John Dundas Nicholls

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Lieutenant John Dundas Nicholls, R.N. (3 January, 1847 – 22 September, 1884) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

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

On 22 September 1884, Nicholls's Wasp ran aground near the lighthouse at Tory Island while setting out to deliver Irish Harbours and FIsheries Commissioners to their stations on the coast of Ireland. The ship was unable to launch boats in the pounding waves, and attempts to raise steam were tardy, as she had been under way on sail only at the time of striking ground. Only six men of sixty-two survived.[2]

See Also

Bibliography

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward J. Wingfield
Captain of H.M.S. Wasp
1 Jan, 1883[3] – 22 Sep, 1884[4]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. "Military And Naval Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 12, 1860; pg. 10; Issue 23801.
  2. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 13.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1884). p. 252.
  4. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 13.