Last month I was lucky enough to go to the Melbourne Ring Cycle. In preparing for the event my father uncovered in his library a book of the first two operas.
William Edward Blackwood Magee born in Simla in 1886, joined the Royal Navy age 15.
A few months after Christmas 1910, in the 1911 census (2 April 1911) he was aged 25, a Lieutenant (military) on board His Majesty’s vessel T.B. 025 – he was first on the list of 8 men – there were also on board a gunner (military), petty officer 1st class, leading seaman, able seaman and three stokers 1st class. This was a Torpedo Boat 1st class and a tender to HMS Vernon.
Wikipedia tells me http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Vernon_%28shore_establishment%29 that HMS Vernon was a shore establishment or ‘stone frigate’ of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth, two and a half miles from Southsea where the Cavenagh-Mainwaring family lived. Vernon was established in 1876 as the Royal Navy’s Torpedo Branch and operated until 1 April 1996. I like the term “stone frigate”.