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Kennedy, James Branch (1816-[1891])


Reference code(s): GB 0064 KEN

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Kennedy, James Branch (1816-[1891])

Date(s): 1845-1910

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 1/4ft; 38cm

Name of creator(s): Kennedy | James Branch | 1816-[1891] | master mariner


Administrative/Biographical history:

Kennedy was first mate of the TIGRIS from 1845 to 1849 on three voyages from England to India and was also first mate of the MEDWAY from 1849 to 1852 during three voyages to Australia, taking emigrants to Port Phillip. He commanded the ARIES, going again to Australia, 1853 to 1854, the RACER, 1862 to 1863, London to Melbourne, to Calcutta and back and then home, the CANOPUS from England to India, 1864 to 4866 and the HORNET, 1866 to 1867 to India, Trinidad, home and back to India. The HORNET was burnt in 1868. Between 1868 and 1870 Kennedy carried mules and horses for the Abyssinian campaign in the Tynemouth and from 1871 to 1873 made five voyages to India in the Yorkshire. He gained his master's certificate in 1849 and an endorsement in steam in 1870.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of James Branch Kennedy, consisting of logs, 1845 to 1854, 1862 to 1870, letterbooks, 1853 to 1870, and account books, 1848, 1857 to 1873. There is also a notebook with newspaper cuttings and official forms which relate to the HORNET, when burned in 1868. In addition there is a midshipman's log of Lieutenant James Robert Branch Kennedy (d 1913), kept in the COMMONWEALTH, 1908 to 1909, ADVENTURE, 1909 to 1910, and COLLINGWOOD, 1910, all in home waters.


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 presented by Mrs Jean Stead in 1952.



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

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Naval education

Personal names
Kennedy | James Branch | 1816-[1891] | master mariner

Corporate names
HMS Hornet