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Vivian, Captain Gerald William (1869-1921)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 VIV

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Vivian, Captain Gerald William (1869-1921)

Date(s): 1904-1921

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1ft; 30cm

Name of creator(s): Vivian | Gerald William | 1869-1921 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Vivian entered the Navy in 1882 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1892. He went to the China Station in 1902, becoming acting commander of the ROSARIO in 1904 and was also promoted to the rank of commander in that year. Between 1905 and 1906 he was commander of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and then served in the Mediterranean and at Chatham. From 1911 to 1912 he was on the west coast of America in the SHEARWATER, was promoted to captain in 1912 and in 1913 qualified in flying; he then commanded the HERMES, employed on special duties attached to the Royal Flying Corp (Naval Wing). During the First World War he served in the SIRIUS, 1914, the PATIA, 1914 to 1915, the LIVERPOOL, 1916 to 1917, and the ROXBURGH on convoy duties, 1918. Vivian was Commodore of Chatham Barracks from 1920 to 1921.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Gerald William Vivian, 1904-1921, including memoranda, appointments, sailing orders and Admiralty letters, 1904 to 1918; correspondence, 1913 to 1921; reports on the dockyard at Esquimalt and on the landing party for the protection of British subjects at San Quentin, Mexico, 1911, and reports and papers relating to the Air Department, 1915 to 1918.


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 came to the Museum in the 1940s; their provenance is uncertain.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 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

Dockyards | Shipbuilding industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Vivian | Gerald William | 1869-1921 | Captain

Corporate names
Royal Navy

British Columbia | Canada | North America
Mexico | North America