Fonds PR-1522 - J.F. Prowse fonds

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J.F. Prowse fonds

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  • 1852-1853 [Photographed 1965] (Creation)
    Prowse, J.F.

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90 negatives ; b&w, 42 photographs ; b&w

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James Ferris Prowse served aboard the HMS Thetis as a Midshipman, which travelled the waters of B.C. and the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1852 and 1853. Prowse continued his career in the British Navy, eventually becoming a Captain. He died September 15, 1903 and is buried in Poole, Dorset.

Custodial history

The photographs were taken, selected and donated by A.W.B. Prowse in 1965.

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The fonds consists of photographic extracts from a log kept by Midshipman James Ferris Prowse whilst aboard the H.M.S. Thetis under Captain Augustus L. Kuper. There are 90 negatives (2 negatives per page) and 42 print copies.

The printed extracts are those which have any mention of any place or point near Vancouver Island or Queen Charlotte's Island (Haida Gwaii), or of any item which might be of interest. These items are marked in red pen on the right hard edge of the photographic prints. The period covered is from the arrival of the ship outside the straits of San Juan de Fuca on May 22, 1852 to the time it sailed from Esquimalt Harbour for England on January 22, 1853.

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The quality of the negatives taken in 1965 are poor and overexposed. The negatives have been placed in cold storage.

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The location of the original logbook is unknown.

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Negatives digitized in 2019. Best attempts were made to provide focus and contrast however staff were limited by the quality of the negatives.

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Conservation restrictions: negatives are in cold storage and are inaccessible. Use digital copies or photographic prints.

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Archives code(s): O/A/20.5/T34p

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