Cyprian Arthur George Bridge
Early Life & Career
In April, 1872, an article by Bridge entitled On the Necessity of Forming a Naval Staff was published in the new journal Naval Science.
As Captain of the Colossus Bridge had both John Jellicoe as Gunnery Lieutenant and Lewis Bayly as Torpedo Lieutenant. Bayly recalled that Bridge was "a very strict skipper... a great reader and a clever writer—he seemed to have no other amusements."
Like his contemporary Albert Markham, Bridge was a non-smoker, which resulted in an amusing anecdote recounted by Bayly:
I came in one evening and laid my pipe and tobacco-pouch on the table in front of me, and when he asked me to smoke I lit up at once. After that all went well... until one evening he said, unfortunately, how he envied me smoking. I went and got a new pipe, filled it, and gave it to him. But next morning he was so unapproachable that my messmates told me that if I did it again they would throw me overboard. The experiment was never repeated.
On the occasion of the Queen's birthday he was appointed an Ordinary Member of the Second Class, or Knight Commander, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 3 June, 1899.
The "SWIFT", "ESK", "WIVERN", "FIREBRAND", "MIDGE", and all the torpedo-boats, (but two which might be used for carrying messages and for nothing else), are quite useless even for training stokers, and should be got rid of at once, the officers and men now wasting their time in looking after them being employed elsewhere. If these craft cannot be sold quickly, the Commander-in-chief should be ordered to take them out into deep water and sink them. Keeping caretakers in them till their fittings could be sold would cost more than the fittings would fetch.
Bridge's advocation of the sale or destruction of obsolete ships demonstrates that Sir John Fisher was not the only figure in the fin de siècle Royal Navy desirous of sacrificing obsolete ships in reserve to free manpower for more modern men-of-war.
Bridge was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 30 August, 1903, vice Hotham. On the occasion of the King's birthday, Bridge was appointed an Ordinary Member of the First Class, or Knight Grand Cross, in the Military Division of the Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) on 9 November.
- "Admiral Sir C. Bridge" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 18 August, 1924. Issue 43733, col C, p. 12.
- C.A.G.B., R.N. (April, 1872). "On the Necessity of Forming a Naval Staff". In Reed, E.J., C.B. Naval Science: A Quarterly Magazine for Promoting the Improvement of Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Steam Navigation, and Seamanship. (London: Lockwood & Co.) (No. 1.): pp. 9–14.
- Bridge, Admiral Sir Cyprian, G.C.B. (1907). The Art of Naval Warfare: Introductory Observations. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Bridge, Admiral Sir Cyprian, G.C.B. (1910). Sea-Power and Other Studies. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Bridge, Admiral Sir Cyprian, G.C.B. (1918). Some Recollections. London: John Murray.
- Papers in the possession of the National Maritime Museum. For a detailed list see Bridge Papers at the National Maritime Museum.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/70.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/36.
- The National Archives. ADM 196/14.
|Naval Member of the Ordnance Committee
14 Feb, 1881
|Captain of H.M.S. Colossus
13 Apr, 1886 – 10 Nov, 1888
Thomas S. Jackson
William H. Hall
|Director of Naval Intelligence
1 Jan, 1889 – 1 Sep, 1894
Lewis A. Beaumont
|Captain of H.M.S. Sans Pareil
8 Jul, 1891
Arthur K. Wilson
Charles R. Arbuthnot
|Captain of H.M.S. Orlando
1 Nov, 1894
Frederic W. Fisher
|Commander-in-Chief, Australian Station
1 Nov, 1894 – 1 Nov, 1897
Hugo L. Pearson
Sir Edward H. Seymour
|Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Sir Gerard H. U. Noel
- ADM 196/36. f. 149.
- ADM 196/36. f. 149.
- ADM 196/36. f. 149.
- Bayly, p. 61.
- Bayly, p. 62.
- The London Gazette: no. 26263. p. 1201. 1 March, 1892.
- The London Gazette: no. 27029. p. 7818. 2 December, 1898.
- The London Gazette: no. 27086. p. 3585. 3 June, 1899.
- Bridge to Kerr, 5 July 1902, BRI/14, Cyprian Bridge MSS, Caird Library, National Maritime Museum.
- The London Gazette: no. 27593. p. 5476. 1 September, 1903.
- The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27613. p. 6851. 9 November, 1903.
- The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 27659. p. 1791. 18 March, 1904.
- Bridge Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 149.
- The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 202.
- The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. p. 121.
- The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 245.
- Clowes. The Royal Navy. Vol. VII. p. 90.