Taken at Christmas time in 1888 and presented to close friends as a gift, this photograph depicts Henry A. Moriarty
and his wife
second Harriet E. Moriarty (Avent) both of whom are identified on the reverse in their own hands.  This
gentleman wears what appears to be the Naval General Service Medal
with the clasp "Syria", the Baltic Medal for the
Crimean War and t
he Turkish Crimean War Medal. Most prominent is the Knight Commander's badge (military) for
the Order of the Bath.

This man t
his almost certainly Henry Augustus Moriarty (b. 1806) the son of Commander James Moriarty, R.N., by his
wife Catherine Webb
who took part in both the 1857 trans-Atlantic cable laying attempt as Master of the HMS
Agememnon
and in the Great Eastern's 1865 attempt.

I have uncovered the following information about Henry A. Moriarty's naval career:

Promoted to Master and appointed to the
HMS Vesuvius - 6 September, 1844
Appointed Master of
HMS Devastation - 6 March, 1846
Appointed Master of steam frigate
HMS Dragon - 5 August, 1850
Appointed Master
HMS Retribution - 9 August, 1850
Master and Pilot,
HMS Duke of Wellington (131 guns) - February, 1853
Master-Commander,
HMS Lightning, 3 guns, paddle wheel steamer (tender to the Duke of Wellington) - January, 1856
Master,
HMS Agememnon - April, 1857
Staff Commander,
HMS Fox, 2 screw storeship - before February, 1865
Staff Commander, resumed command of
Fox after duty with the Great Eastern - August, 1865
Captain & CB, appointed Assistant Master Attendant of Portsmouth dockyard - December, 1867

Captain Henry A. Moriarty died on 18 August, 1906
He had been on a £80 per year Greenwich Hospital Penison prior to his death.


In the late 1840s Moriarty took part in the suppression of the West African slave trade.


Moriarty's service during the Crimean War (Baltic) consisted of holding the rank of Master on the
HMS Duke of
Wellington
where he was employed in taking soundings of the channels prior to the reduction of Bomarsund for which
he received a Mention in Despatches
.

Cabinet Photograph
Henry Wayland - Photographer
Rembrandt House, Blackheath, England
December 1888