No one posting here has mentioned a most interesting story about a Canadian man who became a "big shot" as Admiral of the Fleet for the Sultan of Turkey during the days of the Ottoman Empire.
I believe this story was featured a few years ago on CBC (public) radio on the segment known as "Mr. Nova Scotia Know It All".
A quick look at some excerpts from GOOGLE.COM gives us: _____________________
The Globe, Tuesday April 20, 1909 carried the headline: "Report that the Sultan has Fled on a Warship."
Young Turks threaten to hang him in front of his palace.
Macedonian army of nearly 30,000 men closing in on Constantinople.
The officerless soldiery here are in a blue funk and say they won't fight ... There is to be no mistaken clemency now. The arch-plotter will plot no more. The crowned assassin will assassinate no longer. The reactionary Mohammedan society which caused the mutiny was led by the chief of the palace eunuchs, and included . . . his son, his chamberlain and many of the Old Regime spies, all living in the palace. The Mutinous troops in St. Sophia Square . . . were well provided with gold pieces. . . these facts are conclusive. There is no fear of Christian massacre here as the Christians are well armed. . . . The worst feature of it, if not the starting point, was the fanaticism of the Moslems and their bloodthirsty treatment of the Christians. . . . one of the most injurious despotisms known to history. . . . Turkey may now be left unmolested to show what her people can do in the way of self-government.
A young Canadian seaman, "Ransford D' Bucknam" was part of the Court of Sultan Abdul Hamid. He was Vice-Admiral of the empire, in command of the Imperial navy and of all naval construction. "Twice already he has saved the life of the Sultan, and present indications are that he will not have long to wait for a third opportunity" (The Globe, April 21, 1909).
On May 15, The Globe included an advertisment for subscriptions "For the Adana Christians": for the relief of Christian "refugees in Asia Minor devastated by fanatical Turks." They claimed to be in "constant telegraphic touch with the missionaries at all the points where the Armenians were slaughtered."
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Nova Scotia Historical Review, 1988, DOULL, Ann. "Bucknam Pasha." An article on Ransford D. Bucknam, "the fisherman's son from Nova Scotia who became an admiral in the Imperial Ottoman Navy". ____________________
The Register, Wednesday Evening, June 9, 1915
Bucknam Pasha Dead.
The death of Bucknam Pasha, admiral of the Turkish navy, or Ransford Dorrington Bucknam, as he was known when he lived in America, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, was announced in despatches received May 31st from Constantinople.
Bucknam Pasha, at one time marine superintendent and navigating officer for the Cramp Shipbuilding Company, of Philadelphia died in Constantinople on Thursday, June 3rd, after several weeks’ illness.
The funeral was held Monday, and was attended by most of the members of the American colony in the Turkish capital. Bucknam Pasha is survived by a widow, who is now in Constantinople. He was born in Halls Harbor, Nova Scotia.
He used to be Rans Bucknam until the Sultan of Turkey saw him and took a liking to him; then he became Bucknam Bey, and later Bucknam Pasha, admiral of the Turkish fleet. And through all the storms of Turkish politics Bucknam Pasha held his favor with all parties.
After the Sultan was ousted Bucknam did not get on well with the young Turks, so he retired to civil life, forming the Ottoman Anglo-American Company, of New York, representing great American firms for locomotives, ships, electric power and traction and military supplies. With the outbreak of the Italian war he aided the Ottoman government by successful expeditions of blockade running to the Tripolitan coast. _____________________
None of the sources say anything about Ransford Bucknam's place of birth in NS, his date of birth, or the names of his parents or any siblings - if any.
When did he migrate to the USA, and how did he end up at Cramp Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia ?
Does anyone have answers to these blank spots in this story.