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Mainwaring, Guy--HMS Britannia
LARGE ARCHIVE OF PAPERS, LOGBOOKS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF GUY MAINWARING, FIRST LIEUTENANT ON THE ROYAL NAVY TRAINING SHIP HMS BRITANNIA AT DARTMOUTH, 1878-1881, AND FAMILY, COMPRISING:
i. Log book kept as a Midshipman, successively on board HMS Revenge, HMS Leander and HMS Sutlej, initially in home waters then sailing around South America and through the Pacific (including to Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, and Hawaii) illustrated with watercolour littorals, charts and engineering drawings, 2 March 1863 to 26 February 1865, c.200 pages, folio, stiff vellum boards 
ii. Ship's Journal kept by Mainwaring successively on board HMS LeanderGalatea, Wivern, Forte and Immortalité, including extensive periods spent in the Pacific, 5 June 1866 to 28 August 1873, 164 pages, large 4to, grey cloth
iii. Printed "Clothes List" and "Slop list" ledger for crew under Mainwaring's command on HMS Immortalité, c.60 pages, plus blanks, folio, 1872-73, grey cloth
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Photograph album of life on board HMS Britannia, including portraits of the royal cadets Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward (“Eddy”) and his younger brother Prince George (later George V), 8 photographs of them signed on the mount, plus a signed photograph of the princes' tutor, John Dalton, along with photographs of other cadets and officers, theatricals, sporting events, and views of the ship, in total approximately 170 photographs in an album, folio, labelled "Guy Mainwaring | H.M.S. Britannia", 1878-1881
v. Photograph of fourteen cadets and crew on HMS Britannia's cutter, signed by the crew including Mainwaring and PRINCES EDWARD AND GEORGE, 210 x 285 mm, [23-24 July 1878], framed and glazed (420 x 485mm)
vi. Volume of press-cuttings relating to HMS Britannia, chiefly from the Dartmouth and Brixham Chronicle, March 1878 to May 1881
vii. Album kept by Mainwaring when commander of HMS Ganges, including views of the ship, cadets in training, and Cornish views, 38 photographs in an album, oblong folio, green roan, 1886-1888, covers badly worn
viii. Notebook, with instructions on various aspects of naval seamanship, index, c.60 pages, plus blanks, folio, no date
ix. Photograph of Captain Guy Mainwaring R.N. (retired), 135 x 95mm, framed and glazed (255 x 300mm), labelled on the reverse, Aberdeen, 1897
x. Pair of cufflinks, 18ct gold. London: Field & Beer, c.1880, with accompanying note stating that they were presented to Mainwaring by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) after his sons had left HMS Britannia
xi. Silver hunting horn presented to Mainwaring by the whips of the Britannia Beagle pack (founded by Mainwaring)
xii. Two seal matrices
xiii. Pocket chronometer by Henry Bright of Leamington given to Mainwaring by his father in 1860
xiv. Brass nameboard ('Captain Mainwaring/ Rickarton')
xv. Two watercolour portraits of Rear-Admiral Rowland Mainwaring (1783-1862), one c.1815, 200 x 150mm, framed and glazed (410 x 335mm) labelled on the reverse, the other mid-19th century, 200 x 150mm, framed and glazed (260 x 200mm)
xvi. Photograph of Mainwaring in sailor attire, framed and glazed
xvii. The New Testament. Cambridge, 1879, with ownership inscription on front paste-down
xiii. Statham, E.P. The Story of The “Britannia”. London: Cassell and Company, 1904 [Gertrude Mainwaring, bookplate], with ephemera loosely inserted
xix. Whitmore Hall, 2 framed photographs
xx. Stand
xxi. Later family photograph album, mostly India, approximately 90 photographs, 1919-22
xxii. Henry Bosanquet, "Mainwairing, Sword and Dirk", typescript booklet, 14 pages, with accompanying note, 1957

housed in large ironbound naval trunk bearing Admiral Rowland Mainwaring's nameplate


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Catalogue Note

Guy Mainwaring (1847-1909) was a long serving naval officer: he was appointed Midshipman in 1863, was promoted to Lieutenant in 1869, and served on various ships in the East Indies, Pacific and elsewhere throughout the 1860s and 70s. He was appointed to HMS Britannia at Dartmouth in 1878 and served on her for four years as 1st Lieutenant and subsequently Commander. The two surviving sons of the Prince of Wales, Prince Albert Victor, the future Duke of Clarence (1864-92) and Prince George, the future George V (1865-1936), were cadets on the Britannia during Mainwaring's first year of service. Mainwaring had a second stint on another training vessel, HMS Ganges, at Falmouth from 1886 to 1890. 

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