Vice Admiral Philip Howard Columb, R.N. (1831-1899).
With Francis Bolton, Colomb compiled the "Army and Navy Signal Book".
1872 Presented to the Society of Telegraph Engineers on "Telegraphy at Sea"
"...His services as recorded may be noticed, but they in no way represent him and his work. He was born in 1831, and he entered the Navy in 1846, saw active service in Portugal in 1847, and in 185l he was engaged in suppressing piracy in the China seas, and was wrecked on the Plate shoal in 1851. He obtained the Burmese medal and clasp for Pegu in 1852-53. In 1854 he was in the Phoenix in the Arctic expedition, and received the Arctic medal. In 1855 he was in the Baltic, and engaged against Russian gunboats and in the night attack on Sveaborg, receiving the Baltic medal. He served as gunners' lieutenant, flag-lieutenant, and he commanded the Dryad in 1868-70, being employed in the suppression of slave trade. He served as flag-captain to Vice-Admiral Ryder in 1874-77, and commanded the Thunderer in 1880. He was appointed captain of the Steam Reserve at Portsmouth in 1881. He then became flag captain, and was..."More.