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Carlos Braconnot

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Carlos Braconnot ( -1882)

1883 Obituary [1]

Capt. CARLOS BRACONNOT was born of French parents, at Rio Janeiro, and entered the naval school there in 1846.

He served in the River Plate campaign against the Argentine Dictator Rosas, and distinguished himself in the naval action at Tonalero. While first lieutenant he was sent by the naval department to England to study marine engineering, and remained for some time in the works of Messrs. John Penn and Sons.

On returning to Brazil in 1856 he was appointed assistant engineer to the imperial marine arsenal, and subsequently engineer-in-chief and director of the workshops belonging to the naval department. Here he greatly distinguished himself by his exertions during the war with Paraguay, 1864 to 1870, when, in conjunction with Captain Level, director of the shipyard, he fitted out three armour-clad corvettes and six monitors in less than two years.

In 1872 he formed one of the commission entrusted with the construction in England of the iron-clad frigate "Independencia."

Shortly after wards ill health compelled him to resign his appointment, and be retired to Paris, where he died on 13th October 1882.

He was Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, and had several Brazilian orders.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1875.

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