CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2295
TitleCaptain William Penny, ship master: papers
Date1842 - 1854
Extent1 file (0.01 linear metres)
Administrative HistoryWilliam Penny was born in Peterhead, the son of a whale skipper, and first went to sea when he was twelve years old. He was one of the first skippers to take command of a steam whaler and played a noted role in the search for Sir John Frankling in 1850. He was assigned charge of a separate expedition to the search conducted by the Royal Navy, and discovered some artefacts belonging to Franklin's crew before he returned to Scotland in 1851. He married Margaret Irvine in 1840 and died in Aberdeen in 1892. According to details given in MS 2295/7, William Penny, master of the barque St. Andrew of Aberdeen to whom these papers relate, was born at Peterhead in 1809; his wife was still alive in 1854.
SourceThe collection was acquired by Aberdeen University Library in February 1958.
DescriptionAccounts and other papers relating to shipping collected by, or relating to, Captain William Penny: accounts relating to the Barque St. Andrew, 1842; accounts between William Penny and James Anderson and Thomas Adam, 1842; account between owners of the St. Andrew and the Catto, 1843; crew list of the Barque St. Andrew, c. 1843; copy of charter between Thomas Adam, owner of the Neptune, and James Reid and Neil Smith, jr., to ship timber from Quebec, 1843; copy of ship's articles, 1843; account between William Penny and Thomas Adam, 1843 - 1844; account for coal, 1845, and verses of song, c. 1840; pew-rent card, 1844; letter to Mrs. Penny regarding damage to dykes and fences, 1854.

MS 2295/6 and 2295/9 each have two items on a double sheet.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialMS 3090 - David Hawthorn Cardno: journals of whaling and sealing voyages
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