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Father of the Navy.

There is still alive a famous centenarian. Sir Provo William "Parry Wallis, G.C.8., is senior admiral of the ileot, and is the oldest officer o* tbo naval active list, as he entered on his hundredth year in April. He is also that, exception which proves the rule ; for while other naval men are compulsory retired at 70, Sir Parry Wallis has an especial patent to continue to hold his appointment during life. For years after the century came in lie was n midshipman, and -he lias gone through every grade of rank, reaching the highest position only thirteen years ago. He commanded the Shannon in her famous light with the Chosapeakc, off Boston Harbor, on June 1, 1813, the first lieutenant having been killed and the captain dangerously wounded early in the engagement, and it was to him that the American captain surrendered. He was born in 1791, but only four years later he appears on tho books of the navy as on board the Oissc.au, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his father was. chief clerk at the naval yard— a seaman in miniature. The hardy old admiral has seen the birth and perfection of the modern ship of war, and his acquaintance has been mainly with tho old three-deckers. His memories aro of the hand-to-hand lights of tho days of Nelson and Collingwood rather than of 81 ton guns and quick-firing projectiles of our modern fleets. He has never commanded a steamer (

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Father of the Navy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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Father of the Navy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2443, 17 June 1890

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