Journey of A Logbook: Part 4

Moderate and fair at 4pm made a signal and anchored in Madera [sic] road On 18 March Anson anchored the Centurion in port having completed the first stage of her voyage. Here Anson employed Portuguese boats to restock his ship’s water supply, the existing supplies being described as “very bad”, and…

Journey of a Logbook: Part 3

 Fresh Gales and Squally. Lost Logg lines three. The entry for 11 March 1738 in the log of HMS Centurion highlights two concerns of a captain at sea: the weather and the speed his ship was traveling. Two hundred and seventy one years later and the same topics are still an…

Journey of a Logbook: Part 2

 Ditto weather a large swell from the NW. PM found the main top mast sprung in the wake of the upper part of the capp made a signal for the Falmouth got down top gallant yard and mast and hand’d the main top sail. Lower’d the main yard struck, main…

Journey of a Logbook: Part 1

 On the 9th instant I was commission’d to command his Majesty’s ship Centurion at Portsmouth … On the 13th … hoisted the pendant and this day made my appearance on board. With these words George Anson began the first log of his new command, HMS Centurion. The logbooks held at…

Anson’s voyage into the Great South Sea

October’s item of the month is a journal from our manucript collections, kept by Laurence Millechamp during his time in Commander Anson’s squadron in the Pacific in 1740. Millechamp gives an account of the difficulties faced in the voyage (including death from scurvy), but also pays particular attention to the…