William Moorsom R.N.
William Moorsom R.N.

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William Moorsom R.N.Explanation
Son of Richard Moorsom (1758?1831), shipowner and marine merchant
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
7 February 1816 Born (Airy Hill, Whitby)
4 February 1860 Died (Brighton)
Inventor of the 'Moorsom percussion fuse' (1850), and of the 'Director', an instrument for concentrating a ship's broadside fire
According to Clowes (VI, page 211) upon his return from the Black Sea, he was 'the first captain who had the temerity to invade the sacred precincts of the Admiralty with hirsute fixings', to be met with the cutting remark: 'Horseguards next door!'.
28 June 1830Entered Navy
29 March 1842Lieutenant
8 March 1848Commander
14 March 1851Captain
Date fromDate toService
29 July 18547 July 1855Captain in Firebrand, Black Sea, Moorsom serving ashore with the Naval Brigade, during the Russian War
13 August 18555 January 1856Captain in Leander, flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Howe Fremantle, Black Sea, during the Russian War
24 January 185627 September 1856Captain in Eurotas (from commissioning at Sheerness until paying off at Sheerness), Sheerness (and the 1856 Royal Naval review)
19 August 1857October 1859Captain in Diadem (from commissioning at Portsmouth), Channel squadron, then West Indies (until Moorsom was invalided)

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