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Blake, William Hans (1832-1874)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BLK

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Blake, William Hans (1832-1874)

Date(s): [1846-1874]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6 vols, 2 files

Name of creator(s): Blake | William Hans | 1832-1874 | Captain RN


Administrative/Biographical history:

Blake entered the Navy as a cadet in 1846, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1854 and to Commander in 1860 After two years in the ALECTO in South America, 1863 to 1865, he was on the Pacific Station in the MUTINE in 1865, when Chile was at war with Spain. He then commanded the FALCON, 1866 to 1867, on the Australian Station. Blake was promoted to Captain in 1867 and, as Captain of the DRUID, was in command of the Naval Brigade during the Second Ashanti War, 1873 to 1874, when he died.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Hans Blake. Apart from official service documents, they refer chiefly to the latter part of his career, there being letterbooks, 1863 to 1867; diaries, 1867, 1873 to 1874 and official letters and orders from the Admiralty and senior officers. There is also a letter, 1865, of appreciation from the British residents in Valparaiso and sixty-two certificates, letters and also a journal relating to Capt Blake's career 1846-74.


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 .

See full list in printed catalogue for details.


Archival history:

The papers were bequeathed to the Museum by Miss R. Blake, Captain Blake's daughter, in 1954.

Immediate source of acquisition:



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 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

Naval history | History
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering

Personal names
Blake | William Hans | 1832-1874 | Captain RN

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Chile | South America