Odiarne Unett Coates

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Commander (retired) Odiarne Unett Coates (15 December, 1868 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a reverend W. U. Coates of Rockhampton, Coates gained seven months' time on passing out of Britannia.

Coates was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1891.[1]

Coates was appointed in command of the destroyer Ferret on 2 August, 1897.[2]

Following some disappointing inspections of Sparrow, in January 1903 Vice-Admiral Beaumont wrote that Coates was "a painstaking zealous officer, but who will never successfully command."

Coates retired with the rank of Commander on 6 March, 1913. He commanded the armed yachts Ombra, Eros and Salvator early in the war.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles W. S. Leggatt
Captain of H.M.S. Ferret
2 Aug, 1897[3] – 15 Sep, 1898
Succeeded by
Frederic C. Dreyer
Preceded by
Frederic C. Dreyer
Captain of H.M.S. Ferret
c. 1 Aug, 1898 – mid Sep, 1898[Inference]
Succeeded by
Herbert J. T. Marshall
Preceded by
Cecil F. Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Assaye
15 Oct, 1898[4] – 1 Dec, 1900
Succeeded by
R. Methven Lambert
Preceded by
Vivian H. G. Bernard
Captain of H.M.S. Sparrow
2 May, 1901[5] – 31 Mar, 1904
Succeeded by
Ernest E. Lowe
Preceded by
Randal M. Lambert
Captain of H.M.S. Seagull
14 Jul, 1904
Succeeded by
Samuel Helen
Preceded by
Robert H. Travers
Senior Officer, Berehaven
mid Nov, 1915 – 27 May, 1917
Succeeded by
Hugh L. P. Heard


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 16.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 16 July, 1897. Issue 35257, col F, p. 5.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Monday, 16 July, 1897. Issue 35257, col F, p. 5.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1900). p. 226.
  5. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 303a.