Lewis Dod Sampson

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Commander Lewis Dod Sampson, R.N. (21 September, 1853 – 28 July, 1894) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Sampson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 17 February, 1874.

Sampson was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1888.

In Sparrow, his Lieutenant (N) Edward Buxton Kiddle wrote that after Sampson "unfortunately went off his head and after he ordered a salute for the Queen of Sheba, we had to put him on the sick list. He was invalided home and jumped overboard on the way before reaching the Cape and was drowned."[1]

On 3 July, 1894, Sampson was reported to be suffering from fever and on 7 July it was reported that he was being sent home from Zanzibar in S.S. Spartan.

A telegram from the Cape of Good Hope reported that Sampson drowned on 28 July, 1894. He had committed suicide by jumping overboard from S.S. Spartan while she was underway from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.

See Also


  • Naval Memories. Kiddle Memoirs in the possession of the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth. 1988.337.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Frank Finnnis
Captain of H.M.S. Swallow
1 Jan, 1893[2] – 7 Jul, 1894
Succeeded by
George L. M. Leckie


  1. Naval Memories f. 47.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 258.