Henry Briggs Lang

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Captain Henry Briggs Lang, (23 February, 1845 – 11 September, 1896) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Lang was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 24 August, 1866.

Lang was promoted to the rank of Commander on 19 March, 1880.

Lang was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1889.

Lang drowned when a boat from Narcissus overturned in the Bay of Tartary (Groomvitcha Bay in another account). The ship had been on the China Station. A Japanese sailor and four others discovered Lang's body 7.5 miles south of the bay on 30 September, 1896. His pockets contained a gold watch, rings and other jewelry, which were taken to Japan and sold. This resulted in the arrest of the Japanese involved, and the recovered portion of the valuables were forwarded to Lang's widow in England.[1]

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Alfred W. Warry
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
17 Aug, 1878[2]
Succeeded by
Arthur J. Hamilton
Preceded by
George L. Atkinson
Captain of H.M.S. Reindeer
7 Jul, 1886[3] – 22 Nov, 1889
Succeeded by
The Hon. Edward T. Needham
Preceded by
Frederick O. Pike
Captain of H.M.S. Tauranga
12 Mar, 1892[4]
Succeeded by
William L. H. Browne
Preceded by
Assheton G. Curzon-Howe
Captain of H.M.S. Latona
18 Jul, 1894
Succeeded by
Charles H. Cross
Preceded by
Henry L. F. Royle
Captain of H.M.S. Astræa
24 Jul, 1895 – 1895
Succeeded by
Henry D. Barry
Preceded by
John H. Bainbridge
Captain of H.M.S. Narcissus
19 Nov, 1895[5] – 11 Sep, 1896
Succeeded by
William C. C. Forsyth


  1. Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle (Portsmouth, England), 17 Apr 1897, p. 8.
  2. The Navy List. (October, 1878). p. 223.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1888). p. 226.
  4. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 259.
  5. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 242.