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Walker, Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake, 1st Bt. (1802-1876)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 XWWL

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Walker, Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake, 1st Bt. (1802-1876)

Date(s): 1847-1860

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1ft; 30cm

Name of creator(s): Walker | Sir | Baldwin Wake | 1802-1876 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Walker entered the Navy in 1812, became a lieutenant in 1820, a commander in 1834 and a captain in 1838. With Admiralty permission he entered the Turkish navy in 1838, returning to England in 1845. He was appointed Surveyor of the Navy in 1848 and held this office for twelve years, during which time the change from sail to steam was largely effected. He had become a rear-admiral in 1858 and on leaving the Admiralty was appointed, in 1861, Commander-in-Chief at the Cape of Good Hope. In 1865 he was promoted to vice-admiral but had no further employment and became an admiral in 1870.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Baldwin Wake Walker. They are part of the family collection and relate only to his period as Surveyor of the Navy. This includes private correspondence, 1848 to 1860, and draft replies; returns and reports from various dock-yards, 1852 to 1859; memoranda and other papers about the problems of ship construction, 1851 to 1860, and printed papers on parliamentary and naval affairs, 1847 to 1859.


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 papers were presented in 1939 by Miss H.M. Walker, Sir Baldwin's granddaughter.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 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: 2011-03-10

Dockyards | Shipbuilding industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Walker | Sir | Baldwin Wake | 1802-1876 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy