Powell Cecil Underwood

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Captain (retired) Powell Cecil Underwood, (28 October, 1849 – 4 June, 1917) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Underwood was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June, 1874.[1]

On 15 November, 1884, he was appointed in command of the brig Sealark. He was superseded on 26 January, 1888 when his time expired. On 1 September, he was appointed in command of the wooden gunboat Orwell. He paid her off on 14 August, 1889.[2]

Underwood was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1889.[3]

In 1895, Underwood was faulted for failing to check the depth of a bar before crossing it at Port Durnford when his command, the torpedo cruiser Racoon touched the ground. In April, 1896, Colonel Sir Francis Cunningham Scott in command of the Ashanti Expedition thanked Underwood for rendering valuable service, and he was praised for his good service in the bombardment of the Sultan of Zanzibar's Palace on 27 August, 1896.[4]

Underwood was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 24 January, 1898, to receive retired pay of 400 pounds per year.[5]

Great War

On 29 November, 1915, Underwood was appointed in command of the hired yacht North Star II with the rank of Captain R.N.R.. On 19 May, 1917, a telegram arrived at the Admiralty advising that Underwood was on a seriously ill list in Alexandria, Egypt, with diabetes being indicated. On the 26th, it was reported that his condition was worsening. Underwood succumbed to the disease in a military hospital in Alexandria.

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Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles H. Cochran
Captain of H.M.S. Orwell
1 Sep, 1888[6] – 14 Aug, 1889[7]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Frank H. Henderson
Captain of H.M.S. Racoon
28 Apr, 1894[8][9] – 3 Sep, 1897[10]
Succeeded by
George H. Hewett

Footnotes

  1. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  2. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  3. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  4. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  5. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  6. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  7. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  8. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.
  9. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 251.
  10. Underwood Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/570. ff 1350, 1346.