Royal Navy Uniform Waistcoat
Fitzgerald Griffith is renowned for recording in sketch form the best known and most tragic collision between ships in the history of the Royal Navy between the battleship Victoria – the flagship of the British Mediterranean Fleet - and the Camperdown, on 22nd June 1893. It was his drawings of this tragic event, witnessed first hand from a nearby ship, that were used by all the leading newspapers of the day.
His father, Rev Julius Griffith served as Rector of Drumcliffe Union, Killaloe, Co. Clare from 1884. Rev. Griffith was a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1851 followed by a Masters Degree in 1877. He married Elizabeth MacPherson on 12th April 1860 in St. Jude’s Chapel Glasgow. The couple had six sons and four daughters and the family lived in the Rectory at No 1 Bindon Street, Ennis.