HMY Victoria and Albert (1899)
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June 2, 2019

Not sure if you can help at all, but I've just come across your website and thought there might be a chance! My great, great grandfather, Emile Frederick Walther, was apparently a chef on the Royal Yacht at some point between 1880 and 1906, although so far I have been unable to find any records to prove this. He was born in Switzerland and spent many years in England, UK. Any information or sources you can direct me to would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Sandy Walther

Dec. 10, 2018

I am the current owner of a lifeboat named Charles Cooper Henderson. It was the Dungeness lifeboat stationed at Dungeness from 1933 and was one of the 19 lifeboats used in the Dunkirk Evacuation. According to the transcript of the gentleman who skippered her during the evacuation ( I have a copy of the transcript which is fascinating) one of his crew was a first class engineer from the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. I am trying to trace and find out a name, and more information about him. We are trying to save this boat for future generations and the more information we can find out the better.

Kindest regards,
Richard Prunier

Dec. 5, 2018

I am working on the definitive biography of this Royal Yacht and would be grateful to know any information, reminiscences or persons which could be part of the story.  I also need to know the whereabouts of any unpublished photographs. Can anyone help?

Revd. Dr. Mike Keulemans

Apr. 1, 2018

I am a collector of Postmarks and postcards and recently obtained a postcard (unused) entitled “H.M. the Queen arriving in Portsmouth Harbour”.  It looks like the Victoria and Albert. Are you able to indicate approx. Year of the scene and which “Queen” is on aboard as I know that this was the Royal Yacht for a few Sovereigns. I have

Dave Madeley
Ottawa, Canada


Oct. 13, 2017

We have acquired this what looks to be brass and enamel crown we were told it came from the Victoria and Albert yacht. It is 280mm wide by 270mm tall and 30mm thick. Do you know anything about this item or have we got a fake?

Wayne Grady


Jan. 23, 2016

I've recently got my great grandfather's (John Henry Pllar Hitchcock), military record and he served from 23rd July 1901 – 15th April 1906 on the Victoria and Albert. He was a painter 1st class, and I'd love to see any photos of the crew, or a crew list. I have a medal, which he received on 26th June from the King, which I assume is connected to his service on the boat.

Thank you,
Fleur Hitchcock

Aug. 30, 2015

I was wondering if you could possibly help me establish the provenance of a light fitting which I am currently restoring. During the 1950's this fitting, (showing below), was bought from an antique dealer in Portsmouth. The gentleman explained that fittings had been removed from the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert while she was in Portsmouth following completion of her Royal duties. A number of these items were then bought by a publican who fitted them in the Victoria & Albert pub, located outside the dockyard main gate, which was subsequently bombed during the war. After the bombing some damaged items were acquired by the dealer –who then sold them in his shop. I would be most grateful if you could possibly comment on whether this is likely to be true – and ideally confirm whether there are any existing photographs which have such a light fitting in the background?

Many thanks,
Julian Osborne


Dec. 28, 2014

I am going through my late aunt's photos and clippings and came across a news clipping that talks about my Great Grandmother's brother's service as an officer for 25 years aboard the “Victoria and Albert”. He was also posted as a yachtsman aboard King Edward VII's yacht. (HMY Britannia?) His name was N. C. Hodges. I think he went by Charlie. I have a couple of letters he wrote to my Great Grandmother talking about his time at sea. I would love to find out more about him and his time and service aboard the yachts. Can you steer me in the right direction?

Ken Hall

Sept. 28, 2014

George Allison, a distant relative of my mother-in-law was presented with a silver teapot that was inscribed "Presented to George Allison for services rendered to injured shipmates, Dartmouth, June 5 1900". We think George was a crew member of the royal yacht when it was in Dartmouth Harbour (with Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice and her children on board) at the time the news came of Lord Roberts' success in relieving Pretoria. There was a firework display, either on the royal yacht itself or from a launch, which caused an explosion. Four ratings jumped into the sea and four others suffered burns and were taken to the Dartmouth Cottage Hospital. We'd like to know what George did that earned him the gratitude of his shipmates. Does anyone have any record of this incident?

Judy Colby
Sheffield, U.K.

Reply 1.
Sept. 28, 2014

I was not able to find out what he did, but I found the following in the Times dated June 7, 1900.

"An unfortunate incident occurred at Dartmouth on Tuesday night. During a display of fireworks from the Royal yacht Victoria and Albert in honour of the British entry into Pretoria a number of rockets in a boat at the stern of the yacht were prematurely ignited. There were ten men in the boat. Three men at once jumped overboard, and of the remainder four petty officers, who were in the middle of the boat, were badly burnt. They were at once conveyed on board the yacht and their injuries were dressed by the vessel's surgeon. Subsequently they were taken ashore to the local cottage hospital. Though the burns are severe they are nearly all superficial and are not regarded as dangerous. The names of the injured men are Petty Officers Thomas Brown, Henry Hopper, H. D. Smith and Alfred Bandy."

Michael W. Pocock

Apr. 12, 2014

I'm the Chairman of Beckley Parish Council for the village of Beckley in East Sussex. The PC would like to honour those who came from Beckley and lost their life in WWI, with a small publication later in the year showing as many photos of the heroes as we can manage to find.

I'm trying to find a photo of Albert Edward Fielder, 299691, Leading Stoker on the Victoria & Albert between 14th Feb 1910 and 24th Jan 1913.  Is there any chance a photograph can be found of Albert?  I have a picture of one of his brothers so may be able to identify him from a group photo.

Albert Fielder was born illegitimate on 15th April 1880 to Elizabeth Fielder who was seventeen years of age and living in the village of Beckley.  Albert lost his life when he was leading stoker on the Aboukir when the cruiser was torpedoed by a U-9 submarine on 22nd September 1914.  Albert is commemorated on the Royal Naval War Memorial in Portsmouth and Beckley war memorial.

Best regards,
Bernard Baverstock 

Nov. 11, 2013

Je dois faire un éloge d'un grand CHEF de cuisine: PIERRE COUMEIG née le 14/10/1866 à LESCAR. Sachant qu'il aurait été chez vous entre 1885 et 1887 chef confiseur. Il fut CUISINIER, PATISSIER, CONFISEUR en FRANCE et en ANGTLETERRE.Amis d'ESCOFFIER…. Il a échangé des courriers avec ALBERT STEMPFER. Pour pouvoir réaliser son parcours, j'ai besoin d'informations à son sujet: Photos, textes,…. Si vous aviez dans vos bibliothèques, livres, etc des informations, je suis preneur! Merci pour votre aide.

Très sincèrement,
Olivier Dardé
Nantes, France

Apr. 20, 2013

My Grandfather, Albert George Stempfer, served on the Victoria & Albert Yacht as Chef de Cusine to King Edward VII during the cruises of 1909-13.

R. Stempfer

Nov. 26, 2012

Back in the early 1900's I had a relation that was serving on the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. Below are two photos, on his uniform it says HM Yacht. I was given when I was a child a cap tally with the same on, but I know longer have. Is there any site or place to go and search for the names of the crew members on the Victoria and Albert around that time?

Alan Slade

Nov. 8, 2012

Just a query about the Royal Marine compliment on the yacht, my grandad apparently worked in the King's rooms (not sure when) valet type work. He used to tell me that when cleaning, the cupboard or wardrobe door handles had to be removed and polished. I was wondering if you had any crew lists, he was I think Private Benjamin Newsam, he told me he was great friends with the King, who was a keen gardiner and once gave him a rose which he showed me in his garden. If you can help with any information I would grateful.

Thank you,
Robert J. "Bob" Farmery

June 14, 2012

My Grandfather Harry Foskett served on the HMY Victoria and Albert for 3 years from 1911 until outbreak of war in 1914. He was a Leading Stoker. But recently I have discovered that he served on her as a civilian for 2
years before he joined the RN. Thanks to the recent publication by findmypast of staff lists of the Royal Household. He was an assistant storekeeper and worked on her 1903 to 1904.

Sandra J. Smith

June 12, 2009

I was billeted on the Victoria and Albert while doing my gunnery course at Whale Island in 1944. She must have been a Great ship in her hay day. But I can't say the same for Whale Island all load voiced Gunnery instructors in Jack Boots.

Roy Cox

Dec. 2, 2008

I am curious to know if there are any photos or references to the crew of HMY Victoria and Albert. My Great Grand Father was Chief Engineer on Victoria and Albert & I believe his last name was Gray (Could be Irland). I
have been told he served on 3 Royal yachts, but I'm not sure he could have as V&A seemed to have been in service for 45 years.

Nick Midwood
Sparkill, New York

June 5, 2008

I'm curious, do deck plans for the Victoria and Albert II and III exist in an easily accessible format?

D. Adams

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