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Charles Richardson Johnson


Naval officer. Born in Cape Colony. Acting mate on HMS Beagle, 1836. Lieutenant on HMS Princess Charlotte in the Mediterranean, 1840–1. Served off the coast of England, 1842–7. Commander on HMS Driver in the Pacific, 1848–52. Captain, 1856; rear-admiral, 1875; vice-admiral, 1879. Retired in 1864.


Census returns of England and Wales 1871 (The National Archives: Public Record Office RG10/1145/112/61), 1881 (RG11/1160/72/38)

Freeman 1978

Navy list 1836–82

UK and Ireland, masters and mates certificates, 1850–1927 (, accessed 30 May 2017)


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Navy list: The navy list. London: John Murray; Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. 1815–1900.