Hamilton  Richard Wessey 
(28.05.1829–17.09.1912)


English admiral, arctic explorer. 
Born in the family of a priest in Kent. 
He was educated at the Royal Naval School, which was then located in Kamberwell, began serving in 1843. On board the Virago, he served on the Mediterranean Sea for two years. Then, during the year, he studied the theory and practice of maritime service at Valetta under the command of Captain Brock. 
In 1850–1851 Hamilton participated in the G. Austin Arctic expedition to search for J. Franklin ships. He was assigned to the ship "Assistance" under the command of Captain E. Ommann. Among his comrades were F. McClintock and J. Swords who later became famous Arctic explorers. Hamilton proved himself a responsible young officer, a brilliant seaman, an executive and active, with a good store of knowledge. He was distinguished by his reliability as a watch officer during a difficult struggle against ice, quickly made the right decisions, and was always among the first in the most difficult jobs. His sociability and interpersonal skills turned out to be very valuable qualities during wintering. Hamilton made a 28-day toboggan trip to lay the food depot, examined the islands of Lowther and Young. 
Having received the rank of lieutenant, in 1852-1854. He traveled to the Arctic with an expedition of E. Belcher, consisting of five ships, in which he served on the ship “Resolute (Resolute)”. As you know, the Belcher expedition was divided. Two ships - “Resolute” and “Fearless (Intrepid)” under the command of G. Kellett were wintering on the south coast of Melville Island. During the wintering period, Hamilton led the toboggan run, which for 44 days surveyed 663 miles of arctic coasts. They discovered the northern end of the island of Melville, which was called the Sabin Peninsula, and two small islands that received the names of C. Markham and Wessey Hamilton. 
During the second wintering period, Hamilton organized a telegraph link between the courts. In early March, it became necessary to contact the rest of the expedition vessels wintering near Beachy Island. Hamilton, accompanied by two people with nine dogs, set off and, doing 25 miles a day, returned with messages. 
In June, he made a second trip to Beachy Island.

 

Church and graveyard of John the Baptist


During the war with Russia, Hamilton served on the steamer Desperate in the Baltic Sea from January 1855 to February 1856. Later, as commander of the ship, Hamilton participated in the fighting with China, served on many ships, in 1875 was awarded the Order of the Bath, in 1889-1891. was the senior lord of the Admiralty, on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the service received nobility. He retired with the rank of admiral and took over as president of the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, who held to the end of his days. 
He died in London at his home. He was buried in the graveyard of John the Baptist (St John the Baptist Churchyard) Eltem Greater London. 
An island in the Barrow Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Islet (Wizi-Hamilton) in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Opened and named in 1853 during R. Hamilton's toboggan trip. 
Cape (Wizi-Hamilton) in the north-east of Banks Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. 
Cape in the southwest of the island of Victoria in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Cape on the Kennedy Straits of Greenland.

Cape on the west coast of the Prince of Wales Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Strait between the islands of Nansen and Pritchett in the archipelago of Franz Josef Land. Named in 1896, F. Jackson.

 

Hamilton Strait. Far off to the right is Cape Rom Island Bromwich.

In the foreground - the island of Pritchett, on the left - the island of Nansen

(photo by N. M. Stolbov)

 

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