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A Centenarian Sailor.

That veteran sailor, Sir Provo Wallis, who in the first week of April entered upon his hundredth year, is (says the "Home News ")'almost the sole survivor of the distinguished officers of both services who carried the arms of England to victory in the great Revolutionary War. Sir Provo Wallis was a midshipman as far back as 1804, and he had as his commanding officer in the Triumph the Captain Hardy who received Nelson's last words at Trafalgar. But his greatest honor lies in his having been the senior officer fit for duty in one of the most brilliant and the most sanguinary of naval actions. When the Chesapeake sailed out of Boston Harbor on Tune 1, 1813, in all the pride of an anticipated triumph to meet the Shannon there was no thought of a disastrous termination to the duel. But her crew was men as dauntless as themselves," and the superior seamship, joined to the glorious devotion of her commauder, gained for the Shannon a dictory—a memorable close to the old sea life which has gone for ever. Sir Provo Wallis was appoinaed admiral to the fleet • in 1877 after doing much and arduous duty hi various perts of the world. In recognition of his exceptionally long and gallant services, he obtained the unique privilege, while Mr Childers was at the Admiralty, of being allowed to remain for life upon the Active List instead of being compulsorily retired at the age of 70. Constituting in his person a link connecting the age of Nelson and Collingwood with the ironclads, the torpedo boats and the monster and quick-firing guns, the active career of Sir Provo Wallis has probably no parallel in the history of the navy.

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A Centenarian Sailor., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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A Centenarian Sailor. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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