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Greive, Vice-Admiral William Samuel (c 1830-1892)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 WRE/101-104

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Greive, Vice-Admiral William Samuel (c 1830-1892)

Date(s): [1845-1884]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 3 vols, 1 box

Name of creator(s): Greive | William Samuel | c 1830-1892 | Vice-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Greive was born William Samuel Brown. He changed his name to Greive late in life as the result of an inheritance. He entered the Navy in 1845 and served in the STYX on the West African Station from 1845 until 1847. From 1851 to 1852 he was mate in the SPITEFUL in the Mediterranean. He went out to Bermuda in the ESPIEGLE in 1853 and served for some months in the CUMBERLAND at Halifax. He was promoted to lieutenant and appointed to the PENELOPE in 1854 and served in the Baltic during the Crimean War. In 1855 the PENELOPE went out to the Cape of Good Hope and Brown served on that station in several ships until promoted to commander in 1860. From 1861 to 1865 he served on the North American Station and, following his promotion to captain in 1866, returned there in the DANAE from 1871 to 1874. He was Naval Officer-in-Charge, Jamaica, from 1880 to 1882. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1884, to vice-admiral in 1889 and retired in the same year.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Greive, William Samuel, containing logs, 1845 to 1847, and 1851 to 1855; a letterbook, 1871 to 1874; commissions, 1851 to 1884, and a few single documents.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers form part of the Wrey family collection which was presented to the Museum in 1956 by Commander Windham Mark Phipps Hornby (q.v), executor of Mrs Wrey.



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

Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Greive | William Samuel | c 1830-1892 | Vice-Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy