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Stephens family papers


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MSS/64/115

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Stephens family papers

Date(s): [1887-1980]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Stephens family


Administrative/Biographical history:


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of books, papers and photographs relating to the Stephens family of Fowley, [1887-1980], comprising unsorted papers, newspaper cuttings, photographs and postcards relating to the Stephens family and their ships. Including the following: Lloyd's Register certificate confirming classification of the LITTLE SECRET, 1887. Bill of lading and charter party documents for the RIPPLING WAVE, 1890-1892. Bill of lading and charter party documents for the ISABELLA, 1894-1908. Statement of general average for the LITTLE MYSTERY, Captain J.H. Greet, from Herring Neck, Newfoundland, to Figueira with a cargo of codfish, 1905. Statement of general average for the R.T.K., Captain Henry Purches, from Batteau, Labrador, to Seville with a cargo of codfish, 1905. Board of Trade Examination of Oath document for Robert Acford, master of the R.T.K., lost after a collision in 1910. Folder of typescript reports relating to damage and loss of cargo during the voyage of the ISABELLA from Newfoundland bound for Oporto, 1911-1912. Last log of the ISABELLA, 22 April to 11 October 1913. Original photographs of the vessels JANE BANKS, LITTLE GEM, LITTLE MYSTERY, MARIA JOSE, OCEAN SWELL, SPINAWAY and others.


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 .

A list of items in the Stephens Collection appears in Appendix F in the book 'Stephens of Fowey: A Portrait of a Cornish Merchant Fleet 1867-1939' by C.H. Ward-Jackson, NMM Maritime Monographs and Reports No 43, 1980.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material:

Also copies of these photographs by NMM Photo Studio (negative numbers B4170A to B4170J). See also MSS/76/170.


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: 2010-10-27

Merchant shipping | Maritime transport | Transport
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Water transport

Personal names

Corporate names
Board of Trade

Labrador | Canada | North America
Newfoundland | Canada | North America