William Fitzwilliam

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Fitzwilliam was born in Manchester, England back in 1774 the illegitimate son of a British naval officer. At 13 he embarked on an adventure which will place him in the history books.

His first job was that of a midshipman aboard the HMS Culloden a journey that led him to a lifelong service in the Royal Navy. Historians describe him as self-willed and boisterous. Commissioned as a lieutenant in 1797 he served on ships at home and in the East Indies. He also served under Nelson on the failed attack on Boulogne.

Between 1797 and 1808 he had many duties including fighting the Dutch however, he was captured and held prisoner for two years. He was released in 1810 and promoted to captain. I’ writing about William Fitzwilliam Owen. He is noted in the history books for his exploration of the west and east African coasts, discovery of the Seaflower Channel off the cost of Sumatra and for surveying the Canadian Great Lakes. All in all, he plotted some 30,000 miles of coastline in great detail which at the time took over 300 carts. Between 1837 and 1842 he conducted the definitive survey of the Bay of Fundy for the Admiralty. Some charts of the area are still based upon his surveys.

He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1841 and Vice Admiral in 1854. He died in 1857 at St. John, New Brunswick. Not bad for someone who apparently had no schooling, just a love of the sea and service to his country.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Another new one.

Almost sounds like Horatio Hornblower books by C.S. Forester.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 06, 2017 04:52 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks James.  He led a very full and productive life.  A real man for the ages.

Mar 06, 2017 05:04 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

You are right he climbed through the ranks because of his love of the sea and all his contributions. Thank you for allowing us to think about him today and honor him.

Mar 06, 2017 05:28 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Too often an educational system teaches you to be like everyone else so William was a true entrepreneur instead.

Mar 06, 2017 05:51 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I too, have a love of the sea James Dray.

I am so glad to hear that your relationship with Fathom real estate is working out so well for you. Congratulations on reaching for the next rung in your journey ....

Mar 06, 2017 06:50 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - always admired those who pioneered and plotted the maps for others to follow. Thanks for sharing William's story.

Mar 06, 2017 07:05 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an inspiring story, and I enjoyed reading it.  Wishing you great week.  A

Mar 06, 2017 07:07 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sonetimes persistence can trump education. Enjoy your day!

Mar 06, 2017 08:17 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- isn't it amazing how much some of these people you've shared with us can accomplish in their lives. 

Mar 06, 2017 09:20 AM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, an absolutely amazing life for a youngster who seemed to hear a calling at the age of 13 years. Just WOW! Wonderful...

Mar 06, 2017 06:14 PM #10
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What an amazing and adventurous life he led. William must have really loved what he was doing. It certainly shows in his accomplishments. 

Mar 06, 2017 06:38 PM #11
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Thanks for another interesting biography! Just dropping by to make sure to share some Love and wish a Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Feb 14, 2018 03:55 PM #12
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