Christopher Paul Satow

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Commander (retired) Christopher Paul Satow, R.N. (20 August, 1890 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of J. A. M. Satow, Esq., the Master of the Supreme Court entered the Navy as it was transitioning to the new training scheme for cadets and was sent directly to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as part of the September 1905 intake term.

In March, 1909, Satow was deprived of one month's time for leave-breaking, but he was only warming up. In April, he was deprived of a further three months' seniority "for causing letter to be sent from house of ill fame to Comr Escombe requesting payment of I.O.U.." This is perhaps the most wonderful sentence I've ever read in a service record. I am uncertain what traffic the two men may have had before this, but Escombe was appointed to H.M.S. Bedford for manoeuvres in June, 1906 and perhaps remained in her long enough to overlap with Satow's stint in her from 15 January, 1907 to 16 January, 1908.

Satow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 January, 1912.[1]

He was appointed to Arrogant for duty as second in command to Lieutenant-Commander Ferdinand E. B. Feilmann in the submarine C 32 on 20 February, 1913.[2]

Satow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and re-appointed in command of the submarine L 4 on 30 January, 1920.[3]

Satow was appointed in command of H.M.S. Hornet, the former C.M.B. 102, which was now a C.M.B. Base and for Duty Class I with submarines on the books of Dolphin from 1 October, 1926 to 15 October, 1928.

Satow was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 30 September, 1933.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John de B. Jessop
Captain of H.M.S. A 5
5 Jun, 1915 – 1 Aug, 1915
Succeeded by
Hugh S. Hornby
Preceded by
Ferdinand E. B. Feilmann
Captain of H.M.S. C 32
1 Aug, 1915 – 22 Oct, 1917[4]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost
Preceded by
Oswald E. Hallifax
Captain of H.M.S. E 56
19 Mar, 1918 – 6 Mar, 1919
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Claud L. Y. Dering
Captain of H.M.S. L 4
6 Mar, 1919 – Mar, 1921
Succeeded by
Charles C. Flemming
Preceded by
Colin Cantlie
Captain of H.M.S. L 2
Mar, 1921 – 24 Oct, 1921
Succeeded by
Thomas I. S. Bell
Preceded by
Charles de Burgh
Captain of H.M.S. K 6
30 Jan, 1922 – 25 Sep, 1922
Succeeded by
Oswald E. Hallifax
Preceded by
William R. Richardson
Captain of H.M.S. K 12
15 Nov, 1923[5] – 27 Jul, 1924
Succeeded by
Guy D'Oyly-Hughes


  1. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 136.
  2. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 277.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 798.
  4. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 108.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 249.