Michael Barne

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Captain (retired) Michael Barne, D.S.O., R.N. (15 October, 1877 – 31 May, 1961) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Sotterley, Suffolk, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Barne.

Barne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1900. He was awarded the Polar Medal for service as assistant magnetic observer, in charge of sounding apparatus, on the Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic, 1901-1904. He undertook several sledge journeys and in 1903, with Sub-Lieutenant George F.A. Mulock, mapped the Antarctic coastline as far south as the Barne Inlet (named after him), on the west side of the Ross Ice Shelf.[1] He was the last surviving officer of the Discovery expedition.[2]

Barne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1908.

Barne was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 23 October, 1908.

Barned was appointed to Majestic as Acting Commander on 30 August, 1914 and survived her sinking on 27 May, 1915. He was sent to Portsmouth for some time and attended a gunnery course before being appointed in command of the monitor M.27 on 6 September, 1915.

Barne was promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) on 15 October, 1917.

Barne was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 15 October, 1922.

World War II

Barne was appointed to the yacht Radiant on 9 September 1939, to take command upon her commissioning. He left command when he reverted to the Retired List as medically unfit on 3 September, 1940.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Captain of H.M.S. Rocket
3 Jan, 1905 – 1 Apr, 1905
Succeeded by
Reginald G. Copleston
Preceded by
Reginald G. Copleston
Captain of H.M.S. Porcupine
1 Apr, 1905[3] – 1 Apr, 1906
Succeeded by
George E. Casley
Preceded by
Fitzroy H. Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Coquette
10 Apr, 1906[4] – 27 Feb, 1907
Succeeded by
Henry F. H. Wakefield
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. M.27
6 Sep, 1915[5] – 1 Feb, 1918
Succeeded by
George H. I. Parker
Preceded by
Bertrand Bannerman
Captain of H.M.S. Halcyon
1 Feb, 1918[6] – 15 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by


  1. See https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4784329, and https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24897/lot/54/, accessed on 31 March 2021.
  2. http://www.antarctic-circle.org/obitsPR.htm, accessed on 31 March 2021.
  3. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 357.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 295.
  5. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 395j.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 806.