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Osborn, Captain Joseph (1823-1907)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 OSB

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Osborn, Captain Joseph (1823-1907)

Date(s): 1853-1875

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Osborn | Joseph | 1823-1907 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Joseph Osborn traded from Liverpool to Cape Town, Calcutta, Amoy, Singapore, Hong Kong, Foochow, Demerara, Bombay, Madras, Sydney, etc. For one period of eight months he was on Government Service, carrying supplies from Bombay to Abyssinia for the punitive war that Britain had declared on the "King-of-Kings" Theodore, who had deposed Ras Ali in 1855. Osborn was at sea for over 35 years, his longest period of service being 12 years on the barque RECORDER. He retired from the sea in 1875 and spent the next eight years overseeing the building and fitting of Liverpool ships.


Scope and content/abstract:

They consist of eleven log books, the first of which was written by Osborn as a Mate, with the rest by him as Master. Ranging between 1853 to 1875, they span the majority of Osborn's career at sea. As well as containing the standard information one would expect, ( bearings, weather details, journal entries, etc), the logs also contain nearly 100 drawings and sketches in ink, pencil and watercolour of various ships, coastline profiles, sea-birds, etc.


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 purchased by the National Maritime Museum in 1980.



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

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Watercolour painting | Painting | Fine arts

Personal names
Osborn | Joseph | 1823-1907 | Captain

Corporate names