Papers of Thomas Kidd, Ship's Captain, United Kingdom

Scope and Content

  • Letter from Captain T Kidd to Messrs Handysides & Henderson regarding the loss of the ship 'Vision', 30 Nov 1858;

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Kidd was Captain of the ship 'Vision' when it was lost at sea following a storm on a trip from Liverpool to Arica, Chile, being abandoned off Cape Horn on 1 November 1858. The crew were rescued by the German ship 'Steinwarder' and landed at Talcahuano, Chile, on 22 November.

'Vision' was an iron sailing vessel, built in 1854 by Sandeman & McLaurin of Partick, and owned by Handysides & Henderson.


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Gift : Graham Taylor : 2 Aug 2017 : ACCN 4140

Other Finding Aids

Alternative Form Available

Transcript of the letter availalable on request to the Duty Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives & Special Collections, please email:

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Previously held by Thomas Kidd's family.


None expected

Related Material

GB 248 UGD 255/1, Records of Anchor Line Ltd, shipping company, Scotland

Location of Originals

This material is original

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