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Hereford, Captain Edward William (fl 1851-74)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 HRD

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Hereford, Captain Edward William (fl 1851-74)

Date(s): [1851-1903]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 20 items

Name of creator(s): Hereford | Edward William | fl 1851-1883 | Captain RN


Administrative/Biographical history:

Entered the navy in 1851 and later employed as Midshipman to the 120 gun vessel, TRAFALGAR, taking part in the bombardment of Sevastopol, October 1854. Served in China during 1857-8 in various parts of the Canton River at the action of Falshan and landed with the Naval Brigade at the taking of the Canton. Hereford was appointed Acting Lieutenant of the NANKIN on 22 August 1858 at Hong Kong, later being appointed Lieutenant of the VICTORIOUS on 26 April 1859 and the EXCELLENT on 5 May 1859. Appointed to the ARROGANT for gunnery duties, Hereford was actively employed in the suppression of the slave trade on the West Coast of Africa, on various expeditions up the Rivers Gambia and Congo and near Lagos. He was then appointed commander of the BRITANNIA on 4 August 1868 and her tender the DAPPER for the instruction of Cadets from 1863-8, at which point Hereford was promoted to Commander. Served in the East Indies from November 1872 until May 1874 when he retired.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Captain Edward William Hereford. The manuscripts include his commissions, testimonial, logs for the TRAFALGAR, HAWKE and ACORN, 1851-7, which are illustrated, logs of the ARROGANT, 1862, the COLUMBINE 1872-3, Watch Bills and Quarter Bills, Letterbooks, 1881-1903, an illustrated notebook of gunnery instructions, gunnery notes and a list of medals.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

In transit - item unavailable from May to August 2011

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 presented in 2004 by Laura Walker.



Archivist's note:

Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jul 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: 2011-04-19

Guns | Firearms | Weapons | Military equipment | Equipment
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Hereford | Edward William | fl 1851-1883 | Captain RN

Corporate names