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Appendix E

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Esquimalt Naval Base

Frederick V. Longstaff

The Victoria Book & Stationery Company, Ltd.
Victoria, B. C. 1941

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Chapter 8

 p170  Appendix "F"

Parry, John Franklin. Reached rank of Commander R. N. on June 30th, 1899, and recommissioned the Egeria at Esquimalt on March 28th, 1903, and continued in command until March, 1906. Young Parry was born on August 15th, 1863, being the third son of the late Dr. Edward Parry, Bishop Suffragan of Dover. In January, 1877, Parry entered the Navy, in which he had an hereditary interest; his grandfather, Rear-Admiral Sir William Edward Parry, Kt., F. R. S., was Hydrographer of the Navy from 1823‑29, except for short intervals when he was absent on surveying duties and Polar explorations, for he was a celebrated explorer. On passing out of the Britannia at Dartmouth, John, the grandson, became a midshipman in January, 1879, and then joined his first ship the iron armoured cruiser Minotaur (of 10,690 tons, 4,000 horsepower, five masts, built 1861 at Blackwall) flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Lord John Hay, in the Channel Squadron. From her young Parry joined the iron sheathed and zinced cruiser Northampton (of 7,630 tons, 4,500 horsepower, built at Glasgow) flagship in the North American and West Indies Station, where he came under the influence of Captain E. C. Drummond, and Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock, the famous Arctic explorer. Promoted to Sub‑Lieut. in 1883, Parry received in the following year his first appointment in the Survey Branch of the Navy. He joined the Triton, a paddle vessel of 410 tons, but only for a few months, as he was transferred to the screw survey vessel Rambler of 835 tons in which he served for four years, being promoted on January 20th, 1885, to Lieutenant. In the Rambler he saw service at Suakin, 1884‑5; and was awarded the Egyptian medal and the Khedive's bronze star. In 1888, he was landed in command of a party at Mempakol, British North Borneo, to protect the Resident Commissioner from attack of a hostile tribe. His next ships, which were all employed in hydrographic work, were the Penguin, the Triton, and the Dart. He joined the last named in 1895, as First Lieut., and some two years after succeeded to the Command, being employed in the survey service in Australian waters up to March, 1900, by which time (1899), he had been promoted to Commander. For the next three years he served at the Admiralty as Chief Civil Assistant to the Hydrographer, and in March, 1903, he recommissioned the Egeria for  p171 duty in the Pacific. This was his last work afloat, and in April, 1910, he was appointed Assistant Hydrographer of the Navy, while on August 16th, 1914, he became Hydrographer, which post he held until September 1st, 1919. He was awarded the C. B., in 1916 and made a K. C. B., in 1919. In June, 1916, he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and retired on leaving the post of Hydrographer. His last important work was to preside at the International Hydrographic Conference in London in 1919, when 45 delegates, representing 25 nations, assembled in an endeavour to apply the lessons and experiences of war, on an international scale, to the needs of peace. Considerable progress in the direction of standardized practice was made. He was promoted to Vice-Admiral on November 25, 1920. Sir John married in 1893, Emily Lempriere, daughter of the Hon. Henry Dobson, then Premier of Tasmania and had one daughter. He died on April 21st, 1926.

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