'. . . there were two master shipwrights called Oliver Lang, father and son,

and both were outstanding'

                                                                              Before the ironclad,  David K. Brown, 1990


Oliver Lang -

'Mr. Lang was the first to design a steam vessel for the Royal Navy . . .'

Oliver William Lang  -

'In the great revolution in the building of ships of war, Mr. Lang played

conspicuous part.'


I came across the story of the Oliver Langs, father and son, while looking

for information about Commodore Peter Cracroft and the HMS
Niger which he

commanded in Australian and New Zealand waters in the later 1850s and early

1860s. The Niger was one of Oliver Lang Senior's designs; when I tried to find

out more about Oliver Lang it quickly appeared that there was no unified

account of his very significant career. On this site I am trying to bring together

the material I have found online about the Langs, father and son. I am by no

means a naval historian, so may well get some things wrong; I trust that those

more knowledgeable will put them right.

   Monumental inscriptions, Old Charlton, near Woolwich, Kent

 . . . death notice, 1861

My only link with the Royal Navy is through my great-grandfather, John Endicott,

who signed on in 1862, as a boy of 14, for ten-years' service after the age of 18.

He remained in the Navy until he retired in 1901, having reached
the rank of

Chief Gunner,
the highest for a non-commissioned officer. To his descendants he

was always known a 'Papa' Endicott.

         'Papa' Endicott

I therefore dedicate this site to Chief Gunner John Endicott,

who joined the Navy fairly early in the era of steam, to which

the Langs had so significantly contributed.


P.S. - I'm wrong - my father, Leonard George Appleton, was called up into the Royal Navy

Volunteer Reserve on leaving school in 1917, at the age of 17, and spent time in Gibraltar,

according to his account, throwing a microphone overboard to listen for submarines!

        (this photo was taken, I think, at the R. N. V. R. H. Q. training centre at the Crystal Palace)