Brent entered the Navy as a cadet in 1848, was promoted to lieutenant in 1854 and to commander in 1866. Between 1867 and 1870 he served in the Bellerophon in the Channel and the Mediterranean. He was promoted to captain in 1875 and commanded the troopship Himalaya from 1879 to 1881, running between Great Britain and the Mediterranean. For a short period he was Director of the Royal Indian Marine But resigned and after further seagoing appointments retired in 1889. He was made a vice-admiral in 1896.
The papers were acquired from the Navy Records Society in the early days of the Museum. They consist of two volumes of official service documents, 1851 to 1887; an order book of the Bellerophon; a volume of correspondence relating to the Himalaya and a log of the Monarch, 1886, Channel Station, kept by Henry Dacres Menzie Brent.
1834-01-01 - 1911-12-31
Brent, Harry Woodfall
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Brent, Harry Woodfall, Vice-Admiral, 1834-1911 (BNT)