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* "Obituary."  ''The Times'' (London, England), Wednesday, May 08, 1895; pg. 11; Issue 34571.

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Captain Adolphus Frederic St. Clair, R.N. (27 December, 1847 – 6 May, 1895) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

St. Clair was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 20 September, 1870.

St. Clair was promoted to the rank of Commander on 7 September, 1876.

St. Clair was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1885.

St. Clair was appointed in command of the corvette H.M.S. Champion in the Pacfiic in December, 1888. His ship touched ground off Tierra del Fuego on 11 May 1889, earning St. Clair received a gentle suggestion that he should have employed a boat for soundings and communication with the shore. Better times awaited him when war broke out in Chile. On 15 September 1891, he obtained the release of the British barque St. Mary's Bay, which had been seized by Chilean authorities outside their territorial waters. He received the Admiralty's appreciation for his tact and judgment throughout the Chilean Revolution.

After paying off Champion in December, 1891, St. Clair returned home, arriving 20 January, 1892. In July, he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Mersey for the annual manoeuvres.

St. Clair was appointed in command of the ancient Achilles, then Anson and finally the battleship Empress of India in rapid succession in 1893. He remained in the Empress until being appointed to Edinburgh for the Coast Guard in April, 1895. However, St. Clair died in London on 6 May.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Armand T. Powlett
Captain of H.M.S. Champion
4 Dec, 1888[1]
Succeeded by
Eustace Rooke
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Empress of India
26 Jun, 1893[2]
Succeeded by
Charles J. Barlow


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 206.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 217.