ERNEST (1830–1904), prince of Leiningen & naval officer. ALS to V. Adm. Sir Anthony H Hoskins 1886

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ERNEST (1830–1904), prince of Leiningen and naval officer. Autograph letter signed to Vice Admiral, Sir Anthony Hiley Hoskins, K.C.B., 3 sides, 15th Jany. 1886, with letterhead device of the Commander in Chief Sheerness, recommending Mr. Edmond E. Greaves, late Navigating Lieut. of H.M.S.” Wye”, who has asked him “to say a word in his favour to you as he is anxious to be appointed to H.M.S.”Hero” at Chatham”. Reverse of last blank side with adhering paper from an album.

In 1885 Ernest was appointed commander-in-chief at the Nore, a post which he held until his promotion to admiral on 7 July 1887. HMS Wye was an iron screw storeship, purchased by the Royal Navy in 1873 and sold for breaking up in 1906. HMS Hero launched in 1885, was an improved version of HMS Rupert, with a ram as her main armament. By the time she was launched, the ramming concept had been discarded, leaving her and her sister ship exposed as perhaps the two most useless turret-armed battleships ever built.

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