Sir Henry Keppel and Frank Swettenham in Singapore, 1903

Admiral the Hon. Sir Harry Keppel and Frank Swettenham on a terrace of Government House, singapore, February, 1903

Admiral the Hon. Sir Henry Keppel and Frank Swettenham on a terrace of Government House, Singapore - February 1903. (Illustration from BRITISH MALAYA: An Account of the Origin and Progress of British Influence in Malaya)

Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Henry Keppel, GCB, OM was a British admiral. He entered the navy from the old naval academy of Portsmouth in 1822. In 1837 he was promoted post captain, and appointed in 1841 to the service in China and against the Malay pirates, a service which he repeated in 1847, when in command of HMS Maeander. The story of his two commands was told by himself in two publications, The Expedition to Borneo of HMS. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy (with extracts from the journal of James Brooke) (1846), and in A Visit to the Indian Archipelago in HMS Meander (1853). The substance of these books was afterwards incorporated into his autobiography, which was published in 1899 under the title A Sailors Life under four Sovereigns. Keppel held successive commands until his retirement from the active list in 1879, two years after he attained the rank of admiral of the fleet. He died in 1904. Keppel Harbour in Singapore is named after him.

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