‘A very nice middy’ – Daniel Pender RN 1832-1891

Daniel Pender RN pictured in Esquimalt, Canada in the 1860’s Royal British Columbia Museum Archives (BC Archives)

A chance encounter led Volunteer Linda Batchelor on the trail of Daniel Pender, a Falmouth boy descended from a line of Packet ship sailors, who helped chart the coastlines of New Zealand and British Colombia as well as serving in the Crimean War. Daniel eventually rose to become Assistant Hydrographer of the Navy, dying in 1891.

His story is a wonderful example of the life of a Naval officer during the C19, working around the world and devoted to his Service.

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