This collection predominantly contains images of ships formerly in the possession of FJA or FWA. FJA's photographs are largely from Simons Town, South Africa in the 1860s and FWA's depict his life on board various ships in the early years of the twentieth century. There is also biographical information on both men included with the collection. Many of the images have been annotated in more recent years by descendents to provide e.g. names of ships; not all of these annotations appear to be correct and should be used with caution.
Frederick John Angell and his son Frederick William were from a military family which saw service across the army and navy over several generations. Lt Colonel Frederick John joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1881, was posted to locations including Sudan, Bechuanaland, Natal, Mauritius and Bermuda over the following decades and at some stage was Assistant Director of the Ordnance Stores at Gibraltar. He was later honoured as a CBE. His son Frederick William was a cadet in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves before being appointed to the Royal Indian Marines in July 1914. According to family stories he went round both Capes on sailing ships in the early years of the twentieth century. He served in the Persian Gulf during WW1 and later became a Captain in the Royal Indian Navy.
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