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Barker, Robert Edward (c 1820-1910)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BRK

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Barker, Robert Edward (c 1820-1910)

Date(s): 1794-1826

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 11/2ft: 45cm (15 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Edward Barker (c 1820-1910) served with the General Steam Navigation Company before becoming a customs official in 1866.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection includes Robert Hammond's record of service and his survey, when Master of the Society of Pilots of the Cinque Ports, of the southern North Sea in the cutter GEM, 1841. The volumes collected by Barker himself consist mainly of logs of naval ships. They include that of the ORION, in home waters, kept by an Edward Barker in 1794, containing an account of the Battle of First of June; the Clyde, 1796 to 1800, kept by Lieutenant John Smith (fl 1780-1805), in home waters; of the CHALLENGER, 1828 to 1831, East Indies Station, kept by Commander John M R Ince (fl 1808-1850); the CALEDONIA, 1835 to 1836, Mediterranean station; the FLY, 1842 to 1846, surveying Australian waters, and the PILOT, 1850, East Indies station. There is also a journal of a voyage in the merchant ship VESTAL from North America to the West Indies, 1759 to 1760, by the author William Falconer (1744-1824); some of Falconer 's unpublished poems appear at the end of this journal.


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:

Robert Edward Barker inherited part of the collection, five volumes, from his uncle, Robert Hammond (fl 1796-1851).

Immediate source of acquisition:

The collection was presented in 1958 by the Bristol City Art Gallery.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 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

English literature | European literature | National literatures
Hydrographic surveying | Surveying
Merchant shipping | Maritime transport | Transport
Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)
Naval battles | Battles
Naval history | History
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Water transport

Personal names
Falconer | William | 1744-1824 | physician and writer

Corporate names
HMS Caledonia
HMS Challenger
HMS Orion
HMS Pilot
Royal Navy

Australia | Oceania
North America