Samuel Payne: Victorian Naval Chaplain

By Ernest Herbeden, published November 1995


Samuel Payne (1827-1913), the author’s grandfather, began his naval career as a naval chaplain in 1855 after brief spells as a curate in Ireland and north London. His sea-going career took him to South American waters, the Mediterranean, the Pacific islands, Sydney and to New Zealand where his ship saw service in the Maori wars in 1863-4. His last sea-going appointment in 1867 was on HMS Lord Clyde. The next seven years saw him as chaplain first on the training ship Boscowan and then on Implacable at Devonport. In 1875 he was appointed Chaplain to Sheerness Dockyard; five years later he became Chaplain to the Royal Naval Hospital at Stonehouse, remaining there until his retirement from the service. The article describes Payne’s duties, mostly served on a variety of warships from wooden sailing vessels to the armour-clad Lord Clyde, and then in his later years ashore.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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