ADM 10/10 is found at the National Archives, Kew. It is labelled “Alphabetical list of captains and flag officers. Chronological list of commanders, with annotations”.
This volume is a classic of the genre that documents the period after the Restoration. It contains handwritten rather than printed lists, although it is bound rather than loose. this volume contains two distinct and different lists.
The first is an alphabetical list of Commanders and flag officers (captains and admirals). As you can see, each record consists of the officers’ name, and then for each ship that they served on, “office” (or rank), ship’s name, the tenure of service aboard that ship (in days, months and years), “By whom granted” a reference to their achieving that position, and then sometimes a note. In the example above, Thomas and Jonothan Dungan are both noted as DD (deceased). This list tracks naval officers who served from 1660 to 1688 (The Glorious Revolution).
The second list keeps the records much differently. It is a chronological record of all the Captains of Royal Navy ships from October 1688 until 1746 “The Present Times”. Unlike the previous list, it is much more difficult to find a single record, although you can work you way through by date. What’s very interesting about this list is that each record has a good note, so it’s possible to track at least transitions between service or not, life and death.
Photos of this volume are available on the Google Drive (50 images total). However, the writing and the fuzziness of the photos can make the notes in particular more difficult to read.
This website has an incredible amount of research information, so I hope you can help me ‘zero in’ on my great grandfather. Samuel Osborne Pickthorne was a Chief Steward on the Blue Funnel Line steamship, the S.S. Orestes. He died ‘of heart disease’ on March 26, 1900 while in Hong Kong Habour. He was 35 years of age.
What I’m trying to do is find any photographs of him and his crew that may exist from his last voyage and, most importantly, any records that explain what happened that led to his death. I have copies of the Crew Agreement and Crew List of the S.S. Orestes, but all it says is ‘the death of S.O. Pickthorne has be reported on page 28 in the Official Log Book’. I don’t know where this Log Book resides, if it still exists.
I’m also interested in accessing the maritime archives in the various ports-of-call my great grandfather stopped at on his last voyage. They include, after departing Liverpool, Port Said, Singapore, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Moji, Kobe, Yokohama, Amoy, Hong Kong, and Colombo. They too could reveal any possible photos of him and his ship.