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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Brent
BRENT, V Adm Harry Woodfall (1834-1911)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
Ā½ box


Name of creator(s)

Brent, Harry Woodfall, 1834-1911, Vice Admiral

Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Middlesex, 1834; entered the Royal Navy as a cadet, 1848; commissioned as a midshipman, 1850, and served on HMS CALEDONIA, HMS CASTOR and HMS STYX; promoted Lieutenant, 1854, and served on HMS ALGIERS; commanded HMS DAISY (gunboat), 1856; served on HMS BELLEROPHON, [1867-1870]; requested to revise Royal Navy publications, 1874; promoted Captain, and commanded HMS UNDAUNTED, 1875; appointed to the Admiralty Torpedo Committee, 1875; Captain, HMS HIMALAYA, 1879; appointed Director of the Indian Marine, 1881-[1883]; Captain, HMS AMETHYST, 1883, HMS HERCULES, 1885, and HMS BLACK PRINCE, 1887; took part in the Spithead Review, 1887; retired as Captain, 1889; promoted Vice-Admiral, 1896; died 1911. Publications: The Law of Port Helm. An examination into its history and dangerous action; with suggestions for its abolition with Philip Howard Colomb (J D Potter, Harrison & Sons, London, 1866).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Miss R Brent c1919.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records comprise a Watchbill for HMS ALGIERS, 1854, (entries by Brent); personal notebook from HMS BELLEROPHON kept by Brent, 1867-1870; Stationbill for HMS BELLEROPHON, 1868-1869; Captain's Night Order books for HMS AMETHYST, HERCULES and BLACK PRINCE, 1883-1887 (entries by Brent).

System of arrangement

Chronologically as described above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description available in hard copy in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Correspondence and papers, 1851-1887, held at the National Maritime Museum, Manuscripts Section (ref: BNT).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: King's College London, Manuscripts and Private Papers, A Select Guide; British Library online Public Access Catalogue 97; National Register of Archives; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Manuscripts Section. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

May 2000

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  • Documents
  • History
  • Information sources
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Log books
  • Naval history
  • Nonfiction
  • Personal narratives
  • Prose

Personal names

  • Brent, Harry Woodfall, 1834-1911, Vice Admiral

Corporate names

  • HMS Algiers
  • HMS Amethyst
  • HMS Bellerphon
  • HMS Black Prince
  • HMS Hercules
  • King's College London College Archives

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