoted to Captain dated 31 December, 1890, an evaluation from Vice Admiral Fremantle on 31 March, 1891 indicated the Admiral could "only speak in highest terms of this officer."[5]

McQuhae was appointed in command of the armoured cruiser Imperieuse on 1 April, 1892.[6]

McQuhae was appointed in command of the second class battleship Centurion on 14 April, 1894. In July, however, he was chastised for lax handling of confidential materials when it was reported that two copies of the Torpedo Manual in Imperieuse could not be accounted for.[7]

In January, 1896, he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Charybdis.

On the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee McQuhae was appointed an Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 22 June, 1897.[8]

On account of his ill health and being over fifty years old, in accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, McQuhae was placed on the Retired List, at his own request, dated 14 June, 1900.[9]

He died only one month later, on 16 July.

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Foxhound
25 Dec, 1880[10] – 5 Jun, 1885[11]
Succeeded by
Stephen H. Thompson
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Racoon
4 Jul, 1888[12] – 28 Aug, 1888[13]
Succeeded by
George F. King-Hall
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Cossack
1 Jan, 1889[14][15]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Cross
Preceded by
Edmund S. Poë
Captain of H.M.S. Imperieuse
1 Mar, 1892[16] – 14 Apr, 1894[17]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Adair
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Centurion
14 Apr, 1894[18] – 21 Mar, 1895[19]
Succeeded by
Spencer H. M. Login
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Charybdis
14 Jan, 1896[20] – 19 Dec, 1896[21]
Succeeded by
Daniel McN. Riddel
Preceded by
William A. D. Acland
Captain of H.M.S. Australia
22 Sep, 1897[22] – 26 Oct, 1899[23]
Succeeded by
Charles H. Adair

Footnotes

  1. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  2. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25485. p. 3002. 30 June, 1885.
  4. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  5. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  6. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  7. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 26867. p. 3568. 25 June, 1897.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 27203. p. 3812. 19 June, 1900.
  10. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  11. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  12. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  13. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  14. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850. Year given there as 1888, probably in error
  15. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 209.
  16. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  17. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  18. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  19. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  20. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  21. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  22. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.
  23. McQuhae Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 850.