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Medicine chest belonging to Sir Benjamin F Outram KCB (1774-1856) and reputedly used at the Battle of Copenhagen, 1801
This medicine chest was owned by Sir Benjamin Outram KCB (1774-1856), Surgeon RN, and is said by his descendants to have been used at the Battle of Copenhagen (1801). The medicine chest is fitted with a lock and carrying handle, and opens to reveal drawers and compartments containing scales, bottles for drugs, pestle and mortar, and other medical equipment.
Outram joined the naval medical service in 1794 and was promoted to surgeon in 1796, serving in 'Harpy', 'Nymphe' and 'Boadicea'. He was surgeon of the 'Superb' in the victory over the French and Spanish fleets off Cadiz of 12 July 1801, and was later surgeon to the 'Royal Sovereign' yacht. He was the author of a pamphlet, 'Suggestions to Naval Surgeons previous to, during and after a Battle', and became Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets in 1841. The Museum also acquired his naval uniform with the medicine chest.
- Image reference: F4344
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London