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30 de abr. de 2022 · Sir Henry Keppel (1809–1904): ‘Probably the Most Universally Popular Naval Commander Ever Sent by England to the East’ By Robert Morton; Edited by Hugh Cortazzi; Book: Britain & Japan Biographical Portraits Vol IX; Online publication: 30 April 2022; Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781898823278.047
Sir Henry Keppel. (1809-1904), Admiral of the fleet. Sitter in 10 portraits. Keppel entered the Navy in 1822. His family connections secured him rapid promotion, and he was promoted to Captain in 1837. His long naval career took him to many places including the West and East Indies and Australia.
Sir Henry Keppel was born on 14 June 1809 and attended the Royal Navy Academy, rising from Lieutenant to Commander and finally to the rank of Captain by 1837. Keppel developed a fine reputation for his role as Captain of a ship of the Royal Navy during the Carlist War in Spain.
Keppel was born the sixth son of the Earl of Albemarle, who held the prestigious position of Master of the Horse under the Whig Governments of 1830–1834 and 1835–1841.
Courtesy of National Museum of Singapore. Henry Keppel, the man who would have the honour of having the bay named after him, was no stranger to the pirates in these waters. He first sailed to Singapore as a midshipman in 1832, but his life would become very much entwined with the island.