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Fitzgerald, Capt John Coghlan (fl 1803-1859)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 FIT

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Fitzgerald, Capt John Coghlan (fl 1803-1859)

Date(s): 1839-1855

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 5 vols

Name of creator(s): Fitzgerald | John Coghlan | fl 1803-1859 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Fitzgerald entered the Navy in 1818. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1823. In May 1839 he was appointed to the MAGNIFICENT, flagship of Commodore Peter John Douglas at Jamaica, and in March 1841 to the RACER, North America and West Indies. Following his promotion to Captain in November 1841, Fitzgerald was sent in 1842 by Sir Charles Adam, the Commander-in-Chief, on a mission to Guatemala. In 1845 he was appointed Captain of the VERNON, flagship of Rear-Admiral S H Inglefield on the south east coast of America and later in the East Indies. On the death of Inglefield in 1848 he was for a time Senior Officer on the station, arriving home in the autumn of that year. In 1853 he was appointed Captain of HMS WINCHESTER, flagship of Sir Fleetwood Pellew, in the East Indies. For reasons of health he was transferred to the CALLIOPE the following year, on the Australian Station, and brought her home in 1855. He was appointed Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard in 1857 and died there in 1859.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Capt John Coghlan Fitzgerald, consistsing of private diaries, 1839 to 1855, and an orderbook for HMS VERNON and CALLIOPE, 1847 to 1853.


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 collection was acquired in in 1947.



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

Diaries | Nonfiction
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Primary documents

Personal names
Fitzgerald | John Coghlan | fl 1803-1859 | Captain

Corporate names
HMS Calliope
HMS Vernon
Royal Navy