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Page, Admiral Benjamin William (1765-1845)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 PGE

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Page, Admiral Benjamin William (1765-1845)

Date(s): 1778-1841

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3 vols

Name of creator(s): Page | Benjamin William | 1765-1845 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Page entered the Navy as a First Class Volunteer in the SUPERB in 1778. By 1782 he had been involved in four engagements and was wounded in one leg. At this time he was promoted acting Lieutenant and was involved in a further action in 1783. His rank was confirmed in 1784. For the next ten years he filled a series of appointments and was promoted commander of the HOBART by Captain Peter Rainier in 1794. Page was in the East Indies in 1796 using his experience gained whilst on station in the SUPERB to guide convoys through those difficult waters. In that year he achieved Post-rank. From 1800 he spent two years in the Mediterranean in command of the INFLEXIBLE and in 1804 returned to the East Indies in command of the CAROLINE. Whilst in the East Indies in 1804 he made the captures of two well armed French privateers. In 1805 he becam Rainier's flag captain in the TRIDENT and in October of that year returned to England. In 1809 Page assumed command of the Sea Fencibles at Harwich until they were disbanded in 1810. From 1812 to 1815 he commanded the PUISSANT a guardship at Portsmouth. Page attained the rank of admiral. He died in retirement in 1845.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adml Benjamin William Page. They consist of Page's official and private correspondence 1778 to 1841, contained in three volumes and loose papers.


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 presented to the Museum in 1984 by J T Rowe, widower of Helen Vivian Alyce Chancellor Rowe , last of her line of descendants from Admiral Page.



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

Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering

Personal names
Page | Benjamin William | 1765-1845 | Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy