Naval officer; born in Barbadoes
, W. I.
, Aug. 11, 1841; came to the United States
in early life; served through the Civil War
with marked distinction; was promoted lieutenant-commander in December, 1868.
He became widely known in 1880-81 through having charge of the transportation of the Egyptian
's Needle), presented to the United States
by the Khedive of Egypt
, and erected in Central Park
, New York City, Jan. 23, 1881.
The total cost of transportation— $100,000—was paid by William H. Vanderbilt
The iron vessel Dessoug was
bought from the Egyptian
government, and a hole was cut in her side, through which the obelisk was placed in the hold.
published a History of Egyptian Obelisks
He died in New York City, July 7. 1885.