John Marshall

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Marshall (Royal Navy) was born in Ramsgate, Kent, Great Britain back in 1748.  When he was ten-years-old he became an apprentice sailor and spent his life at sea.  During the American Revolutionary Way from 1778 to 1783 he saw action serving in the Royal Navy. 

By 1788, he was captain of the Scarborough, a ship of the First Fleet taking convicts from England to Botany Bay in New South Wales.  Afterwards to sailed from Australia to China charting previously unknow island including the Gilbert Islands while in route to Canton.  During his second voyage transporting convicts to Australia in 1790, many of them were in poor health and did not survive the voyage. 

During the Napoleonic Wars of 1803-1815 as captain of the ship Diana he was severely wounded by an attack of a French privateer.  He died in 1819, he was 71.

What you may not know about John is that one of the islands he charted was originally called “Lord Mulgrove’s range was later name in honor of his service to the Marshall Islands.

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Comments (22)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... never thought about how the Marshall Islands got their name... and now I know, thanks to you.

Oct 31, 2021 05:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good mornign James. Glad I caught your post and now know how the Marsahll Islands were named. Keep them coming. Enjoy your day.

Oct 31, 2021 05:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - good to "see" you and thank you, as always, for helping add to our knowledge.   Of course, the trick is remembering every piece  you "give out".   Memories are not always so clear but when they do occur, they can be a treat.  

Oct 31, 2021 05:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, glad to see you back again, you have been missed.  I had no idea how the Marshall Islands were named, thanks for the history.

Oct 31, 2021 05:58 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, he started at 10 years of age?  I was enjoying just being a kid at that age and didn't seem to have a worry in the world, haha.

Oct 31, 2021 06:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea re the naming of the Marshall Islands.  It is good to have you back.  Happy Halloween.  A

Oct 31, 2021 07:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2021 11:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- that is an amazing story especially because he lived to such a long age given everything eh went through. 

Oct 31, 2021 11:06 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is my favorite thing about reading your blog post; I learn something new every day. Thank you for sharing James...

Oct 31, 2021 11:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James loved this post sad that he died on a ship called Diana well at least the good news is it was not Diane:) and no I had no idea that is how the Marshall Islands were named, Endre

Oct 31, 2021 11:23 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

As long as they don't change the name, he will be remembered always for his amazing adventures.

Nov 01, 2021 09:51 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Sounds like an adventurous life. Amazing that he survived it all. I believe, the Marshall Islands are pretty far out and popular with similarly adventurous divers today.

Nov 02, 2021 04:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, James.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Nov 03, 2021 08:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

The only thing familiar to me in this story was the Marshall Islands.

Nov 04, 2021 12:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James hope all is well looking forward to your next post, Endre

Nov 04, 2021 11:08 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, never knew that about the Marshall Islands,; very interesting.  What a special honor.

Nov 05, 2021 07:59 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James we are a still waiting for your historical wisdom, Endre

Nov 13, 2021 10:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving this year 2021, Endre

Nov 25, 2021 10:33 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

James, I always learn something fun with your blog. Thanks for bringing fun facts to light.

Nov 30, 2021 05:01 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I cannot imagine going to sea at ten years old! John Marshall was a very adventurous individual.

Dec 14, 2021 10:39 AM