He was the eldest son of Admiral Alexander Wilmot Schomberg by his second marriage.
The ship SS Schomberg, which was built at Liverpool, and which sank in 1855 off Shipwreck Coast, Peterborough, Victoria, was named after him. He was then a captain and was running the migration to Liverpool, New South Wales.
Schomberg entered the navy on 16 May 1829 and was promoted to lieutenant on 28 June 1838. He served in this rank aboard several ships in the Mediterranean, joining HMS Hastings on 13 July 1838, and serving under Captain John Lawrence. He moved to Captain Horatio Thomas Austin's HMS Cyclops on 3 February 1841, and then followed Austin as an additional lieutenant aboard HMS Tartarus in November 1843.
Schomberg was promoted to commander on 10 February 1844 and was appointed second in command of HMS Queen, under the command of Captain Henry John Leeke, on 21 June 1845, serving with the Channel Squadron. He followed Leeke to his next ship, joining the gunnery training ship HMS San Josef as second in command on 6 December 1847, and from 7 January 1848 Schomberg was second in command of HMS Wellesley, under Captain George Goldsmith. Wellesley was at this time the flagship of Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald on the North America and West Indies station. Schomberg was promoted to captain on 10 July 1851, and served as commander of HMS Aboukir in the Channel Fleet from 25 May 1859 until 9 January 1860. He was captain of HMS Cumberland, the guardship of the steam reserve at Sheerness from 10 January 1860 until 13 February 1862, and then moved to command HMS Edinburgh as a coastguard ship at Leith until her replacement by HMS Trafalgar on 29 February 1864. Schomberg took over command of Trafalgar and was with her until March 1865.
He had no further active service, and was promoted to rear-admiral on the retired list on 24 May 1867, and then vice-admiral on the retired list on 29 May 1873. Charles Schomberg died at Holyhead on 1 October 1874. His daughter, Emily Caroline Schomberg, married Admiral Charles Ramsay Arbuthnot.
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