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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

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


Last Name:Cabot
First Name:Philip
Rank:Able Seaman/Constable
Birth Date:
Branch:Victorian Navy

Philip Cabot

Able Seaman/Constable

Cabot was a crew member on H.M.C.S.S. Victoria, which was then under police control for administrative purposes. Whilst the vessel was at King Island on 30th September 1858, he was reported as having been "drowned in the execution of his duty". The exact circumstances of his death are unknown.


A seaman named Philip Cabot was accidentally drowned by a whaleboat capsizing while endeavouring to land at King's Island. He was greatly respected by all on board.

Courier (Hobart, Tas.), 28 October 1858


Listed as a member of the crew of HMCS Victoria ias at 1 January 1858.
Formerly of Jersey (English) Channel Islands.
Article in Journal of Police History, vol. 3 no. 1, March - May 1995 written by Ian MacFarlane.

* 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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