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Details of ADM 123
Reference:ADM 123
Admiralty: Africa Station: Correspondence

Records of the Cape of Good Hope Station (including the East Coast of Africa and islands in the Indian Ocean) and the West Coast of Africa Station (including Ascension, St. Helena and Tristan Da Cunha) relating to general service proceedings, Slave Trade, British interests in African territories, foreign powers, the South African War and the War of 1914 to 1918.

Date: 1797-1932

Each Commander had his own collection of records with, sometimes, an index to them. For the convenience of the student the records have been re-arranged under Stations and Subjects, as follows: General Service (ADM 123/1-14), Cape of Good Hope Station (ADM 123/15-60), West Coast of Africa Station (ADM 123/61-97), Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station (ADM 123/98-117), Naval Service Squadron (ADM 123/118-120), Expeditions (ADM 123/121-128), Letters of Proceedings (ADM 123/129-133), Boer War (ADM 123/134, 135), World War I (ADM 123/136-158), British Interests in African Territories (ADM 123/159-161), Foreign Powers (ADM 123/162-169), Slave Trade (ADM 123/170-185).

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Board of Admiralty, Africa Station, 1797-1932
Physical description: 185 volume(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

The Stations of the Cape of Good Hope (including the East Coast of Africa and Islands in the Indian Ocean) and the West Coast of Africa (including Ascension, St. Helena and Tristan da Cunha). During the 19th century, the two stations were often combined under a unified Command, usually that of a Rear-Admiral, but there were periods when they were of equal status, each under the command of a Commodore (1822-1831; 1844-1846; 1850-1858; 1864-1867); twice (1846-1850 and 1858-1864) the West Coast, though under the immediate control of a Commodore, was the responsibility of a Rear-Admiral based at the Cape.

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