Recieved this e-mail today and am so impressed with the time and effort spent by the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Our ref: 12/05/63
Dear Mr Price
Thank you for your e-mail dated 21 May. We apologise for the delay in responding to you. We have been experiencing a very busy period in the library reading room which has impacted on our capacity to reply to information service enquiries. I hope this has not inconvenienced you in any way.
I regret that we have looked in our catalogues and we hold no relevant diaries or documents relating to the ships Dido and Boadicea c.1881 when their naval brigades would have been in action at Majuba Hill.
I have however, checked the National Archives catalogue (whom I know you have contacted and they appear not to have even bothered to check their holdings for possible relevant documents) and have located that the ship’s logs are held there – whether they contain the information you are seeking, I am not able to say. The documents in question are:
ADM 53/11593 – HMS Boadicea ship log 6 Nov 1879 – 10 June 1881
ADM 53/11762 – HMS Dido ship log 6 Aug 1880-19 Jan 1882
However, since they are not available for viewing online, your only recourse would be to hire a researcher to check the documents out for you. If you look on their website you will be able to find details of experienced freelance researchers who may be able to take your search further. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/reco ... search.htm
I am sorry we are not able to assist you on this occasion.
National Museum of the Royal Navy