Service documents belonging to Captain (Fore Top) John Joseph Jackman, Royal Navy and later Chief Seamanship Instructor, Chinese Imperial Navy.

1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) United Service Lodge no. 1341 receipts, Hong Kong, 1881-1882; 6, 7 & 8) Certificate on parchment for wounds and hurts dated 20 September 1882 (with an envelope) for a chain cable striking his leg, resulting in a fracture. Also a printed copy of the certificate; 9) Certificate of John Jackman’s service in HMS IRON DUKE as Captain of a Top and Boatswain’s Mate, and Seamanship Instructor to the Chinese training ship, Hong Kong, dated 15 January 1884; 10) Petition, Hong Kong, dated 9 January 1888, to Lord Charles for ‘a man, late Capt Fore Top of AUDACIOUS in China’ to be allowed to rejoin the Navy; 11) Photograph of Mr and Mrs Jackman, taken in 1888; 12, 13, 14 & 15) Documents relating to Jackman being awarded the Insignia of the Third Class of the Third Division of the Imperial Order of the Double Dragon, 12 August 1891; 16 & 17) Handwritten copy and printed copy of a despatch dated 8 September 1894 from Admiral Ting, Commander-in-Chief of Pei-yang Squadron regarding Mr Jackman, chief seamanship instructor who volunteered for the war, and was to be transferred from H.I.M.S TING-YUAN to Liu-kung-tau to assist Commander Chin of Ordnance, and take the rank of Senior Lieutenant in H.I.C. service; 18) Translation of the despatch from the Directors of the Naval and Military College at Canton to the Admiral Ting of the Pei-yang Squadron, regarding the appointment of Mr Jackman, the Chief Seamanship Instructor of the Pei-Ying Squadron, to make repairs and alterations to the cruiser KWANG-KA; 19) Copy of letter dated 12 February 1895 from Admiral Ito, commanding Japanese Fleet off Weihaiwei, to Admiral Ting, Commander of the Chinese fleet; 20) Copy of letter from Admiral Ito to the Officer commanding the Chinese fleet after the suicide of Admiral Ting; 21) Envelope for Admiral Ting's letters; 22) Chinese letters and correspondence.

Administrative / biographical background
John Joseph Jackson served as a captain of a Top and Boatswain's mate, HMS IRON DUKE and also served in HMS AUDACIOUS in China and later became Chief Seamanship Instructor in Admiral Ting's Pei-yang Squadron, Imperial Chinese Navy. He was also a member of the Freemasons.

Record Details

Item reference: ADL/Z/43
Catalogue Section: Manuscript documents acquired singly by the Museum
Level: ITEM
Date made: 1881-1895; 1888-1892 1891-1892
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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