Evans was an officer of the Royal Navy. He became a distinguished hydrographer during his career and served as Hydrographer of the Navy. In 1841 Evans was appointed master of HMS Fly, and for the next five years he was employed in surveying the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and Torres Straits. Joseph Jukes, the geologist, was on board the Fly, and wrote an account of the expedition.
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