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Henry Kellett

Sir Henry Kellett
Sir Henry Kellett
Born 2 November 1806
Clonabody, Tipperary, Ireland
Died 1 March 1875
Clonabody, Tipperary, Ireland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1822-1871
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Herald
HMS Resolute
China Station
Battles/wars First Opium War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Henry Kellett KCB (2 November 1806 – 1 March 1875) was a British naval officer and explorer.

Naval career

Kellett joined the Royal Navy in 1822.[1] He spent three years in the West Indies and then served on survey vessels under William Fitzwilliam Owen in Africa, and as second in command on HMS Sulphur under Edward Belcher in the East Indies and in the First Opium War with China,[2] during which he was promoted to Commander in 1841 and Post-Captain in 1842.[3]

In 1845 he was appointed captain of the survey ship HMS Herald, being reassigned in 1848 to join the search for Sir John Franklin. During this voyage he sailed through the Bering Strait across the Chukchi Sea and discovered Herald Island. Kellett landed on Herald Island and named it after his ship. He also sighted Wrangel Island in the western horizon. William Pullen was on this expedition.In 1852, he commanded HMS Resolute and went to the aid of Robert McClure, whose vessel, Investigator, was trapped in the Arctic.[2] His men constructed a storehouse on Dealy Island off the south coast of Melville Island.[4]

He became Senior Officer in the West Indies in 1855 and Commander-in-Chief, China Station in 1869.[1] He retired in 1871.[1]


Several places in Hong Kong have been named after him: Kellett Island, Kellett Bay and Mount Kellett.[5][6] Kellet Bluff on Henry Island was probably named after Captain Kellet as well. It is an amazing place with extreme currents, views, and is frequented by feeding Orcas.

Kellet's whelk Kelletia kelletii is named after him.[7]


  1. ^ a b c William Loney RN
  2. ^ a b Dictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineBiography at the
  3. ^ Barr, William (2007). Arctic Hell-Ship. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. p. 7.  
  4. ^ Kellets' Storehouse- A Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Online Exhibit
  5. ^ Wordie, Jason (2002). Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong:  
  6. ^ Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era.  
  7. ^ Forbes E. (1850). "On the species of Mollusca collected during the Surveying Voyages of the Herald and Pandora, by Capt. Kellett, R.N., C.B. and Lieut. Wood, R.N.". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 18: 270-274. plate IX, figure 10.
  • This article is based on a translation of the article Henry Kellett from the French WorldHeritage on 13 December 2006.

Further reading

  • Murphy, David. The Arctic Fox: Francis Leopold-McClintock, Discoverer of the Fate of Franklin.  
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Keppel
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Shadwell
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