Richard Harry Hyne (1848-1884)

Richard Harry Hyne was born March 3, 1848, on-board ship in the English Channel. He was the fifth child of Charles Hyne and Louisa Hole Carruthers. His father was captain of the “Carnatic” at the time, so that is probably the ship on which he was born.

In the 1851 England, Wales & Scotland census he is listed as a visitor in the home of Jane Bousfield, along with his brothers William Harry and Harry.

In the 1861 England, Wales & Scotland census he is listed as studying under Thomas Cox, former headmaster of Queen Elizabeth School.

Richard Harry successfully passed his Second Mate certificate exam August 23, 1869. On his application form he included details of the ships he had served on (see list below). Interestingly, the first ship he served on as a 15 year old midshipman was the “Agamemnon“, the ship his father Charles had been captain of before his death.

ShipStart DateEnd DateRank
AgamemnonAugust 25, 1863June 9, 1864Midshipman
AgamemnonJuly 7, 1864May 6, 1865Midshipman
AgamemnonJuly 1, 1865March 29, 1866Midshipman
Young EnglandFebruary 8, 1867May 15, 1867Able Seaman
Westward HoJune 4, 1867May 31, 18683rd Mate
SolentSeptember 15, 1868October 31, 18684th Mate
TyneOctober 30, 1868May 18, 18695th Mate
CorsicaMay 18, 1869June 15, 18694th Mate
SolentJuly 1, 1869August 3, 18694th Mate

In the 1881 England, Wales & Scotland census, Richard Harry is living with his mother and oldest brother. The trio appear to be lodgers in the home of Charles Jame Colam (written Colman, which I believe is an error). His occupation in 1881 is listed as “2nd Mate Mercantile Marine”.

Richard Harry died July 19, 1884. In his will he left everything to Charles James Colam, who I believe to be the same man in whose home he was a lodger in 1881. He seems to have changed careers between 1881 and 1884. In his will he left a business called “Hatters Clothiers etc. by R. H. Hyne & Co”.