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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*


Last Name:Clapp
First Name:Samuel
Rank:Boatswain's mate
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

Samuel Clapp

Boatswain's mate

There came out in the Nelson as boatswain's mate, Joe Orenden. In the Cerberus they had a boatswain's mate, Samuel Clapp, who graduated from the merchant service. Both men were "three star" men at their job. Each had different methods, but what splendid seamen they were. Each received the praise that was their due from the seamen of both services, all of whom had served their time in sail.

Recollections by G. Prideaux from The West Australian, 7 August 1937

* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

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