Biography Papers at the National Maritime Museum

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James Atkins, Sergeant of Marines: letters written to his uncle James Atkins, ironmonger at Windsor, 1804-9, includes letter written by W.A. Green on behalf of Atkins to his uncle, one letter of importance describing the action between the CHESAPEAKE and HMS LEOPARD, other letters concerned with pity, forgiveness and money.

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Ayscough family: Family legal and business papers. Also includes a seal. 1763-1856.

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Ayscough family: mainly legal and business papers of the family of Adm John Ayscough, with commissions, one of Hawkins Godolphin Ayscough, Lt in ROYAL WILLIAM, 1836, and one of Adm Ayscough as Rear-Adm, 1841.

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Ayscough family: A Seal.

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Memorial card of Thomas Abernethy, 13 Apr 1860 (formerly FD/34).

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M.J. Abbs, MBE: memoirs of naval and coastguard service, 1893-1946, written at the time of his retirement, (formerly BGY/1/12).

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History of the Bankert, Bankart and Bankhart family, 17th century to 1906.

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Records of the Bull family: typescript of a book by Cdr A.T. Stewart entitled 'John Bull. A Falmouth Packet Captain' and notes and papers of the Bull family, 19th century, see also LBK/69 and LOG/M/68.

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Lt George F Bridges: letter of appointment to HMS TONNANT, 25 Aug 1815; letters and statement of accounts from Archibald Murray, purser, HMS MALTA, 19 Dec 1815; wardroom accounts, 1 Mar 1817.

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Lt Osbert Stephen Boothby: biography of his brother, Maj C.E. Boothby, Royal Marines, 1909-40.

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William J Baird, Fleet surgeon: certificates and orders, 1852-81; also copies of correspondence, 1852-96, (formerly BGY/1/1).

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Lt John Charles Blackett: loose papers relating to his service career: letters, certificates, appointments and qualifications, see appendix at end of this volume for further notes, (formerly BGY/1/7). 1827-1837.

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Capt George Lewis Browne: biographical notes, 1797-1814, possibly compiled in connection with his entry in O'Byrne's 'Naval Biographical Dictionary'.

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Ernest John Bush, gunner, R.N.: autobiography of his service in the Royal Navy, 1916-31 entitled 'Dog-watch Ditties', COPYRIGHT RESERVED.

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William Cumming Buck was born circa 1826, and died after 1873. During his career he served on a wide variety of Royal Navy vessels, from wooden training ships such as HMS CALEDONIA and HMS FISGARD to steam ships such as HMS TRIBUNE and on-shore sites. There is some evidence from these papers that some of Buck's career (especially the period spent on the ship MEDUSA) involved the suppression of the slave trade on the West coast of Africa.

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Orders to take Masters Assistant exams, 16 September 1846; Copies Certificates for Masters Assistant (1846), Second Master (1850), Master (1849) and Pilot (1852); Testimony of Late Lt. Comm. of the EXPRESS, 23 September 1846; Orders to join HMS CALEDONIA at Devonport, 3 October 1846; Certificate for services on HMS CALEDONIA, 14 December 1846; Remarks (log) made on HMS CALEDONIA; Certificate for services on HMS CONTEST, 18 June 1847; Testimony of Captain F.W. Gough, Emigration Officer at Board of Trade, Liverpool, 15 April 1849; Certificate for services on HMS GRAPPLER, 25 June 1849; Orders to join HMS LIGHTNING at Woolwich, 4 September 1849; Certificate qualifying as Master, 17 December 1849; Certificate for services on HMS LIGHTNING, 29 January 1850 and 2 December 1850; Admiralty letter forwarding copies of certificates, 11 July 1850; Orders to join the FISGARD (training vessel) at Woolwich, 10 February 1851; Certificate for services on HMS FISGARD, 5 March 1851; Orders to join HMS AVON at Plymouth, 1 March 1851; Certificate for services on HMS IMPREGNABLE and AVON, 3 May 1851 and 31 December 1851 and 2 October 1852; Letter from Trinity House to the Admiralty finding Buck qualified to take charge and pilot any of Her Majesty’s Frigates, 20 July 1852; Certificate for services on HMS DASHER, 2 September 1853 (2 copies); Orders to repair to the Naval Storekeeper at Haulbowline, 7 September 1853; Certificate for services on HMS VICTORY, 8 September 1853; Extract from the Paymaster’s Instructions for the Guidance of the Office in charge of Prize, written by Captain S.T. Carnegie, No date; Orders from Captain S.T. Carnegie of HMS TRIBUNE to W.C. Buck, Second Master of the TRIBUNE, to take charge of the prize FREDERIKA, April 1854; Orders from Captain S.T. Carnegie to take charge of the prize FIDENTIA, given at Copenhagen on 21 April 1854; Certificates for services on HMS TRIBUNE for 26 November 1854, 16 January 1855 (2 copies) and 19 February 1855; Certificate for services on HMS PRINCESS ROYAL, 31 July 1855 and 8 November 1855; Promotion to rank of Master, 1 October 1855; Admiralty letter confirming receipt of Buck’s commission as Master, 13 December 1855; Agreement to request to be placed on the Half-pay List, 26 December 1855 and 3 June 1856; Orders to repair immediately to the Superintendent of Woolwich Dock Yard, 11 January 1856 and 18 August 1856; Certificate for services aboard the MEDUSA for the dates 19 February 1857, 22 April 1857 and 17 May 1860; Orders to report immediately to the Commodore Comptroller of the Coast Guard, 24 July 1860; Orders to take upon the duties of Officer in Command of the Station at 36 Tower near Winchelsea, from the Admiralty Coast Guard Office, 27 July 1860; Appointment to Additional Master and Pilot of HMS CUMBERLAND, 4 December 1860; Testimony to the conduct of Buck during his service in 36 Tower Station, 22 January 1864; Admiralty secretary letter accompanying medal, 3 April 1864; Admiralty letter asking Buck if he is willing and able to serve afloat, and that a survey of his health may be required, 21 March 1865; Letter from Buck in reply expressing his willingness to serve afloat if called, but that his constitution is much impaired since last serving on the West Coast of Africa in HMS MEDUSA, and that he was declared unfit for active service afloat after his last medical examination on board HMS DAUNTLESS; Certificate for services at the Station under the command of Edward Kelly, 11 November 1867; Appointment as Pilot of HMS HECTOR, 1 May 1868; Memo: request to fill in a form electing new regulations, from Captain of the HECTOR, 11 March 1870; List of medals received for Royal Navy and Coast Guard achievements, written by Buck for his family’s reference, with a fragment of a letter on verso dated 28 July 1873.

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Admiralty Court copy of a Salvage Claim by steam tugs PERSEVERANCE and SIR WALTER SCOTT for services rendered to the American ship JAMES BROWN, in the vicinity of Folkestone, 1861; British Association Observations on Luminous Meteors, a blank table, with directions on how to fill in the table on the verso; Protest drawn up by passengers aboard the American Brigantine ROBERT M CHARLTON, a slave ship detained by the MEDUSA in 1858.

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Certificate of qualification as Second Master, 28 February 1850; Appointment of Buck as Additional Second Master of the IMPREGNABLE, 20 July 1852; Appointment of Buck as Second Master of the PRINCESS ROYAL, 29 January 1855; Appointment of Buck as Master & Pilot of the MEDUSA, 18 August 1856.

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Transferred to HSR/Z/21.

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Transferred to AML/Z/17.

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Capt Arthur Auckland Cochrane: papers, 1855; letter from Lancaster Herald conveying the C.B., 1855; certificate of admission to the United Grand Lodge of Masons, 1886; letter from Cochrane from the Pacific, undated.

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Sir William Laird Clowes: collection of letters, some addressed to Laird Clowes and the remainder probably written to him from various correspondents, including Prince Louis of Battenburg, (formerly GBY/2/C/1). 1891-1898.

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John Cowan: papers relating to, including certificate showing him to be accepted as fireman (West of England Fire Insurance Office, London), 1823; indenture, apprentice to John Thornton, as waterman and lighterman, 2 Apr 1801, and other documents, (formerly BGY/2/A/2).

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