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Carteret, Philip (c 1733-1796)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 CAR/1-10

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Carteret, Philip (c 1733-1796)

Date(s): [1779-1796]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 1ft; 30cm

Name of creator(s): Carteret | Philip | c 1733-1796 | Rear-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

When he entered the Navy, in 1747, Carteret joined the SALISBURY and then served from 1751 to 1755 under Captain John Byron (1723-1786). Between 1757 and 1758 he was in the GUERNSEY on the Mediterranean Station. As a lieutenant in the DOLPHIN he accompanied Byron during his voyage of circumnavigation, 1764 to 1766. On his return Carteret was commissioned for another exploratory voyage, this time commanding the SWALLOW, which expedition was led by Captain Samuel Wallis (1728-1795) in the DOLPHIN. The ships separated early in the voyage and Carteret made many independent discoveries. When he returned home he was on half-pay for a time and joined the movement pressing for an increase in the half-pay allowance. In 1779, Carteret was appointed to the ENDYMION and after a few months in the Channel went to the west coast of Africa before sailing for the West Indies to join Admiral Rodney's (1719-1792) fleet. He returned to England in 1781, had no further employment and was made rear-admiral in 1794.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Philip Carteret, including logs of the GUERNSEY and ENDYMION; a letterbook, 1779 to 1780, and a large number of loose papers including letters from Byron and others and various notes on his ships and voyages. The ENDYMION is the only ship for which there is much material, there being but few notes about his voyages of circumnavigation. His private journals for the years 1779 to 1789 cover the period in considerable detail and there are many letters relating to the movement for the increase in half-pay. The collection includes letters from Carteret's son, Samuel, to his mother, 1794 to 1796, some written from the Expedition at Plymouth, and the remainder from the Mediterranean and the West Indies. There are also letters from his other son, Philip (later Silvester, q.v.), relating to his voyage in the Lion with Lord Macartney's Embassy to China, 1794 to 1796.


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 papers were purchased from Maggs Bros. in 1933.



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 operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Ships | Vehicles | Transport

Personal names
Carteret | Philip | c 1733-1796 | Rear-Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Endymion
Royal Navy

China | East Asia
Mediterranean Sea | Seas