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Knowles, Joseph Newsam (1805-[1834])


Reference code(s): GB 0064 KNO

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Knowles, Joseph Newsam (1805-[1834])

Date(s): [1816-1834]

Level of description: Collection


Name of creator(s): Knowles | Joseph Newsam | 1805-[1834] | Acting Commander


Administrative/Biographical history:

Knowles entered the Navy in July 1824 joining the BLONDE under Admiral George Anson, Lord Byron (178901868) on Particular Service. In December 1826 he joined the FORTE on the South American Station. The FORTE returned to England in July 1830 and was paid off. Knowles joined the PRINCE REGENT with the flag of Rear-Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866) in the Channel. He acted as Mate of the Lower Deck. He next joined the SPEEDY cutter of which he became acting commander. Knowles efforts to gain promotion were unsuccessful. A note by his sister suggests that he may have died in 1834.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Joseph Newsam Knowles, including papers relating to Knowle's command of the cutter SPEEDY, 7 Mar-4 Nov 1833 and n.d.; private correspondence received by Knowles and his father, 1 Dec 1827-17 May 1834 and n.d. mainly relating to attempts to further his career; misc. papers, 1932, 14 Jul 1834 and n.d. including a letter regarding Knowles' papers and an untitled poem; Goldsmith's Almanck, 1798, with notes on the Knowles family etc; accounts of the wreck of and the rescue of survivors from the FRANCIS AND MARY, sailing from St John's, New Brunswick to Liverpool, discovered by HMS BLONDE, taken from the Morning Herald, 28 Mar 1826 with a manuscript copy and a statement taken by Knowles from the survivors; certificate of membership of the United Grande Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of England, 28 Mar 1831 and letters advising him of meetings, 6 Jan-7 Apr 1831; Vellum cover marked '1. 15th June 1816 J.K. Checque on Bankers Book', containing a notice of recognizance for the Cornwall Quater Sessions, 30 Oct 1833 and a note, n.d.; private correspondence mainly from Mr Elliot Carrett, solicitor, regarding the sale of real estate at Dewsbury, 21 Apr-14 Jul 1834; notebook containing a list of the Royal Navy and tables relating to ordnance, sails, masts and yards etc, ca.1825, marked 'Lieutenant Edward Goodlad - Royal Navy'; Two track charts of HMS FORTE, Rio de Janeiro to cape Horn, Jul 1828.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

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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 provenance of these papers is uncertain.



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: 2010-08-26

Military equipment | Equipment
Shipwrecks | Seaborne disasters | Accidents | Disasters
Manmade disasters

Personal names
Knowles | Joseph Newsam | 1805-[1834] | Acting Commander

Corporate names
HMS Blonde
HMS Forte
HMS Speedy
Royal Navy

Chile | South America
Liverpool | Lancashire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
New Brunswick | Canada | North America
Rio de Janeiro | Brazil | South America