H.R. Tickell: Naval logbook

Scope and Content

A concise, daily, handwritten log of the movements and routines on board ship, ending with the Talbot's West Indies cruise of 30 April to 30 June 1898. There are sixty-one original maps, charts and illustrations in ink, watercolour and pencil, all by Tickell, featuring places in the British Isles, as well as the West Indies. These include thirty charts and maps, twelve drawings of various ships and eight technical drawings.

Administrative / Biographical History

H.R. Tickell served as a midshipman on the battleships HMS Resolution and Empress of India with the English Channel squadron, January-August 1896. He then transferred to the crew of a new cruiser, HMS Talbot, commissioned at Devonport on 15 September 1896. The Talbot served on the West Indies Station, where in addition to cruising around the islands, it visited Halifax, New York and Montreal, at the last of which it joined Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee celebrations of June 1897.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Christie's, 8 April 1998.


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

Other Finding Aids

There is a detailed description of the volume in the Additional Manuscripts Catalogue, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.