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Log books

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Logs of the Ships HMS Topaze, HMS Achilles, HMS Duke of Wellington and HMS Agincourt, 1874-1878 MS 230



Title: Logs of the Ships HMS Topaze, HMS Achilles, HMS Duke of Wellington and HMS Agincourt
Dates: 1874 - 1878
Identification: MS 230
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders, each containing 1 bound volume)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Arthur Thomas Thruppe lived from 1828 to 1889. He was a Royal Navy officer who served from 1852 to 1881, retiring as a Rear Admiral.

Richard Wells lived from 1833 to 1896; a Royal Navy officer who served from 1847 to 1896, attaining the rank of Admiral just two months before his death.

Sir William Nathan Wrighte Hewett lived from 1834 to 1888. He served in the Royal Navy from 1847 to 1884, retiring as a Vice Admiral in 1884.

Walter Cecil Carpenter lived from 1834 to 1904. He served in the Royal Navy from 1847 to 1894. He reached the rank of Admiral in 1894 shortly before he retired.

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Scope and Contents

These three bound volumes contain the logs of four Royal Navy frigates; the HMS Topaze, the HMS Achilles, the HMS Duke of Wellington and the HMS Agincourt. The HMS Topaze was one of the ships in a detached squadron which served under the command of Rear Admiral George Granville Randolph. The first two volumes contain entries and maps drawn by Captain Arthur Thruppe regarding weather conditions, courses, chores performed, religious services on board the HMS Topaze from July 16, 1874 to August 19, 1877. The third volume contains similar notations, written by Capt. W.C. Carpenter onboard the HMS Duke of Wellington from May 23, 1877 to July 20, 1877; by Capt. Richard Wells onboard the HMS Agincourt from July 21, 1877 to August 1877; and by Sir William N. Hewett onboard the HMS Achilles from August 20, 1877 to October 16, 1878. The date range for all voyages is from July 16, 1874 to October 16, 1878.

Volumes are 8x12 inches, bindings are tight, pages foxed, endpapers are marbled.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Log of the Ships HMS Topaze, HMS Achilles, HMS Duke of Wellington and HMS Agincourt 1874-1878 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Voyages and travels
Shipping
Achilles (Armoured ship)
Agincourt (Battleship : 1865-1909)
Carpenter, Walter Cecil
Hewett, William Nathan Wright, Sir
Thrupp, A. T. (Arthur Thomas)
Wells, Richard, Admiral
Duke of Wellington (Screw ship)
Topaze (frigate)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Logs of the Ships HMS Topaze, HMS Achilles, HMS Duke of Wellington and HMS Agincourt 1874-1878, MS230, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1958 at the request of Rice History Professor Craig.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Log books

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1 Bound volume 1: Log of HMS Topaze from July 16, 1874 to August 19, 1877, by Captain Arthur Thruppe
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2 Bound volume 2: Log of HMS Topaze from July 16, 1874 to August 19, 1877, by Captain Arthur Thruppe (continued)
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3 Bound volume 3: Log of HMS Duke of Wellington from May 23, 1877 to July 20, 1877, by Capt. W.C. Carpenter; Log of HMS Agincourt from July 21, 1877 to August 1877 by Capt. Richard Wells; and Log of HMS Achilles from August 20, 1877 to October 16, 1878 by Sir William N. Hewett.

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