Noel Papers at the National Maritime Museum

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A list of the papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Gerard H. U. Noel in the possession of the National Maritime Museum, London.

Contents

NOE/1

Letters to Noel as Captain.

NOE/2

Letters to Noel as Rear-Admiral.

NOE/3

Letters to Noel as Vice-Admiral.

NOE/4

Letters to Noel as Admiral.

NOE/5

Correspondence from Winston Churchill, Lord Brassey, Lord Roberts, Lord Charles Beresford, G. Goschen, Arthur Balfour, R. MacKenna, Admiral Fisher, Lord Beatty, Sir Edward Grey and others.

NOE/6

Pamphlets.

NOE/7

Reports of Committees.

NOE/8

Russo-Japanese War 1904-5.

NOE/9

Spring Cruise, Reports, 1902-3.

NOE/10

Crete, 1898.

NOE/11

NOE/11/A

Manœuvres, 1888-1889.

NOE/11/B

Manœuvres, 1908.

NOE/12

Memoranda Mediterranean, 1892-3.

NOE/13

NOE/13/A

Miscellaneous papers on Naval subjects. n.d.

NOE/13/B

Miscellaneous papers about personnel. n.d.

NOE/13/C

NOE/13/C/1

Naval papers chiefly about supplies and tactics. n.d. (See also NOE/13/C/2).

NOE/13/C/2

Naval papers chiefly about supplies and tactics. n.d. (See also NOE/13/C/1).

NOE/13/D

C-in-C the NORE, n.d.

NOE/13/E

Ship list, British and Foreign and estimates. n.d.

NOE/13/F

Ship lists. n.d.

NOE/14

Papers about National Service League. n.d.

NOE/15

NOE/15/A

NOE/15/A/1

Personal papers. n.d.

NOE/15/A/2

Personal papers. n.d.

NOE/15/B

NOE/15/B/1

Personal papers including newspapers cuttings, papers on the Fleet, before 1897, gun inspection. (See also NOE/15/B/2&3).

NOE/15/B/2

Personal papers including newspapers cuttings, papers on the Fleet, before 1897, gun inspection. (See also NOE/15/B/1&3).

NOE/15/B/3

Personal papers including newspapers cuttings, papers on the Fleet, before 1897, gun inspection. (See also NOE/15/B/1&2).

NOE/15/C

Personal and miscellaneous papers. n.d.

NOE/16

Plans and drawings of manoeuvres and ships. n.d.

NOE/17

Books and personal papers. n.d.

NOE/18

Press cuttings and printed matter. n.d.

NOE/19

NOE/19/A

Night orderbook HMS NILE, 1891.

NOE/19/B

Journal of Rear-Adm Noel, 1898-1900.

NOE/19/C

Watch Bill, 1868.

NOE/19/D

Captain's remark book HMS NILE, 1891.

NOE/20

NOE/20/A

Signal book HMS NILE, 1891-3.

NOE/20/B

Letterbook, 1890-1892.

NOE/20/C

Enclosures to general letters, China, 1904-6.

NOE/20/D

General letters, China, 1904-6.

NOE/20/E

China correspondence, 1904-6.

NOE/20/F

Private letterbook, 1877.

NOE/21

List of warships, English and Foreign. n.d.

NOE/22

Notes on Naval architecture. n.d.

NOE/23

NOE/23/A

Printed books, Naval architecture by Thearle. n.d.

NOE/23/B

Coastguard Instructions, 1898.

NOE/23/C

Manual of Gunnery, 1868.

NOE/23/D

Squadron Exercise by Adm Phipps Hornby, 1855.

NOE/24

NOE/24/A

NOE/24/A/1

Naval papers, 1888-94. (See also NOE/24/A/2).

NOE/24/A/2

Naval papers, 1888-94. (See also NOE/24/A/1).

NOE/24/B

Ships Company HMS HANNIBAL, 1859.

NOE/24/C

Daily instruction book, HMS REVENGE, 1898.

NOE/24/D

Notes and remarks HMS ROVER, 1886, and training squadron notes.

NOE/24/E

Watch Bill of HMS HANNIBAL, 1859.

NOE/24/F

Three personal notebooks, n.d.

NOE/24/F/1

Personal notebook, list of crew from various RN vessels, n.d.

NOE/24/F/2

Personal notebook, a list of religious books, n.d.

NOE/24/F/3

Personal notebook, handwritten poetry, n.d.

NOE/24/G

Letterbook HMS NILE, 1892-93.

NOE/24/H

Notes and diagrams, training squadron, 1887.

NOE/24/J

Letterbook, 1741-48, Capt Charles Powlett to the Admiralty.

NOE/24/K

Logbook of HMS HANNIBAL, 1860-61; HMS VICTORY, 1861-62; HMS SHANNON, 1862-64.

NOE/25

Private papers. n.d.

NOE/26

NOE/26/1

Admiralty publications. n.d.

NOE/26/2

Court Martial on the loss of HMS VICTORIA, 1893.

NOE/26/3

Proceedings in S. Africa, 1896. Royal Commissions on import of food and raw materials, 1903-5.

NOE/27

Seven workbooks including Algebra, marine survey and astronomical observations, 1877-1885; Commanders notebook for VICTORIA AND ALBERT, 1878.

NOE/28

Notes on naval articles, gunnery reports and general notes, including some Chinese scripts, 1873-1907.

NOE/29

NOE/29/A

Pamphlets and essays on naval subjects, some written by Noel, 1877-1885.

NOE/29/B

Four foreign books on Naval subjects, Russian, French and English, 1878-1910.

NOE/30

Family letters received by Noel, mixed dates.

NOE/30/1

Family letters received by Noel, mixed dates. (See also NOE/30/2).

NOE/30/2

Family letters received by Noel, mixed dates. (See also NOE/30/1).

NOE/31

NOE/31/1

Letters written by Noel to his wife, mixed dates. (See also NOE/31/2).

NOE/31/2

Letters written by Noel to his wife, mixed dates. (See also NOE/31/1).

NOE/32

NOE/32/1-3

Thirty nine diaries, 1880-1918.

NOE/33

Six private account books; one small journal, probably belonging to Noel's daughter Charlotte, 1911-1912.

NOE/34

NOE/34/1

Social engagements, including visiting cards, appointment cards for dinners and to State Balls at Buckingham Palace. n.d. (See also NOE/34/2).

NOE/34/2

Social engagements, including visiting cards, appointment cards for dinners and to State Balls at Buckingham Palace. n.d. (See also NOE/34/1).

NOE/35

Newspaper cuttings and picture postcards, foreign and English, n.d.

NOE/50

NOE/50/1

Certificate appointing Noel as lieutenant, dated 21 April 1866.

NOE/50/2

Letter confirming Noel's appointment as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and Saint George (KCMG), dated 25 November 1898, with the envelope addressed to Noel on the battleship HMS REVENGE (1892).

NOE/50/3

Letter sent to Noel as Commander-in-Chief at the Nore, confirming his promotion to the rank of admiral of the fleet, dated 30 November 1908. Also the letter later sent with the commission to his home address at Fincham, Downham, Norfolk.

NOE/51

NOE/51/1

NOE/51/1

File containing handwritten extracts from the report of the commission charged with the revision of French naval tactics, 1892. The commission met on 3 November 1891.

NOE/51/2

Printed slips concerning boat exercises, to be added to the General Signal Book. Sent to officers commanding ships of the Detached Squadron by Noel from the battleship HMS NILE (1888) at Kalamaki and Salonika, 26 April and 7 May 1893.

NOE/51/2

NOE/51/2/1

Handwritten tables with details of dock accommodation for certain large warships, in home ports and on foreign stations, compiled by the Hydrographic Department following a request sent by Noel on 31 December 1894. With notes on lengths of warships for docking added by Noel, 18 July 1895.

NOE/51/2/2

Handwritten copy of a letter by Noel supporting proposals for naval works, dated 16 December 1896. With an annotated copy of a printed report on proposals for deepening the harbour approaches and extending the dock facilities at Bermuda, considered at a meeting chaired by Vice-Admiral John A. Fisher on 29 October 1896.

NOE/51/2/3

Papers concerning the Naval Works Act:

(1) Printed schedule of expenditure for the Naval Works Act, 1897, sent to Noel for reference.

(2) Printed report on progress of the Naval Works Act ,1897, by Major Henry Pilkington, Civil Engineer-in-Chief (Works Loan), dated 14 October 1897. Attached are plans of the new harbour and dockyard extension at Gibraltar, proposed works on the Admiralty Harbour at Dover, the Keyham extension at Devonport Dockyard, and the new breakwater at Portland Harbour.

(3) Request for numbers of seamen and marines to be accommodated at existing and new barracks, sent by Noel, dated 26 October 1897. With replies from W.E. Riley, Assistant Director of Works, and Pilkington.

(4) Copy of a minute sent by Noel discussing naval churches, dated 1 November 1897. Also typescript details of costs for the construction of churches, supplied by Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Raban, RE, Director of Works, dated 8 November 1897.

(5) Request for plans of the coaling depot at Keyham sent by Noel, dated 23 November 1897, with a reply from Pilkington, including a plan of the extension.

NOE/51/3

NOE/51/3/1

File marked 'Papers referring to signals historical’, concerning interpretation of the Fleet Signal Book, particularly signals used during alteration of course by compass pendant and station keeping in line ahead, 1898-1902. Including memoranda issued by Noel to the Mediterranean Fleet and the Naval Reserves, and correspondence with his superiors.

NOE/51/3/2

Files marked 'Manoeuvres with single flags' and 'Confidential memos, signals, etc.', containing memoranda on additional action signals, and the use of single flags in conjunction with other general signals (flag 'T' rules), 1899-1903. Also printed signal orders issued by Noel in China, 1904-1905.

NOE/51/3/3

Envelope addressed by Noel to Vice-Admiral Lord Walter T. Kerr, First Naval Lord, marked ‘May 1900 Not sent’, containing:

Copies of memoranda concerning temporary additions to signal books and remarks on handling ships, also instructions for alteration of course by compass pendant. Sent to the commanding officers of the Cruising Squadron from the battleship HMS REVENGE (1892) at Malta and San Remo, 9 July and 21 August 1899.

NOE/51/3/4

File containing a copy of Noel's proposals for the strategical disposition of naval forces in the Mediterranean, and of the necessary reinforcements and stores, in case of war with France and Russia combined, dated 14 and 25 October 1899. Also related proposals for orders and general memoranda to be sent to senior naval officers, dated 11 January 1900. Sent to Vice-Admiral Sir John A. Fisher, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, from the battleship HMS REVENGE (1892) at Salonika and Malta.

NOE/51/3/5

Bundle of papers concerning tactics of the French Fleet:

(1) Handwritten extract from a report by Captain Douglas A. Gamble, Naval Attaché at the British Embassy in Paris, following his visit to the French Fleet, dated 6 October 1899.

(2) Printed reports ‘Battle Tactics of the French Fleet’ and ‘Admiral Fournier’s Battle Tactics’ also by Captain Gamble, dated 31 October 1899 and 8 June 1900, with notes added by Noel.

(3) Typescript translation of a French newspaper article giving details of tactical exercises undertaken by the French fleet under Admiral Fournier, sent to Noel as the Admiral Superintendent, Naval Reserves, by the Admiralty, 28 June 1900.

(4) Typescript letter with a copy of Navy Notes received from HM Consul at Marseilles, respecting the relative values of Admirals Gervais and Fournier as tacticians, sent to Noel as Admiral Superintendent, Navy Reserves, by the Naval Reserves Office at the Admiralty, 6 August 1900.

NOE/51/3/6

File containing copies of memoranda issued by Noel concerning experience gained during Mediterranean Fleet manoeuvres:

(1) Notes on remarks sent in by officers of the Squadron relative to the recent manoeuvres, dated 24 August 1899.

(2) Four copies of night arrangements for the Mediterranean Battle Squadron when at sea in time of war, with conclusions drawn from the Second Summer Cruise, dated 18 September 1899.

(3) Remarks on the manoeuvres in April to June 1901, dated 22 August 1901, with a single sheet of related notes.

NOE/51/3/7

Papers sent to Noel by Vice-Admiral Sir John A. Fisher, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean:

Copy of a submission to the Admiralty regarding adjustments to conning stations in battleships, as recommended in a report by Noel, dated 18 December 1899. Together with a reply from the Admiralty to Fisher and a note to Noel asking for his views on conning stations for the battleship HMS CANOPUS (1897), to be used in the preparation of sketches at Malta Dockyard, both dated 6 January 1900.

Also three letters from Fisher to Noel discussing the same and other topics, sent from Malta on 7, 11 and 14 January 1900 (with one envelope).

NOE/51/3/8

Memoranda and notes on wireless telegraphy:

(1) Copy of a general memorandum on the 'Hyphen Code' to be used in trials with wireless telegraph instruments, issued by Vice-Admiral Sir John A. Fisher, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station, from the battleship HMS RENOWN (1895) at Gibraltar, 8 July 1901. Forwarded by the Admiralty to Noel on the battleship HMS REVENGE (1892).

(2) Various notes on wireless telegraphy made by Noel, 1901-1902.

(3) Memorandum sent by Noel as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Reserves, concerning a scheme of daily practice for the wireless telegraph stations at Rame Head and Scilly, dated 23 January 1903.

NOE/51/3/9

Printed memorandum on the strategic conditions governing the coast defence of the United Kingdom in war as affected by naval considerations, sent to Noel as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Reserves. With a cover letter from the Admiralty, dated 22 March 1902.

NOE/51/3/10

Memoranda on mode of conducting an action and instructions for towing target practice, for use in the combined operations, issued by Noel in command of the Home Squadron, from the battleship HMS REVENGE (1892) at Torbay and Mount's Bay, 8 and 19 July 1902.

NOE/51/4

NOE/51/5

NOE/51/6

NOE/52

NOE/53

NOE/54

NOE/55

NOE/56

NOE/57

NOE/58

NOE/101

NOE/101/1

Letters between Lt Col. Frank Noel, Royal Flying Corps and his wife, 1913-1916.

NOE/101/2

Letters between Lt Col. Frank Noel, Royal Flying Corps and his wife, 1913-1916.

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