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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Gascoyne
First Name:Charles Cecil
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

Charles Cecil Gascoyne

2nd Lieutenant

Crew member of HMCS Victoria 1860-61. See Victoria & Australia's First War, Ian MacFarlane & Neil Smith, Mostly Unsung Military History, Brighton 2005.


 "In May 1859, while getting underway at Port Albert, Lieutenant Charles Gascoyne noticed 24 year old Constable James Spargoe had been drinking. He was using bad language and seemed in danger of falling overboard. He was repeatedly ordered below. Gascoyne reported that Spargoe emerged on deck after five minutes and said 'Mr Gascoyne you are not in the bloody [Royal] Navy now', and shook his fist in the officer's face. Gascoyne then walked forward. 'He followed me with both his fists closed and grinding his teeth'. Spargoe was dismissed."

 Article in Journal of Police History, vol. 3 no. 1, March - May 1995 by Ian MacFarlane.

Mentioned in Deeds not Words, Wilson P. Evans, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne 1971
Referred to in the NZ Daily Southern Cross, 28 January 1863

* 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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