Person:Charles Barker (19)

Charles Frederick Barker
b.5 April 1801 Copenhagen, Denmark
d.14 July 1853 At Sea, On the Ranee
m. 3 February 1836
  1. Charles Frederick Barker1836 - 1887
  2. Elizabeth Barker1838 - before 1841
  3. Thomas Henry Barker1841 - 1917
  4. Joseph Bolton Barker1844 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] Charles Frederick Barker
Gender Male
Birth[2][11] 5 April 1801 Copenhagen, Denmark
Marriage 3 February 1836 Stepney, Middlesex, EnglandSt Dunstan's
to Elizabeth Hazelwood
Occupation[6] 18 May 1841 Liverpool, Lancashire, EnglandMaster Mariner
Residence[6] 18 May 1841 Liverpool, Lancashire, England9 Earle Street
Residence[9] 1848 Liverpool, Lancashire, England8 Buckingham Terrace, Toxteth Park
Residence 1851 Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, Englandwith Elizabeth Hazelwood
Death[3][4][5] 14 July 1853 At Sea, On the RaneeOff the Cape of Good Hope
Burial[3][4] 14 July 1853 At SeaOff St Simon's Bay, Cape of Good Hope

Charles Frederick Barker was probably born in Copenhagen in the first week of April 1801. The story handed down is that he was born prematurely as a result of the bombardment of the city by Nelson (1 April 1801). He was the son of the officer in charge of the Royal Armoury (Royal Armourer) in the Royal Danish Army, and was named after Charles Frederick, Prince of Hesse, brother of the Queen and Commander in Chief of the royal Danish Forces. He was a student at the Danish Military Academy, where it is said he could not tolerate the strict regime. (One of his contemporaries was Von Moltke, who joined the Prussian military school.) He ran away to sea at the age of 14 and landed in Whitby where he adopted the family name of Barker. He joined the Navy and became a master mariner. He married Elizabeth Hazelwood (whose name was originally spelt Hezelwood) of Whitby, and they moved to Stepney, Middlesex. They had three sons, Charles Frederick, Thomas Henry, and Joseph Bolton. He did go back to Copenhagen in 1850-1 to look for his sister (her name is unknown, notes made by son Thomas Henry, held by family member).

He was the Captain of the Ranee and had been on the India-Britain route for some years.[7]

In 1853 he was sailing to Liverpool, coming from Calcutta, via Rangoon (Mussurel Munjeet) and Mauritius (N2) when he died at sea off the Cape of Good Hope (cause unknown, however, there are many instances of mariners dying from yellow fever en route to Britain noted in the Liverpool newspapers of the period). He was buried at sea on the same day. His eldest son, Charles Frederick Barker, was an apprentice seaman on the ship at the time - his first voyage.

One of his sons became an officer in the Royal Navy and his grandson and great grandson also served as RN officers. His grandson was was Commander of the Ardent and was killed when she was sunk by the Germans in 1940. His great grandson was Nicholas Barker, Captain of the Endurance, who played an important role in the Falkland War.

Image Gallery
  1. Eng. Capt. Henry Charles Day Barker, R.N., J.P. , in Paget Family website.
  2. Census 1851, Barker in Liverpool, Primary quality.

    Parish of Toxteth Park [and ??] in Liverpool.

    8 Bickley[?] Terrace.

    • Charles Barker, Head. Ship master, aged 50, born Norfolk, Yarmouth.
    • Elizabeth Barker, Wife. Aged 43, born [?].
    • Charley J[?] Barker, Son. Aged 14, born London.
    • Thomas H. Barker, Son. Aged 9, born Liverpool.
    • Joseph B. Barker, Son. Aged 6, born Liverpool.

      However, it is unlikely that the place of birth given as Yarmouth is accurate, as oral and written family documents tell us that he was in fact born in Copenhagen, - see personal history.
  3. 3.0 3.1 .

    Family notes made by Virginia Grebenik

  4. 4.0 4.1 .

    Notes made by his sister-in-law Mary Hezelwood

  5. Ship News, in The Times digital archive, 1785-1985. (Farmington Hills, Michigan: Thomson-Gale, c[2002?]-), p.10, 19 September 1853.
  6. 6.0 6.1 General Registry Office, Birth Certificate for Thomas Henry Barker.


  7. Lloyds List 1850, 1851.

    1851 February 3, Column 11, October 31 column 11; 1850 June 30 Column 15

  8.   Testimonial held in family (living) papers, viewed October 2012.
  9. Lloyds Registers, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
  10.   Lloyds Registers, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.
  11. Notes made by son Thomas Henry Barker.
  12.   "Vessels spoken with: The Ranee, Captain Barker, who died off the Cape, from Calcutta to Liverpool, July 24, in latitude 29S, longitude 11E."
  13.   "Calcutta November 28th Ranee, Barker cleared for Rangoon Mussurel Munjeet, Fairweather, Mauritius" in Lloyds List Jan-June 1853, Column 11 (accessed at Liverpool Maritime Museum Archives)
  14.   "To Charles Barker, Esq., Commander of the Boboo,
    From the Rev. J.Irvine, Vicar of Leigh.
    In grateful acknowledgemen of his courtesy, kindness and hospitality.
    Plymouth Sound, 24 September 1848."(S8)
  15.   List of ships that Charles served on as Master (S10):
    1831-33 Hooghley (Liverpool-Bengal)
    1833 Bencoolen built 1819 (Liverpool-India)
    1833 Euphrates reg. Scarborough built 1821 (London-Madras/Bombay)
    1840-44 John Deniston built 1832 Greenock (London-Demerara Colony and South American
    1845-50 Baboo Barque 423 tons built Calcutta 1835 (Liverpool-Bombay, London-Sydney)
    1850-53 Ranee 640 tons Built Liverpool 1849 (Liverpool-Calcutta, Indian ports)