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George Tryon
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Military Personnel
    (January 4, 1832-June 22, 1893)
    Born in Bulwick Park, England, United Kingdom
    British admiral
    Commander of the Australian Station (1884-87)
    Superintendent of Reserves (1888-91)
    Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet (1891-93)
    Drowned when his flagship HMS Victoria collided with HMS Camperdown during fleet manoeuvres
    He ran unsuccessfully for Parliament (1887).
    He was brusque with subordinates and rarely explained his intentions to them.
    The collision between the Victoria and Camperdown was a direct result of the orders he had given.
    When the captain of the Camperdown hesitated to acknowledge the orders, Tryon sent a semaphore message asking 'What are you waiting for?'
    He failed to realize the extent of the damage to the Victoria and ordered that rescue boats launched by other ships in the fleet be turned back.
    Thirteen minutes after the collision, Victoria capsized, taking half the crew with her (358 crewmen died, 357 were rescued).
    As a midshipman, he served under Admiral William Robert Mends who declared, 'A better young officer never existed -- ever full of energy and zeal.'
    Part of the reason he kept subordinates in the dark about his intentions was to train them to handle unpredictable situations.
    Before the fleet manoeuvres, he sent the ship captains a memo noting, 'When the literal obedience to any order, however given, would entail a collision with a friend paramount orders direct that the danger is to be avoided.'
    He went down with the ship.

Credit: C. Fishel


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