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Waters, Captain George Alexander (1820-1903)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 WAT

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Waters, Captain George Alexander (1820-1903)

Date(s): 1842-1861

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 5 vols, 1 file

Name of creator(s): Waters | George Alexander | 1820-1903 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Waters, a master's assistant in 1842, served on the East Indies Station first in the VIXEN and then in 1843 in the JUPITER. He was made second master in 1845 and master in 1848. Between 1852 and 1856 he served in the Black Sea in the SIMOOM and in the SHANNON until 1861. During the Indian Mutiny, 1857, Waters was left in command of the SHANNON while her captain, Sir William Peel (1824-1858), led the Naval Brigade. He later served as master, and staff commander when the rank was redesignated, in several ships. His active career ended as staff captain with two appointments as Queen's Harbour Master, first at Malta and then at Sheerness. He retired in 1876.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Capt George Alexander Waters, consisting of logs, 1842-1843, and 1852-1861. There are loose letters, 1857-1858, including those from Captain Peel and the officers of the Naval Brigade concerning the Indian Mutiny and a book in Chinese endorsed 'taken from the house three or four miles below Nanking, 26 Aug. 1842', which is a coal-merchant's receipt book.


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 in 1950 by Captain Water's daughter-in-law, Mrs Jessie Waters.



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

Indian Mutiny (1857-1858) | Colonial conflicts | Colonial countries | Political systems
Merchants | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Waters | George Alexander | 1820-1903 | Captain

Corporate names

China | East Asia
India | South Asia