A Naval Biographical Dictionary/Kevern, Richard Charles

KEVERN. (Lieutenant, 1841.)

Richard Charles Kevern, born 20 July, 1811, is son of Retired Commander Rich. Kevern, R.N.

This officer entered the Navy, 14 April, 1825, as Fst.-cl. Vol., on board the Britannia 120, Capt. Philip Pipon, lying in Hamoaze; and after a servitude of nearly twelve months in the Channel on board the Camelion 10, Capt. Michael Seymour, became Midshipman, in Aug. 1826, of the Windsor Castle 74, Capt. Edw. Durnford King. Removing, in Feb. 1828, to the Blonde 46, Capt. Edm. Lyons, he was for upwards of three years employed in that ship on the Mediterranean station; after which we find him doing duty as Mate, off Lisbon, again in the Mediterranean, as also in the West Indies and in China, on board the Romney troop-ship, Master-Commander Chas. Brown, Thunderer 84, Capt. Wm. Furlong Wise, Crocodile 28, Capt. Jas. Polkinghorne, and Blenheim 72, Capt. Sir Humphrey Le Fleming Senhouse. For his services in the latter ship during the early part of the hostilities with the Chinese he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant 8 June, 1841, but he did not receive his commission until the middle of the following Oct., by which period he had further assisted at the capture of Amoy and Chinghae.[1] He then became First of the Larne 18, Capt. Patrick John Blake, with whom he returned home and was paid off in July, 1842. His last appointments were for short periods – 9 Sept. 1844, to the Cruizer 16, Capt. Edw. Gennys Fanshawe, fitting at Chatham – 21 Oct. 1845, as Additional, to the Penelope steam-frigate, Commodore Wm. Jones, on the coast of Africa – and, 3 March, 1846, to the Pantaloon 10, Capts. Edm. Wilson and Henry John Douglas. He came from the West Indies at the commencement of 1847, and has since been on half-pay.


  1. Vide Gaz. 1842, pp. 82, 397.