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1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor
  • 1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor

1823 & 1857 Royal Navy Commission Docs to Antarctica Surveyor

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A pair of early and mid 19th century Naval Officer Commission documents that were issued to Royal Navy Lieutenant Charles Willit Poynter, appointing him to serve on the sloop Alacrity, dated 1823, and on HMS Cornwallis in 1857.

Both documents are printed on vellum and in their own right would be of significant interest, but are made substantially more important because of the officer in question. Poynter was a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, the further explorations in the Pacific and Antarctica, of the Coast Guard and Revenue Inspectors, and given the last Commission may also be a veteran of the 1st Opium War in China.

Charles Willet Poynter (1798 - 1878) was second son of James Melthurst Poynter, Esq., who was at one time a Commander in the East India Company’s mercantile marine, and subsequently Captain of the Walmer troop of Yeomanry Cavalry, and Captain of Sandown Castle.

He entered the Royal Navy in 1811, as First Class Volunteer, on board the Inconstant 36, in which ship, commanded by Sir Edw. W. C. R. Owen, he came into frequent contact with the Bologne flotilla. After serving for 14 months with Captain Owen on the Cornwall 74, attached to the force up the East Scheldt, he went as Midshipman, in May, 1814, to the Nymphen 36, Capt.

Matthew Smith, under whom he escorted the Allied Sovereigns to England and returned with the King of Prussia to Calais. He also assisted, subsequently to the battle of Waterloo, in blockading two French frigates lying ready for sea in the port of Brest, suspected of an intention of secreting Napoleon Bonaparte to America. While on the books, from Aug. 1815 to Nov. 1817, of the Albion, Queen, and Northumberland 74’s, commanded at Sheerness by Capt. Jas. Walker, Mr. Poynter served twice with his former Captain, Owen, in the Royal Sovereign yacht. He joined next the Andromache 44, Capt. Wm. Henry Shirreff, and, sailing in that ship for the Pacific, was there, in Dec. 1819, sent as Mate (he had passed his examination in Nov. 1817) and second in command of the hired brig William, Master-Commander Edw. Bransfield, to ascertain the character of a tract of land then just discovered, and now known under the name of “New South Shetland.” His drawings and log were later published as a book 'The Discovery of the South Shetland Islands 1819 - 1820.

The Journal of Midshipman C.W. Poynter' and the original is in New Zealand. The log is a day-to-day account of the daily activities on board and on shore of the voyage of the `Williams' to the Antarctic region from 16 December 1819 to 16 April 1820, under Captain Edward Bransfield. The voyage charted the South Shetland Islands. It includes three charts, two coastal views and a pencil sketch by William Maine Bone. Poynter was one of three midshipmen on board the `Williams' under Captain Edward Bransfield. The `Williams' had made several voyages to the Antarctic under Captain William Smith. On this occasion it was chartered by the Royal Navy to further explore the area. The voyage charted the South Shetland Islands and is also thought to have been the first to sight the Antarctic continent, but there is some controversy about this. Accounts of the voyage appear in `The Polar Record', the `Mariners' Mirror', the `Geographical Journal' and other publications.

On leaving the Andromache, in July, 1821, he became Acting-Master of the Morgiana sloop, on the coast of Africa. In the following Nov. he went, as Acting Second-Master, to the Doris 42, Capts. Thos. Graham and Fred. Edw. Vernon (now Harcourt), again on the South American station. There, from Sept. 1822 until his return to England in July, 1823, he officiated as Master’s Mate and Acting-Lieutenant in the Alacrity 10, Capts. Jas. Bance and Thos. Porter (First of the Commission Documents). He was confirmed in 1824, to the Coast Guard, in which service he continued as Supernumerary Lieutenant of the Ramillies 74, and Hyperion 42, Capts. Wm. M‘Culloch and Wm. Jas. Mingaye – 22 April in the latter year, to the Coast Guard – 21 March, 1844, to the command of the Silvia Revenue-vessel – 20 Nov. 1846, again to the Coast Guard – and 22 April, 1847, to the command of the Harpy, another Revenue-cruizer.

There his record of service ends in internet searches. However, his second commission document attests that he was still serving in 1857 on board the Cornwallis. This ship was involved in the First China War (1839 - 1842) and the Treaty of Nanking was signed on board. The ship also took part in the Crimean War, under the command of George Wellesley, nephew of the Duke of Wellington. Poynter joined the ship just after the end of the War.

Condition of the Commission documents is good, with light foxing and some staining. They have been inside glass frames, but were previously folded. The ink on the Alacrity Commission is quite faint but legible.

Size: 35 x 29 cm
Weight: 40 g

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