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Lieutenant Mervyn Bryan’s photograph album: The Royal Navy 1869-1879

Posted by William Lindsay, on February 23rd, 2021

Abstract

This is the second of two posts from the fascinating diaries and photograph albums of Lieutenant Mervyn Bryan. The first post was a diary extract describing his experiences of the the Royal Navy’s role in the Third Ashanti War 1873-4.

Mervyn Stawell Norris Bryan was born in 1851, youngest son of Reverend J. W. Bryan, of Cliddesden, Basingstoke, Hampshire. He wrote three journals describing his experiences in the Royal Navy. He also left a photograph album of his travels between 1869 and 1879. His visited many Mediterranean ports, the Azores, St Helena and Ascension Island, the West Coast of Africa, South Africa, the West Indies and Australia.

Lieutenant Bryan’s diaries cover his life at sea, commencing as a midshipman on HMS Royal Albert and HMS Caledonia, as a sub-Lieutenant, on HMS Hector and HMS Encounter, as a Lieutenant on HMS Barracouta and HMS Boxer.

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