Frederick Skead, hydrographer and master in the Royal Navy, was a younger brother of Francis Skead*, also a hydrographer. Frederick visited his brother in Port Elizabeth shortly after the latter had retired from the Royal Navy in 1865 and remained in South Africa until 1870. During this time he conducted some hydrographic surveying along the Cape south coast. With William Stanton, also a master in the Royal Navy, he compiled Chart 2084, Mossel Bay to Cape St Francis (1867), on which he is identified as Fred. Skead. Another chart, No. 2083, Cape Agulhas to Mossel Bay (1867), by F. Skead, was probably also his work, as his brother Francis had retired by this time.