THE HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY SERVICE


EXTRACTS

THE JOURNAL AND SHIP'S LOG

OF THE HON. COMPANY'S SHIP

HUDDART

(EAST INDIA DOCKS, BLACKWALL, LONDON, ENGLAND)

Written by the Commander, Captain Thomas Gabriel Bayliff,

Voyage to Bombay,

10 March 1806 - 6 October 1807

British Library Ref: L/MAR/B/217C

Extracted by
Bryant G. Bayliffe & Julian A. Rawes
1 September 2008 - 31 January 2015


Contents


The HEICS


East India House, Leadenhall Street, London, 1796-1861
from Trade in the Eastern Seas 1793-1813.

The Library of the Honourable East India Company Service is housed in the British Library in Euston, London. The HEICS library contains many thousands of records including hundreds of ships’ journals, logs, ledgers & pay books. They are contained in large ledgers, the journals & logs in one tome with the ledgers and pay books in separate books. A catalogue of these records was published in 1999 by the British Library, titled ‘Catalogue of East India Company Ships’ Journals and Logs 1600-1834’ and edited by Anthony Farrington. Most of these records have not been microfilmed. If a copy is required then a microfilm copy is made at the expense of the purchaser to whom a photostat or CD is given. A useful site for the explanation on the HEICS library is: www.barnettmaritime.co.uk/mainheic.htm.

HEICS ships would leave from and return to London using a number of stopping points both in the Thames estuary and the south coast. Passengers would more than likely embark and disembark at these stopping points.


Map of the Thames estuary indicating some of the navigational points mentioned in the journals.

Until the opening of the East India Docks at Blackwall in 1806, Company ships moored on the tidal river alongside the Royal shipyards at Deptford. Deptford was the anchorage at the start of the Port of London. The ships moored alongside lines of moorings called tiers and all goods were offloaded on to lighters, hoys or barges and carried by them to wharves on shore or further up river.

Deptford from the South London Guide


1806 - the new East India docks at Blackwall
from Trade in the Eastern Seas 1793-1813.


Circa 1830 - East India docks at Blackwall
from WWW.British-History.ac.uk.


Every attempt has been made to produce a faithful 'abridged' copy of the Journal and Log Book. A glossary along with explanatory notes has been added to help the reader to understand the transcript along with information of other ships and people noted in the Journal. It is realised that errors are possible owing to the difficulty of transcription. The Editor's notes can be found throughout set within square brackets.


Journals and Log Books.

A journal & log is a fascinating record of day-to-day events on board ship such as location, weather, repairs, washing decks, including the gun deck where the crew slept, discipline, loading and unloading, embarking and disembarking and external events. The ledger records everyone on board, their positions and status whether or not they left ship or perished, including passengers. There is also a distinction between the 'Harbour Journal' and the 'Sea Log'. The ledger starts as large blank pages given to the Commander or Purser at the commencement of each voyage. The journal and log is dutifully created by the Commander or assigned officer and the resulting ledger, signed by the Commander is handed in at the end of the voyage. It was the duty of the ship's Purser to deposit the ship's journals etc. at East India House.

Duplicate logs written on HEICS forms survive as in the case of the Warren Hastings in 1825-6 and the Repulse in 1831-32. These have the appearance of being soiled and original as opposed to the rather clean copies handed in to India House. It is not known how many of these copies were kept on a particular voyage or are still extant but their survival must be rare. The keeping of copy journals by midshipmen and junior officers was probably encouraged for training purposes. On a rare occasion such as with the 1822/3 voyage of the ship 'London' to Madras and China, the Captains, the 3rd mate's, a midshipman's and another journal was lodged at India House.


Example of a page from this Journal.
Monday 4th April 1831.


Huddart

Built by Wells, launched 1802, 2 decks, 4in bottom, length 124ft 10in, keel 99ft 9½in, breadth 32ft 1½in, hold 16ft 2in, wing transom 23ft, port cell 27ft 6in, waist 1ft 6in, between decks 6ft 6in, roundhouse 6ft 3in, ports 11 upper, 547 tons. Principal Managing owners: 1-2 John Woolmore, 3-8 Robert Burrowes. She made 8 voyages to India, the last being in 1817/8. (as described by Farrington).

Farrington extract for this voyage:-
The extract from Catalogue of East India Company Ships’ Journals and Logs 1600-1834, edited by Anthony Farrington:-

 3 1806/07 Bombay

 L/MAR/B/217C      Journal 10 Mar 1806-6 Oct 1807

 L/MAR/B/217L(1)  Ledger

 L/MAR/B/217L(2)  Pay Book

 Capt Thomas Gabriel Bayliff

 Portsmouth 10 Jun 1806 - 27 Jun Madeira - 3

Oct Cape - 11 Jan 1807 Bombay - 14 Mar Point

 de Galle - 14 May St Helena - 6 Sep Downs


Map of the course of the Huddart.


The Convoy

Honourable East India Company Service ships were generally well armed and capable of holding their own against single adversaries. The Journals often mention the cleaning of guns and drills taking place. Passing Royal Navy ships would occasionally come alongside Company ships and press some of the crew. However, especially in times of war, Company ships would set sail in convoy, accompanied by a Royal Navy ship with the commander described as Commodore. During the long voyage there would be a fair amount of 'watching out', both for each other and for 'strangers'. If a stranger was not identified quickly then the Royal Navy ship would peel off and give chase. Royal Navy ships would not necessarily be any larger than merchant ships, which had to provide cargo space but they were specifically prepared and better armed with their crew trained for war. A convoy would not remain fixed as there would be ships, both HEICS, Royal Navy ships and others peeling off or joining. This would be especially the case when the convoy reached its port of destination.

Seasonal weather patterns such as prevailing winds would play a part in when ships or convoys would leave England. January to July seems to have been the favoured time to set sail for the Far East.


Approaches to Bombay and Calcutta

HEICS ships bound for Bombay would sail up the west coast of India and various land marks were noted in the Journals as they approached Bombay.


The west coast of India.


HEICS ships bound for Calcutta had to navigate the Hooghly River with its tidal flows and sand banks as they headed for Saugor (Sagar), the main port for disembarkation. Various landmarks were noted in the Journals and the following link to a page on the Internet was of help with some of the names.


Part of the river Hooghly showing the island of Saugor (Sagar).


Landmarks:
Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies

John Horsburgh, The India Directory or Directions for sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the interjacent ports of Africa and South America: originally compiled from the Journal of the Honourable Company's Ships, and from observations and remarks.. First published in two volumes plus supplement in 1811, is a most interesting book which describes the route and landmarks to the Far East, including approaches to the ports of India and China. An electronic version of the book is available on the Internet.

  • Vol. 1: London to the Bay of Bengal.
  • Vol. 2: Bay of Bengal to China, &c.


News Reports

The six images concerning the Huddart are taken from newspaper articles:-

  1. The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Tuesday, June 3, 1806; Issue 11558. (33)
  2. EAST INDIA DOCKS, BLACKWALL . The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Thursday, July 31, 1806; Issue 11608. (34)
  3. The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, June 09, 1806; Issue 12016. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II. (37)
  4. Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, August 22, 1807; Issue 13361. (38)
  5. Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle etc (Portsmouth, England), Monday, September 7, 1807; Issue 413. (39)
  6. Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, September 10, 1807; Issue 2292. (40)

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List of Ships noted in this journal.

List of other ships mentioned in the Journal. Details of the ships have been added by the Editors from a number of sources. The reference is the page on which they are noted for the first time. The main sources for the HCS ships and for their commanders come from Farrington: Catalogue of East India Company's Ship' Journals. Another site used is: eicships.threedecks.org, a useful source for 'country' ships. Information on HM ships comes from the website: www.pbenyon.plus.com, and the Internet.
Page 3 HMS Arrogant Mentioned in the Crew List as impressing a number of the crew on 11th January 1807 at Bombay, although the event is not mentioned by Captain Bayliff on the day. The ship has not been traced.
Page 7 HCS Harriet(3) Built by Perry, launched in 1802. Length 125ft, 550 tons. Six voyages to Bengal, this was her 3rd. Her commander was Captain William Lynch. She was burnt at Calcutta 15th October 1812.
Page 12 HCS Swift Described by Captain Bayliff on Friday 25 April 1806 while at Gravesend, as a Company (HEICS) yacht.
Page 13 HCS Royal Charlotte (5) Built by Pitcher, launched 1796. length 176ft, 1453 tons. 5th voyage to China, commanded by Captian Robert Patterson. Her eighth and last recorded voyage was in 1814. See Wikipaedia for more information.
Page 13 HCS Thames (2) Built by Perry, launched 1796. length 176ft, 1432 tons. 5th voyage to China, commanded by Captian Matthew Riches. Her eighth and last recorded voyage was in 1814.
Page 13 HCS Marquis of Wellesley Built by Randall, launched 1799. length 146ft, 818 tons. 4th voyage to India, commanded by Captian Charles Le Blanc. Her sixth and last recorded voyage was in 1811 when she was recorded as going aground in the harbour at Bombay 16 April 1813.
Page 16 HMS Antelope Launched from the King's Yard at Sheerness 10 Nov 1802; 4th rate, armament 50. 1107 tons. In 1805 H Beazeley was appointed Captain of the Antelope See Google Books and www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/A/00272.html, for her history. Disposed of in 1845.
Page 16 HCS Teignmouth Farrington does not mention the Teignmouth, there is however a Teignmouth built in Bombay in 1799. It is described as a 'Sloop of War' for the HEICS, see: wiki.fibis.org/index.php? title=Ships_of_the_Bombay_Marine_and_Indian_Navy#Ships_Built_in_Bombay_1736_to_1863.
Page 19 HCS Indus Built by Temple and launched 1804, length 122ft, 567 tons. This was her 2nd voyage to India. Commanded by Captain George Weltden. Her last recorded voyage was in 1814/5.
Page 19 HCS Tottenham An extra ship, built at Stockton-on-Tees, repaired by Perry 1802. Length 124ft, 517 tons. This was her 3rd voyage to India, commanded by Captain Thomas Jones. Her last recorded voyage was her 6th in 1813.
Page 19 HCS Ocean (6) Repaired by Brent 1804, length 117ft, 532 tons. This was her 2nd voyage, commanded by Captain Thomas MacTaggart. Her last recorded voyage was in 1812. .
Page 19 HCS Lord Keith Described as a brig in a newspaper article in 1810, she was built by Mestaer and launched in 1804. Farrington describes the ship in detail: 3 decks, 4in bottom, length 132ft 2in, keel 107ft 4in, breadth 32ft 5in, hold 13ft, wing transom 21ft,7½in, port cell 28ft 11in, waist 11in, between decks 5ft 11in, roundhouse 6ft 2in, ports 10 upper, 599 tons. Principal Managing Owners: 1-2 Peter Everett Mestaer, (Peter Everett Mestaer died of a stroke in 1819.), 3-8 Robert Morris. Her last recorded voyage was in 1818.
Page 19 HCS Lord Eldon Built by Temple 1802, length 123ft, 538 tons. This was her third voyage to India, commanded by Captain John William Young. Her 7th and last recorded voyage was in 1815.
Page 19 HCS Lady Barlow Described as a Country ship. She is mentioned in Google Books as being involved in the discovery of two island on her voyage from Port Jackson to China called Mac Askill's Islands after her Captain on 29th October 1809.
Page 72 HCS Hunter Described by Captain Bayliff as a HEICS Country ship at the Cape on 15th October 1806.
Page 94 --- not known On Friday 28th November 1806, the escort ship HMS Antelope picked up debres from a large ship with evidence of shot. From this it is assumed that a ship had either been sunk or damaged during an engagement.
Page 105 HCS Louisa On Saturday 20th December 1811 while off Ceylon, Captain Huddart described sighting the Louisa, a Country ship for Bombay. Nothing else known about the ship.
Page 108 HMS Pitt Schooner, purchased 1905, armament 12 (10x18-pounder carronades; 2xsixes), complement 54. 23-25 Oct 1806, after a 67 hour chase captured the celebrated French privateer Superbe. See: www.pbenyon.plus.com/Naval_History/Vol_IV/Vol_IV_P_268.htm, for the story of the capture. Captain Huddart reported sighting the Pitt 26 December 1811 while off the coast of India.
Page 116 HMS Victor Sloop launched 1798, armament 18 (16x32 pdr carronades, 2xsixes). See: www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/U/05020.html, more details of this ship. Captured the French privateer Amis Reunis near the Persian Gulf on 7 May 1805. On 8 October 1808 she was cruising off Sandshead in the Bay of Bengal, and after a nine hour chase and fight she captured the French corvette Jéna, which was added to the British Navy under the name Victor while the original Victor was presumably scuppered. SHe was sited by Captain Sanders of the HEICS Northampton at Madras on Wednesday February 17th 1808.
Page 116 HCS Ganges (3) Built by Wells and launched 1797. Length 181ft, 1502 tons. Four voyages to the Far East are recorded by Farrington this was her last, her commander was Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington. She was on her way back to England and was spotted by Captain Bayliff at Bombay on Sunday 11 January 1807. She was lost off the Cape of Good Hope on 29 May 1807 with no loss of life. Captain Bayliff records on Tuesday 6 June while at St Helena the following: "Arrived the Earl St Vincent with the crew and passengers on board belonging to the Ganges, which ship had become in so bad a state that it was found necessary to quit her. She sank in sight of the Earl St Vincent the day after her being quitted - no lives lost." In 1804 she had been involved in the Battle of Pulo Aura. See The Ganges, East Indiaman by W. J. Huggins, in Bulletin of the Victoria Memorial Calcutta, 8 (1974) pp.21-23, illus.
Page 116 HCS Earl St Vincent (1) Built by Barnard 1799, length 146ft, 808 tons. This was her 4th voyage, commanded by Captain Charles Jones. Her 7th was the last recorded in 1812.
Page 117 HMS Concorde Taken from the French in 1783, 5th rate, armament 28. 889 tons with a compliment of 257. She was cruising with HMS Hughes near Bombay while looking for French frigates.


HMS Concorde

Captain Bayliff records the Concorde arriving at Bombay on 15 January 1807, she was commanded by Captain J. Cromer. See: www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/01067.html, for her interesting history. She was disposed of in 1811.

Page 121 HCS Lord Nelson Built by Barnard, launched 1799, length 146ft, 819 tons. She made 5 voyages to India and this was her 4th. Her commander was William Charles Hutton. Her last voyage was in 1808 under Captain Hutton. She parted company from the fleet on 28 October 1808 in a gale in 8o 30 S 80o E and was not heard of again. Francis Graham, midshipman on the Huddart, sailed on the unfortunate vessel in 1808.
Page 121 HCS Northumberland (5) Built by Brent 1805. Length 135ft, 637 tons. She made 6 voyages to India of which this was her 1st under Captain George Raincock. Her last recorded voyage was in 1817.
Page 123 HCS Lord Castlereagh (1) Built by Barnard 1802. Length 145ft, 812 tons. She made 7 voyages to India and China of which this was her 2nd under Captain Christopher Kymer. She was at Madras on 26th February 1807. Her last recorded voyage was her 7th in 1819.
Page 123 HCS Spinder Described as a HEICS Country ship at Madras on 26th February 1807.
Page 123 HMS Bellone A frigate called Bellone, captured from the French on 12 Oct 1798, see: www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/B/00531.html.
Page 127 HMS Sceptre Built at Deptford by Dudman after a design by Wir William Rule and launched in December 1802. 3rd rate, armament 74. She served in the Napoleonic Wars and the war of 1812. See Wikipaedia and www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/S/04148.html, for more information. She was sighted by Captain Bayliff off the coast of India on the 5th March 1807, at the time her Captain was probably Joseph Bingham. She was broken up in 1821.
Page 131 HCS Bombay Launched 1793, 672 ton frigate for the East India Company. She served as the Bombay until the Royal Navy purchased her in 1805 as a 5th rate with armament of 38, complement of 235. Captain Sanders recorded her in the river Hooghly as the Bombay on Tuesday 10th May 1808. In 1808 she was renamed the Ceylon. See Wikipedia and www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/00894.html, for further information. Disposed of in 1857.
Page 133 HCS Monarch Extra ship built by Mestaer 1801, length 126ft, 609 tons. This was her 3rd trip to India, commanded by Captain Stephen Hawes. Her last recorded trip was in 1810.
Page 133 HCS Sovereign (2) Built by Randall 1801, length 132ft, 617 tons. This was her 3rd trip to India, commanded by Captain Alexander Campbell. Her last and 7th recorded trip was in 1816.
Page 133 HCS Walthamstow Built by Randall, launched 1799, length 118ft, 824 tons. This was her 4th trip to India, commanded by Captain Donald Macloed. Her last and 6th recorded trip was in 1811.
Page 134 HCS Lady Jane Dundas Built by Clevely, launched 1800, length 146ft, 826 tons. This was her 4th trip to India, commanded by Captain Hon Hugh Lindsay. Her last and 5th recorded trip under Captain John Eckford was in 1808 when on 14th March 1809 off Mauritius she parted company with the convoy and was not heard of again. See: www.historic-shipping.co.uk/robwigram/ladyjanedundas%2099.html, for more information.
Page 134 HCS Hugh Inglis Built by Clevely, launched 1799, length 146ft, 821 tons. This was her 3rd trip to India, commanded by Captain William Fairfax. Her last and 7th recorded trip under Captain William Fairfax was in 1816.
Page 134 HCS Asia (4) Built by Humble at Liverpool launched 1798, length 146ft, 819 tons. This was her 4th trip to India and China, commanded by Captain Robert Wardlaw. Her last and 5th recorded trip was in 1808 when she was lost in the Bengal River 1 June 1809.
Page 134 HCS Bengal Built by Wells, launched 1799, length 146ft, 818 tons. This was her 4th trip to India, commanded by Captain Adam Cumine. Her last and 5th recorded trip was in 1808 when she disappeared after parting company off Mauritius on 14 March 1809.
Page 134 HCS Alexander Extra ship built at Liverpool 1804, length 128ft, 614 tons. This was her 2nd trip to India, commanded by Captain John Robinson Franklin. Her last and 7th recorded trip was in 1816.
Page 168 --- -------- An unnamed ship spotted in the Indian Ocean on Sunday 31 May 1807. She was a ship from Bremen sailing from Batavia, presumably back to Bremen.
Page 176 HCS Alfred (2) Built by Todd & Pitcher, launched 1790. Length 165ft, 1221 tons. This was her 7th voyage to the Far East. Her commander was George Welstead. Described as a store ship at St Helena by Captain Bayliff. Her last recorded voyage was her 8th in 1809.
Page 176 HCS Worcester (4) Built by Perry, launched 1785. Length 143ft, 798 tons. This was her 8th and last, commanded by Captain Searles Wood. Described as a store ship at St Helena by Captain Bayliff on Sunday 14th June 1807. Recorded by Captain Sanders at Madras on Wednesday February 17th 1808.
Page 176 HCS United Kingdom At 850 tons, this was her 3rd voyage to India, commanded by Captain William Parker D'Esterre. Described as a store ship at St Helena by Captain Bayliff. On her 4th trip,commanded by Captain D'Estelle, she was captured by two French ships, the La Manche and the La Vénus on 19 Nov 1809. Her officers were landed at Vizagapatam, Madras on the 7 Dec 1809.
Page 216 HCS Beschermer She had been a Dutch man-of-war, captured in 1799 and fitted out as a store ship at Chatham in 1805. At the end of 1806, loaned to the East India Dock Company. On Saturday 12 September 1807 she was described by Captain Bayliff as a hulk sited at Blackwall just outside the HEICS basin. She was a hulk when in 1811 Captain Campbell moored the Lord Keith along side and still a hulk on 28th June 1826 when Captain Rawes of the Warren Hastings moored along side her.
Page 217 --- Sisters Way Assumed to be a small boat used for ferrying cargo in the East India dock, London, in this case wine.


Contents of Ship's Log


Log Pages Description Date

1 Title Page: Capt'n Bayliff's Log 10 Mar 1806

2 Ship's Company ditto

6-7 Blackwall 10 Mar 1806 to 25 Mar 1806

8 Northfleet 26 Mar 1806 to 30 Mar 1806

9-13 Gravesend 31 Mar 1806 to 28 Apr 1806

13 Margate Roads 29 Apr 1806

14-16 Portsmouth & St. Helens 3 May 1806 to 1 Jun 1806

28-33 Porto Santo, Madeira 27 Jun Mar 1806 to 23 Jul 1806

49 Crossing Equator 22 Aug 1806

70-72 Table Bay, Cape, South Africa 3 Oct 1806 to 15 Oct 1806

98 Crossing Equator 5 Dec 1806

108 Cochin Roads, India 25 Dec 1806 to 27 Dec 1806

109 Tellicherry, India 28 Dec 1806

116-123 Bombay, India 11 Jan 1807 to 26 Feb 1807

127 Mangalore, India 5 Mar 1807

131-133 Point de Galle, Ceylon 14 Mar 1807 to 25 Mar 1807

138 Crossing Equator 3 Apr 1807

157-158 Incident with Mr Boyce 11 May 1807 to 12 May 1807

175-179 St Helena, South Atlantic 14 Jun 1807 to 28 Jun 1807

183 Crossing Equator 7 Jul 1807

214 The Downs, England 6 Sep 1807

216 Woolwich Roads 12 Sep 1807

217 Blackwall (at Beschermer Hulk) 14 Sep 1807

218 East India Dock, London 15 Sep 1807 to 5 Oct 1807

219 End of Log 6 Oct 1807


The voyage to Madeira & Bombay of
The Honourable East India Company's ship Huddart (1806 - 1807)

Commander - Capt. Thomas Gabriel Bayliff

The Journal & Log of the Huddart 1806-7.

[Page 1:]


First page of journal and an example
of Captain Bayliff's handwriting.

[Page 2:]

Recevd 12 September 1807

A List of Huddarts Ship's Company


No. Names Stations Time of Entry Place of Entry Remarks [With notes added by Farrington etc.]

1 Capt. T G Bayliff Commander 26 Apr 1806 Blackwall Thomas Gabriel Bayliff, was born in Lambeth 29 Oct 1765. He was a midshipman Royal Charlotte (2) 1779/80; midshipman Sulivan 1782/3; 4th mate Worcester (4) 1785/6; 3rd mate Queen (4) 1789-90; 2nd mate Earl of Chesterfield 1792/3; 1st mate Alfred (2) 1795/6, 1798/8 & 1800/1; Captain Huddart 1802/3 & 1805/6.]


H. Prosser Chief Officer do do [Henry Prosser, was born Westminster 25 Nov 1774, boatswain's servant Royal charlotte (2) 1785/6; midshipman London (13) 1787/8; midshipman Phoenix (3) 1790/1; 5th mate Princess Royal (3) 1792/3; home from Bengal as 3rd mate Dutton (2); 4th mate Cuffnells 1798/9; 3rd mate Cuffnals 1801/2; 2nd mate Taunton Castle 1803/4; 1st mate Huddart 1805/6; 2nd mate Alexander (3) 1811/2; 1st mate Alexander (3) 1813/4; petitioned Poplar Fund 1822.]


Wm Setrie Second Officer do do [William James Setree, 4th mate Dover Castle 1803/4; 2nd mate Huddart 1805/6.]


Thos Henderson Third Officer do do [Thomas Henderson, was born 10 Jan & bap 2 Mar 1783 at St Bride's], London, son of John & Elizabeth; purser Huddart 1802/3; 4th mate Huddart 1803/4; 3rd mate Huddart 1805/6; 2nd mate Sir William Bensley 1807/8; drowned 26 Dec 1808.

5 Wm Crampton Surgeon do do [William Crampton]


Jn Williams Boatswain do do


Jn Harden Gunner do do


Jn Heath Carpenter do do


G Gordon Midshipman do do [George Gordon, purser 1805/6; midshipman 1806/7 [not mentioned by Farrington]; purser Ocean (4) 1807/8.]

10 Fr Graham do do do [Francis Graham, midshipman Huddart 1806/7 (not mentioned by Farrington); 5th mate Lord Nelson 1807/8; outward bound from Portsmouth 5 March 1808, she parted company from the fleet on 28 October in a gale in 8o30 S 80oE and not heard of again.]


R Dixon Cooper do do


Thos Lloyd Capt's Cook do do


Wm Smith Ship's Cook do do


Rich'd Wilkinson Boatswain's Mate do do Run at Madeira 21 July 1806

15 J James Gunner's do do do


Thos Pratt Carpenter's do do do


R'd Jeffries Quarter Master do do


J Main do do do Run at Gravesend 29 Apr 1806


Jos Hubbard Captn's Servant do do [Hubbert?]

20 Ed'w Ridley do do do


Wm Lindsey Seaman do do Run at Madeiria 21 July 1806


J Grimsby do do do Pressed on HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806


J'n Fitzpatrick do do do


H Stains do do do

25 Edw Durham do do do


G F Rice do do do Pressed HMS Grampus 23 Feb 1807


P Antonio do do do Run at Cape 16 Oct 1806


Thos Bennington Quarter Master do do Run at Madeira 16 July 1806


Jn Coromates[?] Seaman do do

30 M Marino do do do


J Maria do do do Run at Bombay 20 Feb 1807


B Watts Ordinary Seaman do do Run at Bombay 20 Feb 1807


H Duncrantis do do do Run at Cape 16 Oct 1806


J Niven[?] do do do Pressed on HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806

35 C Blanfield do do do Died at sea 11 Dec 1806


T Crud[?] do do do


J Barret do do do


J Blake do do do


Jn Miller do do do Pressed on HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806

40 Jn Middleton do do do Pressed on HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806


S Johnson do do do Discharged 6 May 1806 bad leg


Wm Ambler do do do Pressed HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806


E Handal do do do Discharged 13 May 1806 lame


P Cameron do do do Pressed HMS Arrogant 11 Jan 1807

45 Jn Peters do do do


Hrd[?] Davis do do do Run at Cape 16 Oct 1806


T Lush do do do


C Sole do do do


R Harwood do do do Pressed on HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806

50 N Crane do do do


S Lutwich do do do


S Wood Boatswain's Mate 13 May 1806 Portsmouth


C Jensen Seaman do do


E Peterson do do do

55 M Courtney[?] Quarter Master do do
[Page 3:]


Js Lacy Ordinary Seaman 13 May 1806 do Pressed HMS Arrogant 11 Jan 1807


Wm Coleman[?] do 25 Apr 1806 Blackwall Discharged Portsmouth 2 June 1806


C Jardine do do do Discharged at Madeira 10 July 1806


Thos Byrne do 2 June 1806 Portsmouth Pressed HMS Arrogant 11 Jan 1807

60 Jos Phillips Seaman 12 July 1806 Madeira Run at Bombay 10 Feb 1807


Jos Quaille do do do


Hy Switchen Quarter Master 16 July 1806 do


Hy Peney Seaman do do


Robt Ives do 12 Oct 1806 Cape Town S A

65 Hugh James do do do Pressed HMS Arrogant 11 Jan 1807


Thos Evans do do do


Wm Thompson do do do Pressed HMS Arrogant 11 Jan 1807


Jn Lyons do do do


A Rodrigues do 25 Dec 1806 Cochin, India From on HMS Pitt 25 Dec 1806

70 Hy Buckwald do 20 Jan 1807 Bombay, India Left the ship at St Helena June 1807


B Joze[?] do do do


Bento Limis do do do


Domingo Lomas do do do


Tembrok Despoze[?] do do do

75 John Savadore do do do Run at Bombay 24 Feb 1807


James McCarty Ordinary Seaman do do


James Plimpton Seaman 23 Mar 1807 do


Adam Tennaman do 26 Jun 1807 Galle, Ceylon


John Laniblain do do do

80 Antonio Barnaby do do do


Francis Antonio do do do


John Huff do do do


Jn Whitman[?] do do do


J Stevenson do do do

85 J Moir do do do


Hy Vaughan do do do


Minus Lindergram do do do

88 L Rodrigus do 20 Jan 1807 Bombay, India


Detachment of His Majesty's 17th Reg't

No. Names Stations Time of Entry Place of Entry Remarks


Matthew Turton Sergeant 5 May 1806 Portsmouth Landed at Bombay 12 Jan 1807


Rich'd Parbert Corporal do do do


Wm Huskinson do do do do


Jas Caffery Privates do do do


Jn Robson do do do do


Chas Butler do do do do


Wm Spridgens do do do do


Jn Sparrow do do do


Jn Dennet do do do


Jn Holms do do do do


Ed Baldwin do do do do


Wm Thorp do do do do


P Thompson do do do do


Wm Stevenson do do do do


Jn Bixton do do do do


Wm McIntyre do do do do


R Haydon do do do do


Wm Reed do do do do


Ben Hill do do do do


Ben Martin do do do do


J Beverly do do do do


Wm Jones do do do do


Har[ol]d Hopkins do do do do


Mrs Huskinson Wife of Mr Huskinson do do do


Mrs Butler do of Butler in India do do do


Jn Butler Son of Butler 3 years old do do do
[Page 4:]


Passengers outward & homeward bound

No. Names Remarks etc. Came on board Left

1 Mrs S Fraser Wife of Lieut Fraser Portsmouth 29 May 1806 Bombay 12 Jany 1807

2 Miss M Fraser Dau do 8 years old do do

3 Mrs Longdon Wife of James Longdon Gravesend 15 April 1806 do

4 Mary Longdon Dau do 9 years old do do

5 Sarah Longdon Dau do 7 years old do do

6 Jos Longdon Son do 5 years old do do

7 Lieut Fraser H M 77th Reg't Portsmouth 29 May 1806 do

8 do Webb H M 86th Reg't do 5 May 1806 do

9 do Nixon Ceylon Reg't do 24 May 1806 Cochin 26 Dec 1807

10 do Little do do do

11 do Lamphiers do do do

12 do Cook do do do

13 do Wilkins do do do

14 Mr James Sutherland Writers do 26 May 1806 Bombay 12 Jany 1807

15 James Longdon Conductor of Stores do do

16 John Mills Free Mariners do Cape, S.A. 15 Oct 1806


Passengers homeward bound

No. Names Remarks etc. Came on board Left

1 Col Anderson 6th Reg't N.I. Bombay 26 Feb 1807 England 5 Sept 1807

2 Col Colman H M 84th Reg't do do

3 Maj Guyler H M 86th Reg't do do

4 Maj McGregor H M 77th Reg't do do

5 Maj Douglas 9th Reg't N I do do

6 Captn Rudd H M 77th Reg't do do 14 Sept 1807

7 Captn Lighton H C Artillery do do

8 Captn Travers H M 38th Reg't do do 5 Sept 1807

9 Captn Singer H M 7th Reg't do do

10 Lieut Lodwick H C Marine Batt'n do do

11 Lieut Lonmer European Reg't do do

12 Col Dowland 5th Reg't N I Retired do do

13 Dr Preece H M 77th Reg't do do

14 Mr Deane H M 86th late Surgeon do do

15 Mrs Rudd Wife of Capt Rudd do do

16 Louisa Rudd Dau do aged 5 years do do

17 F'k Rudd Son do 3 years do do

18 J'n Rudd Son do 7 Months do do

19 Mrs Gerard ----- do do

20 Charlotte Gerard Dau do 9 years do do

21 R Douglas do of Maj Douglas aged 9 do do

22 K Douglas do 7 years do do

23 M Douglas do 4 years do do

24 Chas Cumberledge [child] 7 years do do

25 Rich'd Mulligam [child] 8 years do do

26 Andrew Armstrong [child] 6 years do do

27 L Col Maddison H M 77th Reg't St Helena 27 June 1807 do

28 Mrs do W of L Col Maddison do do

29 Mrs Darwell ---- do do

30 Capt Aitchison 2nd Batt'n N I do do

31 Wm Smith ---- do do
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Detachment of H M 77th Reg't of Foot

No. Names Stations Came on board


1 J Bell Sergeant Bombay 26 Feb 1807 England 14 Sep 1807

2 Henry Brown do do do

3 Samuel Carnochan Hospital Sergeant do do

4 Wm Cavanagh do do do

5 James Campbell do do do

6 Phineas Dewing do do do

7 Edward Harwood do do do

8 Daniel Hunt Acting Sergt Major do do

9 Robert Levett Sergeant do do

10 Wm Killet do do do

11 Wm Locke do do do

12 Jonathan Lloyd do do do

13 Thos Marshall do do do

14 Jno McClain [Clarin?] do do do

15 Jno Price do do do

16 Wm Radley[Ralley?] do do do

17 Richd Sergeant do do do

18 Wm Smith do do do

19 Alex Bowie Corporal do do

20 Wm Busby do do do

21 Thos Cousins do do do

22 Jno Fox do do do

23 Alex Fraser do do do

24 Dan'l Green do do do

25 Jno Pollington do do do

26 Thos Seager do do do

27 Wm Turner do do do

28 Thos Ward do do do

29 Job Whitlet [Whitby] do do do

30 Henry Lawrence Drummer do do

31 Sam'l Pever do do do

32 Patrick Cavanagh Private do do

33 James Campbell do do do

34 Richard Fullam do do do

35 Jno Henderson do do do

36 Jno James do do do

37 Jno Kennedy do do do

38 James Ramsbottom do do do

39 Thos Paladine do do do

40 Peter Simpson do do do

41 S White do do do

42 Mrs Bell Wife of Sergt Bell do do

43 Mrs Cavanagh Wife of Capt Cavanagh do do

44 Mrs Seager Wife of Capt Seager do do

45 S Paul Boy 7 years old do do

46 D Hunt Son of Mrs Hunt 9 years old do do

47 - McClockland Son 10 years old do do


J Manery Col Colman's servant do do


Wm Hudson Maj Guyler's serv do do


J Hillsbrugh Capt Lighton's serv do do


J Blundrich Capt Traver's serv do do


Mohamet Maj Douglas' serv do do


Abraham Col Anderson's serv do do


J Helesbone Invalid do do


Sergt Cowie Col Maddison's serv St Helena 27 Jun 1807 do


J Murphy Invalid do do


H McQuillan do do do


J Sullivan do do do


Mrs Cowie Wife of above do do


Child of above Mrs Cowie do do


Francis Capt Aitchison's serv do do


West Invalid do do
Came on board February 26th 1807 Bombay June 27 1807 St Helena

Landed all the above Detachment & Invalids Septr 14 1807

I do declare upon honour that the above are true and correct list of the Ship's Company & Passengers to the best of my knowledge and belief.
[signed] T G Bayliff, Witness: C Collingwood.

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It was Monday 10 March 1806 when Capt. Thomas Gabriel Bayliff started his Ship's Log and Journal at the Blackwall Dock on the north side of the River Thames. The previous Saturday he attended a meeting at East India House in Leadenhall Street, London to be sworn before the Directors of the Honourable East India Company (H.E.I.C.S.) into the command of the ship Huddart consigned to Madeira and Bombay. This was to be his second and last voyage as Commander of the Huddart.

Those on board would have seen the last few weeks of construction of the extensive new East India Docks between Blackwall and the point where the River Lea enters the Thames. By the end of July the docks were filled and the first ships entered the new basin on Friday 2 August 1806. A grand opening ceremony was held the following Monday the 5th in the presence of the Minister of State, Directors of the Honourable Company (one of whom was a Joseph Huddart, Esq.), and the Civil Engineers Rennie and Walker. The party was elegantly entertained at the London Tavern as guests of the Company. In addition to his many accomplishments as a hydrographer and civil engineer, Huddart was well remembered for his inventions concerning the manufacture and tarring of rope. He established Huddart & Co's Patent Cordage Manufactory at Limehouse in 1800 just down the road from the new East India Docks.

H.M.S. Victory was currently being refitted at Chatham just down the estuary after the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

[Harbour Journal]

Huddart at Blackwall

Monday 10th March.
Came on board Mr Hales, Inspector to examine the state of the ship. Left on board Mr Cook, Surveyor. People employed stowing butts & clearing limbers. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Tuesday 11th March.
Northerly winds with cloudy weather & snow. Employed filling water. Receiving Coals. Clearing the hold. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Wednesday 12th March.
Heavy snow. Employed receiving on board Bath & some Store Pitch & Tar. Riggers & Carpenters employed occasionally. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Thursday 13th March.
Wind WNW fair weather & employed as yesterday. Officers on board 1st & 3rd

Friday 14th March.
Wind southerly with much rain, in the evening fair. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Saturday 15th.
Wind from the NW with fine weather. Received on board the last Provisions. Fidded the Top Masts, Crossed the Crossjack & Mizen Topsail Yards. Riggers employed. Draft of water Forwd 12.10ft Aft 11.8ft.

Sunday 16th.
Wind NW with unsettled weather. Officers on board 1st & 3rd

Monday 17th.
Wind SE with constant rain. Officers on board 1st & 3rd

Tuesday 18th.
Light variable winds. Riggers employed. Lumpers cleaning the ship. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

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Huddart at Blackwall

Wednesday 19th March.
Winds NE cloudy weather. Riggers employed. Received on board some Bar Iron on acct of the Honble Company. Fidded the Top Gallant Masts. Officers on board Captn, 1st & 3rd.

Thursday 20th.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Received on board some Iron on acct of the Honble Company & various Ships Stores. Swayed the Lower Yards up & got the Jibb Boom out. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Friday 21st.
Wind westerly fair weather. Received on board remainder of the Ship Anchors. Riggers employed. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Saturday 22nd.
Southerly winds & fair weather. Bent Sails. Received on board the Ships Guns & other Stores. Draft of water Forwd 12.9ft aft 14.6ft. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Sunday 23rd.
Strong SE winds. Found the Fore Topmast sprung about 8 feet above the ----. Received on board the Arms Chests & Boarding Pikes. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Monday 24th.
At 11am the Pilot cast off from the mooring but falling calm lashed alongside the Harriet. Captn & Officers all on board. Draft of water Forwd 14.3ft Aft 13.2ft.

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Tuesday 25th March.
PM a light breeze & stronger later from the northward. Cast off & made sail. At 8pm came to with the Small Bower in Long Reach – Received on board some Private Trade & the Ship Medicine Chest. Captn & Officers all on board.

Wednesday 26th.
At 5pm High Water, weighed and made sail, at 7 anchored just below Northfleet. Moored ship. Unbent sails ---- Top Gallant Masts & Yards. Officers all on board.

Thursday 27th.
Wind easterly with fair weather. Employed levelling the hold & receiving on board Iron on acct of the Honble Company.

Friday 28th.
Fresh breezes from the NE with cloudy weather. Employed receiving on board Sundry Goods Private Goods on Freight. Officers on board 2nd & 4th.

Saturday 29th.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Received on board some Freight Goods – also a New Fore Top Mast. Officers on board 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Sunday 30th March.
Easterly wind with rain & sleet. AM got the Pilot Boat from Gravesend to send another one of our Cables & take the other clear of a Ships Cable. Captn & Officers on board.

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Huddart at Gravesend

Monday 31st March 1806.
Strong winds frequently from the NE. Employed shifting the Iron -- & in the hold. Officers on board 2nd & 3rd.

Tuesday 1st April.
Strong winds from the NE. Employed delivering Kentledge which was taken in to stiffen the ship to proceed to Gravesend. Officers on board 2nd & 3d.

Wednesday 2nd April.
Winds weather as yesterday. Employed delivering Kentledge & receiving on board Freight Goods. Officers on board 2nd & 3rd.

Thursday 3rd.
A strong easterly wind with a heavy fall of snow. Received on board Shot & Shells on acct of the Honble Company. Draft of water Forwd 14.3ft ----.

Friday 4th.
No entry

Saturday 5th.
Light airs from the NE with pleasant weather. Employed receiving on board shot on acct of the Honble Company.

Sunday 6th.
Light breezes from ye ---- pleasant weather. PM cleared hawse & washed decks. Captn & Officers on board. Draft of water Forwd 14.9ft Aft 13.8ft.

[Page 10:] Huddart at Gravesend 1806

Monday 7th April.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Employed taking on board Sundry Freight Goods & Private Trade. Boatswain about the rigging. Officers 1st & 3rd.

Tuesday 8th.
Ditto winds and weather. Employed receiving on board Cargo. About the rigging etc. Officers on board 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Wednesday 9th.
Pleasant weather. Employed taking on board Freight Goods & the Ships Raft & Spars. Officers all on board,

Thursday 10th.
Fresh easterly winds with cloudy weather. Received on board some Freight & Private Trade. Officers all on board.

Friday 11th.
Fresh breezes with cloudy weather. Received on board some Bar on Freight. Officers all on board.

Saturday 12th.
Strong breezes from ye NE with cloudy weather. Received on board the Ships Cables & Spare Cordage Sails etc. Officers all on board.

Sunday 13th.
Wind & weather as yesterday, Captn & Officers all on board.

Monday 14th.
Winds NE with cloudy weather & snow. --- --- Cables into the hold.

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Huddart at Gravesend

Tuesday 15th April 1806.
Wind northerly with snow. Received on board some Military Stores and one Arms Chest – some Beer on Freight. Draft of water Forwd 16.5ft Aft 15.4ft. Officers all on board.

Wednesday 16th.
Light winds & fair weather. Employed receiving the Running Rigging etc. Officers all on board.

Thursday 17th.
Light variable winds. Received on board some Private Trade & Goods on Freight. Bent the Top Sails. Officers all on board.

Friday 18th.
Light winds with much rain in the night. Employed taking on board Private Trade & Freight Goods. Boatswain about the rigging. Officers all on board.

Saturday 19th.
Light airs from the SE. Set the Rigging up for & aft. Officers all on board.

Sunday 20th.
Light easterly winds with pleasant weather. Employed cleaning the Ship. Captn & Officers on board.

Monday 21st.
Received on board some Private Trade & Freight goods also the Ships Boats. Draft of water Forwd 17 Aft --.

Tuesday 22nd.
Strong northerly winds with rain & cloudy weather & necessaries for some Lascars on acct of the Honble Company. Officers on board 1st --.

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Huddart at Gravesend

Wednesday 28th April 1806.
NE winds with pleasant weather. Set up the Main & Mizen Rigging – bent the Courses. Officers all on board.

Thursday 24th.
Fresh breezes from the NE with cloudy weather. Employed in getting the ship ready for Sea. Officers all on board.

Friday 25th.
Fresh northerly winds with light rain. At 6am Mr Harris Pilot took charge of the ship, unmoored on the ebb – and moored short on the flood Cable – on the ship swinging to the flood the wind being to the northward the anchor came home & the ship grounded on the South shore. Proceed upstream from the Honble Companys Yacht – Swift - & by cutting the Cable was enabled to make sail – at 5pm anchored with the Small Bower in the lower part of Gravesend Reach.

Saturday 26th.
Strong NE winds. Received on board New Sheet Anchor also the Bower & Kedge we cut from yesterday. Paid the Ships Company.

Sunday 27th.
Cloudy weather. Received on board some Goods on Freight. Sent all the women out of the ship & washed the decks.

Monday 28th.
Fresh northerly winds, Employed preparing for Sea.

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Huddart towards the Downs.

Tuesday 29th April 1806.
At 5pm weighed and made sail. At 9 passed the ---- ----. 3pm running off North Foreland. Variable wind ---- Margate Roads & at 10 anchored with the best Bower in 7 fms. North Foreland light S½W distance offshore 2½ miles ---- a cabb, ----.

Wednesday 30th.
At half past 5am weighed & made sail with a fresh breeze at NW. At 7 brought up on the Downs in 9 fms with the best Bower. South Foreland SW. Deal Castle W½S. Off the shore 2½ miles. AM mustered Ships Company & at half past 5pm weighed & made sail with in company & with the Honble Company’s Ships Royal Charlotte, Thames, Marquis of Wellesley & Packetts.

Thursday 1st May 1810.
5pm, 10pm & 12pm & 2am South Foreland ----. At 5am Ness Lights -----.

Friday 2nd May.
At 5pm Ness Lights, Beachy Head ---- 6am Dunnose NW at 8am Culver Cliff NWbW.

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[Friday continued].
At 11am anchored at the Mother Bank. ----

Saturday 3rd May 1806.
-------------- [illegible]

Sunday 4th.
---------------[illegible]

Monday 5th.
-----------[illegible] 66 of HM 56th Regt. ---- 24 Privates of the 17th Regt of Foot for Bombay. [see Passenger & Army Lists]

Tuesday 6th.
Received baggage. -------------

Wednesday 7th.
Wind & weather as yesterday. People & Tradesmen as yesterday.

Thursday 8th.
----------- [illegible]

Friday 9th.
----------- [illegible]

Saturday 10th.
----------- [illegible] Pumped ship at 14 inches.

Sunday 11th.
Morning mostly calm & fair in the evening light breezes & cloudy weather. Washed the upper & Cleaned the lower deck.

Monday 12th.
Wind SW & fair with heavy rain in the night. Gunner painting Quarter Deck & waists. People under the Boatswain about the rigging & Tradesmen as needful. Blacked the masthead.

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Tuesday 13th May 1810.
Wind westerly & cloudy with rain AM in the evening dropped down to St Helens. People & tradesmen as yesterday. Arrived from the Downs HC Ship Indus.

Wednesday 14th.
------- [illegible]

Thursday 15th.
Wind SW gunner painting the wastes etc. People under the Boatswain fitting mats for the Yards & about the rigging.

Friday 16th.
Variable light winds. Gunner & Tradesmen as useful. Scraped the upper Deck, People under the Boatswain.

Saturday 17th.
Light airs & sultry weather. AM cleared hawse. People under the Boatswain & scraping the sides for painting. Pumped ship 13.5 inches.

Sunday 18th.
Wind easterly & fair. Washed the upper & cleaned the lower Deck.

Monday 19th.
Wind NE & cloudy. Gunner painting the Starboard Side. People under the Boatswain & fitting the Boarding Nettings & receiving Studding Gear. Mustered Ships Company

Tuesday 20th.
Wind NE & cloudy. People & Tradesmen as yesterday. Cleared hawse.

Wednesday 21st.
Fresh breezes at NE & cloudy weather. Employed under the Boatswain.

Thursday 22nd.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Employed under the Boatswain as needful.

Friday 23rd.
Fresh breezes NE. Employed setting up the rigging Fore & Aft. Gunner finished painting.

Saturday 24th.
Wind NE & fine weather. Employed under the Boatswain as needful. Cleared hawse.

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Sunday 25th May 1806.
First & middle parts light airs, latter gentle breezes from the SW. Washed & scraped both decks.

Monday 26th.
Light winds from the westward. Employed under the Boatswain setting Studding Sails. Tradesmen at their different occupations. Pumped ship 14 inches.

Tuesday 27th.
Winds easterly & fair weather. Employed rousing out the Sails on deck to make up afresh & blacking the ends. At 2pm on board the Honble Company’s Packett.

Wednesday 28th.
Light breezes westerly & fair weather. At 1am came on board Mr Jordan with Honble Cpany’s Packett for Bombay. At noon unmoored ship, weighed & dropped down about half a mile otherwise as necessary.

Thursday 29th.
Wind & weather as yesterday. At noon weighed in a light breeze worked up to St Helens & at 3 wore away & moored ship with the Best Bower to the SW. Came on board some passengers.

Friday 30th.
Light airs SW & fair. Employed under the Boatswain, Tradesmen at their respective callings.

Saturday 31st May.
Light breezes & Fair. People under the Boatswain & Tradesmen at their respective callings. Sent the 2nd Officer on board HMS Antelope for instructions. At 2pm returned with Convoy Signals. At half past 6 unmoored. At 8 received on board 1½ chests of Treasure.

Sunday 1st June [1806].
Light variable winds & cloudy weather. At 8 Signal to weigh, at 9 made sail & at 11 per signal. At 1pm -----. At 2 wind varying to the South hauled in with the Commodore & at quarter past 3pm anchored with the best Bower in 7 fms. Culver cliff & Nettlestone Point NNW½W. East Buoy SSW½W. West Buoy WSW. Bembridge NWbW off shore 2 or 3 miles & at 8pm sent the 2nd Officer & returned - hoisted in the Boat.

Monday 2nd June.
Light breeze easterly & fair, weighed for Signal with the Fleet viz: Dover Castle, Indus, Harriet, Lord Eldon, Ocean, Lord Keith, Totterdown, Teignmouth Packett, Lady Barlow & Perseverance, African Traders under Convoy of HMS Antelope. At noon Culver Cliff NbW 3 leagues, St Catherines Point NW½W. This log contains 36 hours to commence Sea Log. Lat (obs) 30.34N.

[End of Harbour Journal]

[Start of Sea Log]

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Ship Huddart towards Madeira

Tuesday 3rd June 1806.
Sunset anchored with the Best Bower in 27fms. Dunnose NNE, Culver Cliff NE, St Catherines Point NNW, off shore 4 or 5 miles. At half past Signal to weigh. At noon off shore 7 or 8 miles.

Wednesday 4th June.
At sunset St Catherines Point East, Needles NE off shore 5 or 6 miles. At 1am Needles Lights NE. At 2 WbS1½, 3 WbE2, at 4 do, at 5 WSW½, at 8 West 1.

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Thursday 5th June 1806.
First & middle parts strong ---- latter moderating with rainy weather throughout. Fleet all in Company. No observatons.

Friday 6th June.
At 1pm bore up for St Helens. At 3 Saw the land bearing ENE, at 4 St Catherines Point NbE 3 leagues, at 6 Dunnose ENE. Anchored with the best Bower at St Helens. This log contains 36 hours.

[See newspaper report No.3, The Morning Post, June 09. 1806 – last para – “… forced back to Portsmouth by contrary winds.]

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Ship Huddart St Helens

Friday 6th June [continued].
Wind westerly & hazy weather. Sent the empty Butts on shore. People employed as needful. Set the bobstays up. Stayed the Masts & set the Rigging up fore & Aft.

Saturday 7th.
Light breezes SW & fair weather. Loosed Sails to dry otherwise as useful.

Sunday 8th.
In the morning light airs SW. Signal to weigh, at 8 to keep all last, sighted our anchor & brought up with best Bower. Condemned the old messenger & fitted the new one.

Monday 9th.
Light airs & calm with pleasant weather. People employed working up junk. Tradesmen as necessary. Exercised the people at their Quarters.

Tuesday 10th.
Light airs PM. At 8 Signal to weigh. Weighed & made sail, at 10 hove to. At noon Culver Cliff NWbN. Dunnose W½N. Portsmouth Church north. Commodore north. The undermentioned ships in Company. Dover Castle, Indus, Tottenham, Harriet, Ocean, Lord Keith, Lord Eldon, Lady Barlow, several other ships bound to the Southward & Westward, the whole under Convoy of HMS Antelope.

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Huddart from England towards Bombay

Wednesday 11th June 1810.
C&D S59W 38. First part light winds from the SE with clear weather. Towards evening light variable with hazy weather & light showers of rain. At 8pm Dunnose NWbW & off shore 2 or 4 leagues. AM and at noon a steady breeze from the NW with pleasant weather. AM roused up the Bower Cables to dry, cleaned the lower Deck. At noon the land about Cape La Hague SbW. English coast from NbE to NEbN. Lat 50.17N Long 1.52W.

Thursday 12th June 1810.
C&D N75W 69. A steady breeze throughout with pleasant weather. At 8pm the Bill of Portland NW. Needles NEbE & at 11 Portland Lights NNW. At 8am Start Point WbN½N. At noon Start Point NbE¼E. distance off shore 2 leagues. Commodore 6 miles astern. Lat 50.24N Long --.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Friday 13th June 1810.
C&D W34S 101. A steady breeze with pleasant weather. At half past 6pm Eddystone NNE¾E. dist about 4 leagues. At 2am Lizard Light NEbN dist about 6 leagues. Fleet all in Company. One of the Convoy in tow by the Commodore. Exercised the people at the Great Guns. Lat 49.12N Long 6.15W.

Saturday 14th June.
C&D SW.90. First & middle parts light winds with pleasant weather. Latterly cloudy with an increasing breeze, some thunder & lightning & rain. The Indus took the ship in Tow from the Convoy. AM under an easy sail for a strange sail astern. Lat 48.14N Long 8.7W.

[Page 22:] Huddart from England towards Bombay

Sunday 15th June 1806.
C&D SSW½W 151. Water on board 10194 Gallons, Expended 302, Remains 9892 Gallons. A steady fresh breeze with pleasant weather throughout. PM under Easy sail for one of the Convoy a Brig. AM Performed Divine Service. Lat 46.5N Long 9.0W.

Monday 16th June.
C&D S48W 165. A steady fresh breeze throughout. PM passed a Brig standing to the Northward which the Commodore chased & made Signal. People employed variously exercising at the Great Guns. Lat 44.6N Long 12.28W.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Tuesday 17th June 1806.
C&D S27W 164. A steady fresh breeze with pleasant weather. AM condemned the anchor Best Bower Cable and connected the outer sheet to an inner Best Bower and the inner Best Bower to another one. Fleet all in Company. Lat 41.34N Long 14.20W.

Wednesday 18th June.
C&D S4W 175. Pleasant fresh breeze with fine weather. Seamen employed making matts. Carpenter making a Spare Top Gallant Yard. 3pm Passed a Strange Sail which shewed Portuguese Colours. At noon Signal for all Commanders. Lat 38.27N Long 14.00W.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Thursday 19th June 1806.
C&D South 87. Hove to. Moderate breezes, latterly light airs. At daylight Commodore in chase of the Brig to the Eastward. Making the Signal for the Fleet to proceed tho’ he acted otherwise. At 8 Commodore E – Courses down. At noon the Commodore seen from the Mizen Rigging turning ENE. Lat 36.54N Long 14.04W.

Friday 20th June.
C&D South 87. Commodore south 10 miles. Light variable airs with Calms. PM The Commodore being in chase & hull down observed. The Dover Castles Motions. Carpenter making a new Top Gallant Mast. Lat 35.22N Long 12.50W.

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Huddart towards Bombay

June 21st 1806.
C&D S35W 37. PM Thick hazy weather. Middle & latter parts clear with light airs & Calms. A sharp Sail to the westward which the Commodore is in chase of. Lat 35.43N Long ----.

June 22nd.
Water remaining June 15th 9292, expended 635; remaining 8657 Gallons. C&D N82W 13. Light winds & Calms throughout with pleasant weather. AM Two strangers in sight the one seen yesterday and one being NbW. AM Performed Divine Service. Lat 35.34N Long 14.36W.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Monday 23rd June 1806.
C&D S55W 19. Light variable airs & Calms. AM employed shifting the spars from the lower deck. Carpenter making a new Jibb Boom. At noon a Strange Sail NW. Lat 35.22N Long 14.46W.

Tuesday 24th June 1806.
C&D S46W 37. Light winds with clear weather – inclinable to Calms. AM Employed rousing the Cables & serving the Harbour Gear. At noon 3 Strangers Sail in Lights. Lat 34.41N Long 15.27W.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Wednesday 25th June 1806.
C&D S37W 15. Light airs & calms with pleasant weather. Employed clearing the hold & otherwise as necessary. 4pm saw Strange Sail bearing NW. Lat 33.55N Long 15.27W.

Thursday 26th June 1806.
C&D S40W 26. Light airs & Calms with pleasant weather. At 4am saw the Island Porto Santo bearing WbS 11 leagues. AM bent the Cables. Unstowed the Anchor. At noon the body of Porto Santo bearing WbS 11 leagues – 2 Strange Sail to the SW. AM bent the Cables & unstowed the anchor. At noon the body of Porto Santo W¾S. 6 or 7 leagues. Lat 33.39N Long 15.41W.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Friday 27th June 1810.
Employed delivering water to the Commodore who sent to request I would give him any I could spare. At 4pm Porto Santo W 4 leagues, the Island of Madeira WbS 10 or 11 leagues. 11pm Porto Santo NbE. At daylight close in with the island of Madeira. At 8am the Brazen Head NW, St George ENE, St Cruise NNE, Disenter SE, Funchal NW½W. Light airs veering all round the Compass with strong tide setting to the eastward which prevented our working in the Bay. At noon Funchal NNW.

Saturday 28th June.
First part light airs southerly, but from the current letting to the eastward, could not get in to anchoring ground. At 4pm a Boatman who appeared well acquainted with the prevailing winds & tides .Coming on board engaged him as Pilot. At 6am finding we had ground at 65fms and that the ship drifting to the eastward, anchored with a Kedge & Hawser & at 7 weighed & took advantage of a light spurt of wind & stood toward the Loo Rock. At noon anchored with the Best Bower in 35fms. The Loo rock bearing NW½W off shore about 1½ miles. Steadied the ship with one Kedge Anchor & Hawser. NB This log contains 36 hours.

[end of Sea Log]

[start of Harbour Journal]

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Huddart at Madeira

Sunday 29th June 1806.
Light airs variable. AM cleaned the ship fore & aft.

Monday 30th.
Mostly calm with sultry weather. Employed clearing away in the hold for delivering Cargo.

Tuesday 1st July.
Calm & sultry weather. Employed delivering the Madeira Freight Goods & clearing the Fore Hold. Struck ye Main Top Gallant Mast.

Wednesday 2nd July.
Mostly calm. AM weighed the Best Bower & Kedge and dropped the ship to the westward it being clearer ground there. Moored ship again. Landed all the Madeira Freight Goods.

Thursday 3rd July.
Weather calm & sultry. Received on board some Wine. Employed stowing & clearing the Hold.

Friday 4th July.
Light winds with sultry weather. Employed in the hold & receiving on board Wine.

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Huddart at Madeira

Saturday 5th July.
In the morning cloudy clearing towards noon. Received on board some Wine. Employed stowing the same & stowing the Lazaretto.

Sunday 6th July.
Pleasant weather. Employed cleaning the ship fore & aft. Confined in Irons – Wilkinson Boatswain’s Mate for having absented himself from the ship without leave.

Monday 7th July.
Fresh breezes in the morning moderate towards evening. The surf running as high could get no Wine from the shore. Confined John Sams in Irons for having absented himself from the ship without leave. Gunner clearing the small Courses. People employed as necessary.

Tuesday 8th July.
Light breezes from the NW with fair weather. Employed receiving on board Wine & stowing the same. Some empty Butts on shore to be filled with water. Released the prisoners on promising good behaviour in future.

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Wednesday 9th July 1806.
Winds westerly with sultry weather. Employed receiving on board Wines. Received also 17 butts of water. Gunner employed cleaning the Arms.

Thursday 10th July.
Light airs with sultry weather. Received on board some Wine, also 18 butts of water.

Friday 11th July.
Wind SW, with fair weather. Employed receiving on board Wine, also a load of water and fire wood.

Saturday 12th July.
Light westerly winds with pleasant weather. Employed receiving on board Wine & sent the remainder of the empty Butts on shore.

Sunday 13th July.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Received on board a load of water. Employed scraping & cleaning the decks.

Monday 14th July.
Ditto winds & weather. Received on board a boat load of water. Employed clearing the ship for Sea.

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Tuesday 15th July 1806.
Fair & pleasant weather. Hove taught the Strapping of the Gammoning of the Bowsprit. Set up the Bobstays, stayed the lower masts & set the Rigging up.

Wednesday 16th July.
Wind & weather as before. Set the Top Gallant rigging up & swayed the lower masts up. Rove the Steering Sail Gear & crossed the Top Gallant Yards.

Thursday 17th.
Fair & pleasant weather. People employed under the Boatswain.

Friday 18th.
Light winds with sultry weather. Shifted the Fore Sail & Main Top Sail with the worst & employed clearing the ship for Sea.

Saturday 19th.
Pleasant breezes from the NE. Employed as necessary under the Boatswain.

Sunday 20th July.
Strong breezes from the NE with rather hazy weather. Cleared the ship fore & aft.

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Monday 21st July.
Light westerly winds with pleasant weather. People employed under the Boatswain. Received on board a boat load of water – all persons aboard.

Tuesday 22nd July.
In the morning calm. At 6 weighed the Kedge anchor & hove short on the Bower Cable. At daylight found 3 of the People had taken the Jolly Boat from alongside. Sent a Yawl on a search of our boat & found her – could hear nothing of the People. NB. This Log ends at noon.

Wednesday 23rd July 1806.
At noon weighed with a light air from the westerly. At 5 the Indus made signal for the boats to tow having drifted close into the Brazen Head. Sent a boat to her assistance – on my return to the ship I found we were also drifting towards the land & that it became necessary to tow the ship there being very little on the wind. About 8pm a light air sprang up from the land – took all advantage of it between 10 & 11 a breeze sprang up from the eastward & hoisted the boats in & stood out for an offing which having obtained shortened Sail & burnt a false fire.

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[Wednesday 23rd cont.].
and hove to not having seen the Indus or Tottenham since 9 o’clock. I concurred Captn Wittden[?] would heave to from not knowing the situation of the Teignmouth. At day light I could not see either of the ships but at a short time after discovered two to the SE. Made all sail towards them soon observing them to be Indus & Tottenham and at 9 joined them & answered the Signal to spread & look for the missing ship, the Teignmouth. NB PM punished the Ships Cook & Gunners Mate the former with a half dozen lashes & the latter with 8 for having assembled in their mess to drink when the Hands had been particularly called out to be ready to make the most of any spurt of wind that offered to get the ship out of the harbour. At noon – Extremes of Madeira from NNE to ENE off shore about 8 leagues. Indus & Tottenham in Company. Stock of water on board on leaving Madeira 11,846 Gallons.

[end of Harbour Journal]

[start of Sea Log]

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Thursday 24th July 1806.
C&D N32E 28. AM spoke the Commodore who desired I would spread to the eastwards of him – keeping him in sight of signals while the Tottenham kept to the westward to look for the Teignmouth. At noon extremes of Madeira at N½E to N off shore 7 or 8 miles. Extreme of Deserter SEbS to SEbE½E. Lat 32.37N Long 17.2W.

Friday 25th July 1806.
C&D S17W 75. At 5pm went on board the Commodore to consult on plan of proceeding respecting the Teignmouth, a ship being near as that yesterday came out of the harbour. I advised that we should speak her and if no account could be received to make the best of our way. At 7 the Commodore spoke him learnt that the Teignmouth had been seen lately – after which Captn Mittden[?] made Signal to steer as he did. Indus & Tottenham in Company. Long 17.28W.

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Saturday 26th July 1806.
C&D S17W 76. At daylight --- Signal for seeing the land bearing SbW. At noon extremes of the Island of Palma at SbW to SbE dist about 10 or 2 leagues. Lat 29.22N Long 18.21W.

Sunday 27th July.
C&D S55W 118. A steady breeze with pleasant weather throughout. At 6pm the body of Palma SE. AM Performed Divine Service. Water on board Madeira 11,846, expenditure 432, Remains 11,414. Lat 27.45N Long 19.38W.

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Monday 28th July.
C&D S52W 114. Moderate Trade with pleasant weather. People employed by the Boatswain & exercising the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 25.53N Long 21.25W.

Tuesday 29th July 1806.
C&D S24W 155, An increasing Trade with rather cloudy weather. People employed mostly under the Boatswain and exercising at the great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 24.47N Long 21.55W.

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Wednesday 30th July 1806.
C&D S25W 130. A steady Trade with rather cloudy weather. AM Served out to the soldiers one third of the Marine Soap. People employed as necessary – exercising etc. Lat 21.56N Long 23.6W.

Thursday 31st July.
C&D S34W 140. A steady Trade weather rather cloudy. Indus & Tottenham in Company. People employed as before. Lat 20.06N Long 24.39W.

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Friday August 1st 1806.
C&D S63W 135. Rather a fresh trade with pleasant weather. People employed exercising the great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 15.34N Long 25.35W.

Saturday August 2nd.
C&D S25W 137. A fresh Trade with cloudy threatening weather. PM Answered Signal to alter the course in the night etc. Lat 16.31N Long 26.49W.

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Sunday 3rd August 1806.
C&D S7E 99. Wind unchanged to become variable with close threatening weather in first part, latter more settled. The weather appearing unsettled did not perform Divine Service. Water on board 11414 Gallons, expenditure 762, Remains 10,652. Lat 15.47N Long 26.49W.

Monday 4th August.
C&D S29E 28. First & middle parts light variable airs with cloudy weather. Latterly a steady moderate breeze. People employed under the Boatswain etc. Lat 14.2N Long 26.36W.

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Tuesday 5th August 1806.
C&D S23E 109. Variable winds with hazy weather and rain. Indus & Tottenham in company. Lat 12.34N Long 25.23W.

Wednesday 6th August.
C&D S40E 140. First part cloudy weather & rain middle & latter pleasant weather in general with passing cloud. AM Set ye Top Gallant Rigging up & out all reefs. Lat 10.48N Long 23.49W.

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Thursday 7th August 1806.
C&D S41E 112. A fresh breeze with pleasant weather in general. Employed stowing the Booms in the Deck off the Gallows’s. Lat 9.33N Long 22.30W.

Friday 8th August.
C&D S33E 106. First part fresh breeze with cloudy weather & rain. Latterly a steady breeze with clear weather & great swell from the southward. Lat 8.27N Long 21.58W.

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Saturday 9th August 1806.
C&D S39E 73. First part squally middle & latter fair. Lat 8.0N Long 20.78W.

Sunday 10th August C&D S29E 110. A fresh breeze with pleasant weather. PM exercised the People at their quarters. AM Peformed Divine Service. Water Remaining: Aug 3rd 19652 gallons, Expenditure 493, Remains 10,159. Lat 6.26N Long 19.6W.

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Monday 11th August 1806.
C&D E19S 88. Strong winds with unsettled weather. People employed fitting new Main Top Sail. Lat 6.14N Long 16.36W.

Tuesday 12th August.
C&D E12S 59. A Fresh breeze from the SW with a heavy swell. People employed as yesterday. Lat 5.58N 17.55W.

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Wednesday 13th August 1806.
C&D S46W 62. A steady breeze from the southward with pleasant weather. The swell which we have had these last few days few days has gone down. People making points & rope bands. Lat 5.47N Long 19.2W.

Thursday 14th August.
C&D S20W 40. Light winds from the southward – towards the latter part pleasant weather. AM --- Signal for a boat. Received from Capt Wittden[?] Sealed Rendezvous in case of separation. Lat 4.55N Long ---- W.

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Friday 15th August 1806.
C&D S63E 76. Moderate breezes throughout with hazy weather. People employed under the Boatswain. Lat 4.22N Long 14.41W.

Saturday 16th August.
C&D S75E 67. A moderate breeze with cloudy weather throughout. AM scraped & cleaned the lower deck. Lat 4.14N Long 13.36W.

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Sunday 17th August 1806.
C&D S15W 79. Fresh southerly breezes with hazy weather. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on board. 10169 Gallons on the 10th. Expended 483. Remaining 9,686. Lat 3.50N Long 15.2W.

Monday 18th.
C&D S62W 86. A steady Trade with pleasant weather. People employed fitting a new Main Top Sail. Lat 3.32N Long 16.19W.

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Tuesday 19th August 1806.
C&D S54W 100. First & latter parts a fresh Trade middle light winds and cloudy weather. People employed as necessary. Lat 2.34N Long 17.47W.

Wednesday 20th August 1806.
C&D S57W 88. First & latter parts a fresh Trade middle light with pleasant weather throughout. Lat 1.45N Long 19.11W.

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Thursday 21st August 1806.
C&D S46W 102. A steady Trade with pleasant weather, People employed as necessary. Lat 0.55N Long 20.14W.

[crossed the Equator]

Friday 22nd August.
C&D S24W 118. A steady fresh Trade throughout with a swell from the southward – passed through some strong riplings. Lat 0.22S Long 21.39W.

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Saturday 23rd August 1806.
C&D S8W 99. A fresh Trade in general with pleasant weather. Shifted the Top Sail Tyes with Keye ones. AM Scraped the lower deck. Lat 1.38S Long 21.37W.

Sunday 24th August.
C&D S19W 102. PM exercised the people at their Quarters. Rather a fresh Trade with a great swell – in general pleasant weather. AM Performed Divine Service. Water Remaining on 17th 9686 gallons, Expenditure 596, Remaining 9090 Gallons. Lat 2.49S Long 22.22W.

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Monday 25th August 1806.
C&D S10W 102. First & latter part a steady Trade, middle rather light with pleasant weather throughout. Lat 4.55S Long 22.26W.

Tuesday 26th August.
C&D S20W 116. A fresh Trade with pleasant weather, AM Served out one half of the Sugar ---- for the use of the Military, about one third having been stolen out of the Cask by some of the soldiers themselves. Lat 5.39S Long 23.6W.

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Wednesday 27th August 1806.
C&D S13W 138. A fresh Trade throughout weather rather cloudy. Lat 8.19S Long 24.25W.

Thursday 28th August.
C&D S15W 139. A fresh Trade throughout with pleasant weather. People employed & working up junk. Lat 10.15W Long 25.25W.

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Friday 29th August 1806.
C&D S4W 150. A fresh Trade with clear weather. The SE swell which we have had the last few days much down. Employed fitting the new Courses. Lat 13.26S Long 25.35W.

Saturday 30th August.
C&D S18W 83. Trade rather declining. AM Scraped & cleaned the lower Deck. Lat 14S Long 26.2W.

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Sunday 31st August 1806.
C&D S5E 35. PM Exercised the people at their Quarters. Light winds throughout. Being unwell & the weather rather unsettled did not Perform Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 24th 9090 gallons. Expended since 551 gallons, Remains 8539. Lat 16.36S Long 26.6W.

Monday 1st September 1806.
C&D S35E 35. Light Airs with a heavy swell from the westward. People employed making Points & Rope bands. Condemned & cut up the old Main Top Sail, the one originally sent on board for that purpose. Lat 16.9S Long 25.43W.

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Tuesday 2nd September 1806.
C&D S33E 50. Light Airs with a swell as before. People employed under the Boatswain. Quatermaster repairing the 2nd best Fore Sail. At noon a Stranger in sight off the Poop bearing SSW. Lat 16.58S Long 25.14W.

Wednesday 3rd September.
C&D S39E 4. Light winds with cloudy weather at times. PM mustered People at their Quarters. The Strange Sail SEbS about 10 miles. At daylight out of sight. Lat 17.33S Long 24.26W.

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Thursday 4th September 1806.
C&D S27W 51. First & middle parts light winds variable with rain, latter pat a steady breeze from the SE. At noon the Strange Sail 10 miles ahead of us shewing reluctance to come near us. Lat 18.31S Long 25.13W.

Friday 5th September.
C&D S31W 126. A steady breeze with pleasant weather. People employed by the Boatswain. Lat 20.15S Long 27.21W.

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Saturday 6th September 1806.
C&D S28E 52. First part a steady breeze from the SE middle part variable – latterly a light from the SE. AM employed setting the rigging at Fore & Aft. Called a consultation on Captns Wilson & Jones [Captain Jones of the ship Tottenham] & requesting to know their opinion on the probability of pursuing the passage from – pointed out my Secret Instructions – their opinions agreed with my own that it was impracticable. Lat 20.43S Long 27.51W.

Sunday 7th September.
C&D S16E 80. PM finished the rigging and shifted the Fore Main Top Sails with the new one. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on 31st 8539 gallons Expended since 564, Remains 7975. Lat 22.5S Long 27.27W.

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Monday 8th September 1806.
C&D S1W 116. Pleasant breezes with fair weather throughout. People employed under the Boatswain & repairing the old sails. Lat 23.53S Long 27.29W.

Tuesday 9th September.
C&D S1E 120. A fresh breeze with pleasant weather in general. People employed as necessary. Lat 26.02S Long 27,29W.

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Wednesday 10th September 1806.
C&D S28E 131. Fresh breezes with cloudy weather and passing squalls. Employed fitting the Main Top Sail. AM shifted the Jibb & Fore Topmast Staysails with the new ones. Lat 28.01S Long 26.18W.

Thursday11th September.
C&D S62E 131. First part fresh winds middle & latter light. Shifted Fore Top Gallant Sail with the 2nd best. Lat 28.50S Long 24.52W.

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Friday September 12th 1806.
C&D S70E 19. Light Airs and Calms with pleasant weather. People employed by the Boatswain & repairing the old sails. Lat 29.16S Long 24.36W.

Saturday 13th September.
C&D S65E 17. Light Airs & Calms – pleasant weather. Daylight saw a Strange Sail bearing North standing to the Eastward. At noon he bore ENE 5 or 6 miles. Lat 29.34S Long 24.12W.

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Sunday 14th September 1806.
C&D S74E 66. Light winds with pleasant weather. Sunset the Stranger 7 miles ahead. PM Exercised the People at their Quarters. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on 7th 7975 gallons Expenditure since 600 Remains 7375 gallons. Lat 29.56S Long 23.22W.

Monday 15th September.
C&D S55E 82. First part light variable winds & latterly increasing breeze. At daylight a Strange Sail to the NW hull down steering about SSE. At 9am he hauled to the ENE and on ye Commodore dropping astern he hauled his wind on the larboard side which gave him a suspicious appearance. At 11am hauled up to near him. At noon saw his hull from the Poop. Lat 30.33S Long 22.46W.

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Tuesday 16th September 1806.
C&D S76E 148. A fresh breeze throughout first part clear weather latterly hazy. 6pm Commodore informs us by telegraph of his intention to close with the Stranger in the night, and to watch his motions. At 11pm spoke the Stranger an American from Boston to ye Cape, out 57 days. 11am Carried away Main Top Gallant Mast. Set up another. Lat 31.14S Long 19.17W.

Wednesday 17th September.
C&D S79e 117. Hazy weather in general with drizzling rain. Lat 31.35W Long 17.4W.

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Thursday 18th September 1806.
C&D S80E 99. First part a fresh breeze with rather cloudy weather. Shifted Main Top Mast Stay Sail with a new one & Mizen Top Sail with the 2nd best. Quartermaster repairing the old Sails. Lat 31.46S Long 13.9W.

Friday 19th September.
C&D S07E 98. Moderate breezes in general with cloudy weather and a heavy SW swell. AM bent the Storm Stay Sails. People employed as necessary. Lat 32S Long 13.29W.

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Saturday 20th September 1806.
C&D S88E 41. Light variable winds mostly throughout with hazy weather and a large swell. From the SW. Lat 31.44S Long 12.9W.

Sunday 21st September.
C&D S67E 141. An increasing breeze the latter part unsettled weather which prevented me from performing Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 14th 7975 gallons Expended since 590 Remains 7385 gallons. Lat 32.25S Long 9.27W.

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Monday 22nd September 1806.
C&D S72E 141. Moderate breeze with pleasant weather. Employed splicing the Cables & putting in a whole Service to the best Bower. Soldiers picking Oakham. Lat 33.28S Long 6.32W.

Tuesday 23rd September.
C&D S84E 123. A moderate breeze with passing showers of rain. Employed making the Cables. Soldiers picking Oakum. Lat 33.56S Long 4.6W.

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Wednesday 24th September.
C&D S73E 143. A strong breeze throughout most part pleasant weather. Lat 34.26S Long 1.35W

[crossed the Greenwich Meridian Line]

Thursday 25th September.
C&D S73E 167. Fresh Gales throughout. Lat 34.49S Long 2.23E.

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Friday 26th September 1806.
C&D S75E 174. Fresh gales & cloudy weather mostly throughout. At 9am Indus made signal being overpressed with sail. Shortened sail according to that which she carried. Lat 35.20S Long 6.4E.

Saturday 27th September.
C&D S81E 107. First part fresh breezes with latter light and variable. A heavy swell from the SW. AM shifted the Sheet anchor to the larboard side & stocked it. Lat 35.21S Long 8.41E.

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Sunday 28th September 1806.
C&D S74E 57. First part light Airs latterly an increasing breeze & the weather appearing unsettled did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on the 21st. 7385 gallons Expenditure 600, Remains 6785. Lat 35.11S Long 10.41E.

Monday 29th September.
C&D S88E 145. Pleasant breeze in general. AM Shifted the fore Sail with the new one. Lat 35.55S Long 13.9E.

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Tuesday 30th September 1806.
C&D S83E 122. A moderate breeze with passing squalls. People employed under ye Boatswain. Lat 34.58S Long 15.35E.

Wednesday 1st October 1806.
C&D N86E 110. At daylight saw the land dist about 7 leagues bearing SSE, hazy weather. At 7 the haze clearing away - saw the land ahead dist off about 4 leagues. At noon the Sugarloaf NEbE½E off shore about 7 or 8 miles. Lat 34.39S Long 18.60E.

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Thursday 2nd October 1806.
C&D ----. Variable winds with unsettled weather. PM bent the Sheet Cable. At sunset Sugarloaf East. South most extreme S½E, Northern most extreme NEbN off shore 7 or 8 leagues.. At noon being hazy could not see the land. ----, dist 58 miles.

Friday 3rd October.
At 6pm the Lions Head SEbS Lions Rump SEbE. At 2am the people being much fatigued anchored in 10fms. At daylight weighed & stood in towards the shipping. At 9am anchored with best Bower in 7fms. Moored ship a Cable each way & down Top Gallant Yards. Moored. Lions Head WbS½S, the Rump W¼S. Robin Island NbW off Cape Town about 2 miles. NB log contains 36 hours & ends at midnight.

[end of Sea Log]

[Start of Harbour Journal]

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Huddart in Table Bay

Saturday 4th October 1806.
Fresh southerly winds with variable weather. Boatswain employed about the rigging.

Sunday 5th October.
Winds as yesterday with pleasant weather. People employed at cleaning the decks.

Monday 6th October.
Moderate northerly winds with pleasant weather. Boatswain employed about the rigging.

Tuesday 7th October.
In the morning moderate breezes from the northward by noon it increased to a fresh gale and continued the whole of the night with hard squalls. PM Down Top Gallant Yards & struck the Masts.

Wednesday 8th October.
Towards the morning the gale much abated and the heavy Sea from the NW much gone down. PM Hove in the Services of both Cables to repair.

Thursday 9th October.
In the morning, light northerly winds. Towards noon it began to blow fresh from the SE & increased towards night. A Shore Boat that was bringing a load of water to the ship not being able to fetch us was obliged to ride astern of an In-Shore Ship where she filled and one of her crew drowned. Lost one of our Water Butts

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Friday 10th October 1806.
Towards noon the SE gale abated & was succeeded by pleasant weather. PM completed our Sea Stock of water, the Cooper having set up some Butts in the room of those last night.

Saturday 11th October.
Pleasant weather with moderate breezes. People employed as necessary.

Sunday 12th October.
In the morning pleasant winds increasing towards noon & blowing fresh in the night. Shipped 5 Seamen part of two ships crews recommended by Gen’l Baird.

[General Sir David Baird, Baronet, 1757-1829, had just commanded an expeditionary forces against the Dutch at the Cape of Good Hope with great success. See Wikipedia for his biography.]

Monday 13th October.
In the morning a fresh breeze from the N & NW moderating towards noon. People employed repairing the Steering Sail & old Royals.

Tuesday 14th October.
In the morning, light northerly winds. At daylight Signal for all persons to repair to their respective ships. Set up Top Gallant Masts. 9am the wind coming from the SE unmoored Ship. Hove in to half a Cable, crossed Top Gallant Yards, found the Small Bower Cable ----.

Wednesday 15th October.
Light southerly winds. A Signal made yesterday repeated. At noon hove in to ½ of a Cable & weighed & made sail in Company with the Indus, Tottenham and Hunter Country Ship. NB This log contains 12 hours.

[end of Harbour Journal]

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Thursday 16th October 1806.
C&D S51W 52. At sunset Lions Rump SSE, Table Hill SbE½E. dist off the Bay about 9 leagues. PM Stowed ye anchors and unbent the Cables. Lat 33.49S Long 17.34E.

Friday 17th October.
C&D S22W 99. Fresh breezes in general with hard squalls at times. Lat 33.44S Long 17.30E.

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Saturday 18th October 1806.
C&D S58W 62. Fresh gale throughout with a large swell. At daylight found the ship we had taken for the Commodore was the Hunter & the Commodore & Totten[ham] were not in sight. Made sail a head but not seeing them concluded they were astern shortened sail accordingly. At 9am saw a ship to ye northward bore down to her which we found was the Indus – who made signal that the Tottenham had lost her Fore Top Mast. Lat 34.15S Long 16.32E.

Sunday 19th October.
C&D S48W 50. 1pm a Strange Sail in ye ENE at 2 spoke him. An American whaler – At 2pm saw the Tottenham also to the NNE. At 3 joined her. At daylight saw a Strange Sail to the eastward standing towards us. At 7am the Commodore spoke him. An American from Batavia. No intelligence. Water at Cape 8320, Expenditure 180, Remains 8140 gallons. Lat 35.23S Long 15.50E.

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Huddart towards Bombay

Monday 20th October 1806.
C&D S63W 71. A steady breeze with pleasant weather. People employed stowing the Booms in the Waist. Lat 36.30S Long 14.35E.

Tuesday 21st October.
C&D S88E 34. Light winds with pleasant weather. AM Paid the Sheet Cables in the hold. Lat 36S Long 13.47E.

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Wednesday 22nd October 1806.
C&D S65E 120. An increasing breeze with pleasant weather in general. Lat 36.33S Long 16.1E.

Thursday 23rd October.
C&D S53E 147. A steady breeze with pleasant weather. People employed repairing the old Main Top Sail. Lat 37.50S Long 18.55E.

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Friday 24th October 1806.
C&D S90E 163. A fresh gale mostly throughout & most part clear weather. At 9am Commodore made Signal 93 which I answered with 294 having carried away the Starboard Lower Steering Sail Boom Iron. Lat 38.10S Long 21.33E.

Saturday 25th October.
C&D S77E 169. PM Acquaints Commodore by Signal – my reason of not being able to carry more sail. AM Carpenter fitted the Lower Boom Iron. Lat 39.50S Long 25.10E.

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Sunday 26th October 1806.
C&D S77E 172. Steady breezes mostly throughout with pleasant weather in general. NB the people having been much enjoyed making sail and trimming sails on the fore noon. Did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on the 19th 8140 gallons, Expended since 616, Remains 7524 Gallons. Lat 40.36S Long 29.35E.

[Roaring Forties]

Monday 27th October.
C&D S75E 132. First part a moderate breeze decreasing with pleasant weather, latter part a stead breeze from the NE with hazy weather. Employed repairing the old Main Top Sail. Lat 41.115S Long 32.58E.

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Tuesday 28th October 1806.
C&D S87E 164. First part a steady breeze with hazy weather, middle and latter parts the wind reeving round the weather - with squally weather towards noon clear weather. Lat 40.36S Long 36.51E.

Wednesday 29th October.
C&D S87E 165. First part settled weather, middle & latter cloudy. Lat 39.57S Long 40.38E.

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Thursday 30th October 1806.
C&D S83E 140. First part moderate breeze with clear weather latterly increasing to a strong gale with hard squalls. Lat 39.54S Long 44.34E.

Friday 31st October.
C&D S36E 104. A strong breeze mostly throughout, veering to the eastward with cloudy & unpleasant weather. Lat 38.25S Long 46,28E.

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Saturday 1st November 1806.
C&D S32E 16-. Light winds inclinable mostly throughout increasing towards noon. Lat 38.17S Long 46.18E.

Sunday 2nd November.
C&D S64E 116. A moderate breeze with pleasant weather mostly throughout. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on the 26th 7524 gallons. Expenditure 650, Remains 6874 Gallons. Lat 39.13S Long 48.33E.

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Monday 3rd November 1806.
C&D S81E 66. First & middle parts light airs inclinable to calms. Latterly an increasing breeze with clear weather. Seamen employed repairing the old sails & soldiers picking Oakum. Lat 39.19S Long 49.42E.

Tuesday 4th November.
C&D S80E 97. First part fresh breezes and latter light winds. Lightning at ye SW. People employed occasionally. Lat 39.52S Long 52.11E.

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Wednesday 5th November 1806.
C&D N88E 159. An increasing breeze, squally in the night most part pleasant weather. Lat 39.46S Long 55.57E.

Thursday 6th November.
C&D N87E 22. First part fresh winds the latter part light. Hazy weather throughout. Lat 39.42S Long 58.12E.

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Friday 7th November 1806.
C&D S72E 72. First & middle parts light winds with cloudy weather. Latter an increasing breeze with pleasant weather. Lat 39.49S Long 59.57E.

Saturday 8th November.
C&D S71E 179. A fresh gale throughout with most part clear weather. Lat 40.49S Long 63.40E.

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Sunday 9th November 1806.
C&D East 176. A fresh gale with cloudy weather and a heavy swell from the SW. No Divine Service the weather not permitting. Water remaining on the 2nd 6874 Gallons, Expenditure since 635, Remains 6239 Gallons. Lat 40.29S Long 67.53E.

Monday 10th November.
C&D S87E 149. Moderate gale throughout with pleasant weather a great swell from the SW. Lat 40.36S Long 70.86E.

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Tuesday 11th November 1806.
C&D N75E 183. Strong gales mostly throughout with some squalls at times. 8am Carried away larboard Top Mast Steering Sail Boom. Shifted it with one of ye main - & set the Sail. Lat 39.48E Long 74.55E.

Wednesday 12th November.
C&D S51E 174. Strong gale mostly throughout with hazy weather. In the night the Commodore occasionally burnt blue lights – which was answered. AM the Hunter Country ship missing. Commodore & Tottenham in Company. Lat 39.28S Long 78.13E.

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Thursday 13th November 1806.
C&D N45E 118. First part a fresh breeze middle & latter light and variable. The swell much gone down. Lat 38.16S Long 80.40E.

Friday 14th November.
C&D N56E 145. An increasing breeze with pleasant weather and smooth water. Employed repairing some old sails. Lat 36.35S Long 83.11E.

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Saturday 15th November 1806.
C&D N60E 178. A steady breeze with smooth water and clear weather nearly throughout. Lat 35.2S Long 85.55E.

Sunday 16th November.
C&D N61E 180. First & middle part a steady breeze with settled weather latterly increasing and threatening with hazy weather – which prevented Divine Service & at noon Close Reefed Fore & Mizen Top Sails & double reefed ye Main. Water remaining on ye 9th 6239 Gallons, Expenditure 630, Remains 5609. Lat 36.47S Long 88.45E.

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Monday 17th November 1806.
C &D N58E 133. First part fresh breeze with threatening weather. At 10pm the wind shifted suddenly from NNW to SW & moderated, made all sail. The weather being quite hazy with rain could not see the Commodore. Latter part a pleasant increasing breeze with fine weather. Lat 32.27 Long 90.67E.

Tuesday 18th November.
C&D N22E 137. A pleasant breeze with clear weather. People employed repairing the old sails etc. Lat 30.40S Long 92.25E.

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Wednesday 19th November 1806.
C&D N14E 167. A steady breeze throughout with pleasant weather. People employed as before. Lat 28.01S Long 92.46E.

Thursday 20th November.
C&D N19E 170. First part a fresh breeze latter light hazy weather throughout. People employed repairing the old sails. Lat 25.3S Long --.

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Friday 21st November 1806.
C&D N3W 97. First part light winds with cloudy weather & rain, latter pleasant breeze with fine weather. Lat 23.27S Long 92.46E.

Saturday 22nd November.
C&D N3W 60. Light winds in general inclining to calms. Shifted all the sails with old ones. Lat 22.29S Long 92.49E.

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Sunday 23rd November 1806.
C&D N28W 84. First part light Airs middle squally and unsettled with wind varying much to the north. Latter part steady breeze with pleasant weather. Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on 16th 5609 gallons, Expended since 617, Remains 4992. Lat 21.2S Long 91.44E.

Monday 24th November.
C&D N24W 112. A steady breeze from the NE – mostly throughout with pleasant weather. Got the Spars on to the Gallows. Lat 12.29S Long 91.19E.

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Tuesday 25th November 1806.
C&D N16W 124. An increasing breeze first part pleasant weather latterly squally & unsettled. 11am – Cameron fell over from the Main Royal Yard but was fortunately saved. Lat 17.43S Long 90.27E.

Wednesday 26th November.
C&D N10W 172. Fresh breezes hanging much to the northward with sultry cloudy weather and almost constant rain. Lat 14.49S Long 89.35E.

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Thursday 27th November 1806.
C&D N11W 163. Fresh breezes mostly throughout, the first part cloudy & rain. The latter part fair weather the wind still hanging much to the north. Passed two or three pieces of drift appearing like a ships masts. Lat 12.19S Long 88.41E.

Friday 28th November.
C&D N9W 144. A steady trade with pleasant weather. The Commodore picked up debris of a Large Shipwith evidence of shot. From this it is assumed that a ship had either sunk or damaged during an engagement. Lat 10.29S Long 88.6E.

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Saturday 29th November 1806.
C&D N10E 85. A moderate Trade with sultry weather. AM Scaled all the Guns & reloaded them. Lat 9.17S Long 87.52E.

Sunday 30th November.
C&D North 3. Light Airs and Calms with clear but sultry weather. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 23rd 4992 gallons, Expenditure since 600, Remains 4392 Gallons. Lat 5.41S Long 87.32E.

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Monday 1st December 1806.
C&D N7E 71. First part light winds from the SE with pleasant weather, latterly the wind being from SE to West with cloudy weather and rain – some thunder – towards noon. Lat 71.3S Long 87.41E.

Tuesday 2nd December.
C&D N23E 82. First part cloudy weather, the wind veering to the southward, middle and latter parts pleasant weather with light southerly wind. Lat 6.14S Long 88.25E.

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Wednesday 3rd December 1806.
C&D N38E 48. Light breezes from ye westward with pleasant weather. AM took leave of the Indus & Tottenham. Lat 5.15S Long 89.5E.

Thursday 4th December.
C&D N16E 97. An increasing breeze from the westward with fresh Squalls and Rains at times. PM Shifted the Fore Top Sail with the second best. PM In 1st Reef Main Top Sail. Single Reef in Top Sails & Top Gallant Sails. Lat 3.33S Long 89.4E.

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Friday 5th December 1806.
C&D N15E 113. First part frequent hard squalls veering from the WSW to WNW with rain, in middle & latter parts more settled. PM out reefs at 11 in first reef. Lat 1.50S Long 90.13E.

[Crossed Equator]

Saturday 6th December.
C&D N7W 112. Squally and rain throughout with cloudy and sultry weather. Caulker employed caulking the lower Deck. Lat 0.1N Long 90.34E.

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Sunday 7th December 1806.
C&D N5E 69. First part squally & rain, middle and latter light winds with pleasant weather. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 30th 4392, Expended since 600, Remains 3792 Gallons. Lat 1.10N Long 91.9E.

Monday 8th December.
C&D N31W 57. First and middle parts light westerly winds & towards noon increasing and drawing to the south. Pleasant weather mostly throughout. AM Shifted the Main Sail with the new one. Lat 2.5N Long 91.78 E.

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Tuesday 9th December 1806.
C&D N30W 133. First & middle parts increasing to strong breeze latter part variable with cloudy weather & hard rain. Lat 4.13N Long 91.3E.

Wednesday 10th December.
C&D N41W 31. Light variable wins mostly hanging to the westward – first & middle parts cloudy & rain, latter part fine weather. PM Lowered ye Boat down to try the Currents found it siting to the eastward about 1 Knot P Hour. Lat 4.36N Long 90.50E.

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Thursday 11 December 1806.
C&D N41W 74. Light westerly winds the most part pleasant weather. Midnight departed this life Charles Blanfield Ordinary Seaman. AM Committed his body to the Deep. Lat 5.55N Long 90.6E.

Friday 12th December.
C&D N22W 75. A steady breeze from the westward with pleasant weather. Caulkers employed on ye lower Deck – Seamen on Middle Stitching the 2nd best Sail. Lat 6.56N Long 89.43E.

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Saturday 13th December 1806.
C&D N50W 58. First & middle part moderate steady breezes from the westward latterly variable with hazy weather and rain. Lat 7.28N Long 89.59E.

Sunday 14th December.
C&D N74W 70. Strong winds varying from W to south with constant hard rain – the weather at times having a most threatening appearance. AM the weather began to clear. The People having enjoyed making sail & drying & cleaning between decks. Did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 7th 3792 gallons, Expended since 600, Remains 3192. Lat 7.47N Long ----.

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Monday 15th December 1806.
C&D N71W 45. Light winds varying from SW to SE. inclining to Calms with pleasant weather. A swell from ye SW. AM Roused all the sails up to air and make up afresh. Caulker caulking the Lower Deck. Lat 8.48N Long 87.15E.

Tuesday 16th December.
C&D S68W 65. A steady light wind from the ENE with pleasant weather. Caulker on the Lower Deck – otherwise as necessary. Lat 8.32N Long 86.2E.

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Wednesday 17th December 1806.
C&D S69W 66. Light easterly winds with light showers of rain at time – in general pleasant weather. Lat 7.59N Long 85.26E.

Thursday 18th December.
C&D S59W 128. A steady breeze from the NE with pleasant weather. Caulkers caulking the Lower Deck. Lat 7.4N Long 83.5.

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Friday 19th December 1806.
C&D S59W 95. 1pm saw a Strange Sail to ye westward, which proved to be a Country Coasting Vessel. First part a steady breeze from the NE – middle & latter parts veering to ye NW, pleasant weather throughout. Daylight saw the extremes from NNW to WNW dist off about 12 leagues. Lat 6.40N Long 82.26E.

Saturday 20th December.
C&D N38W 34. Light winds with pleasant weather At daylight saw a ship to the NNE – at 11 spoke her – the Louisa, a Country Ship for Bombay. Last from Pt de Galle. At sunset extremes of the land to the westward NWbW dist off the nearest shore about 8 leagues about Dondra Head [Ceylon]. At noon extremes of the land at N½E to EbN¾N dist off nearest land about 6 leagues. Lat 5.56N Long 79.50E.

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Sunday 21st December 1806.
C&D N69W 74. At sunset Adam’s Peak NE¾N. Extremes of the coast E½S to NbE. First part light Airs variable latterly an increasing breeze from the northward with clear weather. Taken aback. The wind increasing & blowing strong. Did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 14th 3192 gallons, exhausted since 600, Remains 2592. Lat 6.23N Long 79.24E.

Monday 22nd December.
C&D N50W 131. First part strong northerly winds which gradually veered round to the NE. AM light wind pleasant weather throughout. At 9am saw the Gant Mountains bearing ENE to NbE. Lat 7.48N Long 77.10E.

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Tuesday 23rd December 1806.
C&D N4W 28. Light Airs mostly from the NE and Calms with clear pleasant weather. Lat 8.16N Long 76.45E.

Wednesday 24th December.
C&D N5W 44. Light winds mostly throughout with pleasant weather. At daylight high land in sight bearing NbNE. At noon sounded ground 35fms. Lat 9.10N long 76.51E.

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Thursday 25th December 1806.
C&D N15W 24. Light land & sea breezes with pleasant weather. At noon extremes of the coast from NNE to NE – Cochin Flag Staff NEbN, ground 15fms. Dist off shore about 5 leagues. Frigate standing towards us from Cochin Roads. Lat 9.36N Long ---- Dist 52 miles.

Friday 26th December.
C&D N11W 62. PM an Officer of HM Ship Pitt came on board & pressed 6 Seamen – viz. J. Grimsby, J. Miller, B. Harwood, J. Middleton, J. Owen & Wm Ambler. NB the latter Exchanged by a Seaman from the Pitt. AM a fresh land wind & pleasant weather throughout. At noon extremes of the coast from East to N½E. Ground 20fms. Lat 10.49N Long ---- Dist 77 miles.

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Saturday 27th December 1806.
C&D N23W 46. Sunset extremes of land at EbS to N½E. off shore about 4 or 5 leagues. At noon Sacrafree Rock SEbE½E. Extremes of the coast from SEbE to N – Ground 21fms. Light Airs with sultry weather. Lat 11.55N Long ---- 52 miles.

Sunday 28th December.
C&D ---- At 5pm anchored in Tellicherry Roads. Sent the Purser on shore for Refreshments. Light Land & Sea breezes. Water remaining on 21st 2592 gallons, expended since 590, Remains 2002. Did not perform Divine Service.

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Monday 29th December 1806.
C&D N49W 44. Weighed with light breeze from the westward. Moderate breezes. At sunrise extremes of the coast at ESE to NN. At noon Mount Dilly EbS off shore about 3 or 4 leagues. Ground 28fms. Dist 49 miles.

Tuesday 30th December.
C&D N16W 46. PM discovered a Strange Sail appearing to be just coming from under Mt Dilly – Prepared for Action. At daylight extremes of the land from EbS to N. Barn Mount EbS to S. At 10am falling little wind and the Current running to the southward anchored in 7fms – offshore about 4 miles. Mangalore bearing ENE. Dist 48 miles.

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Wednesday 31st December 1806.
C&D N20W 36. Light Airs & Calms. At daylight Barnes Rock NbE, Southernmost extreme ESE. A Strange Sail SSW. Weighed with Land Wind. At noon Barcelone Peak NE¼N. extremes of the coast at NE to ESE off shore about 5 leagues, Lat 13.32N Long ---- dist 38 miles.

Thursday 1 January 1807.
C&D N10W 44. At sunset extremes of the land Barcelone Peak NEbE. Off shore 3 or 4 leagues. At sunrise Pigeon [Netrani] Island NWbN – Hoy Island N½W. Ground 13fms. At 11am finding the current setting to the southward, anchored in 21fms by Pigeon Island N½W Hoy Island NNE ½ E, Barcelor Peak EbN. Long ---- dist 56 miles.

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Friday 2nd January 1807.
C&D N32W 19. Weighed with a light Air from the eastward. Light Airs mostly from the Northward & NW. At noon Pigeon Island SWbW Barcelone Peak SEbE¼E. Lat 14.4N Long ----. dist 24 miles.

Saturday 3rd January.
C&D N52W 31. At sunset Fortified Island NEbN. Hoy Island SE½E. At noon extremes of the land from SE½E to NbW. Ground 26fms. Lat 14.25N Long ----. Dist 45 miles.

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Sunday 4th January 1807.
C&D N65W 66. First part light Airs middle fresh northerly winds latterly light variable. PM Shifted the Main Top Sail with the 2nd best. The wind being baffling did not perform Divine Service. Water on the 28th 2002 gallons, expended since 550, remains 1452 gallons. Lat 14.50N Long ----. Dist 77 miles.

Monday 5th January.
C&D N22E 41. At sunrise Cape Ramas EbS¼S. Oyster Rock [entrance to Bombay Harbour] SEbE. Lat 15.19N Long ----. Dist 49 miles.

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Tuesday 6th January 1807.
C&D N31W 50. Moderate breezes, towards the evening blowing from the westward and about midnight coming from the N & NE with pleasant weather. At sunset St George’s Island EbS½S. Ground 35fms. Lat 15.55N Long ----. Dist 62 miles.

Wednesday 7th January.
C&D N32W. First & middle part pleasant breezes latter inclining to Calms. Caulker employed caulking the larboard side. Lat 16.21N Long ----. Dist dist 66 miles.

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Thursday 8th January 1807.
C&D N7W 81. First part calm, middle & latter pleasant breeze & fine weather. Lat 17.40N Long ---- Dist 8 miles.

Friday 9th January.
C&D N8E 56. Mostly light winds with pleasant weather. Employed about the anchors. At noon high land to ye NNE. Ground 21fms. Lat 18.23N Long ----. Dist 69 miles.

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Saturday 10th January 1807.
C&D North 30. At sunset Henry & Kenry NbE. Ground 10fms. At sunrise Henry NE. At noon Henry & Kenry ENE. 18.45N dist 36 miles

[See www.rediff.com for details of the islands of Henry Kenry.]

Sunday 11th January.
At 1pm the Light House on Old Woman’s Island NNE½E. 3pm spoke to Lady Barlow bound to Madras. At 6 passed Light House. At 7 anchored with the best Bower in 6½fms. The Light House bearing West. At daylight came on board an Officer -- Mason & took charge of the ship as Pilot. Sent the Packet on shore. At 7am weighed and at half past 9 anchored in the Harbour. Saluted ye Fort with 13 guns – which was replied to at 11. Unbent the Sails & unrove the Harbour Gun. Down Top Gallant Yards & Masts. Found riding here HMS Victor, HC Ship Ganges & Vincent. NB This log ends at midnight & contains 36 hours.

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Monday 12th January 1807.
Land & Sea breezes – Employed shifting the Masts. Landed the detachment HM 17th Regt. Sent the ships powder on shore.

Tuesday 13th.
Employed clearing the Decks & getting ready to deliver the Cargo. Gunner painting the lower masts. Caulker caulking the top sides. Received 30 Lascars in delivering the Cargo.

Wednesday 15th.
Light land winds. Employed delivering the Cargo. Got the Fore Main Rigging overhead – Caulkers on the Counters. Arrived HM Ship Concord.

Thursday 15th.
Winds as yesterday. Employed delivering the Cargo. Got the Main Rigging overhead.

Friday 16th.
Light pleasant breezes with fair weather. Employed delivering the Cargo and about the Rigging.

Saturday 17th.
Light westerly winds with fair weather. Got the Mizen Rigging overhead. Caulkers on ye Bends.

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Sunday 18th January 1807.
Fresh westerly winds with some rain. Lascars employed clearing the hold.

Monday 19th.
Light winds with settled weather. Employed in the hold and about the Rigging.

Tuesday 20th.
Pleasant weather throughout, got the Fore & Mizen Top Mast Rigging overhead. Rove taught the Gammoning of the Bowsprit.

Wednesday 21st.
Light westerly winds. Got the Main Top Mast Rigging overhead. Sent on shore empty Butts.

Thursday 22nd.
Light westerly winds with pleasant weather. Employed clearing & cleaning the hold.

Friday 23rd.
Variable winds with squalls from the southward & heavy rain in the night. Crossed the Top Sail Yards.

Saturday 24th.
Winds from the NW with fair weather. Employed delivering the Honble Company’s Iron. Got the Jibb boom out & crossed the Spritsail Yards out.

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Sunday 25th January 1807.
Winds variable with clear weather. AM crossed the Lower Yards & cleaned the Lower Deck.

Monday 26th January.
Pleasant weather. Employed delivering Shot and about the Rigging.

Tuesday 27th.
Winds and weather as days past. Struck the Guns into the hold to stiffen the ship. Ship inspected & Reported Ready to receive Cargo.

Wednesday 28th.
Delivered the remainder of the Companys Cargo. Received on board 25 tons of Stone Ballast. Draft of Water Forward 12 Feet Aft 13ft.

Thursday 29th.
Fresh breezes from the NW. Employed in the hold levelling the Ballast.

Friday 30th.
Weather as yesterday. Received on board 600 bags of Salt Petre on acct of the Honble Company.

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Saturday 31st January 1807.
Fresh NW winds with pleasant weather. Received on board 600 bags of Salt Petre.

Sunday 1st February 1807.
Fresh NW winds with pleasant weather. Delivered the remainder of the Freight Goods / Iron / Washed & cleaned ship fore & aft.

Monday 2nd.
Pleasant weather. Received on board 600 bags of Salt Petre. Employed in the hold and about the Rigging.

Tuesday 3rd.
Employed stowing Salt Petre in the hold & about the Rigging.

Wednesday 4th.
Fresh NW winds with pleasant weather. Seamen in the hold. Gunner painting the ship.

Thursday 5th.
Fresh NW winds with pleasant weather. Employed receiving the Cargo – about the Rigging.

Friday 6th.
Received on board 600 bags of Sugar on acct of the Honble Company.

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Saturday 7th February 1807.
Variable winds with sultry weather. received on board some Sugar on acct of the Company & various Freight Goods. Fidded the Top Mast & Top Gallant Mast.

Sunday 8th.
Ditto winds and weather. Employed clearing & cleaning the ship.

Monday 9th.
Employed receiving on board various Freight Goods. Reeving the Running Rigging.

Tuesday 10th.
Variable winds. Received on board some Cotton & other Freight Goods. Bent the Courses & Top ---.

Wednesday 11th.
Employed receiving and stowing Cotton. Reeving the Running Rigging and preparing for Sea.

Thursday 12th.
Employed as yesterday.

Friday 13th.
Fresh breezes from the NW – pleasant weather. Employed receiving & stowing Cotton.

Saturday 14th.
Pleasant weather. Received on board Cotton, Store water. Employed stowing the same.

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Sunday 15th February 1807.
Land & Sea breezes with pleasant weather. Employed stowing Cotton & receiving water.

Monday 16th.
Land & Sea breezes. Received on board Cotton & water. Paid the Starboard Cables in to the hold.

Tuesday 17th.
Winds and weather as yesterday. Received on board Dry Provisions. Fitted the fore hold & caulked the Hatches down. Set up the Main Rigging.

Wednesday 18th.
Land & Sea breezes with pleasant weather. Set up the Main Top Mast Rigging & Mizen ditto. Gunner employed painting the ship.

Thursday 19th.
In the morning strong easterly winds. PM blowing fresh from the westward. Employed cleaning the ship & receiving on board Sundry Stores.

Friday 20th.
Land & Sea breezes, pleasant weather. Arrived from Mangalore the Lord Nelson & Northumberland. Received on board Passengers Baggage. Sent the Ships Company on shore on Liberty.

Saturday 21st.
Ditto winds & weather. Received on board some Boxes of Navy Books & Papers.

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Sunday 22nd February 1807.
Fresh breezes from the NW with pleasant weather. Employed cleaning the ship & receiving on board Passengers Baggage, Ships Company returned from their Liberty Draft of water Forwd 18.1 ft Aft 16.6 ft.

Monday 23rd.
Strong breezes at westerly. Received some Passengers Baggage – prepared for going to the Middle Ground.

Tuesday 24th.
At 4pm Mr Mack took charge of the ship as Pilot. At daylight weighed and dropped the ship to the Middle Ground. When at anchor light House WbN – Flag Staff north. Received some Baggage on acct of HM 77th Regt.

Wednesday 25th.
Strong NW winds with pleasant weather.

Thursday 26th.
Fresh NW winds at noon a Detachment of HM 77th Regt embarked. Received on board the Honble Company’s Packet. Sailed in Company with HC Ships Ganges & Lord Castlereagh & Country Ship Spinder[?] Convoy of HM Ship Bell[one].

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Friday 27th February 1807.
Light House 4 or 5 miles. PM got the Sheet Anchor in the Gunwale. Fresh Breezes with pleasant weather. On station throughout. At noon extremes of the coast from NNE to SE off shore about 7 or 8 leagues. Lat 17.41N. Dist 63 miles.

Saturday 28th.
Sunset extremes of the land from SE to ENE. Light winds with pleasant weather throughout. Sunrise extremes of the coast from SEbS to NEbN. Lat 16.43N. 67 miles.

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Sunday 1st March 1807.
C&D S1E 30. Several sail passing. Light Airs and Calms with sultry weather. At Sunset extremes of the coast from NbE to SEbE. Commodore SSE half mile. Lat 16.13N dist 32 miles.

Monday 2nd.
C&D S23E 53. Light Airs with pleasant weather. Sunset extremes of the coast from NNE to ESE. At noon St George’s Island NE¼N. 9 or 10 leagues. Lat 15.72N. dist 59 miles.

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Tuesday 3rd March 1807.
C&D S18E 93. AM increasing breeze from the NW, sultry weather. At noon Land bearing from E to NE. In company as before. Lat 13.37N dist 94 miles.

Wednesday 4th.
C&D S41E 54. 4pm Barcelon Peak NEbE. At noon the White Mark at Mangalore ESE. Extremes of the coast at NNE to SE off shore 4 or 5 leagues. Lat 13.2N.

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Thursday 5th March 1807.
At half past 1pm Signal to prepare to anchor. At half past 2 anchored in Mangalore Roads in 7fms of water. Off shore about 3 miles. Anchored & Sailed again HM Ship Sceptre from Cruise off the Mauritius bound for Bombay.

Friday 6th March.
C&D S8E 69. Weighed - hove to on the Starboard Tack and made sail with the ships as before. Mostly fresh breezes with light & sultry weather. Lat 11.42N dist 70 miles.

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Saturday 7th March 1807.
C&D S15E 72. Light breezes throughout with sultry weather. AM scraped & cleaned the Lower Deck. Lat 10.27N dist 172 miles.

Sunday 8th March.
C&D S23E 72. Light winds with pleasant weather in general. At Sunrise High Land bearing from EbNE to EbS. No Divine Service the weather appearing to be unsettled. Lat 9.3N 72 miles.

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Monday 9th March 1807.
C&D S53E 45. Light winds with sultry weather. At Sunset extremes of the coast at NbW to EbS. At noon extremes from E½S to NE dist of 10 miles. Lat 8.15N dist 46 miles.

Tuesday 10th March.
C&D S56E 68. An increasing breeze. At sunrise Cape Comorin [Southern tip of India] NE½E off shore 9 or 19 miles. At noon Cape Comorin NbW. Lat 7.39N 79 miles.

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Wednesday 11th March 1807.
C&D S38E 73. First 7 middle part fresh breezes with pleasant weather latterly squally. Lat 7.15N dist 74 miles.

Thursday 12th.
C&D S85E 61. At sunrise extremes of Ceylon from EbS½S to ENE off shore about 10 or 12 leagues. Lat 6.36N Long 79.4E.

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Friday 13th March 1807.
C&D S57E 42. First part moderate steady breezes – latterly light Airs variable. 4pm Adam’s Peak E. At noon extremes of the coast of Ceylon to the eastward, East. An English Frigate & Brig joined us. Lat 6.13N Long 79.42E.

Saturday 14th March.
Signal to prepare Tottenham.
Light variable winds with pleasant weather. 11am Anchored with the Best Bower in 19fms. Moored ship a Cable each way to the SE by NW. Moored Pt de Galle Flag Staff NbW. Dist off about 4 miles. Found riding here H.M. Ship Concorde.& H.C Ship St Vincent. Arrived also H.M. Ship Bombay / Frigate. Long 79.56E.

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Sunday 15th March 1807.
Land & Sea breezes the latter strong with some rain in the afternoon. Arrived a Fleet of Indiamen from Bengal.

Monday 16th.
NW & NE winds the former fresh with sultry weather. Set the Lower Rigging up.

Tuesday 17th.
Variable winds with sultry weather. Employed about the Fore Mast Rigging. At noon arrived a Fleet of Indiamen from Madras.

Wednesday 18th.
Light land winds. & fresh Sea breezes. Sailed the Madras Fleet for Colombo.

Thursday 19th.
AM Calm & sultry weather. PM strong winds from the NE with cloudy & threatening weather in the evening much thunder & lightning & rain.

Friday 20th.
Morning calm – Signals from the Concorde for a Boat from each ship. Received orders to send carpenter to assist the Sovereign whose Main Mast had been struck with lightning last night. Received an Order of Sailing from H.M. Ship Concorde.

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Saturday 21st March 1807.
Land & Sea breeze with pleasant weather. People employed cleaning the ship. Received some water.

Sunday 22nd March.
Morning calm – Sea breeze setting in towards noon. PM cloudy & unsettled weather.

Monday 23rd.
Wind & weather as of days past. Employed watering the ship.

Tuesday 24th.
Morning calm. 8am a breeze springing up from the eastward. 2pm unmoored and hove in to half a Cable on ye Small Bower. Signal for all persons to repair on board. Crossed Top Gallant Yards.

Wednesday 25th.
Daylight the Fleet from Colombo appeared in sight – we being the inside ship weighed & stood outside the Fleet with ye land wind. AM the Signal for the Fleet to weigh . Made sail in Company with the following ships: Ganges, Monarch, St Vincent, Sovereign, Walthamstow & Lord Nelson.

[End of Harbour Journal]

[Start of Sea Log]

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Thursday 26th March 1807.
C&D ----. Light variable winds. Employed clearing the decks etc. Ships in Company as follows. St Vincent, Lady Jane Dundass, Hugh Inglis, Walthamstow, Asia, Ganges, Lord Nelson, Harriet, Lord Castlereagh, Sovereign, Bengal, Monarch & Alexander under Convoy of H.M. Ship La Concorde – Capt J. Cromer. Lat 5.36N Long 80.19E dist 50 miles.

Friday 27th.
C&D N20E 28. Light winds mostly throughout. Fleet in Company. Lat 5.11N Long 80.28E.

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Saturday 28th March 1807.
C&D S44E 40. Light winds mostly throughout with cloudy weather & squalls at times. Fleet in Company. Lat 4.34N Long 80.27E.

Sunday 29th.
C&D S42E 47. Light breezes with cloudy weather in general. AM Performed Divine Service. Water on board at Pt de Galle. 11,000 gallons. Expended since 507, Remains 10493. Lat 3.59N Long 80.29E.

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Monday 30th March 1807.
C&D S51E 34. Light winds & sultry weather. AM Unstowed the Bower Anchors and got them on the Lower Deck – the ship being very ---- & appearing out of trim. Unable to comply with the signal made at 2pm the Commodore being so far ahead. Lat 3.28N Long 81E. 42 miles.

Tuesday 31st March.
C&D S49E 46. Variable and unsettled weather. Thunder & lightning & taken aback at 10pm – concluding then Commodore would stand to the Southward – but not seeing he Fleet distinctly at midnight wore & filled on ye Larboard tack. – which accounts for the Fleet being so far ahead at daylight. Lat 3.16N Long ----.

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Wednesday 1st April 1870.
C&D S59E 67. Squally with rain. 3pm Received the Commodores Orders to keep on his weather Bow & by no means to go abaft his beam. This order it appears is given in consequence of my being lone on the contrary tack to the Fleet last night. From which the Commodore conceived it was my wish to quit the Fleet. Not knowing I had wore ship to join him at a time when farthest off. Lat 2.37N Long 82.40E. Lat 2.37N Long 82.40E.

Thursday 2nd April.
C&D S23E 9. Fresh breezes with frequent hard squalls & cloudy weather. At daylight several of the ships 5 & 6 miles astern & to Leeward. Lat 1.23N Long 83.19E.

[Crossing Equator]

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Friday 3rd April 1807.
C&D S41E 92. Strong breeze with hard squalls at times. At noon the Fleet 5 miles astern Lat 0.44N Long 84.23E.

Saturday 4th April.
C&D S20E 111. First part steady weather, middle and latter parts squally. At noon squalls with heavy rain & although I was carrying by far more sail than was by any means prudent, my Signal was made to make more sail. In consequence of which the Mizen Top Sail & Driver was split & very near losing every sail in the ship. Lat 0.55S dist 112 miles.

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Sunday 5th April 1807.
C&D S11E 132. Squally and unsettled weather. People employed shifting the split sails. At noon the Fleet 5, 6, 8 & 10 miles astern. No Divine Service the weather being unsettled. Water remaining 29th 10493 gallons, Expended since 808, Remains 9685. Lat 3.50S Long 86.12E.

Monday 6th April.
C&D S12E 103. Moderate breeze mostly throughout. At daylight Commodore Striking his Main Top Mast. Fleet 1, 2 & 3 miles astern. Lat 3.50S Long 86.40E.

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Tuesday 7th April 1807.
C&D S16E 38. Light winds with sultry weather. Fleet all in Company. Lat 4.1S Long 87.6E.

Wednesday 8th April 1807.
C&D S35E 14. Light Airs & Calms with sultry weather. Fleet all on Company. Lat 4.14S dist 17 miles.

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Thursday 9th April 1807.
C&D S11E 81. First part light winds latterly a steady breeze with fine weather. People employed repairing sails. Fleet in Company. Lat 5.33S Long 85.62E.

Friday 10th April.
C&D S20E 144. A fresh & increasing breeze with cloudy weather at times. Lat 7.37S. Long ----.

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Saturday 11th April 1807.
C&D S3W 156. First part frequent hard squalls with heavy rain, latterly pleasant breezes. Fleet all in Company. Lat 10.33S Long 88.43E.

Sunday 12th April.
C&D S8E 37. Moderate breezes variable with squalls & Fair at times. 9am Signal for all Commanders – No Divine Service as above being made. Water on ye 5th 9685 Gallons, Expended since 813, Remains 8872 Gallons. Lat 10.44S Long 88.34E.

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Monday 13th April 1807.
C&D S44W 88. Moderate breeze with cloudy weather. employed trimming ship. Lat 11.18S Long 87.11E.

Tuesday 14th April.
C&D S42W 19. A light Trade with pleasant weather. 12.10S Long 85.42E.

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Wednesday 15th April 1807.
C&D S58W 90. A steady breeze with pleasant weather. People employed repairing the old Main Sail. Lat 13.10S Long 84.22E.

Thursday 16th.
C&D SW 141. An increasing Trade, Fleet all in Company. Lat 15.1S Long 83.37E.

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Friday 17th April 1807.
C&D S52W 139. A fresh Trade with passing squalls and rain. At daylight the Fleet courses down to the NW. Lat 16.23S Long 80.36E.

Saturday 18th April.
C&D S57W 171. A fresh Trade with unsettled weather, AM Cleaned the Lower Deck. Fleet all on Company. Lat 17.57S Long ----.

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Sunday 19th April 1807.
C&D S53W 155. PM Signal to keep Station. In the night having gone ahead in consequence of the Signal made & the cloudy weather coming on could not see the Monarch. At daylight the Fleet 8 or 10 miles astern. Water remaining on the 12th 8872 gallons, Expended since 907, Remains 7975. Lat 19.38S Long 75.52E.

Monday 20th April.
C&D WSW 140. First & middle part a fresh Trade latterly decreasing. People employed as necessary. Fleet all in Company. Lat 20.36S long 73.38E.

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Tuesday 21st April 1807.
C&D S69W 99. First & middle part moderate Trade latter light. Lat 21.38S Long ----.

Wednesday 22ns April.
C&D S64W 35. Light winds inclining to variable with rather cloudy weather. Taken aback. Lat 21.38S Long ----.

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Thursday 23rd April 1807.
C&D S61W 142. First part squally & unsettled latter steady fresh breeze from ye SE with an increasing swell. Fleet all in Company in close order. Lat 22.52S Long 68.44E.

Friday 24th April.
C&D S76W 174. Fresh breezes throughout with a swell from the southward. In the evening a Signal from the Ganges to carry a light during the night as she kept ahead during the time I followed the motions. Lat 23.18S Long 65.34E.

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Saturday 24th April 1807.
C&D WSW 150. A steady Trade with cloudy weather. Bent the Storm stay Sails. Cleaned the Lower Deck. Fleet all in Company. Lat 24.16S Long 63.22E.

Sunday 26th April.
C&D WSW 146. Weather mostly cloudy latterly the wind variable which prevented Divine Service. Water remaining 7965 gallons, Expended since 875, Remains 7090 Gallons. Lat 25.15S Long 60.33E.

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Monday 27th April 1807.
C&D W13S 144. Steady breeze mostly throughout. Employed trimming the ship. Fleet all in Company. Strange Sail seen. PM not in sight. Lat 25.23S Long ----.

Tuesday 28th April.
C&D W5W 119. An increasing breeze from the NE with pleasant weather. Commodore east 9 miles later EbS 1¼ miles. AM shifted the Top Sails with the new ones. Fleet all in Company. Lat 26.19S Long 56.30E.

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Wednesday 29th April 1807.
C&D S6W 75. Cloudy weather mostly throughout, wind varying at NE to SW latterly light Airs and sultry weather. 9am Signal for an Officer from each ship. Sent the 3rd Officer who returned with a Second Rendezvous & additional signal No. 39. Lat 26.54S Long 55.20E.

Thursday 30th April.
C&D W¼S 119. First part moderate breezes – middle & latter squally and increasing with a rising sea. Lat 27.7S Long 53.13E.

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Friday 1st May 1807.
C&D N70W. An increasing gale with threatening weather. PM Made the ship as ---- as possible and reduced our sail as near as possible to that which the Commodore had out. In the night the weather –being so very dark could only see a light occasionally. At daylight only one ship in sight bearing WNW 4 or 5 miles. Made sail towards her. At noon she was nearly abreast of us to westward – dist off about 3 or 4 miles. Lat 26.15S Long 50E.

Saturday 2nd May.
C&D East 70. At half past 2pm the ship to windward which I find is the Harriet not bearing down to me – and not having a doubt but the ---- I considered it would be prudent to lay to on the other tack - & wore accordingly concluding at the same in the course of the evening from the Nature of our situation and the direction of the wind. At 3pm Harriet wore also – at 9am spoke the Harriet – at 10 wore of Signal – AM Fidded the top Gallant Masts. Lat 26.18S Long 50.56E.

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Sunday 3rd May 1807.
C&D West 94. Moderate breeze with calm weather in general. AM employed cleaning the Lower Deck which prevented Divine service being performed. AM Punished Hendrick Switchen Quarter Master with 2 dozen lashes for theft. Water remaining on ye 26th 7090 gallons, Expended since 795, Remains 6295. Lat 28.18S Long --- dist 99 miles.

Monday 4th May.
C&D W¼S 89. Pleasant weather and a moderate breeze throughout. Harriet in Company. Lat 26.51S Long ---- dist 89 miles.

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Tuesday 5th May 1807.
C&D W25S 82. Light breezes with pleasant weather. Harriet in Company. Lat 27.2S Long 49.15E.

Wednesday 6th May.
C&D W38S 108. An increasing breeze with pleasant weather in general. People variously employed. Lat 27.49S Long 47.34E.

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Thursday 7th May 1807.
C&D S62W 121. A steady breeze with pleasant weather. Shifted Fore Sail with the best and Fore Top Stay Sail with 2nd best. Lat 28.44S Long 45.13E.

Friday 8th May.
C&D WbS 120. Pleasant weather in general, towards noon some passing showers. Lat 29.13S Long 43.28E.

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Saturday 9th May 1807.
C&D WbS 130. Steady breeze with pleasant weather. AM cleaned the Lower Deck. Lat 29.43S Long 40.43E.

Sunday 10th May.
C&D W¾S 116. Pleasant breezes throughout with fair weather. AM Peformed Divine Service. Water on ye 3rd 6295 gallons, Expended since 836, Remains 5359. Lat 29.39S Long 39.37E.

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Monday 11th May 1807.
C&D W11S 107. Moderate breezes with hazy weather in general. Lat 30.21S Long 37.58E.

Tuesday 12th May.
C&D S11W 91. Saw two sails ahead hull down from the mast head. Made signal and the Commodore answered to reconnoitre the same. At 5pm the hands being called to quarters in consequence of 2 ships in sight which the Commodore had ordered to make sail towards. Mr Boyce, a passenger refused in a most extraordinary manner to repair to his quarters - in consequence of which I remonstrated with him on the impropriety of so doing, which having no effect I appealed to the Officers in general what was to be done in such a case. Lat 30.53S Long 35.34E

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C&D ----. It was the unanimous [decision] of all that such conduct ought not to be passed over. The ships being in sight the remainder of the passengers on board all at their respective quarters, I knew no other means than to confine him in irons, concurring the example to be too bad a nature to admit of less violent measures. After breakfast the following morning I ordered the people on deck - and requested they would by no means suffer their sense of duty to be led away by the conduct of Mr Boyce. I thought it advisable to explain the nature of the Act of Parliament which provides against persons serving on board ship bearing Letters of Marque - by subjecting them to Marshal Law. After the above and the two strange ships not being in sight, I released Mr Boyce. Lat ---- Long ----.

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Wednesday 13th May 1807.
C&D WSW 112. An increasing breeze with pleasant weather. Lat 31.41S Long 33E.

Thursday 14th May.
C&D W18S 189. A steady fresh breeze throughout latter part hazy weather. Lat 32.40S Long 29.49E.

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Friday 15th May 1807.
C&D W23N 28. First part moderate breezes & hazy weather. Middle part wind veering round & blowing hard from the SW with a heavy swell from the quarter. Lat 33.1S Long 28.56E.

Saturday 16th May.
C&D S42W 60. First part light Airs and Calms, latterly increasing breeze – a swell from the westward. AM Made ye Signal for 2 Strange Sail. Cleaned ye Lower Deck. Lat 33.46S Long 27.33E.

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Sunday 17th May 1807.
C&D W6S 80. 2 of the ships in sight appear to be of our fleet, the third appears to be outward bound. The wind stays unsettled towards noon. Did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 10th. 5359, Expenditure since 848, Remains 4511 gallons. Lat 34.21S Long 25.9E.

Monday 18th May.
C&D S30W 12. At sunset extremes of land about the Craggy Mountains from NNW½W to NE½N. At sunrise extremes from NE to NWbN. 36.4S Long 25.15E,

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Tuesday 19th May 1807.
C&D N 16. First part steady breezes latterly frequent & squalls and much rain. At daylight land bearing NE 14 or 15 leagues. At noon extremes of the land from NWbN to NEbN 10 or 12 leagues. Lat 34.36S Long 25.4E.

Wednesday 20th May.
C&D S28W 35. Sunset extremes of land from East to NWbW off shore about 3 leagues. At daylight land from NE to NbW dist off shore 10 leagues. Cleaned the Lower Deck. Lat 35.13S Long 24.56E.

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Thursday 21st May 1807.
C&D S6W 60. First part moderate, middle & latter increasing with heavy sea. Lat 35.51S Long 23.50E.

Friday 22nd May.
C&D N10E 16. First part increasing gale, latter moderate. AM Cleaned the Lower Deck. Lat 36.40S Long 23.7E.

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Saturday 23rd May 1807.
C&D S34W 52. First part moderate to windy increasing to a fresh gale. Pleasant weather throughout. Lat 34.52S Long 22.27E.

Sunday 24th May.
C&D W7N 18. Most part moderate with cloudy weather throughout. AM the weather appearing unsettled did not perform Divine Service, Water remaining on ye 17th 4511 gallons, Expended since 846, Remains 3665. Lat 35.38S Long 22.28E.

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Monday 25th May 1807.
C&D S21W 63. An increasing gale the most part pleasant weather. At daylight saw a Strange Sail. At 8am she made the private signal & her number which proved the Castlereagh. Lat 36.30S Long 21.30E.

Tuesday 26th May.
C&D N16E 119. First part moderate gale with a heavy swell, middle & latter part cloudy weather & unsettled in the night. Answered the Commodore Blue Signal. Lord Castlereagh & Harriet in Company. Lat 36.31S Long ----. Dist 55 miles.

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Wednesday 27th May 1807.
C&D N24E 32. An increasing gale with squally unsettled weather. Lat 36.2S Long 21.46E.

Thursday 28th May.
C&D N34E 27. A fresh gale mostly throughout moderating towards noon. At daylight two Strangers in the SW 10 or 12 miles off. Lying to for the Commodore. Lat 35.49S Long 21.19E.

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Friday 29th May 1807.
C&D W2N 38. First & middle parts light breezes from the westward with cloudy weather. latterly an increasing easterly wind with fair weather. At daylight two Strange Sails bearing WbN hull down from the Deck. Lat 35.28S Long 20.45E.

Saturday 30th May.
C&D W10N 113. First & middle parts an increasing breeze with pleasant weather. Hove to for the Commodore. At daylight extremes of the land at EbN to NNW. Two Strange Sail NNW 8 miles one WNW 5 or 6 miles. Lat 35.3S Long 18.20E.

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Sunday 31st May 1807.
C&D ----. Water remaining on ye 24th 3665, Expended since 840, Remains 2825 gallons. At 5pm spoke the Commodore by Signal who with ourselves thought the two Headmost ships are belonging to the Fleet & the 3rd which was near us appeared different and appeared to sail so bad also that it would be easy to speak him. 78 miles.
At 8pm spoke the Stranger a Bremen Ship from Batavia during the time of speaking many persons on board thinking they saw something thrown overboard. I concurred it would be well to take him to the Commodore & sent a party of people on board for the purpose of keeping him until that time. Made the Signal at the same time to speak the Commodore which was answered. At daylight having well examined the Stranger ---- conceived he was not detainable made the Signal to that effect & signalled to make Sail. AM did not perform Divine Service there being 2 or 3 ships in sight of which we could not make out the Lettering. Lat 34.45S. Long ----.

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Monday 1st June 1807.
C&D W7S 89. At 3pm ---- tacked to join a ship astern which was taken for the Harriet, but finding our mistake tacked again - the Harriet not being in sight. At sunset 2 ships and a Brig in sight. At daylight one ship & ye Brig in sight. Lord Castlereagh only in Company. Lat 34.56S Long 14.36E.

Tuesday 2nd June.
C&D N32W 79. Latterly an increasing breeze with cloudy weather. Lat 33.47S Long 14.16E.

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Wednesday 3rd June 1807.
C&D W13N½N 133. First part a fresh breeze from ye SW – latterly veering round to the SE with pleasant weather. AM Shifted the Top Gallant Masts with ye long ones. Lat 31.49S Long 12.33E.

Thursday 4th June.
C&D W¼N 97. An increasing breeze rather cloudy weather. AM got the Bower Anchors from the Lower Deck, stocked them & placed them in their berths. In Company with the Lord Castlereagh. Lat 30.33S Long 11.12E.

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Friday 5th June 1807.
C&D NNW¾W 171. A fresh Trade with pleasant weather. AM got the Booms on the Gallows. Unbent the Storm Sails & Mizen. Lat 27.51S Long 9.27E.

Saturday 6th June.
C&D NW¼N 148. A steady Trade with pleasant weather. Carpenter & Gunner employed repairing & painting Boats. Lat 26.9S Long 7.15E.

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Sunday 7th June 1807.
C&D NW¼N 149. A steady Trade with pleasant weather. PM departed this life Sergeant Squil, H.M. 77th Regt. AM Committed the body to the Deep. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining 31st May 2825, Expended since 700, Remains 2125. Lat 24.36S Long 3.14E.

Monday 8th June.
C&D NNW 157. A steady Trade with pleasant weather. AM Set the Rigging up Fore & Aft. Lat 22.37S Long 3.4E.

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Tuesday 9th June 1807.
C&D N48W 142. A steady Trade with pleasant weather. Employed about the Rigging, Boats etc. Lat 20.52S Long 1.13E.

[crossed the Greenwich Meridian Line]

Wednesday 10th June.
C&D NW½W 116. A moderate Trade with rather cloudy weather. Lat 19.43S Long 0.25W.

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Thursday 11th June 1807.
C&D NW½W 97. Light Trade with sultry weather. Lat 18.44S Long 2.0W.

Friday 12th June.
C&D NW½W 67. A light Trade with rather cloudy weather. PM observed a man to fall westward from the Castlereagh – Hove the ship across & towards, a Boat down which fortunately saved his life. AM shifted the Courses with ye old ones. Lat 17.48S Long 2.59W.

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Saturday 13th June 1807.
C&D NW½W 112. An increasing Trade veering at times to the SW with pleasant weather in general. AM Bent the Bower Cables & unstowed the Anchors. Lat 16.43S Long ---- dist 112 miles.

Sunday 14th June.
C&D ----. At sunset saw the Island bearing NW dist at least 20 leagues. Observed the Commodore during the night. At 4am shortened sail. At 11 anchored in 7 fms water. Found riding here the whole of the Fleet except the Earl St Vincent, Ganges, Harriet, Monarch & Lord Nelson.

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[Continued from previous page].
Besides the ships of our own Fleet at anchor were found – The Alfred, Worcester & United Kingdom Store Ships. Anchored ship a cable each way. Out Boats & Down Top Gallant Yards. NB this Log contains 36 hours. Water remaining 2125 gallons, Expended since 720, remains 1405.

[End of Sea Log]

[Start of Harbour Journal]

Monday 15th June.
Arrived HMS Antelope and Harriet. People employed as necessary.

Tuesday 16th June.
Arrived the Earl St Vincent with the crew and passengers on board belonging to the Ganges, which ship had become in so bad a state that it was found necessary to quit her. She sank in sight of the Earl St Vincent the day after her being quitted - no lives lost.

Wednesday 17th June.
Arrived the Lord Nelson & Monarch – this completes the whole of our Fleet as at leaving Pt de Galle – Ganges excepted.

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Thursday 18th June 1807.
---- breezes with much rain. Employed ----.

Friday 19th June.
Cloudy & unsettled weather. Employed as yesterday. Received Instructions from HM Ship Antelope.

Saturday 20th June.
Pleasant Trade & clear weather. Employed bending the Sails etc.

Sunday 21st June.
Pleasant weather. AM Signal from HMS Antelope for all Commanders to attend & received some additional Instructions.

Monday 22nd June.
Pleasant weather. Employed filling up our Water. Bent the Old Top Gallant Sails.

Tuesday 23rd June.
Employed hauling the Cables out of the hold & receiving the Wine - stowed under them. ----.

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Wednesday 24th June.
Pleasant weather. Employed cleaning the ship.

Thursday 25th June.
Pleasant weather. Sent the carpenter on board the St Vincent to assist in repairing her bows.

Friday 26th.
AM Signal for all Passengers to repair on board. Received Sundry Stores and Passengers Baggage – otherwise employed preparing for Sea.

Saturday 27th.
No entry.

[end of Harbour Journal]

[start of Sea log]


James Town, St Helena 1794

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Sunday 28th June 1807.
C&D NW¼N 96. Weighed & stood out under easy sail. Stowed the anchors and unbent the Cables. 8am Signal to make sail on ye Starboard Tack. Sunset St James Valley SEbS off shore about 4 leagues. People being employed clearing up the Harbour Gear – did not perform Divine Service. Fleet all in Company. Lat 14.37S Long 7.50W.

Monday 29th June.
C&D N3½W 106. Light Trade with pleasant weather. Round the Cables up to dry & take the Service off. Got the Booms on deck. Fleet all in Company The Sweede [?] in Tow by the Antelope. Lat 13.18S Long 8.13W.

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Tuesday 30th June 1807.
C&D NWbN¾W 93. Signal to close. Commodore 1 mile. Light Trade with pleasant weather. Lat 12.0S Long 9.22W.

Wednesday 1st July 1807.
C&D NWbN½N. 116. An increasing Trade with pleasant weather. AM unstocked the anchors, stack the Bowers on the Lower Deck to stiffen the ship. Fleet all in Company, Brig in tow by the Sovereign ---- by the Commodore. 10.35S Long 10.39W.

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Thursday 2nd July 1807.
C&D NWbN¼N 102. Moderate Trade with pleasant weather. Fleet all in Company. Lat 9.11S Long 11.55W.

Friday 3rd July.
C&D NM2N 92. Light Trade pleasant weather. Castlereagh with the Brig in tow. Walthamstow taken Castlereagh’s Stations. Trade 7.55S Long 13.10W.

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Saturday 4th July 1807.
C&D NWbN 108. Moderate Trade pleasant weather in general. Lat 6.3S Long 14.26W.

Sunday 5th July.
C&D NWbN 126. A fresh Trade pleasant weather. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining day of leaving St Helena, 10500 gallons Expended since 1095, Remains 9405. Lat 4.7S Long 15.59W.

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Monday 6th July 1807.
C&D NWbN 141, A fresh Trade with pleasant weather. Fleet all in Company. Stoced[?] & Brig in tow as before. Lat 2.7S Long 18.1W.

Tuesday 7th July.
C&D N23W 123. A steady Trade pleasant weather. Lat 0.15S Long 19.30W.

[crossed Equator]

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Wednesday 8th July 1807.
C&D NNW 104. Steady Trade latterly the weather rather cloudy. Lat 1.48N Long 20.26W.

Thursday 9th.
C&D NNW 121. A fresh SE Trade with cloudy weather. Fleet all in Company. Lat 4.1N Long 21.23W.

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Friday 10th July 1807.
C&D NW 134. A fresh Trade with cloudy & sultry weather. Lat 6.1N Long 22.5W.

Saturday 11th July.
C&D NNW 75. Wind becoming variable with cloudy & unsettled weather. Lat 6.59N Long ---- dist 75 miles.

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Sunday 12th July 1807.
C&D NWbW 62. Variable wind but mostly from the eastward – much lightning & rain . The weather being unsettled did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on the 5th 9405 gallons, Expended since 875, Remains 8530. Lat 8.2N Long 22.41W.

Monday 13th July.
C&D NNW½W 50. Light variable winds with unsettled weather. Lightning from the eastward with heavy rain. Fleet all on Company. Lat 8.31N Long 23.35W.

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Tuesday 14th July 1807.
C&D NbW½W 36. Light Airs, Calms and some squalls with lightning & rain. AM Commodore spoke the Stranger a Portuguese from Lisbon. Lat Lat 9.30N Long 22.—W.

Wednesday 15th July.
C&D NNW 30. Variable winds & weather. At midnight a Topmast from a ship, to speak to Commodore. Found the Sovereign had lost her Mizen Top Mast. Lat 10.14N Long 23.2W.

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Thursday 16th July 1807.
C&D N16W 19. Light variable winds mostly clear weather. Lat 9.56N Long 23.7W.

Friday 17th July.
C&D NE½N 70. An increasing breeze from the NW with variable weather. Fleet in Company. Lat 10.53N Long 22.17W.

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Saturday 18th July 1807.
C&D W6N 20. Light Airs northerly & Calms – with sultry weather. Lat 10.43N Long 22.24W.

Sunday 19th July.
C&D N70W 67. A steady breeze throughout. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 12th 8530, Expended since 915, Remains 7615. Lat 11.3N Long 23.15W.

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Huddart towards England

Monday 20th July 1807.
C&D NW½N 46. Light variable winds with unsettled weather. Signal to close. Lat 11.44N Long 23.55W.

Tuesday 21st July.
C&D N11W 20. Hove to for ships astern. Light variable winds clear weather in general. AM and Signal as exercised. Lat 11.57N Long 24.14W.

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Huddart towards England

Wednesday 22nd July 1807.
C&D N80W 70. First part light winds middle & latter increasing with hazy weather. AM the Commodore in chase of a Stranger to the eastward. Lat 12.5N Long 26.1W.

Thursday 23rd July.
C&D WbN½N 56. Light winds mostly from the NE. Commodore found the Stranger was from England out 28days – a Slave Ship. Lat 12.7N Long 26.30W.

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Huddart towards England

Friday 24th July 1807.
C&D NNW 48. Light Airs from the NE pleasant weather. Lat 12.51N Long 27.30W.

Saturday 25th July.
C&D NEN½N 56. Light winds with pleasant weather. Monarch in tow by the Lord Castlereagh. Fleet all in Company. Lat 12.50N Long 28.20W.

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Huddart towards England

Sunday 26th July 1807.
C&D W17N 90. First part light winds with pleasant weather latterly squally – which prevents Divine Service being performed. Water remaining on ye 19th 7615, Expended since 881, Remains 6734. Lat 13.56N Long 29.50W.

Monday 27th July.
C&D N70W 49. Light Airs in general latterly increasing from ye SE. Lat 14.3N Long 30.45W.

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Tuesady 28th July 1807.
C&D N21W 114. Fresh breeze easterly – mostly fair weather. At 10am a Strange Sail to the eastward which the commodore chased – making the Signals from the St Vincent to head the Fleet & the Walthamstow to see to Signals. Shifted Fore & Main Top Sails with the 2nd best – condemned ye old ones. Lat 15.40N Long 31.20W.

Wednesday 29th July.
C&D N1W 116. A fresh Trade with cloudy weather. The Stranger – a Dane – from the Cape of Good Hope – no news. Lat 17.17N Long 32.12W.

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Huddart towards England

Thursday 30th July 1807.
C&D NWbN½N 106. Fresh Trade pleasant weather in general. Fleet all in Company. Lat 18.23N Long 33.33W.

Friday 31st July.
C&D NWbN 78. Mostly a fresh Trade with passing showers of rain, bore up to join the Castlereagh & her tow to leeward. Lat 19.36N Long 34.51W.

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Huddart towards England

Saturday 1st August 1807.
C&D NNW 77. Moderate Trade mostly pleasant weather. Fleet all in Company. Lat 20.41N Long 35.32W.

Sunday 2nd August.
C&D N10W 63. Light Airs latterly with pleasant weather. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 26th July 6734, Expended since 878, Remains 5856. Lat 21.44W. Long 35.59W.

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Huddart towards England

Monday 3rd August 1807.
C&D N15W 111. An increasing Trade with fair weather. Lt 23.32N Long 36.38W

Tuesday 4th August.
C&D NNW 111. A steady Trade with pleasant weather. Lat 25.7N Long 37.34W.

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Huddart towards England

Wednesday 5th August 1807.
C&D N13W 105. Winds & weather unsettled. Fleet in Company. Lat 26.38N Long 38.11W.

Thursday 6th August.
C&D N4E 100. A fresh breeze in general with passing squalls. AM Shifted Top Gallant Sails with the best. Lat 28.3N Long 38.31W.

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Huddart towards England

Friday 7th August 1807.
C&D N12W 117. Fresh breeze easterly with pleasant weather in general. Lat 30.6N Long 39.14W.

Saturday 8th August.
C&D N24W 98. Moderate winds from the eastward. AM pleasant weather. Fleet all in Company. Lat 31.31N Long 40.25W.

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Huddart towards England

Sunday 9th August 1807.
C&D N20W 92. Moderate easterly winds with pleasant weather in general. AM Performed Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 2nd, 5856, Expended since 790, Remaining 5066. Lat 33.6N Long 41.18W.

Monday 10th August.
C&D N4W 5.8 Light easterly winds with pleasant weather. AM sent a Butt of Water on board the Vincent as did the other ships of the Fleet. Lat 34.9N Long 41.40W.

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Huddart towards England

Tuesday 11th August 1807.
C&D N12E 47. Mostly light Airs with sultry weather. Bent the Storm Sails. Lat 35.10N Long 41,56W.

Wednesday 12th August.
C&D NEbN 24. Light Airs & Calms. Lat 35.31N Long 41.39W.

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Huddart towards England

Thursday 13th August 1807.
C&D N54E 48. Light Airs variable with sultry weather. Lat 36.6N Long 40.57W.

Friday 14th August.
C&D NE 24. Light Airs and Calms, latterly an increasing breeze at ye SW. Put a mooring service on the Small Bower. The strange Sail seen yesterday is a Brig from Lisbon out 21 days. Lat 36.16N Long 40.57W.

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Huddart towards England

Saturday 15th August 1807.
C&D N4¾E 97. First part squally & threatening from the NW latterly a fresh breeze from the NE with clear weather. Stranger an American from Cadiz out 35 days. Lat 37.6N Long 39.35W.

Sunday 16th August.
C&D East 43. Fresh breeze throughout most part cloudy weather. No Divine Service the weather being unsettled. Water remaining on ye 9th 5066 gallons, Expended since 848, Remains 4218. Lat 36.57N Long 38.25W.

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Huddart towards England

Monday 17th August 1807.
C&D N½W 47. Moderate breeze, latterly calm. AM The Swedish ship discovered a leak in her bow & was obliged to bring to ye wind & on ye other tack. Commodore sent assistance. Lat 37.43N Long 38.54W.

Tuesday 18th.
C&D NNE½E 91. First part calm & light Airs with an increasing breeze, latterly falling little wind. PM the Stranger in sight bearing WbS about 6 miles. Lat 39.3N Long 38.17W.

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Wednesday 19th August 1807.
C&D N53E 69. Moderate breeze with hazy weather. Fleet all in Company. Lat 39.34 Long 36.42W.

Thursday 20th.
C&D NE½E 125. Fresh breeze throughout first part cloudy latter part fair. Shifted the Main Top Mast Stay Sail with the best. Two Strange Sails SE & SW. AM Commodore in chase. Lat 40.52N Long 34.25W.

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Huddart towards England

Friday 21st August 1807.
C&D ----. First part a steady breeze & increasing. AM fell suddenly, calms for a few minutes & then blew part from the opposite point with rain & thick weather. Lat 41.35N Dist 102 miles.

Saturday 22nd August.
C&D ----. First part a moderate gale decreasing latterly pleasant weather, clouds throughout. 5pm signal to steer EbN of the wind came fair in the night. Lat 41.49N Dist 87 miles.

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Sunday 23rd August 1807.
C&D ----. Moderate breeze veering between SE & E latterly flying showers of rain with squalls which prevented Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 16th 4216, Expended since 724, Remains 3492. Lat 41.40N Dist 91 miles.

Monday 24th August.
C&D ----. First part breeze decreasing, latterly fresh breeze from ye northward with clear weather. AM Stocked the Bower Anchors & got them on the Gun whales. Lat 42.20N.

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Huddart towards England

Tuesday 25th August 1807.
C&D ----. A steady fresh breeze with clear weather. Lat 43.10N. 138 miles.

Wednesday 26th August.
C&D ----. A fresh breeze with thick hazy weather, from 6pm to 10am the Commodore fired Half Hour Guns to denote his ---- which was respected by the Lady Jane Dundas. Lat 44.8N. 118 miles.

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Thursday 27th August 1807.
C&D ----. First & middle part fresh breeze with foggy weather. During the fog Half Hour Guns fired from ye Monarch & repeated. AM pleasant weather – out all reefs to dry. At noon took in again. Lat 45.27N. Dist 112 miles.

Friday 28th August.
C&D ----. An increasing breeze with fair weather. Lat 46.50N. Dist 152 miles.

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Huddart towards England

Saturday 29th August 1807.
C&D ----. A fresh breeze with clear weather in general. PM Signal to steer East. Fleet all in Company. Monarch & Brig in tow. Lat 47.49N Dist 178 miles.

Sunday 30th August.
C&D ----. Moderate breeze with clear weather in general, towards noon the weather appearing rather unsettled did not perform Divine Service. Water remaining on ye 30th 3492, Expended since 750, Remains 2742. Lat 48.40N. Dist 129 miles.

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Huddart towards England

Monday 31st August 1807.
C&D ----. Pleasant steady breeze in general. AM got the Spars on the Gallows. Stocked the Sheet Anchor. Fleet all in Company. Monarch in tow. Lat 49.13N Dist 113 miles.

Tuesday 1st September 1807.
C&D ----. Commodore with Stranger – a frigate. Wind being from N to E with pleasant weather. Employed reeving the Harbour Geir [Gear]. Lat 49.22N. Dist 102 miles.

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Huddart towards England

Wednesday 2nd September 1807.
C&D ----. Scilly Light NE 8 leagues. First & middle part light easterly winds, latterly calm with sultry weather. AM bent the Bower Cables. Lat 49.25N. Dist 52 miles.

Thursday 3rd September.
C&D ----. Light Airs and Calms with pleasant weather. Several sails in sight. Lat 49.23N. Dist 26 miles.

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Huddart towards England

Friday 4th September 1807.
C&D ----. An increasing breeze latterly fresh with pleasant weather. Close to the Commodore the whole of the ----. At noon the Start [Point] NE off shore about 5 leagues. Saw the Bolt Head NE about 5 leagues. Lat 49.40N. Dist 106 miles.

Saturday 5th.
C&D ----. Noon took on board Robert Davis Pilot. Portland Lights ENE. PM sent the Purser in them with 2 of the Company’s Packets. Left the ship at some time one of the Passengers. At daylight Dunnose NWbW, Hamplen Vale NEbE off shore about 7 leagues. Lat 50.29N Dist 123 miles.

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Huddart towards England

Sunday 6th September 1807.
Fresh & an increasing breeze. 2pm Hove to – wind to the southward. At daylight filled & stood in for the Downs – under easy sail. At quarter past 5am anchored with the best Bower in 8 fms. Deal Castle W¼S. S Sandown SbW. Bury of ye Break NE¼E. Down the Gallant Yards & made the ship safe – the weather looking threatening.

[End of Sea Log]

[Start of Harbour Journal]

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Two sheets received 7 September 1807.
Continuation of the Log of the Hon’ble Company’s Ship Huddart. [see previous Page 214]

Monday 7th September 1807.
Moderate, fidded the Top Gallant Masts & crossed Top Gallant Yards. At sunrise weighed with a light breeze westerly. At 8 rounded the North Foreland. At 4pm brought up with the best Bower in 12¼ fms water between Oaze Nob Buoy SE, Oaze edge Buoy west to Shivering Buoy SSE. Wind WNW. At 11pm weighed with the tide of flood & worked up with an increasing breeze ----.

Tuesday 8th.
At half past 4 anchored with best Bower in 8 Fathoms, the North Lights bearing West. At 11 weighed & worked by the Nore wind from at NWN & NW. At half past 5pm anchored in the upper part of Sea Reach.

Wednesday 9th.
In the morning mostly calm & cloudy with rain. At 11 weighed with a breeze & worked up. At 4pm came on board & took charge of the ship, Mr Porter, River Pilot. Left the ship Mr Cunningham, Downs Pilot. At about 5am just above Tilbury the ship missing stays & in wearing round took the Ground, carried out a Hauser but being in the turn of the Tide was of no use. Got 2 craft from the shore & struck the heavy Sheet Anchor & other Sundry Stores into them to lighten the ship, down Top Gallant Yards. Came down the Hon’ble Company’s Yacht, Captain Thompson carried out a hawser to the anchor to keep the ship from swinging when the flood

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Wind fresh at west when aground 2fms ahead 18 aft.

Thursday 10th September 1807.
At 10am little or no wind, hove up our Bower Anchor by the Barge & hauled her out by the Yacht when let go hove taut & lashed as purchase on the Cable. At 6 began to heave. At half past 6 the ship floated. At 7 swung to the tide of ebb. At half past 1pm weighed & worked up. At between 6 & 7 brought up with the best Bower in 9 fms abreast of Purfleet. Westerly winds throughout.

Friday 11th.
At 4am weighed with the side of flood, pleasant breeze to NW. At 10 anchored in Halfway Reach just above the House in 6½ fathoms. At 4am weighed & dropped & warped up to Woolwich. At 8 anchored just abreast the Town. In AM dried the Fore & Aft Sails Studding Sails & unbent them. Washed & cleaned the decks. Confined in Irons Patrick McCarty for breaking into a wine chest on the Steerage, in the morning released him on his expressing contrition for the same.

Saturday 12th.
Weighed at 7am dropped up Woolwich Reach worked up to Blackwall, at 10 lashed alongside the Beschermer Hulk. Unbent the Sails & down yards unrove running Rigging. Engaged putting the Stores rigging the latch to the Industry Barge.

Sunday 13th.
Westerly winds light Air. Employed riggers ---- the Top Masts. Got the Booms over made a shift of them & the Yards. struck the Top masts & lowered the anchors into the barge & otherwise preparing for warping into the basin.

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Monday 14th September 1807.
Wind northerly hail. At 6am came on board Mr Porter, Pilot & took charge to warp the ship into the basin. At 11 hauled in. Sent Sundry Stores on board the craft. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Tuesday 15th.
Ditto winds & weather. At 7am came on board Mr Ford the Dock Master to haul the ship into the Docks. At 11 hauled in & at 1pm heaved alongside the west side of the Dock.

Wednesday 16th.
Pleasant weather. Delivered all the Baggage, some Senna & Cotton. Draft 14.10 fwd & 10 aft.

Thursday 17th.
Ditto weather Our people delivering Wine.

Friday 18th.
Employed as yesterday, dispatched the Sisters Way laden with Wine.

Saturday 19th.
Deliverd some Cotton & Sundry Senna Bales.

Sunday 20th.
Pleasant weather.

Monday 21st.
Cloudy & westerly winds, rain in the afternoon. Delivered Cotton, Gums – etc.

Tuesday 22nd.
Much rain. Delivered Cotton, Camphor etc.

Wednesday 23rd.
Pleasant weather, Delivering Sundry Goods.

Thursday 24th.
Ditto weather etc.

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Friday 25th.
In the morning fair, rain towards noon, wind. Delivered Cotton & Gums.

Saturday 26th.
Fair weather. Delivered the remainder of the Wines & also the Cotton. Draft 2.6 13.3 Aft.

Sunday 27th.
Pleasant weather.

Monday 28th.
Employed delivering the Cargo.

Tuesday 29th.
Employed as yesterday.

Wednesday 30th.
Fresh breezes southerly. Employed at Cargo & Sugar.

Thursday 1st October.
Some rain, delivering Sugar.

Friday 2nd.
Northerly, delivering Saltpetre.

Saturday 3rd.
Pleasant weather. Delivered Saltpetre being the remainder of the Hon’ble Company’s Cargo.

Sunday 4th.
Pleasant weather.

Monday 5th.
In the morning came on board Mr Ford, Dock Master moved ship & transported her into Clearing Dock.

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Tuesday 6th October 1807.
Cloudy, wind westerly. Delivered all the Rice & Gra---. At 2pm the ship inspected by Mr Vabry & reputed clear.

This is the Continuation of my Original Journal

T.G. Bayliff [signed] Commander Huddart
Witness: C, Collingwood

[End of Harbour Journal]


The Ledger & Pay Book for this voyage has not been transcribed.


APPENDIX 1

Notes and Glossary

  1. Called to Quarters - in this context means called to action stations.
  2. Country Ships - Honourable East India Company's ships that plied between ports in the Eastern seas.
  3. ODNB - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  4. Editor's notes in square brackets.
  5. Extra ships - ships built in India and hired by the HEICS for a particular voyage. These were often made from better materials than those made in Britain and were considered to be longer lasting (The East Indiamen by Russell Miller).
  6. Hull Down - so far away the hull is out of sight below the horizon.
  7. Letters of Marque - A Government licence given to the owners of private ships during the time of war, commissioning them to attack and seize the ships or property of the enemy.
  8. NI = Native Infantry.
  9. The Ship's Log contains the Sea Log where entries are from noon the day before to noon on the date of entry. The Harbour Journal contains the normal 24 hours from midnight. It also seems that hour by hour events are put on the left side of the Journal form as they happen and then the Captain sits down after midday to write up the highlights of the previous 24 hours on the right side.


APPENDIX 2

Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms
Abbreviations in the log have been expanded where possible.

Please see the Wikipedia Glossary of nautical terms for additional information.

Cable's length (distance): tenth of a nautical mile (approx 101 fathoms).
1 Fathom: 6 Feet (1.8 metres).
1 league: 3 statute miles (4.828032 km) on land or 3 Nautical miles = 3.45 land miles, (5.556 km at sea). On land it was the distance one could walk in about an hour.
Nautical miles: 1.151 miles approx. The nautical mile is based on the circumference of the Earth and is equal to one minute of latitude.


Arrack: distilled alcoholic drink made from the sap of coconut flowers.
Bales: of cloth.
Bankshall: is a warehouse in the East Indies.
Bar: of sand etc., across river mouth.
Bateing: Lowering, letting down, depressing.
Beating: sailing as close as possible towards the wind (perhaps only about 60°) in a zig-zag course to attain an upwind direction to which it is impossible to sail directly; also known as tacking.
Bend, bent: to tie or attach.
Billet wood: wood for living quarters.
Bobstay: a stay which holds the bowsprit downwards, counteracting the effect of the forestay. Usually made of wire or chain to eliminate stretch.
Bowsprit Shrouds: ropes extending from the head of the Bowsprit to the bow & sides of the vessel.
Bumkin: sometimes Bumpkin - an iron bar or spar projecting from the ship’s side.
Butter nut: probably butternut squash for drinking.
C&D: course & distance.
Can/Cann: Indian hemp.
Careened: cleaning the underside of the ship of barnacles etc.
Carronade: a short smoothbore, cast iron cannon, which was used by the Royal Navy and first produced by the Carron Company in the 1770s.
Catharpining: short ropes or iron clamps used to brace in the shrouds toward the masts.
Cathead:  To prepare an anchor, after raising it by lifting it with a tackle to the cat head, prior to securing it alongside for sea. An anchor raised to the cat head is said to be catted.
Caulk: sealing crevices in deck etc.
Caulker: a filler and sealer.
Chaldron: bushels = 8 gallons.
Chist: a bag or chest containing items belonging to a sailer.
Chops: [of tea] sealed boxes.
Chow chow chop: last boat with small & personal items.
Cleat (Clete): a T shaped piece of metal or wood to which ropes are attached..
Cockets: Seals belonging to the King’s Custom House or a sealed document with certificates showing that duty had been paid on the merchandise.
Coiar [coir]: A rope made from the fibre of the Coconut in Malaysia.
Congo: "chops of congo tea" were loaded onto East Indiamen at Whampoa, China for export to England.
Conn: Position for directing a ships steerage, helm etc. (Hence modern: Conning-tower on a submarine).
Cordage: rope.
Courses down: all sails attached to lowest yards.
Crossjack: a square yard used to spread the foot of a topsail where no course is set, e.g. on the foremast of a topsail or above the driver on the mizzen mast of a ship rigged vessel.
Cuddy: a small cabin in a boat.
Cutter: small boat fitted for rowing or sailing.
D'ft: draft, depth of boat or ship.
Dawk boat: An old postal system used in Pakistan.
Dials: sense not known.
Disrate: to reduce in rank or rating; demote.
Divisions: Parade of Ships Crew.
Dolphin striker: a short near vertical spar under the bowsprit.
Dunnage: packing to protect cargo.
F'ms: fathoms.
False Fire: Used for signalling at sea at night. A composition which burned with a blue flame was packed into a wooden tube and when ignited would burn for several minutes.
Fidded: small wooden bar attached to a small mast in the upper rigging.
Fish pieces: to repair a mast or spar with a fillet of wood.
Flints: hard stone.
Fluted the fore rigging: Meaning not sure, perhaps a form of tying and folding the rigging.
F'ded: folded.
F'wd: forward, front of ship.
Frapping: to frap, the use of rope to bind.
Gaff: repair a mast or spar with a fillet of wood.
Gall't: gallant, a top sail.
Gammoned: the lashing of ropes.
Gang cask: a gang is a narrow platform on a deep-waisted ship leading from the quarter-deck to the forecastle. Presumably these casks were set on this gang.
Giggar: see Jigger.
Grapnals: A small anchor with several flukes.
Gunwale: Gun Whale - upper edge of side of ship.
Gig: Captain's gig: A light narrow ship’s boat generally rowed, at the disposal of the ship's captain for his use in transportation to other ships or to the shore.
Gunter: The gunter is defined as a wire that leads from one point near the end of a gaff to a point near the other end. A vessel with a gunter rigged mainsail is called a gunter rig.
Halse/Hawse: the shaft or hole in the side of a vessel's bow through which the anchor chain passes.
H C'ys: Honourable Company.
Hoppo: Chinese Customhouse Officers - overseers.
Hoy: a type of wherry, barge, bark, lighter, under the general description of river craft, used for transporting cargo to and from ship etc.
Hull down: ship almost beyond the horizon, only showing the sails.
Inclinable: favourable.
Jiggermast & sails: a jiggermast is a fourth mast set at the stern of the ship and carrying triangular sails.
Jolly boat: a type of small ship's boat used to ferry personnel & small items to & from the ship.
Junk: old ropes, cables, oakum etc.
Jury: a temporary sail or mast, often used in an emergency.
Kedge: anchor used for warping.
Kentledge: pig-iron etc. used for ballast - "so as to avoid tilts and shifts".
Launch: shallow draft boat.
Lazeretto: a small stowage locker at the aft end of a boat, sometimes used as a quarantine.
Leadsman: A sailor who takes soundings with a lead.
Letters of Marque: A Government licence given to the owners of private ships during the time of war, commissioning them to attack and seize the ships or property of the enemy.
Lights: lightning.
Lighters: Flat bottomed boats used for transporting cargo to a wharf, see under 'Hoy'.
Limber: detachable gun carriage.
Lumber: labourer for unloading cargo.
Martingale: lower stay of rope used to sustain strain of the forestays.
Mats, Matts: a thick web of rope yarn used to protect the standing rigging from the friction of other ropes.
Mechanics: Tradesmen .
Messenger: An endless rope or chain passing from the capstan to the cable to haul it in.
Miz: mizzen; the third and smallest mast.
Mizzling: thick mist or fine rain.
Muller: used for grinding paint colours.
Mungeet: The Bengal Madder or Munjeet, a plant whose roots are used for dying.
Nipper: short rope used to bind a cable to the moving line propelled by the capstan.
Oakum: used for sealing crevices in deck etc.
Offing: a position at a distance from shore.
Owers Light: off Selsley Bill.
Paddy: Rice with the husk or in the Straw.
Paying: filling a seam with caulking or pitch.
Pendante: A length of wire or rope secured at one end to a mast or spar and having a block or other fitting at the lower end.
People: Captain Rawes describes his crew as 'people'.
Puddening: Fibres of old rope packed between spars, or used as fender.
Quoins: Tapered blocks, probably used to prevent guns and barrels from moving.
Rattan: Tough stems of palms used for wickerwork, canes, sticks etc.
Rattling: working on rigging etc.
Roads: The term Roads (short for roadstead) indicates the safety of a port; as applied to a body of water, it is a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor".
Reg'g: replacing.
Reeving: threading a line through blocks (& tackle).
Rep'r: repairing.
Requisite: required by circumstances.
Rouse: haul by force.
Rowed/row/road guard: communicating by flag.
Salt petre, beating of: meaning not known.
Scuttle: a small opening, or lid thereof, in a ship's deck or hull.
Serang: a native captain of a crew of sailors in the East Indies.
Shift: change or alter.
Shockbury: Shoeburyness.
S'l/Sig'l: signal.
Sinnet & Spun yarn: to do with rope making.
Skysails: A sail set very high, above the royals. Only carried by a few ships.
Spanker: A full-rigged ship has a spanker sail aft but not a spanker-mast.
Spoke: an action - not sure of context in this case.
Spring, sprung: split or cracked.
Spritsail: is a four sided sail usually laced on to the mast along its luff. It can range from almost square to having a pronounced peak. It may or may not have a boom, but it will always have a sprit. A sprit is a spar which supports the peak of the sail.
Standing: the fixed part of rigging that support the masts.
Stayed: secure with stays.
Steerage: Section of a ship for inexpensive accommodation with no individual cabins.
Stilt: Not known in this sense.
Stream 'anchor': A light anchor for use with a bower in narrow waterways.
Studding Gear / Sails: Long and narrow sails, used only in fine weather, on the outside of the large square sails.
Sun: Sunn-hemp – Indian Hemp.
Sway: to move or hoist.
Swayed: moved.
Swifters: a pair of shrouds fixed above the other shrouds for swifting or stiffening a mast.
Syrang: An official in India, someone in charge of a harbour craft.
Tierces: casks or crates.
Tindal: a petty officer among lascars, or native East Indian sailors; a boatswain's mate; .
Trimming: preparation for sailing.
Trestle-tree: two pieces of timber, horizontally fore & aft on opposite sides of the mast-head to support the cross-trees & mast above.
Trussel: a furled sail.
Turned: the action, in this case, of punishment such as being tied to the mast.
Twanky Tea: an inferior grade of green tea.
Trow: a small river sailing craft, much used on the river Severn.
Twined: the act of tying a man of object to the mast.
Unbent: detached.
V'ble: variable.
Warping: moving ship from one place to another.
Waist: the central deck of a ship between the forecastle and the quarterdeck.
Waist anchors: spare anchors for use in emergency.
W'r: weather.
Weigh: raise anchor before sailing.
Whiskers: spreaders from the bows to spread the bowsprit.
Wore ship: is a past tense form of "wear ship": to turn away from the wind.
Yawl: A rowboat on davits at the stern of the ship.


APPENDIX 3

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APPENDIX 4

Details of Capt. Thomas Gabriel Bayliff


ADDENDUM POSTED FEBRUARY 2010: This narrative was written and added to my web site in late 2008. In the court case at the end a Mr Garrow is seen as the barrister representing Mr Boyce as plaintiff against the defendant Capt. Thomas Gabriel Bayliff. In November last year (2009) BBC TV transmitted four episodes of their new legal drama series "Garrow's Law". This concerns the above William Garrow of Lincoln's Inn early in his career and the reader will agree that the timing is quite remarkable. I would recommend anyone to see these episodes, conveying as they do the character of Garrow and the atmosphere in court etc.

Notes:

  • Charles Bayliffe of Seagry, Wil. and Staunton, Gls married secondly Edith Alice Candy the daughter of James Candy of Ashley Rd, Bristol, Linen Merchant. They married at Clifton Parish Church 14 September 1880 with Edith then living at 8 Waverley Rd not far from Clifton College, Normanton Rd and Apsley Rd, Clifton. Charles Merewether Bayliffe their son was born 22 December 1881 at Staunton, Gls then living at "The Hill" in that village. He is the half-brother of this writer's grandfather and my mentor and author of an extensive Bayliffe family history. His work was deposited at the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, Devizes in the late 1930s and a copy with other papers deposited at the Society of Genealogists by Dr. R.H. Little in 1970.
  • The Reverend Edward Stephens Bayliffe (1835 - 1896) son of Charles Bayliffe of Chippenham, Wilts, Surgeon was a Congregational Minister at Normanton Rd, Clifton in the 1870 / 1880 period. Edward was a cousin of Charles Bayliffe of Seagry & Staunton.
  • The spelling of the Captain's surname 'Bayliff' is correct though there are many other references which add the 'e', particularly in the newspapers.
  • Will of Thomas Gabriel Bayliff. Proved 25 October 1833. PCC Prob.11/1822 fol.117.


APPENDIX 5

Details of the Court Case subsequent to the voyage.


Captain Thomas Gabriel Bayliff was not yet finished with his Ship. The reader will remember that Mr Boyce had left the ship at St. Helena with his daughter after the confrontation with Capt. Bayliff in the Indian Ocean on 12 May 1807. Mr Boyce brought an action against Thomas to recover compensation in damages for false imprisonment and special damages of £100 for extra expense incurred in leaving Huddart at St. Helena and entering passage for himself and his 8 year old daughter on another ship to England. The case was heard at The Court of King's Bench, Friday 11 December 1807 before the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Ellenborough. Mr Garrow was for Mr Boyce the Plaintiff and the Attorney General for Captain Bayliff. The Jury gave their verdict after one hour of deliberation in favour of the Plaintiff who was awarded £80. This was some way short of the total damages sought for false imprisonment and travelling expenses. Lord Ellenborough was at pains to protect the rights and status of Captains at Sea under Letters of Marque. The Boyce v. Bayliff(e) case became notorious in legal circles and is included for debate in many books concerned with the leniency or otherwise of the judgement.

Incredibly Mr Boyce (a Major in the Army) was still not satisfied. Immediately following the above verdict a further action was brought by Boyce against Major Douglas of the 2nd Reg't. Native Infantry who was a passenger on board, for helping the Captain to fetter Boyce and in so doing apparently giving verbal abuse and threatening him with the butt of a musket. Among the witnesses called were Mr Hubbert (understood to be the Captain's gentleman servant) and Corporals Ward & Turner from the detachment of the 77th Regiment of Foot. Counsel for the Defendant said that all this had been covered in the earlier Cause and complained of abuse of his professional duties. After a few words from his Lordship a verdict was found for the Plaintiff, though only the small sum of 40 shillings was awarded for damages. Transcripts of the Law Reports published in The Times for both cases follow in Appendices A and B.

Thomas Gabriel Bayliff, then of Southgate, Edmonton, London, Esq. died at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, 13 July 1833. His Will was Proved at London 25 October 1833 and Administration granted to his son The Rev. Thomas Timothy Lane Bayliff.


APPENDIX 6

Immediately following the above case on the same day the following case was heard:

Law Report in The Times,12 Dec 1807, page 3; Issue 7229; Col D

At Court of King's Bench, Friday 11 December 1807

Boyce v. Douglas

With the Plaintiff; our readers have become sufficiently acquainted in the last cause. The Defendant is a Major in the army. Mr Garrow stated many of the facts we have already mentioned, and then proceeded to the particular foundation of the present action, which was for an assault. The Defendant, an Officer of rank, as the Plaintiff was conducting to the poop to be put in irons there, condescended to present the butt-end of a musket to his head, and had the Defendant not been restrained by a brother Officer, who arrested his hand, would probably have had to answer for a much more serious offence. This act was accompanied by the most indecent and opprobrious language. "You d----d scoundrel (said he) if you utter a word, I will knock your brains out. The offence was aggravated by the helpless situation of the Plaintiff at the time. There was no justification on record. Mr Hubbert, and Corporals Ward and Turner, proved the assault.

The Attorney General said the whole question was disposed of in the previous cause, when full and abundant compensation was made to the Plaintiff. This action was trumped up for the advantage of the Solicitor. The Learned Counsel expressed much indignation at such professional persons, who ought to respect more both their characters and their duties. After a few observations from his Lordship, a verdict was found for the Plaintiff. Damages 40s.


APPENDIX 7

Law Report in The Times, Dec 1807, page 3; Issue 7229; Col C

At Court of King's Bench, Friday 11 December 1807

Boyce v. Bayliff(e)

The Plaintiff was a tavern-keeper at Bombay; the Defendant was the Captain of the Huddart East India-man. This action was brought to recover compensation in damages for false imprisonment, during his passage in the said ship, and further, a special damage of £100 being the extra expense he had incurred in leaving the ship at St.Helena, and entering as passenger on board another vessel.

Mr Garrow, for the Plaintiff, said, that his client had passed through various situations in the army, until he had reached from the ranks to the respectable post of Conductor of Ordnance. He had afterwards engaged in lucrative occupation at Bombay. This person and a daughter of the age of eight years, who he was desirous should have the benefit of an European education; and in order to place her out to advantage, and to afford her his protection in her passage to Europe, he took a place for her and himself on board the Huddart; but the terms on which he engaged did not entitle him to the privileges of the principal cabin. Notwithstanding this circumstance, during the early part of the voyage, he was permitted to occupy the poop, and to take his recreation there with the superior officers and passengers.

The Captain thought fit, without any reason being assigned, on a sudden to debar him of those means of enjoyment. He complained, but his remonstrances were ineffectual; and therefore, without any further interference, he contented himself in his retirement, and amused himself with the exercise of the paternal duties towards his infant child. Notice was indeed given him that she might have the run of the ship; but he would not avail himself of this permission, that his daughter might not be exposed to the promiscuous society of the crew of an Indiaman; without the protection of his superintendence.

On the 11th of May some strange vessels hove in sight, and it was thought expedient to make preparations, either for the purpose of attack or defence. In this situation of things every person on board had assigned to him his particular station, and the Plaintiff was ordered to the poop, for the purpose of discharging a dangerous duty, from whence he had been driven as a place of recreation. He resisted this order of the Captain, offering at the same time to fulfil his duty anywhere else; but his pride would not permit him to join that company from which, under painful circumstances, he had been excluded.

In a moment of rashness and cruelty, the Defendant ordered that he should be put in irons, that with this disgraceful encumbrance, he should be exposed on the poop; and until eight o'clock the next morning he was continued in fetters.

When he came to St. Helena, being incapable of enduring the society of those before whom he had been thus exposed, he took his passage for England by another vessel; and for false imprisonment, and subsequent expenses, by this new means of conveyance, he brought the present action.

Numerous witnesses were called, both on the part of the Plaintiff and Defendant. After the Attorney General had been heard for the latter and Mr Garrow in reply.

Lord Ellenborough said that there was no pretence for the charge to be made for the trans-shipment of the Plaintiff and his child, since it did not appear that the ill usage complained of continued to the time of the arrival of the Huddart at St. Helena, so that there was no immediate motive for removal. It seemed that the Captain had given the Plaintiff the privilege of joining the society of the principal cabin, although the terms on which he entered the ship only entitled him to the carpenter's cabin.

What the Defendant had conceded in the way of favour in this way, he had a right at any time to withdraw; and there could be no cause of action if that right was exercised.

In the sequel, two frigates were discovered in the distance, and the whole crew was ordered on deck to be assigned the respective duties the approaching danger seemed to require. While the corresponding orders were issuing the Plaintiff was directed to go to the poop. Thus commanded he refused obedience from the false notion of pride. The Captain had the right to give the order, and with it the Plaintiff ought to have complied. Just notions of pride, if his Lordship might use the expression, should have instructed him in that obedience. He should have said to himself; I have been driven from the sphere of my amusement by the Captain but in the moment of danger and difficulty he has sent me thither for the general defence, and honour requires that I should faithfully and manfully discharge the public duty.

What the Captain ought to have done in this situation, it was not necessary to enquire; it was sufficient to say, that he exceeded his authority by ordering that the Plaintiff should be put in irons; for this act, proved by the evidence, he was charged with inflicting false imprisonment, and no justification was entered on the record. This being omitted, in every view of the Plaintiff was entitled to the verdict of the Jury; but the Gentlemen would recollect, in assigning compensation to the Plaintiff, that large damages would interfere with that due authority which should always be exercised by persons sustaining the responsible character of this Defendant, to whose prudence the lives of some hundred individuals was committed.

Large damages would make men in such circumstances reluctant to exert their power, on proper and necessary occasions, for the common good. From what appeared, the Defendant was a man of respectable and gentlemanly habits, and was a man not likely, indecently, much less tyrannically, to demean himself. At the same time serious attention should be paid to these particulars, the rights of individuals were to be regarded, and sufficient compensation ought to be made for their infringement.

After the Jury had retired for about an hour, their Foreman delivered a verdict for the Plaintiff. £80.


NOTE: My thanks are due to Julian Rawes for his input and constructing this web site, and Alan Merryweather for support and proof reading. Bryant G Bayliffe

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