Henry Hart Dyke

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Vice-Admiral Henry Hart Dyke, R.N., Retired (2 March, 1848 – 12 July, 1912) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born at Sittingbourne.

Dyke entered the service with the December 1860 intake term at Britannia, his examination scores ranking him nineteenth of thirty-four candidates accepted for naval cadetships.[1]

Dyke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 23 April, 1872.

He was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1885.

Dyke commanded the third class protected cruiser Barossa in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1890. His ship acted as part of Fleet Number 2 which represented a hypothetical Hostile Fleet attacking British trade routes.[2]

Appointed in command of Sphinx from 20 August, 1890, Dyke was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1892 and did not give up command of Sphinx until 23 February, 1893.

He was appointed in command of the battleship Empress of India in June 1899, and of the second class protected cruiser Melampus on 25 May, 1901.[3]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. Barossa
22 Jul, 1890 – 20 Aug, 1890
Succeeded by
Arthur W. E. Prothero
Preceded by
George F. King-Hall
Captain of H.M.S. Andromache
18 Jul, 1894
Succeeded by
Alexander W. Chisholm-Batten
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Charybdis
24 Jul, 1895
Succeeded by
John M. McQuhae
Preceded by
George L. Atkinson
Captain of H.M.S. Comus
1 Oct, 1895[4] – 15 Apr, 1898
Succeeded by
George A. Giffard
Preceded by
Walter S. Goodridge
Captain of H.M.S. Isis
10 May, 1898[5]
Succeeded by
George M. Henderson
Preceded by
Charles Campbell
Captain of H.M.S. Empress of India
29 Jun, 1899[6] – 2 Oct, 1900
Succeeded by
John Ferris
Preceded by
Richard N. Gresley
Captain of H.M.S. Melampus
25 May, 1901[7][8] – 26 Mar, 1903
Succeeded by
Vernon A. Tisdall


  1. "Military And Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 12, 1860; pg. 10; Issue 23801.
  2. "Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 19, 1890; pg. 12; Issue 33068.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 29 May, 1901. Issue 36467, col B, p. 4.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 213.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 263.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 248.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Wednesday, 29 May, 1901. Issue 36467, col B, p. 4.
  8. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 280.