Re: Warington Baden-Powell
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 15:07:13 -0600
Warington Baden-Powell Trivia
One of the strongest influences on Warington, George and Robert the
eldset boys) was their maternal grandfather, Admiral William Henry
Smyth, Hydrographer General of the Navy, Newtonian Medal of the Royal
Astronomoical Society, President, Royal Astronomical Society (1845-46),
President and a founder of the Royal Geographic Society (1849-50),and
author of the two volume treatise: "A Cycle of Celestial Objects for the
Use of Naval, Military and Private Astronomers". One of the Moon's seas,
the "Mare Smythaii" (at the edge of the bright side and extending onto
the dark side) was anmed for him. At St. John's Lodge at Aylesbury, the
admiral had a terrace which he called his "quarterdeck". He had
constructed it as a replica of the quarterdeck on his former flagship,
Birthday: 3 February 1847 Henry Warington Smyth Powell
Name changed: 21 September 1869, Baden Powell, later Baden-Powell
Educated at St. Paul's School
Three years training in HMS Conway, with "double extra certificate"
Sailed to Calcutta and the cape on the East Indiaman "Hotspur" followed
the next year by brother George
Fascinated by boats and took many hiking/boating trips with George and
Robert. Paddled across Sweden by canal and lake. Took George and Robert
from the head of the Thames to its source as a tiny brook in the
"Sweden" boat. Portaged over the watershed and back through Bath and
Bristol until they reached Wales.
After 4 years with P & O Lines on the India run, warington entered
balliol College at Oxford University to sudy to be a Barrister. The boys
pooled their money and bought a five ton cutter "Diamond" which was
built to Warington's design. After two years, they replaced it with his
new 10 ton design, the "KOHINOOR", Under Warington as skipper, George
and Robert learned navigation, boathandling, sail handling, rigging,
painting, deck scrubbing cleaning, carpentering, cooking and swimming.
Every spare moment, the boys spent sailing, hiking and camping on shore.
Robert was named "Cabin Boy" by his two elder brothers. Reconted by Lord
baden-Powell in his articels "What Scouts Can Do" & "Adventures and
Warington wrote a book on canoe traveling at age 24.
Married Hilda Farmer 13 September 1913 - No issue
Warington died on 21 April 1921 at age 73
Careful study of Lord Baden-Powell's life shows that Sea Scouting was
an absolutely essential part of SCOUTING in the eyes of its founder.
I hope that this is helpful. Full attribution is available upon request.