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Reference code(s): GB 0064 WEL

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Wellcome

Date(s): 1735-1859

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 4 1/2ft: 137cm

Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936), founder of the Wellcome Research Institution, collected numerous documents of a maritime origin as well as papers connected with the history of medicine.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by Henry Wellcome, comprising fifty volumes and loose papers. The largest group of items is of ships' logs. Those for the Navy include logs for the PRINCESS OF WALES, 1735 to 1737, and ROYAL GEORGE, 1744 to 1759; those for other merchant vessels include the log of the BENSON, on a voyage from Liverpool to Jamaica, 1782, and of the ESTHER, plying between Whitehaven, Hamburg and Virginia, 1794 to 1795. Of a less official nature is an account of the survival of three members of the crew of the EARL TEMPLE, East India Company ship, wrecked on the Cochin China coast, 1766; also the diary of Richard Joyce who served on board the gun brig RICHMOND, was captured, released and served as a midshipman with the East India Company, 1810 to 1816. Shore-based activities are represented by a 'common place book' kept by John Rolt, a chief clerk in the Navy Office, 1806 to 1809, and by the diaries kept by a member of the St Andrews Waterside Mission, Gravesend, working among the crews of merchant ships, 1887 to 1905. Related to education within the Navy are a handwritten copy of the rules and regulations to be observed by the students of the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, 1816; lecture notes on practical navigation, c 1855; and a notebook on gunnery as taught on the EXCELLENT, 1858 to 1859. The reports include the copy of one in Spanish on an expedition against England by Spain, ca.1588; a report on the slave trade, c 1730; and another on the settlements and slave trade on the Gold Coast, c 1824. There is also a copy of landing instructions for the troops in Egypt, 1801.


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 purchased in 1944.



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

Expeditions | Travel
Merchant companies | Companies | Enterprises
Merchant shipping | Maritime transport | Transport
Merchants | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Shipwrecks | Seaborne disasters | Accidents | Disasters
Slavery | Social structure
Manmade disasters
Water transport

Personal names

Corporate names
East India Company
HMS Esther
HMS Excellent
HMS Richmond
HMS Royal George
Royal Naval War College | Portsmouth
Royal Navy

China | East Asia
Ghana | West Africa | Africa
Hamburg | Germany | Western Europe | Europe
Jamaica | Caribbean
Liverpool | Lancashire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Spain | Western Europe | Europe
Virginia | USA | North America
Whitehaven | Cumberland | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe