White, Walter (1841-1917), Petty Officer, HMS SCOUT, East Indies, China and Indian Mutiny

Collection contains:

'Thy log commencing June 1859 and ending April 1864' entering HMS MONARCH [84 guns] then drafted to HMS SCOUT [21 guns] captained by John Corbett. White describes ship life including getting used to his hammock and his breakfast of cocoa and biscuits. The diary continues in a personal manner, which is revealing and is entertaining in places. His commission took him to the East Indies and China and was paid off 24 April 1864.

Diary kept by Walter White between May 1860 and January 1862, serving onboard HMS SCOUT.

Diary kept by Walter White, front cover missing, account beginning 'the street of everlasting prosperity [Tiru Tsui]' in China, 'a night in Shanghai City' a personal account; 'theatre on board ship'; 'the fight at Ningpo'; 'New Years Day in China'; 'How I lost my boat'; 'The first fight at Taku Forts'; 'A hot half-hour with a Malay Pirate'; 'crossing the line'; 'the fight at Canton'; 'the murder of the Bullock'; 'the second fight at Taku Forts'; 'how he went on shore for a holiday and had a fight instead'; 'the cook and the Cochin cock'; 'A burial at sea'; 'General Quarter at Sea.' No dates included but is White's manuscript account of his time in the Navy, circa 1859 to 1864.

'Recollections of a Sailors Life in India, China, Japan, South America, Borneo, Sumatra etc' by Walter White, and copied from the original log by Herbert G. White [a Royal Engineer between 1915 and 1920]. Walter White adds that 'these recollections are written to amuse my children, and should they be perused by a stranger, the reader will kindly remember the object for which they are written, and refrain from criticism. They are also a simple record of facts, without romance or exaggeration.' This volume contains several photographs including one of Admiral Sir John Corbett who commanded the SCOUT in China; and also newspaper cuttings including some relating to the Peiho River Disaster. This is a copied version of Walter White's own manuscript account.

Family bible annotated and the back with the 36 places he had visited including Rio Janeiro, Canton, Bombay and Cape Town, dated 1858.

Photograph of Walter White, 1922.

White family tree, photocopy, 1 A4 sheet, and 1 photocopy of a photograph of Walter White.

Record Details

Item reference: HSR/Z/41; X1999.035 DUP X1999.035 X1999/035 V1999.035 V1999.035 X1999.035 X1999.035 D1999.025
Catalogue Section: Manuscript documents acquired singly by the Museum
Level: COLLECTION
Date made: 1859-1864
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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