Watch, Quarter, Fire & Station Bill HMS Narcissus 1862
LANG, William Metcalfe (1843-1906), Royal Navy officer. Manuscript Watch, Quarter, Fire & Station Bill compiled by Lt. W.M.Lang for HMS Narcissus, with 326 sides of detailed entries in ink and pencil of the personnel duty assignments, and two pages with pen and ink and watercolour signals, slightly browned, in a contemporary worn calf binding, the spine rebacked, 115 x 82mm. Signed and dated by Lang on the title page, 11th November 1862, and with the bookplate of C A E Stanfield [Captain, RN]. The entries provide a wealth of names of the crew and other personnel of HMS Narcissus.
William Metcalfe Lang was born in Greenwich the son of Admiralty clerk Charles Edward Lang and Jane Lang. He married in 1879 Helen Henrietta Maule, the daughter of John Templeman Maule, surgeon of the Madras Medical Establishment. Graduating from the Royal Naval College in 1859, William’s early career in the navy included service as Lieutenant on board HMS Narcissus, a 51 gun screw frigate launched in 1859, which in the period 1862-1864 was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Baldwin Wake Walker, Cape of Good Hope, commanded by Captain Joseph Grant Bickford.
Lang is remembered as the highly respected Royal Navy Captain who gave vital service as a military advisor to the Chinese government and its navy 1883-1890. He was promoted from Captain to Rear-Admiral on the retired list in 1899.