Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Return of the Archives

As many of you will know, Tuesday saw the return of manuscripts to the Caird Library. Rather, the first appearance of manuscripts in our new reading room. The first item to be retrieved from the store was a lieutenant’s log, that of HMS Valiant from the 1790s (ADM/L/V/14). The image on the…

From Greenock to Greenwich: The log of Andrew Service

Image courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services, ref. UGC182A fascinating online bicentennial exhibition has just been launched at Glasgow University Archive Services. It concerns a log kept by a Glaswegian able seaman Andrew Service. The log offers a rare glimpse into the daily routine of service on the 38 gun frigate…

Symbols from the Archive

The monas hieroglyphica, Dr. John Dee’s own personal symbol, appears in an Intelligence Book, kept by the spy William Lytlestone, 1582 (REC/40, a previous item of the month). The esoteric symbol represents the moon, the sun and the elements, visually in the form of astronomical signs. Dee, a famous bibliophile, inscribed…

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…

Captain Hereford’s log of HMS Trafalgar

February’s item of the month is an illustrated logbook from our manuscripts collection. Captain William Edward Hereford entered the Navy in 1851, and took part in the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War as midshipman of the HMS Trafalgar. His logbook is fascinating, including both an account of the…