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Directions to Calder Bank off Guadeloupe, 1795 - 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 240/32

Scope and Contents

An account by Calder of his discovery on 30 January 1795 of a sea bank off Guadeloupe, which he named after himself (3 pages). The bank has not been traced, and presumably has an alternative French name. There is an accompanying note on Calder's account, 1975, and correspondence about the collection, 1976-1980, including a map of Guadeloupe and other West Indian islands.


  • Creation: 1795 - 1980


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Biographical / Historical

Sir Robert Calder (1745-1818) entered the navy in 1759, and commanded ships on the home station, 1780-1783. He was made Captain of the Fleet in the Mediterranean in 1796, and fought at the battle of St Vincent in 1797, the year he was knighted. He was created Baronet in 1798, and Rear-Admiral in 1799. He was recalled and censured after failing to engage Villeneuve's fleet off Finisterre in July 1805. This marked the end of his active service, although he was made Admiral in 1810. Calder died on 31 August 1818.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. III.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The account was presented to the Hydrography Office by Sir George Cockburn. It was presented to the R.C.S. with other miscellaneous material by a bookseller before 1976.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Robert Calder in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. III (London, 1908), pp. 694-695.


Calder, Sir, Robert, 1745-1818, Knight and Admiral

Finding aid date

2004-01-13 12:22:31+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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