Colin Erskine Manisty Law

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Lieutenant-Commander Colin Erskine Manisty Law, R.N. (25 April, 1881 – 17 April, 1938) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Law was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1903.

In February, 1911, Captain Back wrote as he left command of Sutlej that Law might do better if he reduced his wine bill. Law was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1911.

In January 1913, Captain Bruen would also write of Law's "excessive wine bill" while under his command in the armoured cruiser Drake.

Law's commanded the sweeping sloop Hydrangea from 1 January, 1918 to September 1919 when he received an appointment to Crescent, additional, for Bomo Defence. On 18 Ocrober, 1920, the hospital at Queensferry noted that Law was there, in a serious state due to alcoholism. WHen he was discharged from the hospital, he was placed on half pay and informed that he would not be employed again.

Law was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 19 August, 1921. He asked three times for a step in rank upon his retirement, but was refused.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Claude H. Woodward
Captain of H.M.S. Opossum
9 Jun, 1908[1] – 1 Sep, 1909
Succeeded by
Cecil G. Cruttwell
Preceded by
Claude P. Champion de Crespigny
Captain of H.M.S. Dove
1 Sep, 1909[2] – 4 Jan, 1910
Succeeded by
Godfray Bruce Cargill
Preceded by
John M. Henderson
Captain of H.M.S. Hydrangea
5 Jan, 1918[3] – 22 Sep, 1919
Succeeded by


  1. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 351.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 303.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 816.