Richard Duckworth-King

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Vice-Admiral Richard Duckworth-King, Royal Navy (16 July, 1840 – 4 January, 1900) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Prior to around 1892, his name was Richard Duckworth King.

Life & Career

The son of Colonel Henry C. King and grandson of Admiral Sir Richard King entered the Navy in 1851, before age twelve.

He served as a Midshipman in the Surprise at the blockade of the Canton River and the bombardment and capture of the city, carrying the colours of the landing part at the assault and capture of the Peiho forts.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1860 and to Commander in 1867, to Captain in 1877.[2]

Duckworth-King was appointed a Naval Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria on 13 August, 1889, vice St. John.[3]

He was appointed Captain Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard on 1 August, 1890.[4]

Duckworth-King was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral in 1892.[5]

Duckworth-King was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral on 26 December, 1897, vice Jones.[6]

On 21 December, 1898 he was placed on the Retired List as unfit.


  • "Obituary" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 8 January, 1900. Issue 36033, col G, p. 4.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Nathaniel Bowden-Smith
Captain of H.M.S. Euryalus
12 Aug, 1879[7]
Succeeded by
Alexander P. Hastings
Preceded by
Sir Walter J. Hunt-Grubbe
Captain of H.M.S. Sultan
17 Jul, 1885[8]
Succeeded by
Ernest Rice
Preceded by
Flag Captain, Plymouth Station
1 Sep, 1888[9]
Succeeded by
Charles Johnstone
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Black Prince
1 Jan, 1890[10]
Succeeded by
Arthur T. Brooke
Preceded by
Charles G. Fane
Captain Superintendent, Sheerness Dockyard
1 Aug, 1890[11]
Succeeded by
Armand T. Powlett
Preceded by
Richard E. Tracey
Admiral Superintendent, Malta Dockyard
20 Jan, 1894[12] – Feb, 1897[13]
Succeeded by
Rodney M. Lloyd


  1. Obituary.
  2. Obituary.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 25966. p. 4525. 20 August, 1889.
  4. Clowes. VII. p. 7.
  5. Obituary.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 26924. p. 7854. 31 December, 1897.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1881). p. 210.
  8. The Navy List. (September, 1885). p. 238.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 252i.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 199.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1891). p. 354.
  12. Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 8.