Waters, a master's assistant in 1842, served on the East Indies Station first in the VIXEN and then in 1843 in the JUPITER. He was made second master in 1845 and master in 1848. Between 1852 and 1856 he served in the Black Sea in the SIMOOM and in the SHANNON until 1861. During the Indian Mutiny, 1857, Waters was left in command of the SHANNON while her captain, Sir William Peel (1824-1858), led the Naval Brigade. He later served as master, and staff commander when the rank was redesignated, in several ships. His active career ended as staff captain with two appointments as Queen's Harbour Master, first at Malta and then at Sheerness. He retired in 1876.
The papers were presented in 1950 by Captain Water's daughter-in-law, Mrs Jessie Waters. They consist of logs, 1842 to 1843, and 1852 to 1861. There are loose letters, 1857 to 1858, including those from Captain Peel and the officers of the Naval Brigade concerning the Indian Mutiny and a book in Chinese endorsed 'taken from the house three or four miles below Nanking, 26 Aug. 1842', which is a coal-merchant's receipt book.
1820-01-01 - 1903-12-31
Waters, George Alexander, Captain, 1820-1903
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Waters, George Alexander, Captain, 1820-1903 (WAT)