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Spratt, Vice Admiral Thomas Abel Brimage (1811-1888)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 SPR

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Spratt, Vice Admiral Thomas Abel Brimage (1811-1888)

Date(s): 1850-1884

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): Spratt | Thomas Abel Brimage | 1811-1888 | Vice-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Spratt entered the Navy in 1827, was made a lieutenant in 1841 and a commander in 1849, his ship then being the SPITFIRE, a survey vessel in the Mediterranean; he continued in command of her until the end of the Crimean War, becoming a captain in 1855. In 1856 he was appointed to the MEDINA and remained surveying in the Mediterranean until 1863. He was a Commissioner of Fisheries from 1866 to 1873 and was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1872. In 1878 he became a Vice-Admiral and from 1879 was Acting Conservator of the Mersey Conservancy Board. Spratt published books and articles on the Mediterranean, chiefly on the history and antiquities of Crete.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Thomas Abel Brimage Spratt, consisting of various reports, 1850 to 1884, which include surveys (particularly of the Black Sea area); remarks on Crete and the Cretans; on the coal trade of the Black Sea; on a new harbour at Malta; on an electric cable between Malta and Alexandria; reports submitted to the Teignmouth Harbour Commission and Fishery Commission reports for England and Ireland. Spratt's correspondence consists of a few letters received and some draft replies, 1853 to 1860. The memorandum of his service, 1837 to 1862, contains an account of his part in the Crimean War. His publications are also listed.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1951 in two sections, the first by Miss Borosins and the second by Brigadier C.C. Phipps.



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: 2011-04-19

Crimean War (1853-1856) | Wars (events)
International trade | Trade
Trade (practice)

Personal names
Spratt | Thomas Abel Brimage | 1811-1888 | Vice-Admiral

Corporate names

Alexandria | Urban | Egypt | North Africa
Black Sea | Seas
Crete | Greece | Western Europe | Europe
Devon | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Ireland | Western Europe | Europe
Malta | Western Europe | Europe