Benjamin F. sands was appointed commodore in July 1866 and served in the Boston Navy Yard and later returned to Washington, D.C. as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory.
He was promoted to rear admiral on April 27, 1871, and retired in 1874. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
He had an uncle Lt.Col. James Harvey Hook (1791-1841) who was a War of 1812 veteran.