John William Ramsay, 13th Earl of Dalhousie: Naval Notebook, HMS Galatea

Scope and Content

'Journal of Proceedings of HMS Galatea kept by JW Ramsay Lieutt'. Log covering the journey from Auckland, New Zealand, to Plymouth, England, 1 June 1869 - 31 May 1871, containing remarks on the voyage via Tahiti, Honolulu, Yokohama, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Malacca, Penang, Calcutta, Madras, Colombo, Trincomalee, Galle, Port Louis, Cape of Good Hope, Wellington, Sydney, New Caledonia, Auckland, Port Stanley, Montevideo, and Plymouth. It contains notes on the reception by King Kamehamaha IV and Queen Emma of Hawaii, by the Mikado at Nagasaki, the Duke of Edinburgh's investiture as GCSI at Calcutta, and the reception for seven Indian rajahs.

Administrative / Biographical History

John William Ramsay (1847-87), eldest son of the 12th Earl of Dalhousie, entered the Navy in 1861. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1867, appointed flag-lieutenant to his father on the Narcissus, but immediately transferred to HMS Galatea, commanded by the Duke of Edinburgh, and remained with the ship on its world cruise, 1869-71. He succeeded his father as 13th Earl of Dalhousie in 1880, and was Secretary of State for Scotland in 1886.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, 13th December 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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