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.

History and Nature of Competition

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 Notes
1890 Laurence Eliot Power plan for Silam Harbour, Borneo
1891? Francis Spurstow Miller unclear; see his page
1892 Rowland Nugent chart of Aitutaki Island (Cook Islands)
1894 Bertram Mordaunt Chambers for a plan of Peaquara[?] Channel, Callao
1897? Humphrey Wykeham Bowring survey of Red River, China?
1899 Lieutenant Denis Burke Crampton plan for La Guaira Harbour, Venezuela
1904 Albert Edward Dixie re-survey of Port Sweltenham, Malaysia
1908 Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans unknown
1910 Cyril Herbert Gordon Benson survey of Punta de Parinas/Punta Lobos area
YEAR Arthur Perfect Meredith Lewes
YEAR Frederic Gerald Stuart Peile

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