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Chambers, William Wylly (fl 1810-1860)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 CHR

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Chambers, William Wylly (fl 1810-1860)

Date(s): 1826-1843

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 1/2ft; 46cm

Name of creator(s): Chambers | William Wylly | | fl 1810-1860 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Chambers entered the Navy in 1823 and served in the West Indies from 1824 until 1829, the year in which he became a lieutenant. He went again to the West Indies in 1833 when he was appointed First Lieutenant of the RACER and in 1836 was given charge of the Portuguese prize brigantine VIGILANTI. In 1837 he transferred to the WELLESLEY, flagship in the East Indies, and in 1840 was acting captain firstly of the ALLIGATOR, then of the PELORUS which was stationed at Port Essington, Australia. When the PELORUS was sold at Singapore in 1841, Chambers returned to the WELLESLEY as her First Lieutenant and took part in the latter stages of the First China War, 1839 to 1842. For this service he was promoted to commander and became captain in 1846.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Wylly Chambers including official service documents, 1826 to 1843; logs, 1836, 1839 to 1841; letterbooks, 1836, 1840 to 1841; order books, 1827 to 1837; books of expenses for various stores and other ship's papers, mainly for the PELORUS.


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 deposited on loan in 1963 by Messrs Harward and Evers, Solicitors, through Mr H J Haden.



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

Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Chambers | William Wylly | | fl 1810-1860 | Captain

Corporate names
HMS Pelorus
Royal Navy