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VEREKER, Foley Charles (1850-1900)


Reference code(s): GB 0402 FCV

Held at: Royal Geographical Society

Title: VEREKER, Foley Charles (1850-1900)

Date(s): 1884-1886

Level of description: collection

Extent: 5 boxes and 7 files

Name of creator(s): Vereker | Foley Charles Prendergast | 1850-1900 | naval commander


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1850; began surveying as a Midshipman in the Royal Navy Surveying Service aboard the HMS NASSU, 1868; first charting work was in the Magellan Strait; China Station, 1870-1873; served aboard HMS ALERT under Capt Nares, 1878; service on board the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert, 1879; first command, hydrographic surveyor on HMS MAGPIE in the Sunda Strait and North East Borneo coasts, including surveying on the China Station, [1881-1883]; commissioned HMS RAMBLER and carried out extensive surveys in the Red Sea and in the East, 1884-; surveyed the Western Australian waters in HMS MYRMIDON; Professional Advisor to the Harbour Department at the Board of Trade, 1897-1900; watercolourist; Commander, 1881; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1881-1900; died 1900.


Scope and content/abstract:

Journals and logs of Foley Charles Prendergast Vereker, 1865-1886, relating to his service in RN Survey ships: Vol. 1, 1865-1867 as a midshipman in HMSs VICTORY, MUTINE, SUTLEJ, MALACCA, SCOUT and MUTINE again, home and South American (Atlantic and Pacific) stations; Vol. 2, 1867-1870 as a midshipman in HMSs MUTINE, NASSAU and DUKE OF WELLINGTON, Pacific and Home stations; Vol. 3, 1870-1872, as officer in HMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, East Indies and China Seas; Vol. 4, 1873-1877, in HMSs NASSAU and THAMAR, Pacific; Vol. 5, 1878-1883, as lieutenant in HMS ALERT, South American Stations; Vol. 6, 1883-1884, as lieutenant in the P and O ships SS CLYDE, ROHILLA and BAUCA and as a lieutenant commanding HMS MAGPIE; 1884-1886, as lieutenant commanding HMS RAMBLER. Illustrated with watercolour drawings and charts, with mounted photographs at the end of each volume.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible via The Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist, and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Box list available in the Foyle Reading Room.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family, 1946.


Related material:

RGS Correspondence Block 1941-1950 (Vereker, Foley C P).

UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton, has a large collection of sketches, drawings and paintings of Vereker's.


Archivist's note: Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing card index. Revised by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions: 13th December, 2000; May 2008.

Coast | Coastal zones | Land forms | Topography | Geomorphology
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Vereker | Foley Charles Prendergast | 1850-1900 | naval commander

Corporate names
HMS Alert
HMS Duke of Wellington
HMS Magpie
HMS Malacca
HMS Mutine
HMS Nassau
HMS Scout
HMS Sutlej
HMS Thamar
HMS Victory
RN | Royal Navy x Royal Navy
SS Bauca
SS Clyde
SS Rohilla

Atlantic Ocean | Oceans
East Indies | South East Asia
Pacific Ocean | Oceans
South America
South China Sea