The Shadwell Testimonial Prize, was founded in 1888 In memory of Admiral Sir Charles F. A. Shadwell, K.C.B., who died 1st March, 1888. It consisted of a Pocket Sextant, or other instrument (as funds allowed) of use in Navigation or Marine Surveying.
History and Nature of Competition
It was bestowed annually on the Officer of a rank not higher than Lieutenant-Commander, and who has never been classed as an Assistant Surveyor who has sent in through his Captain the most creditable plan of an anchorage or other marine survey, accompanied with sailing directions recently executed by himself. All officers of the Commonwealth Navies were eligible to receive the Prize.
The award was to be made on the plans received at the Admiralty during each calendar year, by a Committee consisting of the Hydrographer, the Assistant Hydrographer, and Surveying Officer in charge of the Chart Branch at the Admiralty. These adjudicators were empowered to make no award if they judged no plans received during the year to be sufficiently meritorious.
In case of co-operation in the production of a plan, a junior Officer, who has assisted materially in its construction, may participate in the reward, should the funds be sufficient.
The first award was made on the plans received during 1889.
The recipients are denoted in Navy Lists by a [ST] after their name in the seniority lists or by a circled asterisk. The year of the award can often be found on their Service Record.
|1890||Laurence Eliot Power||plan for Silam Harbour, Borneo|
|1891?||Francis Spurstow Miller||unclear; see his page|
|1892||Rowland Nugent||chart of Aitutaki Island (Cook Islands)|
|1893||Charles G. S. Eeles||various plans of harbours and anchrages in the Pacific|
|1894||Bertram Mordaunt Chambers||for a plan of Peaquara[?] Channel, Callao|
|1896||Francis Spurstow Miller||plan of Portrush Harbour|
|1897?||Humphrey Wykeham Bowring||survey of Red River, China?|
|1899||Denis Burke Crampton||plan for La Guaira Harbour, Venezuela|
|1901||Henry Eilbeck Hillman||plans of the Yangtse River|
|1904||Albert Edward Dixie||re-survey of Port Sweltenham, Malaysia|
|1905||Christopher Powell Metcalfe||survey of "T. O." River, China|
|1906||Frederic Gerald Stuart Peile||charts of Fijian Harbour, or of Kattegat, Baltic and "Belts"[?]|
|1908||Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans||unknown|
|1910||Cyril Herbert Gordon Benson||survey of Punta de Parinas/Punta Lobos area|
|1912||Arthur Perfect Meredith Lewes||survey of Santa Maura Canal (Lefkada) and Port Drepano, Greece|
|1917||Maitland Walter Sabine Boucher||survey of the entrance to Port "Kalesai"[?], Mitylene, Lesbos|
|unknown||Kenneth Harry Litton MacKenzie||unknown|
|unknown||Robert Kirk Dickson|
|1931||Reginald Frederick Nichols||survey of Port Edgar, Falkland Islands|
|1935||Alexander Robert Kennedy||survey Land Harbour, Yasawa Group, Fiji Islands while in Laburnum|
|YEAR||Ian L. T. Hogg|
|YEAR||Derek H. Secker|
- The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 2333.
- Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle (Portsmouth, England), 6 Feb 1897, p. 8.
- "Royal Navy." The Times (London, England), Saturday, May 2, 1936, Issue 47364, p.7.