Shadwell Testimonial

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The Shadwell Testimonial Prize, was founded in 1888 In memory of Admiral Sir Charles F. A. Shadwell, K.C.B., who died 1st March, 1888. It consisted of a Pocket Sextant, or other instrument (as funds allowed) of use in Navigation or Marine Surveying.

It was bestowed annually on the Officer of a rank not higher than Lieutenant-Commander, and who has never been classed as an Assistant Surveyor who has sent in through his Captain the most creditable plan of an anchorage or other marine survey, accompanied with sailing directions recently executed by himself. All officers of the Commonwealth Navies were eligible to receive the Prize.

The award was to be made on the plans received at the Admiralty during each calendar year, by a Committee consisting of the Hydrographer, the Assistant Hydrographer, and Surveying Officer in charge of the Chart Branch at the Admiralty. These adjudicators were empowered to make no award if they judged no plans received during the year to be sufficiently meritorious.

In case of co-operation in the production of a plan, a junior Officer, who has assisted materially in its construction, may participate in the reward, should the funds be sufficient.

The first award was made on the plans received during 1899 from Lieutenant Denis Burke Crampton for La Guaira Harbour.


Year Recipient Plan Subject
1899 Lieutenant Denis Burke Crampton La Guaira Harbour, Venezuela