Fonds - W.E. Darwell fonds

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W.E. Darwell fonds

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  • 1836-1908 (Creation)
    Darwell, W.E.

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12.5 cm of textual records;4 photographs

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William Everleigh Darwell was born in England in 1843. When he was 13 years old, he entered into the Royal Navy. His maritime career spanned thirty-seven years from 1856 to 1893, during which time he rose from midshipman to captain. He served on a number of vessels including the <i>H.M.S. Esquimalt</i>; the <i>Landrail</i>; the <i>Excellent</i>; the <i>Racer</i>; the <i>H.M.S. Lynx</i> on an expedition up the Niger River in 1869; the <i>Duke of Wellington</i>; the <i>H.M.S. Coquette</i> on the Gold Coast during the Ashantee War of 1873-1874 (he was awarded the Ashanti medal for his action); the <i>H.M.S. Ranger</i>; and the <i>H.M.S. Tyne</i> during naval and military operations in the eastern Sudan where he was awarded the Egyptian medal and Khedives Bronze Star. In 1890 he was appointed to the Kingston division of the HM Coastguard where he served until his retirement on April 13, 1893. William E. Darwell passed away in 1919.

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Records were donated to the Vancouver Maritime Museum by Miss Evelyn Wood, granddaughter of W.E. Darwell. The records were given to Leonard McCann by Miss Wood in the late 1970s with the wish that Mr. McCann deposit the records at an appropriate institution. Mr. McCann later deposited them at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on her behalf in 1998.

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The fonds consists of records related to William E. Darwells maritime career with the Royal Navy until his retirement and includes maritime service records; his hand-written logbook while serving on the H.M.S. Ganges in Esquimalt (1859-1861); and newspaper clippings and records related to the collision of the H.M.S. Tyne while under Darwells command. Also included is correspondence with family and friends; naval crests from various ship stationary; memorial dinner menus and postcards; and photographs (1 framed) of Darwell.

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Some records in this fonds are very sensitive to handling. Please consult with Archivist before reviewing materials.

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