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Naval officer

Bradley Sillick Osbon, American naval officer. Decorated by Venezuelan Government with Order of “Busto del Liberatador.” Founder and editor The Nautical Gazette, 1871, 1st maritime newspaper published in the United States. Served in Chinese Navy (as commander), Argentine Navy (as commander), United States Navy (signal officer) and Mexican Navy (admiral). During Civil War served under Du Pont, Farragut and Worden (specially mentioned by Farragut).

Background

Osbon, Bradley Sillick was born on August 16, 1828 in Rye, Westchester County, New York, United States. Son of Review Abiathar Mann and Elizabeth E. (Sillick) Osbon.

Education

Education common schools, New York, and Connecticut, until went to sea at 10 years of age. Self-taught.

Career

Served in Chinese Navy (as commander), Argentine Navy (as commander), United States Navy (signal officer) and Mexican Navy (admiral). During Civil War served under Du Pont, Farragut and Worden (specially mentioned by Farragut). During Spanish-American War was volunteer naval scout and was 1st to discover Cervera’s fleet off Island of Curaçoa, May 14, 1898, and reported to State Department.

Received letter of thanks for service. Twice in Arctic Ocean and once in Antarctic Ocean. One term captain, one commodore, and two rear admiral, National Association Naval Veterans, United States of A.

Was flag officer commanding United States Veteran Navy, with rank of commodore.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Osbon’s Hand Book United States Navy, 1863. United States Veteran Navy List, 1900. A Sailor of Fortune, 1906.

      Lecturer on travels and adventures. Associate editor of the American Shipbuilder, and of Tourist Magazine, 1910.

Membership

Served in Chinese Navy (as commander), Argentine Navy (as commander), United States Navy (signal officer) and Mexican Navy (admiral). During Civil War served under Du Pont, Farragut and Worden (specially mentioned by Farragut).

Connections

Married Eliza Balfour, February 14, 1868.

father:
Review Abiathar Mann Osbon

mother:
Elizabeth E. (Sillick) Osbon

spouse:
Eliza Balfour