HMS Camperdown
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Feb. 28, 2017

I notice that other people have asked you if you know where a crew list might be obtained for HMS Camperdown at the time of her collision with HMS Victoria in 1893. I understand that my great grandfather was on board at the time and it would be great to get confirmation of this. His name was William Edwards. 

Leonie Lockwood
Gloucestershire, U.K.

May 4, 2012

I am trying to trace my grandfather James Sullivan. The attached document shows he served as Boatswain on HMS Camperdown at the time HMS Camperdown rammed and sank HMS Victoria in 1893. My Father  Patrick Joseph O Sullivan was born in Bristol in  March 1911 and was reared by his Mother Annie Sullivan. My Father cancelled his mothers pension from the Naval Service after her death in Dublin in January 1945.  Any assistance or suggestions much appreciated. Yours sincerely

Patrick O. Sullivan
Dublin, Ireland


Dec. 27, 2011

I wonder if you know where I might get a crew list for the Camperdown at the time of her collision with HMS Victoria in 1893. I am told that my grandfather William Henry Dean was a seaman on board the Camperdown at the time of the collision, and it would be good to get confirmation of this family story. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Malcolm Riley

May 26, 2008

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated in the never-ending search of our family history. Upon the death of Queen Victoria, a grgr uncle, James L. Kerr, received a gift from the Queen's estate, as did all of the men in her service at the time of her death. It was a cup and saucer and is still in the hands of a his grgr niece, Mary Beresford Moreland. 

Recently I found a souvenir spoon, commemorating Queen Victoria's 60th anniversary of her coronation.  As well as Her Majesty's profile, the spoon also has an engraving of the ship "Camperdown".  Understanding that the Camperdown was a famous battleship, is it possible that it was converted to Her Majesty's private service, or that she traveled aboard this ship in later years? Would it be possible to obtain any kind of information regarding the men who served on Her Majesty's ship Camperdown at the time of her death, or a listing of crew members of any other of her private ships? Once again, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Roberta Kerr
Quesnel, BC, Canada

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