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Parks, Abraham, Lieutenant, (d 1863)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 PKS/51-54

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Parks, Abraham, Lieutenant, (d 1863)

Date(s): 19th century

Level of description: sub-fonds


Name of creator(s): Parks | Abraham | d 1863 | Lieutenant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Abraham Parks entered the Navy in 1806 as clerk on board the SANDWICH where he was promoted to midshipman in 1808 and later that year he was transferred to the prison ship IRRESTIBLE. In 1809 he was appointed to the SIRIUS. Until 1815 he served in the CHESAPEAKE where he was severly wounded in an explosion. In 1815 he was nominated acting lieutenant of the PORTIA. His commission as lieutenant is dated 15 March 1815. He was appointed to the Coast Guard in 1835 and to the VICTORY in 1839. Between 1839 and 1849 he commanded various steam packets, and in 1851 he was appointed to the BOSCAWEN, 1853 to the NEPTUNE, and finally 1855 to the SATURN. In 1857 he retired and was awarded a Greenwich Hospital pension. he died in 1863.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Abraham Parks, consisting of photographs; copy of a poem 'The Mate's Lament' ; details of his service by his daughter-in-law and a copy of the 'Navy List' for 1859 with annotations.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Parks family papers were presented to the Museum in two batches. The first batch were given by M T Parks in 1955, and the remainder of the collection was presented after Mr Parks' death by his cousin, Miss Rose Powell in 1973.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26


Personal names
Parks | Abraham | d 1863 | Lieutenant

Corporate names