THE HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY SERVICE

This is the Journal, Log, Imprest Book, Absence Book and a List of those on board the Honourable East India Company Ship, the Ganges on her voyage to India and China 1805-1807. Commanded by Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington.

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EXTRACT

THE JOURNAL AND SHIP'S LOG ETC.

OF THE HON. COMPANY'S SHIP

GANGES

(DEPTFORD, LONDON, ENGLAND)

Written by The Commander, Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington

Voyage to India and China

14 Jan 1805 - 29 May 1807

(British Library Ref: L / MAR / B / 86M, 86Z, 86AA & 86BB.)

Extracted by
Bryant G. Bayliffe & Julian A. Rawes
October 2017


Contents
TO BE AMENDED


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.


Ganges

The third of her name in the HEICS, she was built by Wells in 1797. Her first voyage was from England to St Helena, Benkulen and China in Febraury 1797 under Captain Joseph Moffat, followed by three further voyages. In 1804 on her third voyage she participated in an engagement with the French called the 'Battle of Pulo Auro' in the eastern seas, see the website: Wikipedia for the story. This page deals with her fourth and final voyage under the command of Captain Thomas Talbot Harrington. The voyage was a lengthy one, extending from January 1805 to May 1807. The Caladonian Mercury dated 8th Jan 1807, records that she sprung a leak during her homeward bound voyage from Whampoa and had proceeded to Bombay, arriving there on 2nd July 1806. She commenced the final leg back to England on 27th February 1807 but foundered off the Cape of Good Hope 29th May 1807 with no loss of life. This log is the story of that fourth voyage which ended in the rescue of all passengers and crew of the stricken ship by the Company ship Earl of St Vincent.

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

GANGES: Built by Wells, launched 1797, 3 decks, 5in bottom, length 181ft 6in, keel 148ft 8in, breadth 43ft 7in, hold 1ft 7in, wing transom 26ft 9in, port cell 29ft 9½in, waist 4ft 1in, between decks 6ft 2½in & 6ft 7in, roundhouse 6ft 7½in, ports 18 middle & 14 upper, deck range 108ft, 1502 tons. Principal Managing Owner: William Moffat.

4 Madras, Bengal, China & Bombay
L/MAR/B/86M Journal 14 Jan 1805-29 May 1807
L/MAR/B/86Z Imprest Book
L/MAR/B/86AA Absence Book
L/MAR/B/86BB List of those on bourd when lost
Capt Thomas Talbot Harrington
Portsmouth 25 Apr 1805 - 23 Aug Madras - 14 Sep Saugor -
6 Nov Carnicobar - 14 Nov Penangh - 1 Dec Malacca - 1 Feb 1806
Whampoa - 19 Mar Second Bar - 2 Jul Bombay 27 Feb 1807 -
lost off Cape of Good Hope 29 May.

See 'The Ganges East Indiaman by W J Huggins' in 'Bullitin of the Victoria Memorial Calcutta 8 (1974) pp.21-23, illus.


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, this is unless the Commander is an Admiral in which he is described as the 'Admiral'. 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).


Approaches to Whampoa


Whampoa
Whampoa anchorage, now called Huangpu, on the Pearl river, was the import and export port
for all foreign ships entering China at Canton (Guangzhou), which is about 12 miles further up river.


Taken from The Opium War 1840-1842 by Peter Ward Fay.


Taken from The Opium War 1840-1842 by Peter Ward Fay.


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

Image 1: Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Monday March 4, 1805; issue 123025. British Library Newspapers, Pt. 1: 1800-1900.
Image 2: Caledonian Mercury 8 Jan 1807


List of Ships noted in this journal.

TO BE AMENDED 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.

The outward bound convoy consisted of HMS Blenheim (Royal Navy), HMS Greyhound (Royal Navy), Ganges, Warley, Dorsetshire & Devonshire, Retreat, Earl Camden, City of London, Metcalf, Coutts, Preston, Castle Eden, Admiral Gardner, General Stewart, Lady Castlereagh, Cumberland Hope, Exeter, Ann.

Captain Harrington used a number of descriptions for RN support ships: The Blenheim was under the command of Admiral Troubridge and accompanied the convoy from on its outward voyage and was either referred to by Captain Harrington as the Blenheim or the 'Admiral'; the Greyhound was apparently either referred to by Captain Harrington as the Greyhound or the 'Frigate'. See the following descriptions of the Blenheim and the Greyhound.

Page 1 HMS La Psyché Samuel Fish, midshipman joined the Psyche from the Ganges on 25th Decr 1806. The ship had been taken in 1805, presumably from the French, 5th rate, armament 32. See: www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/P/03737.html, for information on her.
Page 1 HCS Fame Built by Perry at Bristol, repaired 1802, length 118ft, 492 tons. Three voyages are recorded of which this was her third, under Captain John Valentine Baker. Joseph Marshall joined the ship Fame from the Ganges as Surgeon by approbation of Government 18th Septr 1806. On 24th September 1806 while on her way to Bengal she was captured by the French frigate Piedmontaise.
Page 1 HMS Blenheim Launched 5th July 1761, second rate, armament of 74 in 1790, raised to 3rd rate in 1800. In April 1805 she sailed from England as support ship for the annual HEICS convoy. On Friday 6th September 1805 she set sail from Madraas to P_rince of Wales Island, Penang with the China ships. In February 1807 she was lost, along with HMS Java, in a storm off the island Rodrigue in the Indian Ocean with all hands estimated at 590 souls, her then commander was Captain Austin Bissell. Those lost aboard the Blenheim included Troubridge, Bissell, Captain Charles Elphinstone (nephew of Admiral Lord Keith), the midshipmen George, Lord Rosehill (eldest son and heir of Rear-Admiral the Earl of Northesk) and William Henry Courtenay (illegitimate son of Admiral the Duke of Clarence). Also lost was former HMS Bounty mutineer James Morrison. Her history is detailed on the site www.pbenyon.plus.com & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Blenheim_(1761).
Page 1 HMS Concorde Taken from the French in 1783, 5th rate, armament 28, 889 tons with a compliment of 257.

She is mentioned in the crew list as receiving Cooper's mate Patrick Hayes while at sea. See: www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/01067.html, for her interesting history. She was disposed of in 1811.

Page 2 HMS Dasher A sloop launched in 1797, armament 16. John Ann, On 5th July 1805 the Captain's servant on board the Ganges was transferred to HMS Dasher. On Sunday 8th September 1805 she set sail from Madras along with the and the Dorsetshire. See: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/D/01289.html, for her history. She was disposed of in 1838.
Page 2 HMS Sir Edward Hughes An ex-Indiaman, captured the French privateer Jeune Clementyine on the East station. On 30th July 1806 Richard Gayes, Seaman was transferred from the Ganges to the Sir Edward Hughes. In 1804 she was sold to the Royal Navy and commissioned as a 38-gun frigate. Became a store ship called Tortoise in 1807 as a 5th rate, armament 38, 962 tons. In 1844 she became a receiving ship at Ascension Island. She was lost there in 1859, or broken up there in 1860, or 1863. Details from: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/D/01289.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Edward_Hughes_(1784_EIC_ship). She was disposed of in 1859.
Page 3 HMS Greyhound Launched at Mistleythorn 1784, 5th rate, armament 32, compliment 212, 682 tons. Sailed for the East Indies in 1805. On 30th May 1805 she was first noted as the Greyhound by Captain Harrington of the Ganges as part of the convoy in the Indian Ocean. He does however make a note on the 3rd May, and subsequently, of the 'Frigate', which may be a reference to the Greyhound. An ambiguous reference by Captain Harrington is "Signal to Cooke the Frigate", which may suggest that her commander at this time was a man called 'Cook'. On 1st September 1805 she was at Madras when James Brown of the Ganges surrendered himself up as a Deserter. On Tuesday 3rd September 1805 she set sail from Madras as an excort to Bengal with the Company ships Devonshire, Preston, Castle Eden & General Stewart. She was recorded by Captain Sanders of the Northampton as arriving at Madras on Monday February 29th 1808. On 4th Oct 1808 the Greyhound was wrecked on the coast of Luconia, with all hands saved except one seaman. Her commander was Captain Hon Wm Packenham. See: www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/G/02067.html, for further information.
Page 21 HCS Warley (2) Built by Perry, launched 1796, length 176ft, 1460 tons, second of that name. She made nine voyages to China of which this was her five, under Captain Henry Wilson. She was involved in the so called Battle of Aura off Java against the French in 1804. She was sold for breaking in 1816.
Page 21 HCS Dorsetshire Built by Barnard 1799, 165ft long, 1201 tons. Sailed to China at least 9 times. This was her 3rd voyage, under Captain Robert Hunter Brown. On Monday 14th October 1805 while the Ganges and Dorsetshire were sailing between Saugor and Penang, their escort ship HMS Dasher became separated, therefore Captain Brown of the Dorsetshire, being the senior commander, assumed overall charge of the convoy.
Page 21 HCS Devonshire (3) Built by Pitcher 1804, launched 1804, 146ft long, 820 tons, third of that name. Sailed to India 5 times. This was her 1st voyage, under Captain James Murray. She was wrecked off Saugor Sands on 2nd July 1814. See: https://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?139079 for further details.
Page 23 HMS Queen Built at Woolwich and launched 18th Sept 1769, 2nd rate, length 177ft, armament 98, complement 758, 1876 tons. Was at the Battle of Trafalgar. Noted on Friday 19th April 1805 while off Motherbank. Broken up in 1822. See: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/P/03743.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar for her history.
Page 27 HCS Retreat Built by Perry and launched 1805, length 116ft, 505 tons. Made at least five voyages to the Far East, of which this was her first, under Captain William Hay. On Friday 3rd May 1805 letters were sent to her from the Ganges while in the English Channel, she was part of the convoy to the Far East.
Page 35 HCS Earl Camden Built by Pitcher and launched 1802, length 166ft, 1271 tons. Made four voyages to the Far East, of which this was her second, under Captain Henry Morse Samson. On Saturday 18th May 1805 she was in the Northern Atlantic on her way fo the East. She was burnt before September 1810 while on her fourth voyage.
Page 35 HCS City of London Built by Randall and launched 1799, length 146ft, 820 tons. She made six voyages to the Far East, of which this was her third, under Captain Samuel Landon. On Saturday 18th May 1805 she was in the Northern Atlantic on her way fo the East. Her last recorded voyage was in 1812.
Page 35 HCS Metcalf Built by Barnard and launched 1804, length 146ft, 819 tons. She made six voyages to the Far East, of which this was her first, under Captain Matthew Isacke. On Saturday 18th May 1805 she was in the Northern Atlantic on her way to the East. Her last recorded voyage was in 1816.
Page 38 HCS Coutts Built by Randall and launched 1796, length 176ft, 1451 tons. She made eight voyages to China, of which this was her fourth, under Captain James Hay. On Friday 24th May 1805 she was off Madeira on her way to the East. She was sold for breaking in 1815. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coutts_(1797_EIC_ship).
Page 39 HCS Preston Built by Barnard and launched 1798, length 138ft, 671 tons. She made six voyages to the East, of which this was her fourth, under Captain Henry Sturrock. On Sunday 26th May 1805 she was off Madeira on her way to the East. Her last recorded voyage was in 1812.
Page 41 HCS Castle Eden Built by Pitcher and launched 1799, length 145ft, 818 tons. She made six voyages to the East, of which this was her third, under Captain Richard Colnett. Her last recorded voyage was in 1812.
Page 41 HCS Admiral Gardner Built by Hill and launched 1797, length 145ft, 816 tons. She made six voyages to the East, of which this was her fourth, under Captain George Saltwell. She was lost in a storm on the Goodwin Sands on 29th January 1809. See: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?4791.
Page 42 HCS General Stewart Extra ship, built by Randall, measured 1801, length 134ft, 607 tons. She made seven voyages to the East, of which this was her third, under Captain John Rogers. Her last voyage was in 1814.
Page 42 HCS Lady Castlereagh Built by Randall, launched 1802, length 146ft, 821 tons. She made seven voyages to the East, of which this was her second, under Captain Thomas Garland Murray. Her last voyage with the HEICS was in 1817. In December 1817 she set sale for New South Wales, Australia as a convict ship landing on 11th June 1818.
Page 47 HCS Cumberland Built by Dudman, launched 1802, length 165ft, 1260 tons. She made seven voyages to China, of which this was her second, under Captain William Ward Farrer. Her last voyage was in 1817.
Page 55 HCS Hope Built by Pitcher, launched 1797, length 177ft, 1471 tons. She made nine voyages to China, of which this was her fifth, under Captain James Pendergrass. Her last voyage was in 1816.
Page 63 HCS Exeter (2) Built by Wells, launched 1792, length 165ft, 1265 tons. She made eight voyages to the Far East, of which this was her sixth, under Captain Henry Meriton. Her last voyage was in 1810. See Wikipedia for a full history of this ship.
Page 64 HCS Mornington 1/ Farrington only records two voyages for the Mornington, 1799-1800 & 1801-1802, both to Bengal. He gives no further details. 2/ Farrington also records the Earl of Mornington, a 241 ton Company packet, which made two recorded voyages to India, 1799-1802 & from Madras to England in 1803. It states that she was a packet launched in 1799, purchased by the Royal Navy in 1804. She was recorded by Captain Harrington in the Indian Ocean on Monday 15th July 1805 and several times subsequently as part of the convoy. She was in the Madras/Ceylon area in October 1806 as she, under her Commander Captain Robert Nicholas, had assisted in cornering the French privateer Superbe, which the schooner Pitt, under the command of Lieutenant Michael Fitton was engaging. She was broken up at Sheerness in 1808. See Wikipedia for the history of this ship.
Page 75 HCS Ann (1) Extra ship, built by Randall at Rotherhithe, measured 1801, length 128ft, 508 tons. Eight voyages are recorded, of which this was her third, under Captain James Masson. She was sold in 1817 for breaking up. See: eicships.threedecks.org/, for more information.
Page 84 HMS Weymouth Previously an HEICS Country ship the Wellesley. No description under Farrington but to say that she made two voyages to the East under the HEICS flag, one in 1801 from Bengal and one in 1803 from Saugor to England, both under Captain Peter Gordon. In 1800, under Captain Gordon, she was envolved in a fight with a French warship and fought her off. She was built in Calcutta in 1796, The Admiralty purchased her in May 1804 as a 44-gun fifth rate and used her as a store ship. On Friday 23rd Aug 1805 she was noted by Captain Harrington as at or near Madras. Her last voyage was in 1820 carrying settlers to South Africa. In 1828 she was converted to a prison ship and sailed to Bermuda where she served as a prison hulk until 1865 when she was sold for breaking. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Weymouth_(1804).
Page 85 HMS Sceptre Launched at Deptford 1803 as a 3rd rate, armament 74. Noted by Captain Harrington as arriving at Madras on Sunday 1st September 1805. For her history see: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/S/04149.html. She was disposed of in 1821.
Page 85 HMS Caroline Launched at Randall's Yard, Rotherhithe 1795 as a 5th rate, armament 38, compliment 261. Noted by Captain Harrington as arriving at Madras on Sunday 1st September 1805, she had returned from accompaning a convoy to China. For her history see: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/C/00839.html. She was disposed of in 1815.
Page 89 HCS Jessey She was the pilot boat at Saugor when the Ganges arrived on 13th September 1805, the pilot was Mr Stewart Master. In 1813 she founded on reefs at Saugor, India.
Page 90 HMS Medusa Launched 1801, 5th rate frigate, armament 32, compliment 254, 920 tons. On Saturday 14th September 1805, she was moored at Saugor. In 1806/7 she served on the River Plate. She was disposed of in 1816. See: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/M/02964.html for a detailed history.
Page 91 HCS Phoenix (5) Built by Barnard, launched 1804, length 145ft, 592 tons. She sailed to India six times of which this was first, she was away from 8th Dec 1804 to 20th Jun 1807. Captain Harrington of the Ganges noted her at Saugor on Saturday 28th September 1805. Her commander was Captain John Ransden. Her last recorded voyage was in 1818.
Page 91 HCS Calcutta (4) Built by Wells, launched 1798, length 146ft, 819 tons. She mad five voyages to India of which this was her fourth, under Captain John Reddie. Captain Harrington of the Ganges noted her at Saugor on Saturday 28th September 1805. Her fifth and final voyage was in 1808, commanded by Captain William Marshall, when she parted company from the convoy off Mauritious 14th March 1809, and was not heard of again.
Page 96 HMS San Florenzo Late Minerve, raised, having been sunk at San Florenze by the French and taken into service as the San Florenzo 1794, 5th rate, armament 38, compliment 253, 1032 tons. On Tuesday 15th October 1805 she was spotted in the Bay of Bengal by Indiamen Ganges and Dorsetshire. She was disposed of in 1837. For her history see: http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/S/04081.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_St_Fiorenzo_(1794).


Contents of Ship's Log


Log Pages Description Date

1-14 Crew and passengers lists


15-84 Harbour & Sea Log 15th January 1805 - 23rd August 1805

Engagement Engagement with the French 6th August - 7th August 1805

85-86 Harbour Log at Madras 24th August 1805 - 27th August 1805

90-92 Harbour Log at Saugor 14th September 1805 - 7th October 1805

93- To Penang - Sea Log 8th October 1805 -


The Journal

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First page of journal.

[Stamp] 1805 7 86 M

List of Ships Company Ganges 4th Voyage
No. Names Stations Dead, Run or Discharged
1 Thomas Talbot Harrington Commander [Thomas Talbot Harrington was born 19th Sep 1778 in the parish of St Edmund's, New Sarum, Wilts, son of John & Rachel; midshipman Manship (1) 1793/4; midshipman Canton 1795/6; 4th mate Rose (2) 1798/9; 2nd mate Duke of Buccleigh (1) 1800/1; 2nd mate Dorsetshire 1802/3; Capt Ganges (3) 1804/5; Capt Charles Grant 1810; Capt Scalesby Castle 1810/1 & 1813/4. He was then dismissed for non attendance. He married twice and by his first wife he was father of William Davenport and Jemima Davenport. He lived and traded for a while in South Africa and was declared bankrupt in 1829. He then moved to Calcutta, probably in 1830, where he married his second wife in 1831 and died in 1841. See Wikitree for a detailed biography of him.]
2 John Rose Chief Mate [John Rose, bap Leswalt, Wigtown, 21 May 1772, son of Rev John, Minister; midshipman Phoenix (3) 1787/8; seaman in Virginia 6m; 5th mate Pheonix (3) 1790/1; 4th mate Woodcot 1792/3; 3rd mate Woodcot 1794/5; 2nd mate Woodcot 1796/7; 3rd mate Ganges (3) 1799/1800; 1st mate Ganges (3) 1802/3 & 1804/5; 1st mate Canton 1809/10; 1st mate Winchelsea (3) 1811/12. Died Madras 22nd July 1814.]
3 John Robert Blackwell Second Mate [John Robert Blackwell, bap Lewisham, Kent 22nd Sep 1779, son of Ebenezer & Mary Blackwell; midshipman Ganges (3) 1796/7; 5th mate Rose (2) 1798/9; 4th mate Lord Thurlow 1800/1; 3rd mate Ganges (3) 1802/3; 2nd mate Ganges (3) 1804/5.]
4 Thomas Hooper Third Mate [Thomas Hooper, bap Hampreston, Dorset 23rd Apr 1781, son of Thomas & Sarah Hooper; seaman in Straits trade 2 years; seaman in American service 1 year & 6 months; seaman in Dutch service 2 years; midshipman Caledonin 1797/8; 5th mate Albion (2) 1800/1; 4th mate Ganges (3) 1802/3; 3rd mate Ganges (3) 1804/5; 1st mate Exeter (2) 1807/8.]
5 John Jones James Fourth Mate [John Jones James, bap Rhayader, Radnor 13th Feb 1781, son of John & Jane James; in HM Ordnance Service 5 years; 6th mate Coutts 1802/3; 4th mate Ganges (3) 1804/5; 2nd mate Harriet (3) 1807/8; 1st mate Harriet (3) 1809/10 & 1811/12.]
6 Herbert Mortimer Fifth Mate [Herbert Mortimer, privately bapt Eastbourne, Sussex 13th Nov 1785, son of Charles Smith & Elizabeth; mate Mouser cutter 1 year & 6 months; midshipman General Stuart 1802/3; 5th mate Ganges (3) 1804/5; home from Cape as 6th mate Lady Jane Dundas 3rd mate Ocean (4) 1807.8.]
7 Joseph Sexton Sixth Mate [Joseph Sexton, bap Nettlestead, Suffolk 12th Feb 1786. son of William & Elizabeth (née Booby) Sexton; 6th mate Ganges (3) 1804/5; 3rd mate Carmarthen 1807/8; 2nd mate Monarch 1809/10.]
8 Jonathan Davie Surgeon [Jonathan Davie, Surgeon Elizabeth (5) 1800/1; Earl of Abergavenny (2) 1802/3 & 1804/5; Ganges (3) 1804/5.]
9 Joseph Cole Purser [Joseph Cole, midshipman Pheonix (3) 1799/1800; purser Ganges (3) 1802/3; Canton 1803/4; Ganges (3) 1804/5; Europe (2) 1810/1.]
10 Thomas Ainsley Cook Boatswain Died at Bombay 3rd February 18097.
11 John Smith Gunner Killed by a fall 31st May 1806
12 Robert Trew Carpenter Drowned at Sea 11th June 1805
13 William Blackburn Midsm & Coxn
14 Joshua Whitehead Midshipman
15 George Ireland Midshipman Run at Penang 25th Novr 1805
16 Samuel Fish Midshipman Entr on bd HMS Psyche 25th Decr 1806
17 Henry Pulham Midshipman
18 John Ingles Supy Midshipn
19 Joseph Marshall Surgeon's Mate Joined the ship Fame as Surgeon by approbation of Government 18th Septr 1806. [Possibly the Joseph Marshall who served as Surgeon on the Windham (2) 1806/7 and died 9th May May 1808.]
20 John Stansfield Caulker
21 Florence Holrein Cooper
22 John Rook Captain's Cook
23 James Syndecomb Ship's Cook
24 Samuel Capon Captain's Steward
25 John Smith Ship's Steward
26 Joseph Nailer Boatsns Mate (1st) Made Boatswain 7th Jan 1807.
27 Robert Howard Boatsns Mate (2nd)
28 William Barker Gunner's Mate (1st)
29 Robert Hill Gunner's Mate (2nd)
30 John Bailey Carpenter's Mate (1st)
31 Isaac Ranger Carpenter's Mate (2nd) Press'd on HMS Blenheim 31st Jan 1806. [See under 'list of ships', as the Blenheim was lost in the East Indies in January 1807.]
32 John Wittenham Caulker's Mate
33 Patrick Hayes Cooper's Mate Sent to HMS Concorde at Sea. [On this occasion HMS Concorde was the convoy's support ship.]
34 William Hephins Quarter Master Run at Bombay 26th July 1806. Recd on bd again 10th Jany 1807. Reduced him to Seaman and made Quarter Master again.
35 George Cook Quarter Master
36 David Pritchard Quarter Master Died at Sea 30th October 1805
37 Abraham Argyle Quarter Master
38 William Rose Quarter Master
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39 William Bowman Quarter Master Run at Bombay 2nd October 1806
40 William Tomlinson Quarter Master
41 John Saunders Sailmaker Died at Sea the 10th May 1807
42 John Lewis Armourer
43 George Jeffries Butcher
44 Joseph Smith Baker Died at Sea 17th June 1806
45 Richard Chapman Poulterer
46 James Collyn Captain's Servant
47 John Ann Captain's Servant Entd on bd HMS Dasher 5th July 1806
48 Joseph Purser Chief Mate's Servant
49 Edward Hewson Boatswain's Servant
50 Robert Bradford Gunner's Servant
51 Robert Western Carpenter's Servant Made Captain's Servant 6th July 1806
52 James Studds Surgeon's Servant
53 William Gower Master at Arms
54 Thomas Boddington Seaman
55 Thomas Greenaway Boatswains Servant Seaman
56 James Young Seaman
57 William Kerr Seaman
58 James Hastead Seaman
59 Minus Lindegner[?] Seaman
60 John Savage Seaman
61 Richard Gates Seaman Ent's on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
62 Francis Joseph Seaman Ent's on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
63 Emanuel[?] Tompin Seaman Died in Bombay Hospital 26th Sepr 1806
64 Anthony Fransisco Seaman
65 Richard Taylor Seaman
66 George Desapstn[?] Seaman
67 John Johnston Seaman Run at Bombay 25th July 1806 and Received on board again 25th February 1807
68 John Adams Seaman Died at Bombay 12th January 1807
69 Robert Robinson Seaman Drowned at Whampoa 19th Feby 1806
70 James Randall Seaman
71 Benjamin Hughson Seaman
72 Anthony Evans Seaman
73 Cornelius Kelly Seaman
74 Samuel Joeph[?] Seaman
75 John McNeary Seaman Died at Bombay 26th Novr 1806
76 Manuel Caten Seaman
77 George Wilson Seaman
78 John Newens Seaman
79 Samuel Thomas Seaman Made Gunner at Sea the 1st June 1806
80 Samuel Peglar Seaman Press'd HMS Blenheim 30th Jany 1806
81 Samuel Shipman Seaman Ent'd into the H Comp S Marine Bombay 1st Feby 1807
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82 James Antony Seaman
83 John Stephenson Seaman
84 James Gillon Seaman Ent'd on bd HMS Hughes 30th July 1806
85 Joseph Henderson[?] Seaman Run at Bombay 28th July 1806
86 William Stephenson Seaman Drowned at Saugir [Saugor] 20th September 1805
87 Miles Walker Seaman
88 Benjamin Wetherby Seaman
89 George Bipsham[?] Seaman
90 Richard Bray Seaman Killed at Sea by a fall 23rd June 1806
91 Henry Rawlins Seaman Made Boatswain's mate 7th Feby 1807
92 James Brown Seaman Surrendering himself up as a Deserter to HMS Greyhound at Madras 1st Sept 1805
93 John Heatton Seaman
94 Thomas Crindall Ordinary Seaman Press'd on board HMS Dasher 25th Sept 1805
95 Thomas Boyle Ordinary Seaman
96 John Caroll Ordinary Seaman
97 Charles Callaghan Ordinary Seaman
98 John Pedros Ordinary Seaman Run at Pinary 25th November 1805
99 William West Ordinary Seaman Enter'd on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
100 James Webb Ordinary Seaman Enter'd on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
101 Bryant Lally Ordinary Seaman Died at Sea 5th October 1805
102 James John Ordinary Seaman Died at Point de Galle 19th March 1807
103 Thomas Finnity Ordinary Seaman Died at Sauger [Saugor] 5th October 1805
104 John Millen Ordinary Seaman
105 John Smith Ordinary Seaman
106 Thomas Magrah[?] Ordinary Seaman
107 John Moore Ordinary Seaman Ent'd on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
108 William Graves Ordinary Seaman Enter'd on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
109 Archibald McLeash Ordinary Seaman
110 James Ferrell Ordinary Seaman
111 John Bloomley Ordinary Seaman
112 Charles Stein Ordinary Seaman
113 Barnard Donnelly Ordinary Seaman Died at Bombay 6th February 1807
114 Francis Sparkes Ordinary Seaman
115 Charles Alders Ordinary Seaman
116 William Mason Ordinary Seaman
117 William Brown Ordinary Seaman
118 John Joseph Ordinary Seaman
119 Henry Brown Ordinary Seaman
120 James Finney Ordinary Seaman
121 Adam Tinnemar Ordinary Seaman
122 Thomas Bryant Ordinary Seaman
123 William Finney Ordinary Seaman
124 Thomas Watts Ordinary Seaman
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125 Michael Donohue Ordinary Seaman
126 Frederic Vaughan Ordinary Seaman Ent'd on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
127 Andrew Pennenail Ordinary Seaman Ent'd on bd Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
128 George Daniels Ordinary Seaman
129 Jacob Pennenail Ordinary Seaman Ent'd on bd HMS Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
130 John Hoff Ordinary Seaman
131 Charles Preston Ordinary Seaman
132 George Heath Ordinary Seaman Ent'd on bd Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
133 Joseph Barnes Ordinary Seaman Seaman from time of leaving Eng'd having been put bd
134 James Doyle Ordinary Seaman Died at Sea 22d December 1805
135 William Robinson Ordinary Seaman
136 Morris O'Denning Ordinary Seaman Died at Sea 17th May 1805
137 Thomas Cole Ordinary Seaman Ent'd on bd Sir Ed Hughes 30th July 1806
138 James Landers Ordinary Seaman
139 Dennis Carroll Ordinary Seaman
Received on board at Madras 27th August 1805

140 Ram Johnny Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
141 Mumedorass [Marmureedorass] Tindale Died Sauger [Saugor] 15th Septr 1805
142 Qeena[?] Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
143 Saonoville Lascar Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
144 Caramaley Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
145 Nevagee Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
146 Cede Aumadee Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
147 Eddas Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
148 Emambox Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
149 Cede Yacouth Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
150 Jamall Serang Died at Canton 15th Feby 1806
151 John Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
152 Carim Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
153 Rosan Serang Run at Penang 25th Novr 1805
154 Mamond Habjall Serang Died at Canton 28th Feby 1806
155 Ajamuth Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
156 Goolab Serang Died at Sea 5th May 1806
157 John Mummed Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
158 Bumeth Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
159 Allabux Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
160 Niamushdin Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
161 Rojoo Serang Died at Sea 1st January 1806
162 Clooter Rajoo Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
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163 Cabbel Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
164 Badao Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
165 Golamhasan Serang Run at Penang 25th November 1805
166 Omambux Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
167 Buxsoo Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
168 Sakeir Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
169 Ebaram Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
170 Buxsoo Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
171 Mulay Abdulla Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
172 Mulay Salaba Serang Run at Penang 25th November 1805
173 Raphiek Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
174 Darmamnud[?] Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
175 Caden Serang Run at Penang 25th November 1805
176 Buxsoo Serang Run at Penang 25th November 1805
177 Kushabdu Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
178 Buxsoo Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
179 Ketchell Malay Serang Discharged at Bombay 12th July 1806
Received on board at Madras 5th Septr 1805]

180 John McQuin Seaman Press'd on bd HMS Blenheim 30th Jany 1806
181 Frederic Macey Seaman Press'd on bd HMS Blenheim 30th Jany 1806
182 John Brown Seaman
183 John Peterson Seaman Run at Bombay 27th July 1806
184 John Miller Seaman Press'd on bd HMS Blenheim 30th Jany 1806
185 Thomas Kenney Seaman Press'd on bd HMS Blenheim 30th Jany 1806
186 Edward Vaughan Seaman Died at Bombay 16th July 1806 in the Hospital
187 John Lumblein Seaman
188 Antony Lynn Seaman
189 Rossell Hanklin Seaman Press'd on bd HMS Blenheim 30th Jany 1806
190 Gustaff Lindeman Seaman Run at Bombay 27th July 1806
Received on board at China 7th March 1806]

191 Charles Wightman Midshipman
Received on board at China 2nd April 1806
the following Chinese
]

192 Ayong Boatswain
193 Assam Carpenter
194 Alsow Carpenter's Mate
[John Goodall, Sailor, died On Wednesday 6th March 1805, he is not however recorded in the Crew list, he probably died below the crew list was drawn up].

Continued at the end of the Journal

[Page 6:].
Detachment of His Majesty's 67th Regt Ganges
.
No. Names Stations Remarks
1 William Kinlock Captain
2 A Pilfold Captain
3 John Dancey Lieutenant
4 R B Harison Lieutenant
5 John Moir Lieutenant
6 A Beck Lieutenant
7 Moore Scott Ensign
8 Joseph Lee Sergeant
9 John Hilligern Sergeant
10 John Ward Sergeant
11 John Nash Sergeant
12 Joseph Silvestre Sergeant
13 John Simmons Sergeant
14 George Much Sergeant
15 John Phipps Sergeant
16 Pat. Lowler Sergeant
17 John Duxbery Sergeant
18 James Evans Corporal
19 David Jones Corporal
20 Dennis McCarmock Corporal
21 William Smith Corporal
22 Barny Graham Corporal
23 Thomas Smith Corporal
24 John Goodacre Corporal
25 John Carrol Corporal
26 William George Corporal
27 John Austin Corporal
28 James Burns Drummer
29 Richard Kelly Drummer
30 David Thomas Drummer
31 Thomas Harris[?] Drummer

Privates

32 Samuel Amplet Private
33 John Broderic Private
34 Michael Branaghan Private
35 James Bachelor Private
36 Patrick Burnes Private
37 William Bell Private
38 Michl Burke Private
39 John Burnes Private
40 John Burnes Private
41 William Collins Private
42 Thomas Cox Private
43 John Canroy Private
44 John Claffoy[?] Private








No. Names Stations Remarks

Privates continued
45 John Chapwing Private
46 Thomas Camisky[?] Private
47 John Coarcey Private
48 Mathew Kerr Private
49 Thos Dannieals Private
50 Mathw Dolins Private
51 Thomas Dunn Private
52 Mark Dollsman Private
53 Dowen Durkey [Dowen Darkin] Private Died at Sea 16th June [1805]
54 James Davison Private
55 John Diviser Private
56 James Fogarty Private
57 James Faymane Private
58 John Flyman Private
59 Peter Faggem[?] Private
60 Patrick Flynn Private
61 John Finneraan Private
62 John Gillesby Private
63 William Gluman Private
64 Darby Graddy Private
65 John Gri-nan[?] Private
66 William Gray Private
67 John Glackins Private
68 Bryan Hanbury Private
69 Patrick Hains Private
70 John Hainly Private
71 Henry Hutson Private
72 Robt Hutchingson Private
73 Saml Henry Private
74 Thos Higgins Private
75 Thos Hudder Private
76 James Kelley Private
77 Barthw Thomas Private
78 Barnard Gilchrist Private
79 Owen Kelley Private
80 Timophy Lodge Private
81 George Lawrence Private
82 Michael Leach Private
83 James Lawery Private
84 Robt Loghead Private
85 Lougn[?] Linnagin Private
86 James McGinty Private
87 Tully McMahim Private
88 Peter Murphy Private
89 John Murphy Private
90 John Milroy Private
[Page 7:].
No. Names Stations Remarks

Privates continued
91 Thos Kelly Private
92 Michl McGlynn Private
93 Michl McCobb Private
94 Pat Machine Private
95 Pat McDermott Private
96 Alexr McDonald Private
97 Nathen McGideon[?] Private
98 Anthony Malhirn Private
99 John McElder Private
100 John McDonald Private
101 Patrick Martin Private
102 Lawrence McGillock Private
103 Pat Mosan Private
104 Bryan Magins Private
105 Thomas Murphy Private
106 Henry Mansfield Private
107 Bryan McMahar Private
108 Samuel Newlan Private
109 William Newport Private
110 John O'Bryan Private
111 William Pratt Private
112 Joseph Polland Private
113 Patrick Quin Private
114 Samuel Rayment Private
115 Michael Rice Private
116 Thaddy Ruddy Private
117 Mathew Rahem Private
118 Michael Rioly Private
119 James Russell Private
120 Robert Saybrack Private
121 Thomas Scott Private
122 James Scanler Private
123 James Thompson Private
124 Thomas Trainer Private
125 Edward Tracey Private
126 Simon Manings Private
127 Hugh Ward & Private
128 William Ward Private
129 Thomas Ward Private
130 Peter Wheeler Private
131 Henry Wilson Private
132 William White Private
133 Patrick Welsh Private
134 Daniel Tracey Private
135 John Andrews Private
136 Owen Burke Private
137 James Blake Private
138 William Baker Private
139 Patrick Braming Private








No. Names Stations Remarks

Privates continued
140 Gillis Bazoth Private
141 Robert Bruch Private
142 Domick Bristlow Private
143 Patrick Bagley Private
144 Joseph Bolland Private
145 William Bradley Private
146 Pat: Brinnan Private
147 Thomas Bracey Private
148 John Bare Private
149 James Bryem Private
150 John Bryem Private
151 James Colreny[?] Private
152 Patrick Cleaning Private
153 Hugh Carney[?] Private
154 James Camers[?] Private
155 Thomas Clarke Private
156 John Crosley Private
157 Alexander Duning Private
158 William Devitt Private
159 Thomas Dunn Private
160 Mark Duffy Private
161 Pat Dunn Private
162 Mich. Donohough Private
163 Patrick Darner Private
164 John Darner Private
165 Edward Dunn Private
166 Henry Digan Private
167 John Dickson Private
168 Peter Dorathy Private
169 Thomas Evatt Private
170 Thomas Ealy Private
171 Patrick Flemming Private
172 Michael Flemming Private
173 Edward Finnery Private
174 Simon Fallen Private
175 Michael Fenning Private
176 James Finnity Private
177 James Flannegan Private
178 Peter Finnall Private
179 John Flynn Private
180 William Flood Private
181 Edward Fulham Private
182 Thomas Farleigh Private
183 Patrick Gowman Private
184 Thomas Gantley Private
185 Thomas Gallowar Private
186 Bryant Gillows Private
187 John Hart Private
188 Mathew Higgins Private
189 William Handcock Private
[Page 8:].
No. Names Stations Remarks

Privates continued
190 Pat Kemhall Private
191 Pat Kelley Private
192 Pat Hines Private
193 John Harison Private
194 James Harricod Private
195 Robert Harison Private
196 Patrick Kelly Private
197 Edward Joice Private
198 William Quincey Private
199 William Johnson Private
200 James Jones Private
201 James Kenning Private
202 James Kelly Private
203 Anthony Kibifoil[?] Private
204 Michael Kinman Private
205 John Kilham Private
206 Hugh Kolligham Private
207 John Linnoeseid [?] Private
208 Edward Lacey Private
209 Patrick Locking Private
210 John Locking Private
211 James Long Private
212 John McDuet Private
213 Nathaniel McDonold Private
214 George McNeal Private
215 Donald Malay Private
216 George Mullinchamp Private
217 Patrick McDonohau Private
218 James McHough Private
219 James McDonett Private
220 John Mullen Private
221 Nathen Murrey Private
222 Michael Murrey Private
223 Charles Mallin Private
224 Alexander Mallin Private
225 William Muckling Private
226 James McEvery Private
227 Collin McKinsey Private
228 John Mulligan Private
229 Darly McHugh Private Killed in action 7th Augt 1805
230 Thomas Nicholson Private
231 Thomas Neve Private
232 Patrick Osborn Private
233 John Payne Private
234 Richard Handgrass Private
235 Lawrence Quin Private
236 number not used

No. Names Stations Remarks

Privates continued
237 John Rechy Private
238 William Rouch Private
239 Nicholas Staplestone Private
240 Pat Tinnerain[?] Private
241 John smith Private
242 Charles Tinnerain[?] Private
243 Edward Welsh Private
244 Owen Whyler Private
245 Thomas White Private
246 Patrick Kinington Private
247 Murphy Lenshaw Private
248 Pat Malone Private
249 Michael Finny Private
250 Michael Hamilton Private
251 Edward Senly Private
252 Thomas Mannagan Private
253 Nicholas Burkes Private
254 Dennis Hampson Private
255 Pat: Maurice Private
256 Pat: Ward Private
257 Pat Eaden Private
258 Peter McLaughlin Private
259 Petyer Manegan Private
260 Thomas Collins Private
261 James Devine Private
262 Johnm McKenning[?] Private
263 Mark Dilmore Private
264 James Higgins Private
265 Michael Hawley Private
266 Thomas Higgins Private
267 Owen Casey Private
268 Joseph Dorathy Private
269 Peter Flynn Private
270 William Maurhan[?] Private
271 George Dunn Private

Continued













































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Woman and Children accompanying the detachment.
1 Mrs pilfold Wife of Captain Alexander Pilfold
2 Betty Lee Wife of Joseph Lee
3 Margaret Helligem Wife of John Helligem
4 Rebecca Ward Wife of John Ward
5 Catherine Silvestre Wife of Joseph Silvestre
6 Rose McDonald Wife of John McDomald
7 Batty Batchelor Wife of John Batchelor
8 Mary Gray Wife of William Gray
9 Lucy Burkes Wife of Nicholas Burkes
10 Ellen Phipps Wife of John Phipps
11 Sarah Duxbery Wife of John Duxbery
12 Mary Goodacre Wife of John Goodacre
13 Betty Burke Wife of Owen Burke
14 Jane Durner Wife of Alexander Durner
15 Susan Andrews Wife of John Andrews
16 Mary Gilles Wife of Bryan Gilles
17 Margaret Helligem Wife of John Helligem
18 Catherine Quin Wife of Lawrence Quin
19 Jane Burns Wife of Patrick Burns
20 Mary McDonald Daughter of Rose McDonald aged 1 year
21 Peter Burks Son of Lucy Burks aged 4 years
22 William Goodacre Son of Mary Goodacre aged 2 years
23 James Andrews Son of Susan Andrews aged 1 year
24 William Durner Son of Jane Durner aged 1 month
25 Sarah Duxbury Daughter of S[arah] Duxbery aged 5 months
26 Rose Silvestre Daughter of C[atherine] Silvestre aged 1 year
27 Charles Lee Son of Betty Lee aged 2 months
28 Mary Burnes Daughter of Jane Burnes aged 3 month
William Kraugh Private Died Saturday 21st Sept 1805.
Friday 4th.
Variable light Airs & fair weather. At 2 HMS Sloop Dasher made Signal to moor and Mr Lester Branch Pilot took charge of the Ship. Unmoored following Passengers on board Mr Pollock for China and Mr Thomas for Prince of Wales Island.


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Harbour Log

Ship Ganges at Blackwall

January 15th 1805.
Wind South with fine weather. At 1pm. Came on board Mr Aails, Hon Coys Inspector and left Mr Lee Surveyor. People employed cleaning the Hold. 1st & 4th Officers on board.

Tuesday 15th.
Winf SE moderate weather. At 9pm. Came on board Mr Slaney Pilot. At 1pm. Hauled out of Blackwall dock. At 2 made fast to the Mooring. People employed stowing the hold.

Wednesday 16th.
Wind SW moderate weather. Received on board 40 empty Butts, People employed under the Boatswain. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Thursday 17th.
Wind SW First & middle parts fine weather latter squally. People employed stowing Butts and filling water. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Friday 18th.
Wind SW fine weather throughout, employed receiving Billet Wood and taking in Ships Coals, filling water. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Saturday 19th.
Wind & weather as yesterday, employed stowing Butts and filling water. 1st & 4th Officers on board.

Sunday 20th.
Wind variable throughout employed cleaning Ship & filling Water. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Monday 21st.
Wind NW Hazy weather employed taking in Stou deals and filling water. AM got the lower Yard on board. Officers as before.

Tuesday 22nd.
Wind northerly hazy weather with snow, employed stowing Butts and filling water. Riggers cloathing the lower Yards. Officers as before.

Wednesday 23rd.
Wind NE stormy weather. People employed taking in Lead on account of the Hon Coy. Officers on board

Thursday 24th.
Wind NE Frosty weather, employed at taking in Lead. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Friday 25th.
Wind NE weather Frosty employed taking in Tin on account of the Hon Coy. Officers 1st & 4th.

Saturday 26th.
Wind NE Weather much the same as yesterday employed taking in Billet Wood. Officers on board as before.

Sunday 27th.
Fresh breeze from the NE with fine weather. Officers 1st & 4th.

Monday 28th.
Light Airs Easterly with hazy weather, Stayed the Masts and set up the lower Rigging employed receiving Flints & Old Stores. Officers 1st & 4th.

Tuesday 29th.
Light winds Easterly with hazy weather latterly blowing strong with snow a great deal of drift ice in the River. People employed receiving the remaining Rigging old Stou and preparing to go to Gravesend.

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HCS Ganges at Blackwall

Wednesday 30th January 1805.
Winds Easterly with snow sleet and rain throughout. Received the Bending Sails and two new Cables otherwise employed as necessary.

Thursday 31st.
First part light winds from the Eastward with sleet and rain latterly blowing fresh, employed bending Sails and under the Boatswain. Received some small Stores. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Friday 1st February.
Blowing strong from the NE Employed bending Sails. Received the Best Bower Sheet Anchor otherwise employed preparing to go to Gravesend. Officers on board 1st & 4th.

Saturday 2nd.
Light winds NNW fine weather 1pm vast off from the mooring and made Sail. At 6pm anchored with the B.B. a little below Gravesend. Captain and all Officers on board.

Sunday 3rd.
Light winds from the Westward fair weather. At daylight weighed and dropped a little lower down moored Ship a Cable each way abreast of Milton Church [Gravesend] . Captain and all Officers on board.
Monday 4th.
Wind variable SW with rain employed cleaning Ship and Serving the Cables. Twenty Lumpers employed. Officers on board 2nd & 3rd.

Tuesday 5th.
Hard Gale from the SW with rain employed as yesterday and bending the Sheet Cable. Twenty Lumpers and Six Riggers employed. Officers 2nd & 3rd.

Wednesday 6th.
Wind variable Northerly fine weather dried and unbent the Sails, others employed in the Hold. Officers 2nd & 3rd.

Thursday 7th.
South westerly winds with fine weather. Employed in the Hold and about the Rigging. Pumped Ship out. Officers as before.

Friday 8th.
Wind Westerly employed as yesterday, received 50 fathoms of Billet wood. Officers 2nd & 3rd.

Saturday 9th.
Westerly winds fine weather. People & Tradesmen employed as most necessary. Officers 2nd & 3rd.

Sunday 10th.
Light Airs Westerly & fair. Cleaned Ship. Captain & all Officers on board.

Monday 11th.
Blowing Strong from the Eastward thick rainy weather throughout, employed receiving the Ships Guns some Water and Sundry Small stores. Officers on board 1st & 3rd.

Tuesday 12th.
Wind NE with fine weather received the remainder of the Ships Guns, employed under the Boatswain. 1st & 3rd Officers on board.

Wednesday 13th.
Light breezes from the Westward and fine weather. Employed receiving Bales on account of the Hon Coy. Officers 1st & 3rd.

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HCS Ganges at Gravesend

Thursday 14th February.
Light Airs variable and fine weather employed as yesterday and under the Boatswain. 1st & 4th Officers on board.

Friday 15th.
Light Airs variable and thick hazy weather. Employed receiving Ships Stores and under the Boatswain. 1st & 4th Officers on board.

Saturday 16th.
Light Airs Southerly & fine Westerly employed ender the Boatswain. Officers 1st & 4th on board.

Sunday 17th.
Winds and weather as yesterday. Received on board 14 Chinamen to work at the Tackle Pall for which they are to receive one Shilling per day while they remain here. Captain, 1st & 4th Officers on board.

Monday 18th.
Fresh breeze from the Eastward fine weather. Employed receiving Flints on account of the Captain and otherwise under the Boatswain. Officers 2nd & 4th.

Tuesday 19th.
Light variable winds & fine weather, at daylight Cleared Hawse, afterwards employed taking in Bales on account of the Hon Coy, some Ships Stores and Flints on account of the Captain. Officers on board 2nd & 4th.

Wednesday 20th.
Wind and weather as yesterday employed taking in Flints and scraping the Gun Deck. Draft of Water PM forward 17.6 aft 18.6. PM received the Ships Jolly Boat. Officers as before.

Thursday 21st.
South westerly winds & fine weather. Employed levelling the Flints and scraping the Gun Deck otherwise as necessary. Officers 2nd & 4th.

Friday 22nd.
Fresh breezes at SW with rain throughout. Employed as yesterday. Discharged 20 Lumpers retaining 10 and 6 Riggers. Officers as before.

Saturday 23rd.
Fresh Gale at SW hazy weather. Employed in the Hold and otherwise as necessary. Officers on board 2nd & 4th.

Sunday 24th.
Ditto winds & weather. Cleaned Decks Draft of Water 18 feet. Captain 2nd & 4th Officers on board.

Monday 25th.
Strong breeze from the Westwards fine weather. Employed taking in Bales on account of the Hon Coy and on the Rigging. All Officers on board.

Tuesday 26th.
Winds and weather as yesterday. Employed receiving Bales on account of the Hon Coy and under the Boatswain. Officers 1st & 4th.

Wednesday 27th.
First & middle parts variable with fine weather latterly blowing hard from the Westward. Receiving some Private Trade. Stayed the Fore Mast and set the Rigging up. All Officers on board.

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HCS Ganges at Gravesend

Thursday 28th.
Blowing hard from the Westward frequently with very hard squalls. Stayed the Main Mast and Mizzen Masts and set the Rigging up. Officers all on board.

Friday 1st March.
Wind and weather as yesterday. Employed receiving Flints and otherwise under the Boatswain. Officers all on board.

Saturday 2nd.
Pleasant breeze Westerly fine weather. Received some beer on account of the Hon Coy and also some on account of the Victualling Bill.

Sunday 3rd.
Light winds with pleasant weather for the most part. Captain & all Officers on board.

Monday 4th.
Fresh breeze from the Westward fine weather. Received some Dry Provisions and some Private Trade.

Tuesday 5th.
Blowing hard from the Westward employed receiving Sails and Sundry Small Stores for the use of the Ship. Officers all on board.

Wednesday 6th.
Wind and weather as yesterday. Employed receiving Bales and Factory Stores on account of the Hon Coy also some Private Trade and Ships Stores. PM Departed this life John Goodall Seaman. All Officers on board.

Thursday 7th.
Light breezes Easterly with fine weather. Employed receiving Bales and Factory Stores also Private Trade & Ships Stores. All Officers on board.

Friday 8th.
Pleasant breeze from the NW fine weather. Employed receiving Iron and Ships Provisions otherwise under the Boatswain. AM Sent the Body of the deceased for interment. Alll Officers on board.

Saturday 9th.
Winds and weather much the same as yesterday. AM Washed the Gun Deck employed receiving Bales and Treasure on account of the Hon Coy also some Private Trade and various Small Stores. Captain & all Officers on board.

Sunday 10th.
Light breeze Easterly and fine weather. Captain and all Officers on board.

Monday 11th.
Pleasant breeze from the SE fine weather. Employed receiving Store Cordage and Spirits – and otherwise under the Boatswain. Captain and all Officers on board.

Tuesday 12th.
Fresh breeze SW fine weather. Employed receiving Stores, Cables Cordage and Gunpowder. People under the Boatswain. Tradesmen as most useful. Captain 1st, 3rd & 4th Officers on board. 2nd Officer absent on Ships Duty.

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HCS Ganges at Gravesend

Wednesday 13th March.
Wind and weather as yesterday, employed receiving Company Cargos and Private Trade also the Spare Anchor and Sundry Small Stores otherwise under the Boatswain. Tradesmen as necessary. 1st, 3rd and 4th Officers on board 2nd absent on Ships duty.

Thursday 14th.
Moderate breeze from the Westward and fine weather. Received some Ships Stores and otherwise employed as most necessary. Captain 1st 3rd and 4th Officers on board. 2nd absent on Ships duty.

Friday 15th.
Pleasant breeze from the NW with fine weather, employed receiving the Booms otherwise as necessary. Officers as yesterday.

Saturday 16th.
Light Westerly breezes with fine weather. Employed bending Sails and otherwise as most useful. Officers as before.

Sunday 17th.
Light breeze from the SW & fine weather. Washed Decks. Captain & all Officers on board.

Monday 18th.
Wind much as yesterday with hazy weather. Got the Long Boat in. Employed stowing the Booms and otherwise as necessary. Captain and all Officers on board.

Tuesday 19th.
Light breeze Easterly with fine weather. AM Employed bending Sails and receiving Pitch & Tar and Sundry Stores. Captain and all Officers on board.

Wednesday 20th.
Light winds from the Eastward with hazy weather & rain throughout. People variously employed under the Boatswain. Captain and all Officers on board.

Thursday 21st.
Strong breeze from the Eastward with fine weather. People employed under the Boatswain & otherwise as necessary. Captain & all Officers on board.

Friday 22nd.
Pleasant breeze from the Eastward with fine weather, employed as most necessary. Captain & all Officers on board.

Saturday 23rd.
Wind & weather as yesterday, employed receiving Passengers Baggage otherwise under the Boatswain. Captain 1st, 2nd & 4th Officers on board. 2nd absent on Ships duty.

Sunday 24th.
Blowing strong from the Eastward with fine weather. AM Washed the Gun Deck. Captain 1st 2nd & 4th Officers on board. 2nd absent on Ships duty.

Monday 25th.
Light breeze from the Eastward with fine weather, employed receiving Water for the Troops and under the Boatswain. Officers as yesterday.

Tuesday 26th.
Light Airs Easterly with fine weather, employed receiving Stores for the Troops and under the Boatswain. Captain 1st 2nd & 4th Officers on board. 3rd absent on Ships duty.

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HCS Ganges at Gravesend

Wednesday 27th March.
Wind from the Eastward hazy weather. Employed receiving Billet Wood and otherwise as necessary. Captain 1st 2nd & 4th Officers on board 3rd absent on Ships duty.

Thursday 28th.
Wind & weather as yesterday employed receiving Bread & Dry Provisions for the Troops, otherwise as necessary. Captain and all Officers on board.

Friday 29th.
Wind SW with hazy weather & rain. Received on board some flour for the Troops. PM Cleared Hawse. Captain & all Officers on board.

Saturday 30th.
Wind & weather as yesterday employed receiving Water, Spirits and Sundry Small Stores for the Troops. Captain 1st 2nd & 3rd Officers on board. 4th absent on Ships duty.

Sunday 31st.
Ditto winds & weather. AM Loosed Sails to dry. Washed the Gun Deck. Officers as yesterday.

Monday 1st April.
Light Airs at NW with fine weather, bent the Main Sail. Employed receiving 150 Tins[?] of Beef and Pork on account of the Troops. Officers as before.

Tuesday 2nd.
Wind Easterly fine weather. Employed in the Hold and as necessary under the Boatswain. PM Mr Gale Branch Pilot came on board and took charge of the Ship. Captain and all Officers on board.

Wednesday 3rd.
Light breeze at NW and fine weather. received on board 80 Butts of Water for the Troops and some Passengers Baggage. Captain 2nd 3rd & 4th Officers on board. 1st absent on Ships duty.

Thursday 4th.
Fresh breezes from the Westward with Squalls and rain, employed receiving some Private Trade on account of the Captain and some Passengers Baggage. AM Mr Hackett came on board and paid the Officers and Petty Officers. Captain and all Officers on board.

Friday 5th.
Wind and weather chiefly as yesterday, Mr Hackett paid the Ships Company. PM scraped the Top Gallant Yards.

Saturday 6th.
Variable winds and hazy weather. At Daylight Cleared Hawse and unmoored the Ship. At 5pm weighed but the wind veering round to the Eastward came too again with the Small Bower abreast of Milton Church Captain and all Officers on board.

Sunday 7th.
Light variable Airs & fine weather. At 7am weighed and made sail and at 1pm Anchored with the Small bower in 7 fathoms a little above Old Haven. People variously employed under the Boatswain. Captain and all Officers on board.

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HCS Ganges – Gravesend to Portsmouth

Monday 8th April 1805.
Light Airs variable and calms throughout. Shifted the Best Bower Cable. Washed the Gun Deck and otherwise as necessary. PM Hove up the Small Bower Anchor and let go the Best. Officers as before.

Tuesday 9th.
Light breeze from the Eastward with fine weather. At 9am weighed and dropped down to the lower part of the Chapman and anchored with the Best Bower in 7 fathoms, employed cleaning the Orlop Deck and otherwise as necessary

Wednesday 10th.
Ditto winds & weather, employed cleaning the Orlop Deck and otherwise as necessary

Thursday 11th.
Light breeze at ESE & Calms. At Noon shifted the Anchor and dropped about a mile down otherwise employed as before.

Friday 12th.
Wind at SE with fine weather,. At ½ past Noon weighed and worked over Lee Flats least Water 4&189 fms. At ½ past 6pm came to with the Best Bower between the Mouse and east end of the Oze [Oaze - buoy] in 8 fathoms the Buoy of the Mouse bearing NEbE and the Black Tail Beacon NW½N. Hon Coy Ships Warley and Dorsetshire in Company.

Sunday 14th.
Wind Freshening at SE Fine weather. At 1pm weighed & Worked down to the Nob Hole least water the Edges on Flats 4¼ fathoms and at 4 came to with the Best Bower in 10 fathoms. The Buoy of the Girdler bearing SWbS and the Shivering Sand Buoy WbN½N. 9pm Confined in Irons Thomas Finnity ordinary Seaman for refusing put out his lights and Collaring[?] the Master at Arms

Saturday 13th.
Strong breezes at ESE & clear weather. At 9am Thomas Finnity refusing to beg the Master at Arms’ pardon for his Conduct. Called the hands out and gave him half a dozen lashes after which he apologised before the Ships Company. At 1pm Double reefed the Top Sails. Weighed and worked over the Pan Sand Flats. At 2 when on the Flats carried away the Main Top Sail Yard in the Slings. At 4 Anchored with the Best Bower in the Queens Channel in 10 fathoms, the Buoy of the Wedge bearing SSE. The Yacht and Hon Coys Ships Warley Dorsetshire and Devonshire in Company. PM sent up another Top Sail Yard and bent the Sail.

Monday 15th.
Fine breeze at ENE and fine weather, at 5am weighed and worked down the Queens Channel, at 8 Rounded the Foreland and at 9 Hove too in the Downs. At ½ past 10 made Sail and at 11 Rounded the South Foreland. Ships in Company as yesterday. NB this Log contains 12 hours and ends at Noon.

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[Start of Sea Log]

HCS Ganges towards Portsmouth

Tuesday 16th April 1805.
C&D ---- At 6pm Dungeness Lightship bearing NNW½W distance 6 or 7 Miles, 15 fathoms water. At 8pm Dungeness Lights NEbE½E 9 Miles. At 11pm ditto EbS. At 1am ditto EbS. At daylight Beachy Head NEbN. Noon Beachy Head bearing EbS. Hazy weather.

Wednesday 17th April 1805.
C&D ---- Variable light breezes with fine weather. At 4pm saw Dunnose bearing NW½W. Culver Cliff NW½N distance 6 or Leagues. At 8 Came to with the Best Bower in 8 fathoms. Culver Cliff South about 2 Miles. At 6am weighed with the wind NNE. Working in to the Motherbank and at 1pm Anchored in 12 fathoms. Ormes Point [Head] Bearing NWbW. Fort Monkton Hill [&] Nettlestone Point SbE in Company with the Hon Coys Ships Warley, Dorsetshire & Devonshire. PM Moored Ship with the Small Bower to the Westward a Cable each way. NB This Log contains 36 hours and ends at Midnight. Found riding here the Outward bound Fleet and Several West Indiamen & Transports.

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HCS Ganges at the Motherbank

Thursday 18th April 1805.
Light variable winds & fine weather employed clearing & cleaning Ship. Otherwise under the Boatswain.

Friday 19th.
Ditto wind & weather Employed as yesterday and receiving Water on account of His Majesty’s Ship Blenheim Admiral Sir Thomas Trowbridge. AM Sailed His Majesty’s Ship Queen with Transports on an expedition.

[Edward Thomas Troubridge, Bart., C.B., M.P. (Rear Admiral of the White). See: A Naval Biograpical Dictionary, by William R O'Byrne, pub. John Murray, 1849, for his life and career.]

Saturday 20th.
Light Airs from the Westward with fine weather, received on board 34 Butts of Water from the Blenheim and 15 Pipes of Wine, employed under the Boatswain. Passengers came on board.

Sunday 21st.
Pleasant breeze NW & fine weather employed setting up the Fore Main Mizzen Rigging otherwise as necessary.

Monday 22nd.
Wind SE ith fine weather, at 8am Unmoored Ship and dropped down to Spithead Moored Ship and received a detachment of His Majesty’s 67th Regiment on board 298 Men Women & Children. AM The Purser came on board with the Hon Coys dispatches.

Tuesday 23rd.
Wind SW with fair weather. PM Unmoored Ship & Signal from the Blenheim and hove into the hald Cable Service on the Best Bower. Employed receiving Soldiers Baggage.

Wednesday 24th.
Blowing hard from the Southward with rain, at Noon weighed & Signal and bore up to go through the Needle. At ½ past 7am Anchored with the Best Bower in Yarmouth Roads.

Thursday 25th.
Pleasant breeze at NE with fine weather, at daylight weighed and ran through the Needles. At noon the Pilot left the Ship. Bill of Portland bearing NNW½W 10 or 12 Leagues. NB this Log contains 12 hours and ends as Noon to commence the Sea Logs.

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[Start of Sea Log]

Ganges to Madras, Penang and China

Friday 26th April 1805.
C&D S50W 96. A Pleasant breeze & fine weather throughout. Bill of Portland NNW½W, 10 or 12 Leagues. Payed the sheet Cable into the Hold otherwise employed as most necessary. Signal Ships astern make more Sail. Lat 49.24N Long 4.16W.

Saturday 27th April.
C&D S45W 121. NE wind cloudy weather throughout with squalls at times. Admiral W½S 2L. 6am Signal for ships astern to make more sail. A strange sail in sight on the Starboard quarter Standing in for the Fleet made the Private Signal to the Admiral Which he answered. Admiral SW. Lat 48.30N Long 6.28W.

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HCS Ganges towards Madras

Sunday 28th 1805.
C&D S61W 82. Firs part fair NE middle & latter unsettled weather. At 6pm Signal to steer WNW and close round the Admiral. Pumped Ship out. Omitted the performance of Divine Service from the unsettled state of the weather. Lat 48.00N Long 8.41W.

Monday 29th April.
C&D N10W 50. First & middle parts squally & unsettled latter part light & variable. At 5pm Signal for ships to Windward to bear down. Pumped Ship out. Bore up to join the Fleet. Lat 49.7N Long 8.9W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Tuesday 30th April 1805.
C&D S60W 102. NE hazy unsettled weather throughout. Sent the Top Gallant Yards up. Admiral SW 1 Mile. Pumped Ship out. Employed coiling the Best bower into the Hold. Lat 48.26N long 9.40W.

Wednesday 1st May.
C&D S55W 100. NE Fine weather throughout. Pumped Ship out. Admiral WSW. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised Great Guns & Small Arms. Signal to steer WSW. Lat 47.29N Long 11,32W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Thursday 2nd May 1805.
C&D S35W 160. Pleasant breeze ESE & fine weather throughout. Signal to steer WSW. Pumped Ship out. Admiral SW1 Mile. Signal stern most ships to make more sail, Lat 44.54N Long 13.42W.

Friday 3rd May 1805.
C&D S40W 116. First & middle parts pleasant breeze latterly decreasing. PM Two Strange Sail in sight the Frigate on Chase of one steering at EbN, Pumped the Ship out. AM set the Topmast Rigging up Fore & Aft. Made the Signal requesting to Communicate with another ship. Sent some letters on board the Retreat. Adniral SSE 1 Mile. Lat 43.25N Long 15.27W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Saturday 4th May 1805.
C&D S13W 37. Light variable Airs throughout and fair weather. Pumped Ship out [2] . Admiral WSW2 Miles. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Lat42.45N Long 15.37W

Sunday 5th May.
C&D S39W 124. First part light winds increasing to a fresh breeze. Pumped Ship [2] Signal stern most ships make more Sail. squally. Lat 41.10N Long 17.25W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Monday 6th May 1805.
C&D S71W 56. Squally unsettled weather with rain. Pumped Ship out [1]. Admiral E½S 1 Mile. People employed under the Boatswain. Tradesmen as most useful. Carried away the Main Top Sail Sheet. Admiral WSW. Handed the Main Sail. Lat 40.56N Long 18.11W.

Tuesday 7th May 1805.
C&D N22W 21. Squally SWbS & rain throughout. Swell from the SW. Pumped Ship out [3] Wore & made Sail. Admiral West. Lat 41.14N Long 18.21W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Wednesday 8th May 1805.
C&D S18W 61. Squally SbW with rain throughout. Pumped Ship out [2] Signal to steer WSW Admiral WSW. Lightning all round. Lat 40.9N Long 18.46W.

Thursday 9th May 1805.
C&D S17E 127. Squally with hard showers of rain & variable winds throughout. Pumped the Ship out [2]. AM Scrubbed the Hammocks People & Tradesmen employed as most useful. Admiral SbE 2 Miles. Lat 38.10N Long 19.33W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Friday 10th May 1805.
C&D South 104. First & Middle parts variable Winds & cloudy weather. Latter part fine breeze & fair weather. Taken aback. Pumped Ship [1] Signal to make all possible speed & steer SSW. Admiral SbE 2 Miles. AM Fitted the New Fore Topsail. People under the Boatswain and Tradesmen usefully employed. Lat 36.31N Long 19.13W

Saturday 11th May.
C&D S10W 168. Pleasant Trade EbN & fine weather. Smooth Water. Pumped Ship [2] Sailmaker repairing the old Fore Topmast Studding Sail. Tradesmen as most useful. AM Washed the Gun Deck and exercised Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 33.39S Long 20.9W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Sunday 12th May 1805.
C&D S1E 148. Fair weather NE with pleasant breeze & smooth water. Pumped Ship [2]. PM Shifted the Blenheim Wine forward to Trim Ship. Admiral south 2 Miles. AM Performed Divine Service and mustered the Ships Company. Lat 31.16N Long 20.6W.

Monday 13th Mary.
C&D S2W 99. Pleasant Trade East & fair. Pumped Ship out [2] Lat 29.40N Long 20.9W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Tuesday 14th May 1805.
C&D S5W 119. First & Middle parts Cloudy latter part clear. Pleasant Trade NbE throughout. Pumped Ship [2] Shifted the Second Best Topsails with the worst ones. Admiral SSW. Lat 27.46N Long 20.20W.

Wednesday 15th May.
C&D S11W 170. Pleasant Trade NE throughout. Sailmaker repairing the second best main Topsail. Other Tradesmen as useful. AM washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Lat 24.41N Long 20.57W.

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Thursday 16th May 1805.
C&D S14W 147. Pleasant Trade NE & fair. Pumped Ship out [2]. Shifted the third main Topsail for the fourth. Signal to steer WSW. Admiral SE. Employed rimming the Ship. Sailmaker on the old Fore Topsail. Armourer at the Forge. Lat 22.18N Long 21.35W.

Friday 17th May 1805.
C&D S20W 137. Pleasant Trade NE & fair weather throughout. Employed trimming ship otherwise under the Boatswain. Signal to close & steer SWbS. PM Departed this life Morris O’Denning, Ordinary Seaman. At 8am Committed his body to the deep with the usual Ceremony. Sailmaker repairing the Old Top Sail. AM Fumigated the Orlop Deck. Lat 20.8N Long 22.20W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Saturday 18th May 1805.
C&D S½W 74. . A light Trade & fair weather throughout. Pumped ship [1] PM shifted the Fore Top Sail with the worst. Admiral South 2 Miles. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Lowered down the Small Cutter & sent her with letters to the Earl Camden, City of London & Metcalf. Lat 17.3N Long 22.33W.

Sunday 19th May 1805.
C&D South 93. Light Trade & fair weather. At 6am saw the Island of St Antonio [Madeira] bearing South. At 8 the extremes from S½E to SE¾S dist 16 or 18 Leagues. Pumped the Ship out [2]. AM Performed Divine Service. At Noon extremes of the land from SbE½E to SEbE¾S dist 6 or 8 Leagues. I take a fresh departure & allow my Longitude 25.36 West of Greenwich. Lat 19.6N Long 22.33W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Monday 20th May 1805.
C&D S½E 169. Fresh Trade NE & cloudy. At 4pm Extremes of the Island from East to NEbE½E. At 6pm from ENE to NE. Pumped Ship out [1] Admiral SSE. At midnight the Island of Saint Nicholas SE. Shifted the Main Topsail with the worst. Signal to ships astern to make more sail. Lat 14.35N Long 25.1W.

Tuesday 21st May 1805.
C&D SSE 114. Signal for ships to Leeward to join the body of the Fleet. Pleasant Trade East & fair. Sailmaker on the second best Main Top Sail. Pumped the Ship out [2] At Noon repeated Signal to make Sail and close round the Admiral. Sent the Cutter on board the Admiral. Lat 12.54N long 24.24W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Wednesday 22nd May 1805.
C&D SSE¼E 158. Pleasant Trade NEbN. Bore up & made sail. Pumped Ship out [2]. Admiral SSE. AM Washed the Gun Deck and exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 9.54N Long 23.16W.

Thursday 23rd May 1805.
C&D SEbS 143. First & Middle parts Cloudy latter clear pleasant breeze ENE throughout. Employed trimming the Ship. Sailmaker on the 3rd Main Top Sail. Carpenter making a Top Gallant Yard. Armourer at the Forge. Lat 7.40N Long 21,55W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Friday 24th May 1805.
C&D SE½S 56. Clear weather & variable winds first part, middle part & latter light squalls with rain. Repeated Signal to the Dorsetshie, Devonshire & Coutts to make all Sail & join the Body of the Fleet. Pumped Ship out [1]. People employed under the Boatswain. Tradesmen as most useful. Lat 6.39N Long 21.28W.

Saturday 25th May 1805.
C&D SEbS 20. Light variable winds & Calms. Rain throughout. Pumped Ship out [2]. AM Scraped & cleaned the Gun Deck. Admiral SbW. Lat 6.33N Long 21.17W.

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Sunday 26th May 1805.
C&D SbE 45. Light winds & Calms, cloudy & rain at times, latter part fair weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Admiral EbS. Repeated Signal for the Dorsetshire & Preston to Tack, ditto for the Earl Camden & Coutts to make all Sail possible ditto for the Coutts ditto to close & steer South. Performed Divine Service. Lat 5.49N Long 21.8W.

Monday 27th May 1805.
C&D SbE 69. Fair weather with light variable winds. Pumped Ship out [2]. People employed under the Boatswain working up Junk. Admiral SSE. Lat .5N Long 20.34W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Tuesday 28th May 1805.
C&D SEbS 40. Variable winds & weather Thunder, lightning & hard Showers of rain at times. Pumped Ship out [2]. Signal to close and steer South. Admiral SEbS. Lat 4.28N Long 20.32W.

Wednesday 29th May 1805.
C&D South 56. Squally & rain throughout. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Repeated Signal Ships astern to make more sail. Ditto Signal to the Coutts Lat 3.47N Long 20.31W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Thursday 30th May 1805.
C&D SSE 35. Variable Winds NNE Squally, Calms & rain. . Bore up to join the Ships to leeward & repeated the Signal to the Castle Eden, Dorsetshire, Camden, Coutts, City of London & Warley ditto to the Devonshire & Admiral Gardner. Taken aback. In the Squall the Devonshire lost her Top Gallant Mast. Repeated Signal to close and steer SbW. Ditto to the Greyhound. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Admiral SE 1 Mile. Current Setting SSE. 7 fathoms of the Blenheim Boat. Lat 3.19N Long 19.43W

Friday 31st May 1805.
C&D W½S 25. Variable Winds & weather Squalls & hard rain. Repeated Signal to steer SbW. Admiral SEbS. Pumped Ship out [1]. Taken aback. Repeated Signal No13 to the Coutts. Lat 3.35N Long 20.8W

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Ganges towards Madras

Saturday 1st June 1805.
C&D SSW½W 70. Variable winds & weather. AM blowing fresh & squally from the SE with rain. Washed the Gun Deck & Exercised the Great Guns. People & Tradesmen employed as most useful. Admiral East 1 Miles. Pumped Ship our [2]. Signal to close & steer SbW. Signal again to the Warley, City of London & General Stewart. Repeated the Signal to Cooke the Frigate in SE. Admiral SWbS 1 Miles. Lat 2.33N Long 0.41W.

Sunday 2nd June 1805.
C&D S52W 98. Pleasant Trade & fair. AM Performed Divine Service. Repeated the Signal to the Lady Castlereagh, Metcalf. Pumped Ship out [2]. Admiral SWbS 2 Miles. Lat 1.34N Long 21.58W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Monday June 3rd 1805.
C&D SWbS 109. Wind SE Cloudy. PM Made Signal for leave to go ahead to set Rigging up. Pumped the Ship out [1]. At ½ past 11pm A Sail in sight to the South and Ship coming up fast with her. At midnight called the hands out to quarters and made a Signal for a Strange Sail; which turned out to be the Metcalf. Admiral East. AM Set the Bobstays. Stayed the Masts & Set the Rigging up fore & aft. Repeated the Signal stern most Ships to make more sail. Lat 00.48S Long 22.59W.

[Crossed the Equator]

Tuesday 4th June 1805.
C&D S¼W 112. A pleasant Trade ESE chiefly fair weather. Repeated Signal to close & steer South. Admiral NE 1 Mile. Repeated signal to the Lady Castlereagh to make more sail. Lat 2.16S Long 23.5W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Wednesday 5th June 1805.
C&D S½W 132. Steady Trade EbS & fair weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Un-stowed the Booms and got out the Fore Top Mast. Carpenters at work shortening it. Admiral SSE. Sailmaker altering the Deck Awning. Signal so close the body of the Fleet. Lat 4.52S Long 24.18W.

Thursday 6th June 1805.
C&D S½W 95. Steady Trade ESE & fair. Signal to close & steer South. Carpenter making a Top Sail Yard. Signal to the Frigate to heave too. Ditto the Warley. Armourer at the Forge. People as useful. Lat 6.6S Long 24.37W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Friday 7th June 1805.
C&D SW 107. Moderate Trade & chiefly fine weather. Repeat Signal to the Retreat. Pumped Ship out [2]. Admiral SSE 1 Mile. A Private Signal to the Frigate. Lat 7.50S Long 25.51W.

Saturday 8th June 1805.
C&D SbW½W 121. Steady Trade ESE fair weather & smooth water, Our Signal for Longitude. Admiral NEbE. AM Scrubbed one Watch of the Soldiers Hammocks. Sailmaker altering the Driver. Carpenter making a Main Top Sail Yard. Caulker caulking the Waterway seams. Employed rattling down the Rigging. AM Washed the Gun Deck. Lat 10.0S Long 26.27W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Sunday 9th June 1805.
C&D SSW 125. Pleasant Trade EbS & fair. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to close & steer South. Admiral SbE 2 Miles. PM Set the Top Mast Rigging up fore & aft. AM Performed Divine Service. Lat 12.4S Long 27.16W

Monday 10th June 1805.
C&D SbW 124. Clear weather ESE. Repeated Signal to the Devonshire to make more sail and ditto to the Fleet to Close & steer SbE. Sailmaker on the Driver. Armourer at the Forge. Caulker & his Mate caulking the upper works. Bore up to form the Ships to Leeward. Repeated Signal to the City of London to make more sail with two Guns. Lat 13.53S Long 27.41W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Tuesday 11th June 1805.
C&D SbW 101. At 5am Mr Trice [Trew] Carpenter fell overboard from a Stage where he was working forward, immediately hove the Ship up in the Wind cut away the life Buoy & lowered the Boat but he was most unfortunately drowned. AM Held a Court of Inquiry on the conduct of James Rook Captain’s cook and Robert Western the late Carpenter’s Boy, found them guilty of robbing Mr Trice’s [Trew’s] Chest of some Money and a Watch. Called the Hands out and gave them three dozen lashes each and turned James Rook before the Masts[?]. People & Tradesmen employed as most useful. Wind EbS. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Repeated a Private Signal to the Frigate, The Cumberland made Signal to the Admiral no.269. Repeated Signal to the Camden, Devonshire & Warley to make more sail. Lat 15.37S Long 28.21W.

Wednesday 12th June 1805.
C&D SbW 118. Fair weather EbS. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to Close and steer South. Admiral SbE 1 mile. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Private Signal to the Frigate with 3 Guns. [many Signals to make more sail] Lat 17.31S long 28.26W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Thursday 13th June 1805.
C&D SbE 94. A light Trade East & fair. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to close and steer SSE. Employed getting up the Sails to Air. AM Found one of the new Fore Sails damaged by a leak under an Iron Knee in the Sail Room. Repeated Signal from the Warley to the Admiral. Lat 19.13S long 26.57.

Friday 14th June 1805.
C&D SSE 40. Unsettled weather SSE throughout. Pumped Ship out [2]. Sailmaker repairing the new damaged Fore Sail, other Tradesmen as useful. People employed under the Boatswain. Repeated Signal for Ships ahead to shorten Sail & join the Fleet. Repeated Signal for the City of London to wear with a Gun ditto to make more Sail. Lat 19.51S Long 26.41W

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Ganges towards Madras

Saturday 15th June 1805.
C&D SWbW 95. Cloudy weather SESbE AM Washed Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Tradesmen employed as most useful. A repeat Signal to steer SSE. Admiral SWbS 2 Miles. Lat 20.44S Long 29.6W.

Sunday 16th June 1805.
C&D SWbS 96. PM Departed this life Owen Darkin of the 67th Regiment . AM Committed his body to the deep with the usual ceremony. Pumped ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to close & steer SSE, ditto to City of London & Devonshire. AM Performed Divine Service. Lat 22.10S Long 29.3W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Monday 17th June 1805.
C&D SSW 80. Light winds SEbE& fine weather. Shifted the Worst Top Sails with the New ones. Pumped Ship out [1]. Repeated Signal to the Fleet for Longitude. Admiral East 3 Miles. Signal to the Cumberland for a boat. Ditto the Dorsetshire to make more Sail. Ditto to the Retreat for a boat, Ditto to the Devonshire to shorten Sail, ditto that the Signal was not understood, repeated it again. Lat 23.4S Long 29.37W.

Tuesday 18th June 1805.
C&D South 76. ESE, Clear & pleasant weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to City of London & Devonshire to make more sail to close & steer SSE. Admiral West 2 Miles. Sailmaker repairing the Main Top Gallant Sail. Armourer at the Forge. People under the Boatswain. Lat 24.09S Long 29.37W.

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Tuesday 18th June 1805 C&D South 76. ESE, Clear & pleasant weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to City of London & Devonshire to make more sail to Close & steer SSE. Admiral West 2 Miles. Sailmaker repairing the Main Top Gallant Sail. Armourer at the Forge. People under the Boatswain. Lat 24.09S Long 29.37W.

Ganges towards Madras

Wednesday 19th June 1805.
C&D SbE 59. Light breeze NE & fine pleasant weather throughout. Pumped Ship out [2]. Shifted the old Main Sail with a new one. AM Washed the Gun Deck exercised the Great Guns. Repeated Signal to Close & steer SSE. Admiral SE 2 Miles. Signal Metcalf & Castle Eden to make all possible Sail. Lat 25.5S Long 29.23W.

Thursday 20th June 1805.
C&D S½W 66. Pleasant weather ENE throughout first part light Airs middle & latter moderate breeze. Signals to make all possible Sail to Devonshire, City of London, Metcalf. Lat 26.1S Long 29.30W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Friday 21st June 1805.
C&D SSW 42. First & middle parts moderate breeze ESE, latter part light Airs. Pleasant weather throughout. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to Cumberland and Devonshire to make all possible Sail, Close & steer SSE. Repeat Signal to the Warley for the Blenheim's Butts of Water. Signal to the Admiral for our Water. AM employed delivering the Water & Wine to the Blenheim Boats. Lat 26.4S Long 29.46W

Saturday 22nd June 1805.
C&D SbE½E 90. Squally weather light & variable Airs. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Repeated Signals to Close & steer SSE. Repeated Signal to the Preston to make all Sail. Squally & rain. Admiral ENE 1 Mile. Lat 28.2S Long 29.20W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Sunday 23rd June 1805.
C&D EbS 35. Cloudy throughout first & middle parts. Variable winds South blowing fresh, latterly decreasing. Pumped Ship put [1]. At 2pm Bore up after the Admiral to join the Ships to leeward. AM Performed Divine Service. Signal Coutts to make more Sail. Signal to Close & steer SbE. Lat 27.52S [?] Long 28.55W.

Monday 24th June 1805.
C&D SWbS 99. Fresh gale SE & cloudy weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Signal to make more sail with the Warley & Devonshire’s Pendants. Admiral South. Lat 29.3S Long 30.29W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Tuesday 25th June 1805.
C&D SbW½W. Cloudy weather SE throughout. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Repeat Signal to Close & steer SSE. Lat 30.47S Long 31.1W.

Wednesday 26th June 1805.
C&D SEbS 71. First & middle parts light variable winds southerly latterly a pleasant breeze from the NW. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Admiral SEbS 2 Miles. Sailmaker on the old Fore Top Sail, other Tradesmen as most useful. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 31.32S Long 30.21W.

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Ganges towards Madras

Thursday 27th June.
C&D SEbE 146. Pleasant breeze NW Cloudy weather. Signal to Castle Eden & Metcalf to Close & steer SEbE. Admiral ESE 2 Miles. Pumped Ship out [1]. Signal to the Devonshire to set lower Studding Sails. Lat 32.47 Long 27.59W

Friday 28th June 1805.
C&D EbS½S 183. Fresh breeze NWbN & cloudy weather. At 9am the Coutts carried away her Flying Jibs & Main Top Gallant Mast. Longitude Signal for following Ships Warley, Coutts, Hope, Camden, Preston & Blenheim. Mean 25.45W. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Signal for Ships ahead to shorten Sail. Admiral NNE 1 Mile. Lat 33.24S Long 24.28W.

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Saturday 29th June 1805.
C&D EbS½S 219. Fresh breeze NNW & cloudy weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to Close & steer ESE ditto to the Castle Eden, Metcalf & Retreat. Admiral NNE 1 Mile. At daybreak Signal Ships ahead to shorten Sail. Signal to City of London to make more Sail. Lat 34.50S Long 20.15W.

[entering the Roaring Forties]

Sunday 30th June 1805.
C&D E½S 221. Fresh breeze NWbN. Handed the Mizzen Sail. Weather too unsettled to perform divine Service. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to Close & steer EbS. At daylight repeated Signal for Ships to Windward to bear down into the Wake of the Blenheim. Repeated Private Signal to the Frigate. Admiral ENE 1 Mile. Lat 35.5S Long 15.4W.

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Monday 1st July 1805.
C&D E8N 148. Blowing fresh NbW squally rain & cloudy throughout. Pumped the Ship [2]. Repeat Signal to Close & steer EbS. At daylight repeated Signals to the Camden & Metcalf to make more Sail & ditto to alter course & steer ESE. ditto for Ships to leeward to join the Fleet. Lat 34.50W Long 12.47W.

Tuesday 2nd July 1805.
C&D E19S 126. Variable winds from the SW & cloudy weather. At 3pm Repeated Signal No.109 to the Metcalf, ditto No.213 to the Camden & ditto No.109 to the Metcalf. At ½ past 4 repeated Signal to Close & steer ESE. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Up Top Gallant Yards. Admiral East. Lat 35.41S Long 10.22W.

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Wednesday 3rd July 1805.
C&D E23S 167. Cloudy weather blowing fresh WNW throughout. Pumped the Ship out [1]. Repeated Signal to Close & steer SEbE. Admiral NE 1 Mile. Repeated Signal to the Metcalf to make all possible Sail. Lat 36.14S Long 7.40W.

Thursday 4th July 1805.
C&D E15S 125. Wind SSW rain. Pumped Ship out [2]. At 2pm Longitude Signal to Preston, Coutts, Devonshre, Cumberland and Dorsetshire, Mean 5.25W. Repeated Signal to set the Studding Sails. Admiral EbS. Lat 36.35S Long 5.10W.

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Friday 5th July 1805.
C&D EbS 169. Pleasant breeze WbN throughout. Admiral East 2 Miles. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to Close & steer SEbE. Lat 37.8S Long 1.42W.

Saturday 6th July 1805

C&D E12S 200. Strong breeze NW throughout cloudy weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. AM Scraped & cleaned the Gun Deck. Signal to Close & steer ESE. Sailmaker on the Jib. Admiral NNW 2 miles. Lat 37.25S Long 2.28E.

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Sunday 7th July 1805.
C&D East 169. Pleasant breeze NW and smooth water. Pumped Ship out [2]. At Sunset repeated the Signal to Close & steer ESE. Ditto the City of London and Retreat. At 7am Repeated Signal to make all possible Sail ditto to Cumberland, Warley, Devonshire, Hope, Retreat, Castle Eden and Country Ships to set Studding Sails, ditto to Camden to make all possible Sail. AM Performed Divine Service Mustered Ships Company. Lat 37.26S Long 6.0E.

Monday 8th July 1805.
C&D East 151. Wind NNE cloudy weather. Longitude Signal 2pm. Chronometer – Cumberland Dorsetshire, Coutts, Warley, Ganges – Mean 8.47[E]. Lunars – Cumberland, Dorsetshire, Coutts, Ganges, Hope, Admiral [Blenheim] - Mean 9.21[E]. Pumped Ship out. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close and steer ESE. At 10am ditto to Metcalf & Retreat to make more Sail. Ditto to Ships astern. AM Strange Sail on the Weather Quarter Frigate in Chase. Lat 37.26S Long 9.10E.

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Tuesday 9th July 1805
C&D East 140. Pumped Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to Close & steer ESE. Ditto to Metcalf & Preston. Signal to Metcalf to Trim her Sails. Signal for Ships to Windward to bear down into the wake of the Admiral. At 8am Repeated Signal from the Dorsetshire to the Admiral. Ditto at 10am to the General Stewart to set her Royals. Sailmaker repairing the Jib. People variously employed. Lat 37.26S Long 12.6E.

Wednesday 10th July 1805.
C&D East 176. Wind NWbN, squally with rain. Cloudy. Pumped Ship out [2]. At 3pm Repeated Signal Ships astern to make more Sail. Admiral NW. At 8am ditto to Metcalf. At 10am ditto to Camden, City of London & Metcalf. A Strange Sail Standing to the Eastwards hoisted Danish Colours. Lat 37.34S Long 16.48E.

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Thursday 11th July 1805.
C&D East 148. Variable winds & weather, squally with rain. [No mention of Pumping] At ½ past 3 ditto the Camden, City of London & Metcalf with 3 Guns. Ditto Ships ahead to Tack & join the Admiral Ditto to steer ESE. Lightning in the SE. A Strange Sail in the SSE Frigate in chase. Lat 37.34S Long 15.48E.

Friday 12th July 1805.
C&D E¾S 146. Pleasant breeze SE. Cloudy weather. Longitude Signals from the Preston, Retreat & Cumberland. Pumped Ship out [1]. Signal to steer SEbE. Ditto Ships bound for Malabar Coast and Bombay to Part Company. Ditto to the Cumberland, General Stewart & Castle Eden. The Frigate with the Camden, City of London, Metcalf & Retreat to Part Company more to the Eastward. Lat 37.7S Long 21.49E.

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Saturday 13th July 1805.
C&D E½S 178. Pleasant breeze WSW & cloudy weather with light squalls at times. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer SEbE. Ditto to the Devonshire & Country Ships. At noon the Bombay Ships just in sight in the NE. Admiral NE 1 Mile. [no mention of Pumping Ship] Lat 37.23S Long 25.31E

Sunday 14th June 1805.
C&D E½S 170. Wind NW Fair weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Longitude Signal at 2pm. Devonshire, Exeter, Hope, Castle Eden, Warley, Cumberland, Dorsetshire, Coutts, Preston, Ganges. Mean 29.9E. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer SEbE. At Daylight Signal to alter course & steer ESE. AM Shifted the Main Top Gallant Yard with a new one finding it had been sprung. Could not perform Divine Service. Lat 37.5S Long 28.20E.

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Monday 15th July 1805.
C&D East 100. Clear & pleasant weather West. Cloudy. Pumped Ship out [2]. At ½ past 12 Repeated Signal for Ships ahead to Tack & join the Admiral. Ditto to Warley, Devonshire & Mornington to set Studding Sails. At 7 ditto to the Preston, Devonshire, General Stewart Castle Eden to make more Sail. Variable light squalls with Rain & Lightning. Sailmaker repairing the Old Fore Top Gallant Sail. People employed under the Boatswain. Clear & pleasant weather. Lat 37.2S Long 30.25E.

Tuesday 16th July 1805
C&D EbN½N 95. Wind South & cloudy. Later variable light winds, Thunder & Lightning, Squally. Longitude Signal from Coutts, Ganges, Dorsetshire, Exeter, Hope, Cumberland, Warley, Blenheim. Mean 35.15E. Pumped Ship out [2]. Hard Squall took away the Coutts Fore Top Mast & Main Top Gallant Mast. Lat 36.30S Long 32.19E.

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Wednesday 17th July 1805.
C&D West 20. Fresh Gale & Heavy Sea throughout variable from the Eastward. Handed the Main Sail. Pumped Ship out [2]. 5pm Repeated Signal to Wear ditto to Coutts to Close & steer SEbE. Carried away the Starboard Main Top Sail Sheet. Set the Fore Sail & Mizzen Top Sail. At 3 with great difficulty got the Main Top Sail Handed. At daylight saw the Admiral NE three ships more only in sight. Ship rolling very deep and labouring much. Lat 36.31S Long 31.54E.

Thursday 18th July 1805.
C&D NNE 50. Cloudy with rain & frequent hard squalls throughout and heavy swell from the Eastward. AM Found the Waterway Seams very open from our labouring so much in the late gale. Pumped the Ship out [3] At 3pm the Admiral made the Signal & Wore. At 6pm Nine Sail of the Fleet in sight to the Northward. The Admiral burnt a Blue Light. Admiral and most of the Fleet far to Windward, Wore Ship [2]. Admiral South 3 Miles. Lat 36.10S Long 32.18E.

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Friday 19th July 1805.
C&D EbS½S 110. AM Blowing fresh SW with frequent squalls & Rain. Heavy Sea & the Ship labouring much. Pumped Ship out [2]. PM the Admiral making Signals to us but from our distance could only distinguish one of them. Have you any intelligence to communicate? Answered in the negative. Coutts not in sight. Admiral burnt a Blue Light. At 10 the Admiral made Signal to know if we had seen anything of the Coutts. Answered in the negative. Made Signal that the Warley’s Top Gallant Yards were down with her bearings. Repeated signal to the Warley. Lat 36..43S Long 34.28E.

Saturday 20th July 1805.
C&D E½S 206. First part Fresh Gale middle & latter parts Strong breeze, hazy weather. General Stewart not in sight. The Ship steers with great difficulty. At 3pm Down Top Gallant Yards & Masts. At 4pm Repeated Signals to Close & steer ESE. Signals to the Castle Eden, Cumberland & General Stewart. Signal to the Warley to get her Top Gallant Masts & Yards up. Ditto Ships astern to make more Sail ditto to the Warley & Cumberland. Lat 36.40S Long 38.42E.

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Sunday 21st July 1805.
C&D E½S 180. Fresh Gale NWbN squally & cloudy with a high Sea. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At ½ past 2pm Repeated Signal to Close & steer SEbE. Repeated Signal to Ships on the Weather Quarter to Close, ditto Ships ahead to shorten Sail & Close. At 9 repeated Signal to the Hope & Cumberland to Close. Unable to Perform Divine Service from the State of the Weather. Took in Top Gallant Sails, repeated Signal to Cumberland to Close. Lightning all Round. The Ship steers with great difficulty & Rolls deeply. Down Top Gallant Yards & Masts. Very hard Squalls. Under Bare Poles. Lat 36.41S Long 42.24E

Monday 22nd July 1805.
C&D East 156. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Squally weather WbS throughout. Set Main & Mizzen Sails. Signal to all Ships to carry a Light on the night & be careful not to part company. Ditto the Ships to Windward to bear down into the Wake of the Admiral. Pumped Ship out [2]. Up Top Gallant Masts & Yards. Hard squally rain. Admiral E½N. Lat 36.30S Long 45.38E.

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Tuesday 23rd July 1805.
C&D EbN 126. Variable Southward. First part blowing very hard in Squalls, middle & latter parts more moderate. Pumped Ship out [2]. At 3pm Repeated Signal to the Hope, Cumberland 2 country Ships to shorten Sail. At 4 ditto Ships to Windward to bear down into the Wake of the Admiral. At ditto to Close & steer SEbE. Signal for every Ship to carry a light during the night & be careful not to part company. At 9am Saw a Strange Sail to the Westward made the Signal. Lat 35.55S Long 48.41E.

Wednesday 24th July 1805.
C&D East 84. Wind SW Cloudy. Longitude Signal at 2pm. Ganges, Castle Eden, Devonshire, Preston, Cumberland, Blenheim. Mean 53.36E. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 3pm The Admiral made Signal to us to take the opportunity of the present State of the Weather to set our Rigging up. At 4pm ditto to Close & steer SEbE. ditto for Ships to the Windward to bear down & join the Admiral. Lat 35.58S Long 50.25E.

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Thursday 25th July 1805.
C&D EbS 184. Fresh breeze NWbN & cloudy weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. Our Signal to make more Sail. Admiral ESE 4 miles. Lat 36.50S Long 54.9E.

Friday 26th July 1805.
C&D E½N 146. Winds NW variable & cloudy. Pumped Ship out [2]. PM Employed Shifting Tin to Trim the Ship. At 4pm Repeated Signal to Close & steer ESE. Ditto to the Castle Eden. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 36.19S Long 57.8E.

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Saturday 27th July 1805.
C&D EbN½N 146. Pleasant breeze WSW cloudy weather. Pumped Ship out [2]. At sunset Repeated Signal to Close & steer ESE. Ditto to Cumberland. At daylight ditto to General Stewart & Mornington to let out their Reefs. At ½ past 7 ditto to alter Course to EbS. Lat 35.39S Long 60.1E.

Sunday 28th July 1805.
C&D E2N 214. First & middle parts fresh breeze NbW cloudy latter blowing hard squalls & rain. Pumped Ship out [2]. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer East. At 11am ditto to Close & steer EbN. Ditto to Castle Eden & Mornington. Admiral NWbW 1 mile. Lat 34.53S Long 64.5E.

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Monday 29th July 1805.
C&D NE 185. Fresh breeze NbW Hazy throughout, some Squalls & rain. Cloudy. Pumped Ship out [2]. At ½ past 2pm Repeated Signals to the two Country Ships to bear down into the Wake of the Admiral. At 3 ditto the Castle Eden, Admiral North 1 mile. People employed as necessary. Lat 32.4S Long 72.38E.

Tuesday 30th July 1805.
C&D NE 185. Wind WNW Pumped Ship out [2]. Longitude Signal. Hope, Devonshire, Exeter, Preston, Cumberland, Castle Eden, Blenheim, Ganges. Mean 72.28E. Admiral burnt a Blue Light. At 1pm Repeated Signal to alter Course & steer NE. Ditto Preston, Mornington. Ditto to the Dorsetshire to shorten Sail. Ditto Hope. Found the Starboard Top Mast Studding Sail Boom sprung. Shifted it with another. Lat 30.3 S Long 68.10E.

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Wednesday 31st July 1805.
C&D NNE½E. Light breeze SW & fair throughout. Pumped Ship out [2]. At sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer NE. At 9am ditto Mornington to come within Hail. Admiral NbE. No observations. Lat – Long --.

Thursday 1st August 1805.
C&D NNE 68. Wind WNW Fair. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 3pm Repeated Signal to the Hope. At 4 repeated Signal to Close & steer NE. At 7am repeated Signal to the Devonshire. Made Signal for permission to communicate with the Dorsetshire. At 8am repeated Signal for the Commanders of the Cumberland, Exeter & Dorsetshire to go on board the Blenheim. Our Signal made for Commanders. Caulker employed on the upper Works. Carpenter's Crew making a Top Gallant Yard. Sailmaker repairing the Jib. AM got the flying Jibboom out & bent the flying Jib & Royal Stay Sails. Admiral NNW. Light Airs & pleasant weather. Lat 27.50S Long 70.13E

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Friday 2nd August 1808.
C&D NNE 50. Variable winds & clear weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer NE. Ditto Hope & Mornington. At 7am ditto Ships to make more Sail. ditto to Castle Eden. Ditto to the Cumberland. At 9am ditto to the Castle Eden & Mornington to make all possible Sail. Shifted fore Top Sail with the Old one. PM Set the Main Rigging up. Sailmaker repairing the old Main Sail. Carpenter’s Crew as before. Caulker caulking the Sides. Taken aback. Light Airs fair weather. Lat 26.42S Long 70.34E.

Saturday 3rd August 1806.
C&D NbE 61. Light variable Winds SEbE & fair pleasant weather throughout. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At Sunset repeated the Signal to Close & steer NE. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Admiral NbE 1 mile. Variable small rain. Lat 25.41S Long 74.46E

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Sunday 4th August 1805.
C&D N48E 76. Light variable breezes WNE rain, pleasant weather throughout. Pumped the Ship out [2]. AM Performed Divine Service. Lat 25.5S Long 74.55E.

Monday 5th August 1805.
C&D NE¼E 61. Strong breezes variable S & W cloudy weather & rain. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer NE. ditto to Preston & two Country Ships. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Repeated Signal to make more Sail. ditto to Convoy to set Studding Sails, Royals & all possible Sail. Taken aback. Admiral West 1 mile. Lat 24.13S long 75.46E.

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Tuesday 6th August 1805.
C&D NbE½E. 169. Fresh breeze SSW & cloudy weather squalls & rain. At Sunset repeated Signal to Close & steer NEbN. Ditto to the Preston. At 7am repeated Signal to alter Course & steer NNE ditto to the Preston. Lat 21.21S Long 76.43E.

Wednesday 7th August 1805.
C&D B11E 154. Wind SEbE Small rain cloudy & hazy. Admiral burnt a Blue Light. Pumped the Ship out [2]. . At ½ past 4 Repeated Signal Ships to Windward bear down & join the Admiral, ditto to prepare for Battle ditto the Strange Ships are suspicious ditto form in Close order of Battle ditto steer NNE. At ½ past 4 ditto make Sail ahead of the Fleet ditto with the Pendants of the Dorsetshire, Hope, Exeter, Castle Eden, Cumberland & Devonshire. At 6am Repeated Signal to Prepare for Battle. At ¼ past 6 ditto Mornington & Ann to pass within Hail. At ½ past 6 ditto Ships to Windward to bear down. Ditto to make Sail ahead of the Fleet. ¾ past 6 ditto with the Pendants of the Dorsetshire & Castle Eden & at 7 the Hope, Cumberland and Devonshire, ditto at 8 for the Hope to make more Sail. At 8 Repeated Signal for all Ships to pass within Hail. Lat 19.3S Long 77.15E. [Continued on next page.]

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Wednesday 7th August 1805 Continued.
At 4am Three Strange Ships bearing NE Standing towards us. Cleared Ship for action. At ½ past 4 the Strangers having passed us to Windward we bore up Close with the Blenheim and at 40 minutes past 4 Hove to in line of Battle about half a cables length ahead of her. At ¾ past 4 two of the Strangers only a line of Battle Ship & a Frigate. Passed through our line ahead of the Hope and Castle Eden and close to the Stern of the Cumberland then hauled up fired a Shot & hoisted French Colours, Commencing a brisk fire at the Cumberland & Blenheim which was instantly returned. The Enemy Standing on brought the Guns of the Exeter, Ganges, & Dorsetshire to bear almost immediately and shortly afterwards the Devonshire & Preston. The firing continued at intervals till ¼ past 5 when the Enemy from having Edged away got out of the Reach of our Shot. At ½ past 5 The Enemy making Sail Standing on with the Fleet. At ½ past 7 Spoke the Blenheim and received orders to keep close to her. At 8 The Enemy NNW about 5 Miles running ahead Our Fleet under easy Sail. Kept all hands at quarters. The Enemy having kept close to the Wind during the night were at daylight 6 Miles to Windward. At 6am formed the order of Battle the Blenheim being up the rear. At 7 and ½ past 8 The Enemy bore down & at 9 hauled up & kept under easy Sail at about 4 miles distance. Spoke the Blenheim & received orders from the Admiral to take Station the next ahead of him. AM Observed the Frigate Shifting her Fore & Mizzen Sails. At 10 the Enemy bearing East dropping astern. At Noon ESE under easy Sail keeping close to the Wind.

At Sunset the Enemy Hull down to Windward and at Midnight just in sight apparently on the other Tack. At daylight not in sight from the Mast Head. We received two Shots in our Counter and one under the Main Chains experienced no damage to the Sails. One Fore Shroud Stranded & little other damage to the Rigging. Darby McHugh Private of His Majesty’s 67th Regiment lost his life by a 12 pound Shot which afterwards lodged in the Hogstye [pigsty]. We suppose the French line a Battle Ship to be the strangers and the Vessel that hauled her Wind & made off to be a Prize.

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Wednesday 8th Aug 1805.
C&D NNW 60. Light Winds NE & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Admiral ENE. Lat 18.24S Long 76.46E.

Friday 9th August 1805.
C&D N¼E 82. First & middle parts light Winds inclinable to Calms increasing breeze latterly with squalls & rain. Pumped the Ship out [2]. PM Repeated the Signal to Close & steer NEbN. Hazy with squalls and rain. Lat 17.1S Long 76.4E.

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Saturday 10th August 1805.
C&D N15E 149. Moderate breeze variable & pleasant weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Shifted the Main Sail. At 1am Repeated Signal to the Preston at 5 ditto to Close & steer NEbN. At ½ past 7 ditto to the Devonshire to make more Sail. AM Set up the Fore Top Mast Rigging. Sailmaker repairing te Middle Stitching on the Fore Top Sail. Armourer at the Forge. Admiral SWbW. Lat 14.38S Long 77.25E.

Sunday 11th August 1805.
C&D N7E 166. Fair weather & Pleasant Trade EbS. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 1pm Repeated Signal for Longitude. At Sunset ditto to Close & steer NNE. AM Performed Divine Service. A Strange Sail in sight to the South. Lat 11.56S Long 77.47E.

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Monday 12th August 1805.
C&D NbE¼E. 168. Pumped Ship out [2]. Moderate Trade EbS & Pleasant weather throughout. At 1pm Signal from the Admiral the Stranger was the General Stewart. At ½ past 2 Repeated Signal to the General Stewart to Tack & join the fleet. Ditto to wear, At ½ past 5 ditto to Close & steer NNE. Ditto to the Devonshire, ditto to the General Stewart to trim her Sails. Ditto that she was dropping astern for want of making more Sail. At 6am ditto to alter Course & steer NbE. At 7 ditto Ships to Windward to bear down, ditto to the General Stewart to trim her Sails. Lat 9.23S Long 78.29E.

Tuesday 13th August 1805.
C&D NbE½E. 154. Fresh Trade ESE & squally. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 4pm Repeated Signal to the General Stewart to trim her Sails & ditto to Close & steer NNE. Sailmaker repairing the Second Best Fore Top Sail. Caulker caulking the sides. Split the Fore Top Sail. Lat 6.48S Long 79.0E.

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Wednesday 14th August 1805.
C&D NbE 156. Wind ESE Cloudy. Pumped Ship out [2]. 1pm Signal for Longitude to Blenheim, Ganges, Hope, Dorsetshire, Preston, General Stewart, Cumberland, Devonshire. Mean 82.39. At 5pm Repeated Signal to Close & steer NNE. Ditto to the Ann at daylight to alter Course & steer NbE. At 7am ditto to the Castle Eden to set Royals & Studding Sails. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat 3.55S Long 79.30E.

Thursday 15th August 1805.
C&D N½W 111. Variable winds & weather. At 4pm Repeated Signal ships astern to make more Sail, ditto to the Hope & Cumberland. At 5 ditto to Close & steer North. Ditto to the hope, Cumberland & Mornington [no mention of Pumping]. Lat 2.4S Long 79.19.

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Friday 16th August 1805.
C&D NbE 109. Pleasant breezes SE & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 1pm repeated Signal for Longitude, ditto to alter Course & steer NbE, ditto to the Castle Eden & Mornington. At 5pm ditto to Close & steer NbE, ditto to the Castle Eden. Admiral WbN. Employed as most useful. Sailmaker repairing the Fore Top Sail Carpenter fitting the Boats Lat 0.16N (obs) Long 79.5E.

[Crossed the Equator]

Saturday 17th August 1805.
C&D South 129. First & latter parts moderate breeze & cloudy, middle parts hard squalls & rain. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Taken aback squally rain. At 1pm Repeated signal to alter Course & steer North, ditto to the Hope. At 5pm ditto to the Fleet to Close & steer North, ditto to the Mornington. At daylight ditto Ships astern to make more Sail. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Caulker caulking the Sides, other Tradesmen as most useful. Lat 2.9N Long 79.4E.

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Sunday 18th August 1805.
C&D N¾W 183. Strong breeze & Squally weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 2pm Split the Main Top gallant Sail & Main Top Mast Stay Sail. At 1pm Repeated Signal to Close & steer NbW. Ditto to the Castle Eden. At ½ past 4 ditto to the Hope that she was dropping astern for want of making Sail in time. At 5 ditto to Close & steer NbW. At 6am ditto to alter Course & steer NNW. At 7 ditto the Hope to set her Main Sail. Admiral NW. Employed rousing the two inner Best Bower Cables into the Orlop Deck.. Blowing too fresh to permit the performance of Divine Service. Lat 5.51N Long 83.0E (obs).

Monday 19th August 1805.
C&D N21W 123. Wind WSW cloudy. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 1pm repeated the Signal for Longitude. At 4pm made the Signal for a Strange Sail bearing WSW. At 5 ditto to the General Stewart. Ditto to Close & steer NbW. Signal Ships ahead to Close. At 10am Repeated Signal for the Commander of the Mornington to go on board the Admiral. Lat 7.37N Long ----

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Tuesday 20th August 1805.
C&D N54W 103. Pleasant breeze WbN fair weather throughout sultry. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At 1pm repeated Signal to General Stewart & Devonshire. At ½ past 5pm ditto to Close & steer WNW. Ditto with Ann Pendant. At daylight ditto Ships astern to make more Sail. Repeated Signal No.296 & SW Compass Flag. Bent the Best Bower & un-stowed the Anchor. Admiral SWbW. Employed Serving the Cables. Lat 9.14N Long 81.12E (obs).

Wednesday 21st August 1805.
C&D N24W 91. Variable winds & squally rain. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At ½ past 2 repeated Signal Ships ahead to Shorten Sail. At 3 ditto Ships ahead to Tack & join the Admiral. ditto to Close & steer NW. At daylight Repeated Signal to alter Course & steer NNW. At 6am ditto Ships to Windward to bear down & come into the Wake of the Admiral. Bent the Small Bower & Sheet Cables & un-stowed the Anchor. Lat 10.44N Long 80,23E (obs).

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Thursday 22nd August 1805.
C&D N24W 64. Pumped the Ship [2]. Wind SW clear squally. At ½ past Noon repeated Signal 296 & 271. At ½ past 3 the Preston carried away her Fore Top Mast & Main top Gallant Mast. Exeter’s Signal to take her in tow. At ½ past 4 saw Chillinn buoy bearing WSW distance 5 or 6 leagues. At 5pm Extremes of the Land from NW to SWbS. At 5pm repeated Signal to the Castle Eden to make all possible Sail. ditto to General Stewart & Mornington. At ½ past 7 ditto to Close & steer NNW. Ditto to Exeter to Wear & Carry a light at the Bowsprit end during the night and be careful not to part Company. At Daylight Extremes of the Land SW½S to North distance off shore about 8 Miles. At 8am Allam Parva [Alemparva River] NW¼W distance 13 or 14 Miles. Lat 12.9N long 79.56 (obs).

Friday 23rd August 1805.
C&D --- ---. Variable light Airs clear weather. Admiral NEbE. At 6pm Extremes of the Land from SW to NbW distance off shore 9 or 10 Miles. The High Land behind Sadras from WSW to NW½N. At ½ past 11pm saw the Admiral hove too, past under his stern & hailed him to know if we should heave too or proceed for the Roads and upon his giving us our choice we continued under Sail & at ½ past 1 Anchored in Madras Roads in 10 fathoms. The Light bearing WbN½N distance off shore 2½ miles. Lowered down the Boat & sent her to board his Majesty’s Ship Weymouth Admiral Sir Edward Pellew to report the Fleet. AM Sent on board Signals & Instin[?] Asians & Signal from His Majesty’s Ship Blenheim. Moored Ship a Cable each way with the Best Bower to the Southwarf. Captain Harrington went on shore. NB This Log contains 36 hours & ends at Midnight.

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Ganges in Madras Roads

Saturday 24th August 1805.
Land & Sea breezes with Sultry weather. Employed cleaning the Ship & under the Boatswain. PM Disembarked the detachment of His Majesty’s 67th Regiment.

Sunday 25th.
Light land & sea breezes with rain in the night time, employed landing some Private Trade otherwise as necessary sent the Marine Boys on board the Blenheim. PM Arrived the Hon Coys Ship Coutts.

Monday 26th.
Land & Sea breezes with fine weather in the day time. Great deal of Thunder & Lightning with hard Rain in the night. Employed as before & under the Boatswain. PM down Top Galant Yards.

Tuesday 27th.
Wind & weather as yesterday. AM loosed Sails to dry. Employed under the Boatswain. Landed all the spare empty Butts & packs of Staves. Received on board 10 Lascars & entered them on the Sip’s Books.

Wednesday 28th.
Fresh Land & Sea breezes & fine weather. Roused the Sheet Cables out of the Hold & coiled them in the Orlop otherwise employed receiving Rice & under the Boatswain. AM Arrived the Hon Coys Ship Warley.

Thursday 29th.
Light Land & Sea breezes & fine weather. Employed cleaning the Main Hold & landing empty Butts & packs of Staves otherwise under the Boatswain. Receiving on board some Store Rice.

Friday 30th August.
Wind & weather as yesterday. AM loosed Sails to dry. Sent all the Hon Coys Treasure on board His Majesty’s Ship Greyhound per order of the Board of Trade. Employed receiving Brandy for us of the Ship. & landing some Private Trade. Otherwise under the Boatswain.

Saturday 31st.
Light Land & Sea breezes employed receiving Cotton otherwise as most necessary.

Sunday 1st September.
Winds & weather as yesterday. Received on board some Cotton. James Brown Seaman was claimed as a deserter from His Majesty’s Ship Greyhound & delivered up to her. Arrived & anchored here HMS Septre And a Frigate which we suppose to be the Caroline.

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Ganges in Madras Roads

Monday 2nd September.
Light Land & Sea breezes &fine weather. Employed receiving Cotton. Stayed the Fore Top Mast & set the Rigging up. Landed the Treasure belonging to Captain Harrington. Received some Store Water & employed otherwise as most necessary.

Tuesday 3rd.
Winds & weather as yesterday. Employed receiving Cotton. Stayed the Main & Mizzen Top Masts & set the Rigging up. Received some Water otherwise employed as necessary. Sailed HMS Greyhound with the Hon Coys Ships Devonshire, Preston, Castle Eden & General Stewart for Bengal.

Wednesday 4th.
Winds & weather as before. Employed taking on board Water & Rice. AM Up Top Gallant Yards. PM Received orders to prepare to take on board the Half of His Majesty’s 67th Regiment for Bengal. Draft of Water 21.8 forward & 20.3 aft.

Thursday 5th.
Fresh Land & Sea breezes with fine weather. Received 20 Butts of Water, employed clearing the Orlop Deck & delivering Baggage belonging to Prince of Wales Island [Penang] Passengers. Receiving on board eleven Prisoners of War, Americans. Entered to do duty on board as Seamen.

Friday 6th.
Fresh Land & Sea breezes with fine weather. Employed as yesterday. All the Passengers for Prince of Wales Island left the Ship. PM Sailed HMS Blenheim for Prince of Wales Island with the China Ships.

Saturday 7th.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Received on board 607 Men Women & Children & HMs 67th Regiment with their Baggage. Spliced the to the Small Bower & gammoned [?]. Employed preparing for Sea.

Sunday 8th.
Light variable Land breeze. At 7am Weighed & Stood out of the Roads & hove too. At Noon the Purser came on board. Bore up after HM Sloop Dasher & made Sail in Company with the Hon Coys Ship Dorsetshire. This Log contains 12 Hours & Ends at Noon.

[end of Harbour Log]

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[Start of the Sea Log]

Ganges Madras towards Bengal

Monday 9th September 1805.
C&D ---- 115. Wind variable from the Land. Signal to steer ENE. Fair weather throughout. 2am Saint Thomas’s Mount WbS. Flag Staff West. Ships in the Roads W¼N distance off shoe 9 or 1 Miles. Pumped Ship out [1]. Dasher NW 1 Mile. At Sunset Saint Thomas’s Mount WbN¼N distance about 8 Leagues. Lat & Long ----.

Tuesday 10th September.
C&D ---- 118. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Pleasant breeze SSW & fine weather. PM Shifted the Main & Fore Top Sails with the Sound Best. Dasher NE. AM Unbent the outer Best Bower & Coiled it down forward in the Orlop Deck. Employed bending & Serving the Middle Cable. Lat 15.8N (obs) Long 84.53E (obs).

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Wednesday 11th September 1805.
C&D ---- 144. Pleasant breeze SSW hazy & fine weather. Dasher NNW. Employed as most useful under the Boatswain. AM Mended he Service on the Small Bower. AM Spoke a Ship East eleven days out of Calcutta. Lat 17.2N (obs) Long 86.55E (obs).

Thursday 12th Sept 1805.
C&D ---- 158. Steady breeze WSW throughout. PM Signal from the Dasher to steer NNE. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Quartered the Ships Company & Soldiers. AM Washed the Gun Deck. Lat 19.10N (obs) Long 88.8E (obs)

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Ganges Madras towards Bengal

Friday 13th September 1805.
C&D ---- 126. Winds variable from the NW. Pumped Ship out [2]. At daylight the Dasher made Signal for seeing Land. Saw it at the same time from the Mast head bearing NW. At Noon the Neelgor [Nilgur] Hills NWbW½W. Balasar [Ballasore] Hill NW distance 14 or 15 Leagues. Extremes of the Land from NWbW to WNW, Two Pilot Schooners in sight to the Eastward. Tacked after the Dasher. At 4pm Hove too and Mr Stewart Master came on board from the Jessey Pilot Schooner & took charge of the Ship in 17 fathoms Water. Stood to the Northward & Eastward. [Lat 21.7N (obs) Long 87.35E (obs). This Log contains 36 hours & ends at Midnight.

[End of Sea Log]

[Start of Harbour Log]

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Ship Ganges at Sauger Roads.

Saturday 14th September 1805.
Winds variable from the Westward. At ½ past 1am crossed the Western Sea Reef least water 5 fathoms. At 5 Crossed the Eastern Sea Reef in 6½ fathoms. Bore up Channel. At ½ past 9 Saw the Eastern Sea Reef Buoy and at 3pm Anchored in Sauger Roads in 9 fathoms. The South Point of Sauger ESE, Ingelee [Ingellee] NWbW distance off shore about 4 miles. At 9 Moored the Ship a Cable each way with the Best Bower to the Southward. Captain Harrington left the Ship with the Dispatches for Calcutta. Found riding here HMS Medusa & Greyhound.

Sunday 15th September.
Light variable breeze & fine weather Employed delivering two Companys of His Majesty’s 67th Regiment with their Baggage to Pilot Schooner. Sent by Sir John Gore of HMS Medusa. departed this life Marmureedorass [Mumedorass] Tindale. Committed his body to the deep,

Monday 16th September.
Weather as yesterday with some rain in the night. Employed delivering Baggage. PM sent down the Main Top Sail Yard to be Shifted . Boatswain overhauling the Rigging. Lascars scraping the Sides.

Tuesday 17th Sept..
Light Airs from the Westward & fine weather. Employed under the Boatswain & scraping the Sides.

Wednesday 18th Sept.
Wind & weather as yesterday. Employed as before Loosed Sails to dry.

Thursday 19th Sept.
Light breeze from the NW with fine weather. Employed under the Boatswain & otherwise as necessary. Got the Spare Main Top Sail Yard up. Sailmaker Middle Stitching the Main Top Sail.

Friday 20th Sept.
Light Airs variable fine weather. Employed under the Boatswain and disembarking Soldiers & their Baggage. Lieut Park of His Majesty’s 67th Regiment fell over board from the Gangway and was unfortunately drowned. William Stephenson Seaman while on shore on duty was drowned in the Surge attempting to join the Boat.

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Sauger Roads

Saturday 21st Sept 1805.
Light breeze from the SE with fine weather. Employed disembarking troops & their Baggage otherwise under the Boatswain. PM Bent the Main Top Sail. Joseph Nailer Boatswains Mate, Thomas Crindall Ordinary Seaman & Miles Walker Seaman were Pressed on board HMS Dasher. PM Departed this life Wm. Kraugh a private of the 67th Regiment.

[Miles Walker is not listed as being pressed in the Crew List and Joseph Nailer is made Boatswain on 7th January 1807, both returned to the Ganges on Monday 30th Sept.]

Sunday 22nd Sept.
Light variable Airs throughout & fair weather. AM Loosed Sails to dry. Employed under the Boatswain. Set the Rigging & Bobstays up.

Monday 23rd Sept.
Light breeze from the Westward with fine weather. AM Loosed Sails to dry. Employed under the Boatswain & otherwise as necessary.

Tuesday 24th Sept.
Fine breeze from the SE & fair weather. AM Loosed Sails to dry. Employed under the Boatswain & otherwise as necessary.

Wednesday 25th Sept.
First part light breeze from the Southward Middle & Latter parts variable & squally with rain. Employed taking in Water & otherwise as necessary. AM Washed the Gun Deck.

Thursday 26th.
First part light breeze from the Southward Middle & Latter parts variable & squally with rain. Employed taking in Water & otherwise as necessary. AM Washed the Gun Deck.

Friday 27th.
Winds & weather much as yesterday. AM found the Small Bower Anchor come home. Unmoored Ship & moored Ship afresh. Otherwise employed as necessary.

Saturday 28th.
Winds chiefly from the Southward with rain throughout. Employed under the Boatswain & as necessary. Passed by the Hon Coys Ships Phoenix & Calcutta.

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Ganges Sauger Roads

Sunday 29th September.
Light breeze from the southward with some Rain. Stowed the Booms afresh, loosed the Sails to dry & Washed the Gun Deck otherwise employed preparing for Sea. PM Captain Harrington returned from Calcutta in the Ships Pilot Schooner.

Monday 30th.
Weather as yesterday. Employed receiving Spirits & Ships Stores. HM Sloop Dasher returned Joseph Nailer and Miles Walker pressed 21st Instant. Keeping James Cumdall. Received on board 1000 Bags of Rice private Trade on acct of Captain Harrington. No Pilot on board.

Tuesday 1st October.
Light Southerly Winds & fine weather. Employed as most useful in the Hold and under the Boatswain. Dried Sails. No Pilot on board.

Wednesday 2nd.
Ditto Winds & weather. People employed under the Boatswain. . Gunner painting the Ship. No Pilot on board.

Thursday 3rd.
Light Airs Southerly & fine weather. Quartered & Stationed the Ships Company afterwards exercised Great Guns & Gunner as yesterday. No Pilot on board.

Friday 4th.
Variable light Airs & fair weather. At 2 HMS Sloop Dasher made Signal to moor and Mr Lester Branch Pilot took charge of the Ship. Unmoored following Passengers on board Mr Pollock for China and Mr Thomas for Prince of Wales Island.

Saturday 5th October.
Light Airs variable from the SW fine weather. At 10am weighed & dropped down to Sauger & anchored with the Best bower in 6 fathoms. AM Departed this life John Finnity and Bryant Lally. PM Committed their Bodies to the Deep with the usual ceremony.

Sunday 6th.
Light breeze from the SW with fine weather. At high Water weighed & worked down the narrows, least Water 4 fathoms. At 4pm came too with the Best Bower in 5½ fathoms. The Reef Buoy in sight bearing SSW. In Company HMS Sloop Dasher and Hon Coys Ship Dorsetshire. At 8pm weighed & Signal from the Dasher & worked down channel. At 4pm Anchored with the Best Bower in 6 fathoms.

Monday 7th.
Light Airs from the Southward with fine weather. At 9 Weighed & Signal from the Dasher. Turning to Windward down Channel. Lat (obs) 21.7N. NB This Log contains 12 Hours & ends at Noon.

[End of Harbour Log]

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[Start of Sea Log]

Ganges towards Prince of Wales Island

Tuesday 8th October 1805.
C&D ----. Came too with the Best Bower in 6 fathoms. At 8pm called the hands out & punished Thomas Kenney with 18 lashes for insolence and disobedience of orders. Weighed Signal from the Dasher. At 1am the Pilot left the Ship in 20 fathoms Water. Point Palmias [Palmiras] bearing about West 25 Leagues from which I take my departure. Sounded 24fms. Lat (obs) 20,52N. Long 88.5E (obs).

Wednesday 9th October 1805.
C&D ---- 50. Light variable Airs throughout SbE calm. Sounded 50fms. Pumped the Ship out [1]. Dasher SW. Tacked per Signal. Dasher SEbE. Lat (obs) 20.34N Long 88.3E (obs).

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Ganges from Bengal

Thursday 10th October 1805.
C&D ---- 63. Light Winds from the Southward & clear weather. pumped the Ship out [2]. Dasher SE. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat (obs) 19.52N Long 87.27E (obs).

Friday 11th October 1805.
C&D ---- 97. Light variable winds & clear weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. No ground 90 fathoms. Dasher ESE. Lat (obs) 18.38N Long 87.9E (obs).

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Towards Prince of Wales Island

Saturday 12th October 1805.
C&D ---- 75. Cloudy weather SE with frequent Squalls. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Dasher North. At 11am Split the Fore Top Sail from the foot rope’s giving way. No obs. Lat (obs) 18.10N Long 86.59E (obs).

Sunday 13th October 1805.
C&D ---- 72. Cloudy weather & variable winds. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Rain. AM Performed Divine Service & mustered ships Company to see if they were clean. Dasher North. Lat (obs) 18.10N Long 88.4E (obs).

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Ganges from Bengal

Monday 14th October 1805.
C&D ---- 76. Variable winds SEbS throughout. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Squally with rain. Burnt a Blue Light. At ½ past 8pm The Dasher not in sight. At 6am Spoke the Dorsetshire & put the Ship under Captain Brown’s orders. AM Exercised three Divisions of the Boarders with Small Arms. Lat (obs) 18.41N Long 89.25E (obs).

Tuesday 15th October 1805.
C&D ---- 57. Wind South cloudy weather. PM Exercised part of the third division of boarders at Small Arms. Called the hands out & Sold the Effects of the late Mr Trew, Thomas Finnity & Bryant Lally. At 4am Two Strange Sails bearing WNW made the Signal for ditto to the Dorsetshire & Cleared Ship for Action. At ½ past 4 made the private Signal to the Strangers which was answered by the nearest one. At 7 Spoke to her when she proved to be HMS San Florenzo having under her Convoy A Country Ship from Madras bound for Calcutta. Hove too & sent a boat on board a Country Ship. Lat (obs) 18.28N Long 89.29E (obs).

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Towards Prince of Wales Island

Wednesday 16th October 1805.
C&D ---- 76. Pumped the Ship out [3]. Cloudy weather squalls & rain. Dorsetshire NEbE. AM Washed the Gun Deck. Lat (obs) 18.8N Long ----.

Thursday 17th October 1805.
C&D ---- 36. Pumped the Ship out [3]. First part Squalls & Rain middle & latter parts light Airs & Calms. Employed as most useful under the Boatswain. Armourer at the Forge. Lat (obs) 18.6N Long 91.28E (obs).

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Ganges from Bengal

Friday 18th October 1805.
C&D ---- 62. Light breeze NE fair weather. People employed as most useful. Pumped the Ship out [5]. Dorsetshire SEbS. Lat (obs) 17.9N Long 91.10E (obs).

Saturday 19th October 1905.
C&D ---- 90. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. Dorsetshire S½E. Squally SE & Rain. Gunner painting the Quarter Deck. Lat (obs) 16.1N Long 90.31E (obs).

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Towards Prince of Wales Island

Sunday 20th October 1805.
C&D ---- 58. Light winds SbE & fair weather. Dorsetshire EbN. AM Performed Divine Service & mustered the Ships Company to see if they were clean. Bore up after the Dorsetshire. Wore. Lat (obs) 15.56N Long 90.31E (obs).

Monday 21st October 1805.
C&D ---- 39. South & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. Dorsetshire SWbW. AM Unbent the Best Bower Cable roused up the old outer Best Bower. Bent it Clapped on the two Services, Spliced it & payed it down into its proper Tier. Lat (Obs) 16.0N Long 89.56E (obs).

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Ganges from Bengal towards

Tuesday 22nd October 1805.
C&D ---- 42. Light Airs from the Southward with fair weather. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. Dorsetshire West. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns. Lat (obs) 16.0N Long 90.11E (obs)

Wednesday 23rd October 1805.
C&D ---- 47. First & middle parts light Winds latter part squally. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. At 5pm strange Sail bearing SW made the Signal for ditto to the Dorsetshire, AM cleaned & Smoaked the Gun Deck. Sailmaker middle stitching the Main Sail. Lat (obs) 15.34N Long 89.40E (0bs).

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Ganges Prince of Wales Island

Thursday 24th October 1805.
C&D ---- -- Light winds from the Southward & cloudy weather throughout. People variously employed. Dorsetshire SW 2 miles. Pumped the Ship every 4 hours. Lat (obs) 15.29N Long 89.23E (obs).

Friday 25th October 1805.
C&D ---- 46. Variable winds from the Southward & Squally weather. Rain. Dorsetshire? SSW. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. Lat (obs) 15.23N Long 89.2 (obs)

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Ganges from Bengal

Saturday 26th October 1805.
C&D ---- 47. First & middle parts light Airs at SSW & Calms. Some Rain latter part pleasant light breeze, cloudy weather with rain. Dorsetshire SSW. Employed as most useful under the Boatswain & fitting all the Boats. Lat (obs) 15.5N Long 90.4E (obs)

Sunday 27th October 1805.
C&D ---- 85. Pleasant breeze SbW & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. Dorsetshire WbS. AM Performed Divine Service Lat (obs) 13.55N Long 91.2E (obs).

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Towards Prince of Wales Island

Monday 28th October 1805.
C&D ---- 87. Wind SEWbW Cloudy & squally. Signal from the Dorsetshire for Latitude & Longitude. Dorsetshire NW 2 miles. At ½ past 4 Signals from the Dorsetshire. Set the Royals & Stay Sails. At 6 in Royals and double reefed the Top Sails. People employed under the Boatswain. Tradesmen as most necessary fitting the Boats. AM Filling Salt Water in the fore Hold to trim Ship. Pumped the ship out every 4 hours. Lat (obs) 13.1N Long 90.51E (obs).

Tuesday 29th October.
C&D ---- 76. Wind SW & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. At 5pm Signal to steer SSW if the Wind came fair during the night. Ditto to carry a light during the night. At ½ past 7am Passed within Hail of the Dorsetshire when Captain Brown desired us to keep close order. AM Employed under the Boatswain. Tradesmen fitting the Boats. Variable & squally. Lat (obs) 12.36N Long 91.3E (obs).

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Ganges from Bengal

Wednesday 30th October 1805.
C&D ---- 59. WSW Fine weather. At 2pm Departed this Life David Pritchard Quarter Master. At 5pm Signal from

Dorsetshire to steer SSW if the Winds came fair during the night & careful to observe the motions of the Commodore [the Dorsetshire]. At 5pm Comitted the body of the deceased to the deep with the usual Ceremony. AM Carpenters Stocking the Stream Anchor. Sailmaker altering the Boats Sails. Gunner painting the Boats. Calm. Armourer at the Forge. People rounding the Stream Cable. At 11am Lowering down the Small Cutter, tried the Current & found it setting to the SSE½E. Lat (obs) 11.55N Long 91.4E (obs).

Thursday 31st October.
C&D ---- 22. Variable light Airs. Pumped the Ship every 4 hours. At 5pm Signal to observe the Commodors motions during the night, ditto to steer SWbS if the Wind came fair. Tradesmen fitting the Boats & otherwise as most useful. AM Washed the Gun Deck & exercised the Great Guns, Got the Flying Jibboom out. Lat (0bs) 1.38N Long 91.28E (obs).

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Towards Prince of Wales Island

Friday 1st November 1805.
C&D ---- 46. Variable winds EbN & weather. Dorsetshire SSW 1 mile. At 5pm Signal from Dorsetshire to steer South. Light Airs from the Northward. People employed under the Boatswain Tradesmen as most useful. Lat (obs) 11.11N Long 91.42E (obs)

Saturday 2nd November.
C&D ---- 81. NbE cloudy. PM Shifted the Best Bower from the inner to the outer Hawse hole. Signal from the Dorsetshire to observe her motions during the night. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. People employed under the Boatswain Tradesmen as most useful. Bent the flying Jib & Main Top Mast Stay Sail. Lat (obs) 10.0N Long 91.40E (obs).

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Ship Ganges from Bengal

Sunday 3rd November 1805.
C&D ---- 69. East cloudy weather. pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. At 5pm Signal to observe the Commodores motions during the night. AM Weather being unsettled omitted the Performance of Divine Service. Mustered Ships Company. Variable & Rain. Lat (obs) 9.56N Long 92.13E (obs)

Monday 4th November.
C&D ---- 64. Variable winds & squally weather cloudy throughout. Pumped the Ship out every 4 hours. At 5pm Signal to observe the Commodores motions during the night. Taken aback. Lat (obs) 9.40N Long 92.38 (obs)

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Towards Prince of Wales Island

Tuesday 5th November 1805.
C&D ---- 78. Variable cloudy with rain. PM Spoke to the Dorsetshire. Signal to observe the Commodores motions during the night. At ½ past 8am spoke to the Dorsetshire. At 11am made tie Signal for seeing land bearing NEbE. Sailmaker altering the Gaff Top Sail. Armourer at the Forge. People under the Boatswain. Lat (obs) 8.55N Long 92.44E (obs)

Wednesday 6th November 1805.
C&D ---- --. SEbE cloudy weather squally with rain. At ¾ past 2 Saw Queen Island bearing SE¼S. The Body of Carnicobar at NEbE 10 or 12 miles. At ½ past 4 lost sight of Queen Island & opened the Northern most point of Carnicobar [Car Nicobar Island] with the NW point bearing NE¼E. Body of the Island EbN¾N distance off shore about 6 Miles. Spoke the Dorsetshire when Captain Brown agreed with me that it would be imprudent to pass the Island without an additional supply of Water our own stock being only sufficient to last twelve or thirteen days at short allowance not being in Captain Browns powers to spare more than a weeks supply from the quantity on board his Ship. No observations. Standing for the Point. Hard ground 45 to 13 fathoms. Lat ---- Long 93.41E. (obs).

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Ganges at Island of Carnicobar [Car Nicobar]

[Wednesday continued]
C&D ----. At Sunset extremes of the Land from NEbE¾E to SEbE. Body of the Island E½N distance off shore 5 miles. Soundings 45 fathoms. At 8am extremes from East to SSE. At ½ past 8 from SEbE¾E to SEbS¼S a light on the Beach bearing SE distance off shore about 3 Leagues Sounding 35 fathoms. At ½ past 1pm Observed that we were nearing the Dorsetshire & at 2 Spoke her when Captain Brown informed me that he had been as close in as 10 fathoms that he had found the Soundings very irregular that in consequence it was his intention to wait till daylight before he made any further attempt to get in but that I was at liberty to make the best of my way into Port without attending to his motions. At daylight tacked & Stood towards the Island with a light breeze at SE. Out Reefs and made all Sail. Lowered down the Small Cutter. At 8am Bore up from the NW point of the Island & had Soundings & log. At 10am sent the Small Cutter ahead to Sound. At 11 made Signal to the Dorsetshire for having gained Soundings 25 fathoms. The Wind heading us in Royals & up Main Sail. At ½ past 11 the weather looking squally double Reefed the Top Sails. Same time the Dorsetshire made Signal to Sound immediately. Answering with 13 fathoms. Signal have you good anchorage Answered in the negative. At Noon taken aback with a hard squall from the Southward. Wore round & Stood to the Westward under the three Top Sails.

Thursday 7th November.
C&D ----. Variable with squally rain. At ½ past Noon wore again & stood in Shore under the three Top Sails the weather being very thick & land not in sight ground 29, 27 & 25 fathoms. At 1pm the weather clearing a little. Saw the land ahead & on the weather bow set the Courses, Jib & Driver, Ground 25, 17, 15, 13, 17, 20 fathoms. At ½ past 1pm made Signal to the Dorsetshire for Ground 15 fms which she did not answer being far to leeward & under three Top Sails only. A ¼ before 2 the Island from SSW to ESE distance off shore about 1 Mile, found that we were too near the NW point to anchor with safety, was therefore under the necessity of Tacking & Standing to the Westward. At 3pm extremes of the land from South to EbS¾S opening a point to the Southward. Tacked again but from the strength of the Current were unable to fetch the point again. At 4 the Dorsetshire 6 or 7 miles to the Eastward. At 5 Hoisted in the Small Cutter & shifted the Main Sail with the second best. At ¼ past 5 extremes of the land from SE½SE to s ¾ W. At 6 ditto from SE½S to South. At 8 the SE part bearing SbE about Ship & Stood to the Eastward all night. At midnight saw the Dorsetshire in one with point SSW. At Daylight the land not in sight from the Mast head. Dorsetshire not in sight. At 9am Saw the Land bearing WSW, At Noon the Island from SWbW to WbS the Body WSW about 6 Leagues. Current setting to the NW. AM Washed the Gun Deck. Lat (obs) 9.15N Long 93.16E (obs).

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Carnicobar [Car Nicobar]

Friday 8th November 1805>br> C&D ----. South breeze & cloudy. At ¼ past 5 Dorsetshire made Signal to come within hail. Answered with Signal of inability on account of her being to leeward and the Current setting also to leeward Signal to heave too and for Commanders to come on board. Answered them with Signal I am in want of Water signal repeated for Commanders Backed the Main Top Sail & fitted it again as soon as the Dorsetshire was within Hail on account of the Ships driving so fast to leeward. Hard ground, the Current setting strong to the NW Extremes of the Land from SSE to SW off shore about 4 miles. At 10 minutes past 5 Spoke the Dorsetshire and at ¼ past 5 she made Signal to haul the Wind on Starboard Tack. Answered with Signal of inability. Captain Brown on hailing the Ganges observed that he had been all round the Island in search of us that he could Spare a thousand Gallons of Water and that it was his intention to Stand on. Informed him in answer that we had done all in our power to get in with the Island that we still meant to do the same, that a thousand Gallons of Water in addition to our Stock was not sufficient and that we were obliged to make Sail on account of the Ships driving bodily to leeward. Weighed with a light breeze at SW & stood closer in Shore. At 6pm Held a Consultation with the four Senior Officers on the subject of going into this Island for Water, when they were unanimously of the opinion that it would be extremely imprudent to attempt the Passage to Penang without a greater additional Supply of Water then it was in Captain Browns Power to afford us and that therefore we ought certainly to procure the necessary quantity here to which they have subscribed as under.

J. Rose, J.R. Blackwell, Thos. Hooper, John Jones James. [1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th mates - signed]

Stood in, in consequence for the Island and anchored as per log, At daylight Captain Harrington left the Ship in the Small Cutter and Sounded all the way in Shore. T 9 Returned again. At 10am Weighed as per log and at 11 Anchored with the Stream in 12½ fathoms. Extremes of the Land W½S to SE. A small village South, distance off Shore 1 mile. Out Boats & sent 20 empty Butts on Shore. Lat --- Long ---.

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Ganges at Island Carnicobar [Car Nicobar] Saturday 9th November.
C&D ----. Light winds from the Southward & fair weather. At 4pm weighed and dropped a little further to the Eastward. ½ past 4 Anchored again with Yelloway bearings in 15 fathoms. Extremes of the land from SbE½E to West. The Village SW½S distance off Shore 1½ Miles. At 5pm Saw a Strange Sail bearing West. AM found a considerable difficulty in procuring water the Wells being nearly dry and it being no easy matter to get the few Butts which were filled through the Surf in safety. Lat ---- Long ---.

[Yelloway: a place, mooring or company connected with Penang Island.]

Sunday 10th November.
C&D ----. Winds & weather as yesterday. Senf-[surf?] high in the night. PM Made but little progress with the Water from causes as yesterday. AM Got a few Butts off the Ship. Omitted the Performance of Divine service on account of the Ships Company being engaged in Watering the Ship. I make the Centre of this Island to lie in 9.8 North and by my Timekeeper on 93.4 East of Greenwich.

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Ganges towards Pulo Pinang [Penang}

Monday 11th November 1805.
C&D ---- 39. Light steady breeze throughout & fine weather at 6pm received 11 Butts of Water & Hoisted the boats in. Weighed as per Log & made Sail. At 9pm I take my departure judging my situation 9.11N & 93.10E. At 8am. The Island just in sight from the Poop bearing WbS . At 10am Saw the Island Jonlongar from the Mast head bearing SE½S distance about 13 Leagues the Carringhar at same time in sight bearing W½S. At Noon the Island of Jonglongar SSE½E. Pumped the Ship out [3] AM Washed the Gun Deck exercised the Great Guns & Small Arms. Lat (obs) 9.14N Long 93.44E

Tuesday 12th November 1805 C&D SEbE½E 144. Fresh breeze SW Squally Rain. At 4pm the extremes of the Island Jonlongar from SW to SbW½½W. distance 5 or 6 Leagues. At 5pm the Body of the Island SSW½½W distance 7 or 8 Leagues the Island of Carmortar just opening to the Southward of it. Pumped the Ship every 4 hours. At noon split the Main Top Sail from Foot ropes giving way. Lat 8.6N Long 95.5E. Lat 8.6N Long 95.52E.

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Ganges towards Pulo Pinang

Wednesday 13th November 1805.
C&D S51E 181. Fresh gale NW & cloudy weather small Rain. Pumped the Ship every hours. People employed under the Boatswain Tradesmen as necessary. AM ½ past 11 Saw Pulo Pirah [Pulo Pera] from the Mast head bearing SEbS. Lat (obs) 6.4N Long 98,13E.

Thursday 14th November 1805 C&D ---- Breeze WNW Hazy weather. At 1pm Pulo Pirah [Pulo Pera] in sight from the Deck bearing SSE¼E distance about 8 Leagues. At 4pm Saw a Strange Sail from the Mast head bearing ENE Pulo Pirah [Pulo Pera] SW½W. Ground 27,26,25,23,21 fms. At Midnight saw the Land of Old Queda bearing NEbE to SEbE¾E. Handed Main Sail. The Flag Staff SbE½E. The High Land of Clo Queda NW½W. Distance off the Pinang Shore 4 or 6 Miles in 5½ fathoms. At 2pm Rounded the point of Fort Cornwallis & brought up in ¼ less 5 to the Southward of the Dorsetshire. The Fort being NNW Saluted the Fort with 9 Guns which was returned with an equal number. At low Water found the Ship Grounded & hoisted out the launch & got the Stream out in deep Water to the North & East. At High Water hove upon it without effect. NB This Log contains 36 hours and ends at Midnight. Lat ---- Long ----

[end of Sea Log]

[start of Harbour Log]

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Ganges at Prince of Wales Island

Friday 15th November 1805.
Light variable winds with rain. At daylight got the Kedge out to the Eastward in 11 Fathoms but there being little or no Tide the Ship did not float, down Top Gallant Yards & Masts. Employed lightening the Ship forward. At 7pm being High Water Hove off the Ship by the Kedge into 9ġ fathoms and let go the Bower, Buoyed & Slipped the Stream & Kedge Anchors. Passengers left the Ship

Saturday 16th November.
Winds variable with fine weather. AM Towed the Ship down abreast the Fort in 14 fathoms loosed Sails to dry. PM Moored Ship with the launch the best Bower to the flood. Weighed & got on board the Stream & Kedge Anchors. Fidded Top Gallant Masts.

Sunday 17th.
Winds & weather much the same as yesterday. Washed the Gun Deck & loosed Sails to dry.

Monday 18th.
Light Airs from the Westward with fine weather. Employed landing some Private Trade & Passengers Baggage & under the Boatswain. AM loosed the Fore & Aft Sails to dry. NB 30 people in the Sick list.

Tuesday 19th.
Light winds from the NW & fine weather. AM loosed Sails to dry. Employed as before & otherwise as most useful.

Wednesday 20th.
Light Airs @ ENE with fine weather. AM cleared Hawse & loosed the Fore & Aft Sails to dry. Employed as most necessary.

Thursday 21st.
Land & Sea Breezes with fine weather, a little rain in the Evening. Employed landing some Private Trade & the remainder of the Passengers Baggage. Sent the empty Butts on Shore for Water. AM loosed Sails to dry.

Friday 22nd.
Ditto Winds & weather. AM Loosed the Fore & Aft Sails to dry. Employed receiving Water & under the Boatswain.

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Ganges at Prince of Wales Island

Saturday 23rd November.
Light Airs from the NE & fine weather, Employed receiving Water & otherwise as most useful. PM Loosed the Square Sails to dry.

Sunday 24th.
Light Airs @ SSE with Sultry weather. Employed receiving Water and otherwise under the Boatswain. AM Loosed the Fore & Aft Sails to dry. PM Arrived here Hon Coys Ship Warren Hastings from Bencoolin.

Monday 25th.
Ditto Winds & weather delivering Private Trade and receiving the remainder of the Water. AM Cleared Hawse & loosed the Square Sails to dry. PM Up Top Gallant Yards. Signal from the Dorsetshire to number. Receiving from the Hon’ble the Governor & Council a Paper Packett for the President & Select Committee of Supra Cargos Canton.

Tuesday 26th.
At 1am Unmoored at daylight Weighed & dropped with the Tide. At 8am brought up again with the Stream [anchor] in 10 fathoms. Old Queda NbE when Captain went on Shore in search of John Pedr—Seaman and four Lascars who were missing. At 9 the Dorsetshire made our Signal to Weigh. At 11 Captain Harrington returned not having found the People he went in search of. Loosed Sails but the Wind being northerly & Tide of Flood having made, could not get under weigh. NB This Log contains 36 hours.

[end of Harbour Log]

[start of Sea Log]

Wednesday 27th November.
C&D ---. At 4pm Dorsetshire Hull down to the westward. At 6pm it being Slack Water Weighed & made Sail. Soundings. From 6 to ½ past 8pm the Extremes of the Land of Penang from SSW½W to SE½S distance from the nearest land 5 miles. At 1am the SE part of Penang E½N hauled up as per Log. At Daylight the Body of Penang N¾E Fala Dinding Hills SE½E in 30 fathoms. A Strange Sail ahead standing as we do. AM Washed the Gun Deck Sailmaker repairing the 2nd Best Main Top Sail other Tradesmen as most useful. At Noon Penang N74E. Pulo Dinding SE¼E. Extremes of the Land from NbE½E to SEbS distance off shore 2 or 4 Leagues. Soundings 30 fathoms. Light Airs & fair. Ship drifting by the head to the NE. Lat (obs) 4.41N Long 100.15E.

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Ganges towards China

Thursday 28th November 1805.
C&D ---- 78. Wind NNW. At sunset Point Dinding SE½S. At daylight Pulo Jana SW ¼ S Extremes of the Sambelars fro EbS to E ¼ S. Pulo Dinding ENE. Extremes of the Malay Shore from NEbN to EbN ¼ N distance off Pulo Jana 12 or 13 miles. At Noon Pulo Jana West, South Sambilan EbN. Extremes of the Land to the Northward NEbN. Ground 35 fathoms, Lat (obs) 3.54N Long ----

Friday 29th November.
C&D ---- 81. NW PM Variable winds & pleasant weather. Pumped the Ship out [1]. Set the Bobstays up, Stayed the Fore Mast & Set up Fore Top Mast Rigging. Strange Sail ESE. AM 4 Pulo Janna W½N. The Sambelans from NEbE to NE. Pulo Dinding NEbN. Sambelans Eastern Point NNE. At Noon the Long Arroa in sight from the Mast head bearing SSW. Weather too hazy to see the Malay Coast. People & Tradesmen employed as most useful. Lat (obs) 3.8N Long ----.

[Julian you may be able to sort out these place names better than me]

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Ganges towards China

30th November.
C&D ---- 84. West & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. At ½ past 2pm Saw the Round Arroa from the Deck bearing SW¼S. Parcellar Hill EbS No Ground & 16 fathoms. At 4pm Round Arroa SWbW at the same time Parcellar Hill EbNat 10 ditto NEbE¼E. & at midnight NEbE. At daylight saw the Dorsetshire at anchor off Parcellar Hill. Parcellar Hill bearing N ¼ E. Taken aback. AM Passed a Ship on Shore with a brig at Anchor hear her & rendering his assistance. Fired two Guns towards Pirate Proas that were Standing towards her & obliged them to bear up. At Noon Parcellar Hill NW¾N Captain Richards EbS½S distance off about 4 Leagues. Dorsetshire NNW. No observations. Lat ---- Long ---- [Julian - is Captain Richards an Island]

Sunday 1st December 1805.
C&D ----. Fair weather. Pumped the Ship out [1]. Saw a Strange Sail bearing East. At 4am Capt. Richards [???] NW½W. Extremes pf the Land to the Eastward ESE. Hard squall, Weighed and at ½ past 9 anchored with the Stream in 16 ½ fathoms. There being little Wind & the Tide Setting out. At ½ past 12 Weighed with the Tide and at 2pm Anchored in Malacca Roads with the best Bower veering to one third Cable. PM Received 10 Butts Water from the Shore. Arrived here the Hon Coys Ship Dorsetshire [?] Lat ---- Long ----. NB This Log contains 36 hours & ends at Midnight.

[End of Sea Log]

[start of Harbour Log]

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Ganges at Malacca

Monday 2nd December 1805.
Land & Sea breezes with fine weather. Employed under the Boatswain Tradesmen as most necessary. Delivering 1000 Bags of Private Trade Rice to Commissary of Stores & Receiving on board 10 Butts of Water. Pumped the Ship out.

Tuesday 3rd.
Winds & weather much as yesterday with some rain in the night. Loosed Sails to dry otherwise employed under the Boatswain

Wednesday 4th.
Land & Sea breezes & fine weather. Employed receiving Water. AM Signal from the Dorsetshire to prepare for Sailing. Loosed the Sails to dry.

Thursday 5th December.
At Daylight Weighed & Signal with the Land Breeze made Sail steering SSE for the outer Water Island. Soundings 9 to 18 fathoms. At 8am the outermost Water Island bearing East 3 miles. At Noon Mount Formosa E¾S, Mount Moor NEbE¼E. The Outermost Water Island NWbN. NB Lat (obs) 1.47N Long ----. NB This Log contains 12 hours & ends at Noon.

[end of Harbour Log]

[start of Sea Log]

[Page 118:]

Friday 6th December 1805.
C&D ----.Breeze north & fair weather. Pumped the Ship out [2]. Dorsetshire WSW. At ½ past 5pm Mount Formosa NNE¼E Mount Moor NNW¼W. The Carrimons SEġE. At 8pm Pulo Pisang EġS mount Formosa NNW Sounding 22. At 4p, Pulo Cocob NNW½W. Pulo PisangNW The Carrimons SWbS. At 8am Barn Island EbS. At Noon Anchored with the Stream in 16 fathoms under Barn Island. Rid Island SSW & Rabbit & Coney E½N. Lat ---- Long ----.

Saturday 7th December.
C&D ----. Light Winds & fine weather. Examined a Ship under Danish Colours passing up the Straits last from Manilla. At 9am Weighed with a light burning at East and made Sail but it falling Calm & Tide Setting against us Bore up & Anchored with the Stream. Rid Island SbW The Body of Barn Island ENE, Rabbit E¾N & Coney E¼N. Lat --- Long ---.

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Ganges towards China

Sunday 8th December 1805.
C&D ---. Light variable winds with thick Hazy weather throughout. At 4pm Weighed & made Sail, at 5 the Rabbit & Coney on one bearing N20E. The Body of Saint Johns NEbE, Black Rock E¾N Red Island SWbW, distance of the Rabbit & Coney 1½ miles. At ½ past 10pm Anchored with the Stream in 13 fathoms bearings Johns SE part of Saint John Nb¼N Black Rock SE¾S The Coney W¾S. Dorsetshire at Anchor off Barn Island W½S. Lat --- Long ---

Monday 9th December.
C&D ---. Variable Winds from the NE with thick rainy weather throughout. At ½ past Noon Weighed & made Sail. At ½ past 5 Anchored with the Stream in 13 fathoms The Island of St Johns bearing SWbW. John Hill at N62E Extremes of the Land to the Eastward ENE. A strange Sail in the NW which judge to be the Warren Hastings. AM Passed by HMS Phaeton & Cornwallis from China Also a Fleet from Balambangar. Lat --- Long ---.

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Ganges towards China

Tuesday 10th December 1805.
C&D ----. Light Winds from the NE & cloudy weather & showery. Strange Sail proved to be the Warren Hastings. At 3pm she anchored East of us 1 mile. PM Receiving instructions from Captain Brown to consider Captain Larking as Senior Officer till further orders. Lat --- Long----.

Wednesday 11th December.
C&D ----. Steady breeze at ENE weather cloudy. At ½ past 2pm Weighed & made Sail. At 4pm Bentang Hill NEbE½E Point Romaine NE½E. Soundings 20 fathoms. At ½ past 2pm Anchored with the Stream in 21 fathoms bearings when at Anchor as follows. Pedro Branca E½N Romaine NbE Barbual Hill NW¼N Bentang Hill SE¼E distance off Pedro Branca 5 miles. WE make Pedro Branca to be on 104.36E corrected the Time Keepers ---- Longitude of it 104.30E. Lat (obs) 1.19N Long 104.31E (obs).

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End of Ledger.


List of Ships Company Ganges 4th Voyage
Detachment of His Majesty's 67th Regiment received on board the Ganges at Madras for Bengal 7th September 1805
No. Names Stations Dead, Run or Discharged

[The End]


Imprest Book:

End of Imprest Book.


Absence Book:


End of Absence Book.


List of those on board:


End of list of those on board.


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. Factory Stores – are these Stores for the Company’s Factories in their overseas settlements.
  7. Hull Down - so far away the hull is out of sight below the horizon.
  8. 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.
  9. NI = Native Infantry.
  10. 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..
Cloathing the lower yards: clothing, as in securing the collars in clothing a bowsprit, and strops in rigging a lower or topsail-yard.
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.
Counter: the part of the stern above the waterline that extends beyond the rudder stock culminating in a small transom.
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.
Furl: to roll or gather a sail against its main or spar.
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.
Hand/handed: to furl a sail/furled as sail.
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.
Jib: a small rectangular sail attached to a jib boom attached to the front of the ship.
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: timber sawn into planks.
Lumper: 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.
Smoaked: as in "cleaned and smoaked the gun deck = fumigating gun deck.
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.
Stave: A narrow strip of wood forming part of the sides of a barrel.
Stayed: secure with stays.
Steerage: Section of a ship for inexpensive accommodation with no individual cabins.
Stilt: Not known in this sense.
Stou: an old form of stow - "stou, make fast & belay".
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.
Under bare poles: with all sails furled because of high winds.
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.
Wearing ship: tacking away from the wind in a square-rigged vessel.
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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