THE HONOURABLE EAST INDIA COMPANY SERVICE

This is the Journal & Log of the Honourable East India Company Packet Ship, the Georgiana on her station at St Helena 1803-1807. Commanded by Captain Henry Leigh.

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EXTRACTS

THE JOURNAL AND SHIP'S LOG

OF THE HON. COMPANY'S SHIP

GEORGIANA

(BLACKWALL, LONDON, ENGLAND)

Written by The Commander, Captain Henry Leigh

Voyage to St Helena and stationed there

7 Jul 1803 - 25 Apr 1807

(British Library Ref: L / MAR / B / 156E-F.)

Extracted by
Bryant G. Bayliffe & Julian A. Rawes
Oct 2021


Contents


The HEICS


Company Flag 1600-1707

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

Company Flag 1707-1808

Company Flag 1801-1858

The Honourable Company was granted a Royal Charter by Elizabeth I on 31st December 1600 and until its closure in 1858 had amassed a vast archive. 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. The first and major point was at Gravesend or more exactly Longreach. This was a priority for the larger vessels which would on occasion have their guns removed to lighten the ship before proceeding up the river to Deptford or Blackwall for the East India docks.


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.

A major embarkation point for passengers and soldiers in particular was at Motherbank close to Culver Cliff and Spithead near Portsmouth. This was also where, in times of war, a Royal Navy escort would join the annual fleet. The Isle of Wight, with its healthy climate, assumed some importance to the Company, Newport, Cowes, Ryde, St Helens and Carisbrooke attracted Company officials and the Isle itself acted as a granary with production of malt, salt, flour, poultry and biscuit. A number of HEIC ships officers both came from and retired to the Isle. The naval docks at Portsmouth was close to hand for exchange of ships, crew information etc. For the Isle of Wight's connection with the Company see: http://www.hantsfieldclub.org.uk/publications/hampshirestudies/digital/2010s/Vol_68/Thomas.pdf

Most Company ships were used as troop carriers for soldiers needed in India and the Far East. These were mostly regiments created for and employed by the Company to serve in India. One of the Company's training depots was opened at Newport in the Isle of Wight in 1801. This was superceeded by the Brompton Barracks at Chatham in 1815. Recuitment lists are held in the British Library under Ref: IOR/L/MIL/9/1-106, L/MIL/9/1-28, 1817-1860, L/MIL/9/29-84 for military depots, 1801-1861. and L/MIL/9/85-106 for embarkation lists, 1753-1861. References from: http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=742726.0.


Hoys & Lighters
Ships logs often mention these little craft, usually with names attached, such as Baring Hoy or Coromandel Hoy, names which often relate to ships of the same name, or perhaps firms trading with the Honourable Company.

A hoy was a shallow bottomed manoeuvrable sloop-rigged vessel ideally suited to an estuarine or coastal environment. Lighters were flat-bottomed and usually manpowered by single long oars called sweeps. Hoys, lighters and similar craft were essentual for ferrying cargo and passengers between ship and port. The Thames still sees lightermen and their barges albeit powered. See under Wikipedia for more on these important vessels.


Packet ships
Log entries occasionally mention the term Packet. This refers to medium-sized ships that ploughed the seas between ports, usually on a regular basis and either owned or hired by the Company to carry post, passengers and cargo. They acted as the arteries of the Company and Empire helping to keep the flow of communication constant, An example was the Georgiana, a Company packet built by Wells of London circa 1795, a three-masted vessel, length 95ft and 285 tons. She sailed to Bengal four times and to South Africa twice and was stationed at St Helena for over three years, where she sailed between South America and South Africa, probably keeping a watchful eye on passing traffic. Others would have been based throughout the British world of influence. America also relied upon them at their ports and on the Mississippi.


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,
as well as Ledgers, Payment Books, Absence Books, Imprest books, Receipts &c.

The following can be divided into two types of domument, Journals sometimes called Deck or Dock Logs), Logs were created during the voyage by Officers on board ship to record every day events; Ledgers, Pay Books, Absence Books and Imprest Books were created by Company Officials based in London, and dealt with payments to the crew. In the Journal of the Wexford the 1st and 2nd Officers sign the daily entries on behalf of the Captain.

Journal & Log Book
A journal is a generic term for logs that covers any document that logs events. It 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 Journal 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, Purser or other Officers at the commencement of each voyage. The journal and log was dutifully created by the Commander or assigned officers and the resulting document, signed by the Commander and 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 Company headquarters.

A fascinating survival is a printed form found in the front of the Journal for the Company ship Wexford 1803-4. It is a detailed description of the duties that the Captain and senior officers have to perform in regard to recording the ship's progress and every day events.


Printed form dating to 1803 from
the Journal of the Wexford1803-4

Duplicate logs written on HEICS forms still survive in private hands 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 Company Headquarters.

Under normal voyages Farrington's Catalogue of East India Company ships' Journals and Logs, usually lists a Journal (and Log Book), a Ledger and a Payment Book. There are occasions however, such as when the voyage of a ship is cut short, the Ledger and Payment Book are often replaced by that of an Absence Book and an Imprest Book. With that of the voyage of the Asia 1780-1783 however there is a surviving Journal, Ledger, Pay Book as well as an Imprest Book and Receipt Book. There does appear to be a direct correlation between the loss of a ship and the Absence, Imprest and Receipt books confirming that these were records based at Company Headquarters and never went to sea with the ship.

Absence Book
The Absence Book was an internal document used by Company Officials to keep a track on interim and final payments relating to individual members of the crew and was often accompanied by an Imprest Book. The Absence Book is as its name implies, an account of payments made to a representative of the crew member concerned such as a wife, mother, relative or friend. An example being Thomas Ainsley Cook, Boatswain on board the Ganges 1805-1807. In the Imprest Book he signed a receipt for £7 on 7th February 1805, presumably when or shortly after he entered service. In the Absence Book, while Thomas was at sea, Mary Cooke, presumably a relative, signed for and received £3.10 on 13th October 1805, "being one month absent". she again received interim payments of £3.10 on 15th April 1806, 15th October 1806 & 15th April 1807. He died at Bombay on 3rd February 1807. The Absence Book of the Ganges, which we have transcribed, is a volume containing payment forms, dealing with one crew member per page. Each page carries six printed receipt forms, usually only partially filled in.

Deck Log
Is a form of a Journal and Log Book.

Imprest Book
An Imprest Book, sometimes accompanied by an Absence or Receipt Book, is similar to a Pay Book but is a listing of payments made to the Crew member upon being hired. A more familiar term is the enforced 'pressing' or pressed used by the Royal Navy to hire seaman by force, hence the term 'Press Gang'. In our sense it is usually an advance payment to the hired seaman. Imprest records appear to survive when a voyage for whatever reason, whether shipwreck or otherwise, had been cut short. The money was often released by increment, sometimes after a considerable period, to either the crew member or his representative, which could be a member of his family. For more information see the Journal of the ship Ganges under the transcription of its Imprest Book.

Ledger
The following is based upon the transcribed Ledger of the ship Juliana. This is a book originally of blank forms prefaced by index pages. The index is arranged in alphabetical manner on pages divided in two so that columns for names beginning with A B appear on the first page. The forms are arranged two per page and are set out as per the following image.

The ledger is only partially filled, probably because the Juliana was only in service for two voyages. The first entry begins on 2nd May 1810 with image 16, with a voyage under Captain Toussaint to Bengal. The voyage under Captain Rawes begins with image 136. The last entry is on 24th September 1813, after the completion of a voyage under Captain Rawes from Batavia. There are blank pages both between the two voyages and after.

There are two forms per crew member, including the captain, and they are spread across two pages therefore when one opens the ledger there are two pages one and so on. Form one gives wages and deductions while the second form gives length of service and the amount received per month. There are usually two crew members on each two page. Each form can have two or more entries as they represent both salary and expenses covering the voyage.

Payment Book
Often accompanying a Ledger, the Payment Book is a book of printed receipts filled in and signed, either by the crew member or his assignee, depending on whether he was unable to sign or deceased etc. Each receipt is numbered which refers one back to the Ledger. There are four receipts per page. There is an image of the Ledger in the Journal & Log of the Juliana.

Receipt Book
A receipt Book is a Company document and is believed to be similar to a payment Book and often all there is left when a ship is lost with no surviving journal and log book. On another occasion a ship remained in India and there is only a Receipt Book and an Imprest Book, while on another occasion it accompanies a Ledger and Pay Book.


Georgiana


The Swallow From Wikipedia.
Seen from a distance the Georgiana would have look similar.

She was built by W. Richards, Hythe, Southampton, owner St. Barbe & Co. and launched 15th August 1791. She was sold to the HEICS circa 1794, measured and surveyed by Wells. She sailed six times to Madras, Bengal and had two long periods based at St Helena until 1810 and then sold circa 1812. The next owner was Samuel Enderby & Sons who used her as a whaler in the South Seas under Captain W. Pitt. On 29th April 1813 she was captured in the Pacific by the frigate USS Essex. She served them in the Pacific capturing other British whalers in a number of engagements. On 13th March 1813 the Georgiana was captured by HMS Barrosa which sent her to Bermuda. On 13th March 1814 she returned to England with 3,000 barrels of whale oil under Captain B. Boyes. On 24th February 1818 she was sailing from Antwerp to the River Plate and put into Funchal in Madeira in a leaky condition where she was surveyed, condemned and sold for scrap. See Wikipedia from which this information was derived.


Example of a page from this Journal.
Friday June 15th April 1804.

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

GEORGIANA: Company's packet, built by Wells, 3 decks, length 94ft 8in, keel 74ft 5in, breadth 26ft 10in, hold 11ft 11in, wing transom 16ft 8in, between decks 5ft 10½in, 285 tons.

4 1803/4 St Helena and Cape
L/MAR/B/156E-F Journal 7 Jul 1803-25 Apr 1807
L/MAR/B/156N-(1) Ledger
L/MAR/B/156N-(2) Pay Book
Capt Henry Leigh
Portsmouth 28 Aug 1803 - 23 Nov St Helena 5 Feb 1804 - 10 Feb St Helena - 14 Nov -
18 Nov St Helena 7 Feb 1805 - 27 Feb St Helena - 12 Jun Benguella - 29 Jun St Helena
4 Oct Benguella - 1 Nov St Helena - 8 Apr 1806 St Helena - 11 May False Bay - 26 May Cape -
2 Jun Simons Bay - 24 Aug St Helena - 17 Oct River Plate - 24 Nov Cape - 14 Jan 1807 St Helena -
15 Apr Blackwall.


What the Papers Said

Image 1: The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Friday, March 28, 1806; Issue 11506. British Library Newspapers, Part I: 1800-1900.


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. However, especially in times of war, Company ships would set sail in convoy, accompanied by a Royal Navy ship with the captain described as a Commodore. During the long voyage there would be a fair amount of 'watching out', both for each other and for 'strangers'. If a stranger was not identified quickly then the Royal Navy ship would peel off and give chase. Royal Navy ships would not necessarily be any larger than merchant ships, which had to provide space for cargo 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 leaving 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.

Orders of Sailing and Defence
Bound in the volume containing the Journal and Log of the Indiaman True Briton, are five pages containing illustrations giving the name, position and vignettes of the individual ships in the Convoy, both outward-bound and inward-bound. Also included is an attractive array of identifying pendants, which the ships had to fly for identification purposes. It appears that ship carried a collection of assorted flags which they stored in a 'colour-chest'.

Please refer to the section on 'Illustrations' within the page dealing with the True Briton for a fuller understanding of their function.


List of Ships noted in this journal.

Every journal contains sightings of other craft, whether in passing, in a convoy, or in or near to a port. There was a good reason for this in that, before the age of telecommunication, it helped to keep record of ships encountered. These sightings were entered in to the journal on a daily basis. There is also the occasional mention of Royal Navy ships in the crew lists where crew have been pressed. Sometimes there is just one note of a passing ship, other times, especially in a convoy, the particular vessel is mentioned on a number of occasions.

Encounters Page:
is a list of all ships encountered in the transcripts we have done so far. Additional details of these ships have been added by the Editors from a number of sources. The main sources for the HCS ships and for their commanders come from Farrington: Catalogue of East India Company's Ships' Journals. Another site used is: eicships.threedecks.org, a useful source for 'country' ships. Information on HM ships comes from the website: https://sites.rootsweb.com/~pbtyc/18-1900/C/01156.html, and there is also the Internet, mostly Wikipedia.

Only the first sighting in the Journal has been recorded, unless there is a particular event that is thought worthwhile recording. Therefore it is worthwhile searching this journal for other references to a particular ship. Please click:-

~ Encounters ~.


Contents of Ship's Log


Log Pages Description Date

3-7 Crew, passengers and Soldiers lists


8-11 Harbour Log 7th July - 19th August 1803

12 Sea Log 20th August - 21st August 1803

13 Harbour Log - Mother Bank 22nd August - 28th August 1803

15- Sea Log 29th August -


Journal & Log:

[Page 001:]


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

Part the first

Received 22 April 1807

This is my original Journal part the first
H Leigh [signed]
Witness: C Collingwood

[on piece of paper stuck on] Henry Leigh July 7th 1803

[Stamp] 1803 7 156 E

[Page 002:]

[blank page except stamp] India Office


[Page 003:]

List of the Ships Company of the H.E.I. Georgiana 1803, 4, 5, 6, & 7.


NO. NAMES STATIONS WHEN & WHERE SHIP'D DIED, RUN or Discharged [PLUS NOTES]
1 Henry Leigh Commander London 1803 Discharged April 28 1807. [Henry Leigh was bap on 23 Jan 1774 in St Mary's Lambeth, Surrey, son of Samuel & Frances; seaman Warren Hastings (1) 1789/90; midshipman Hindostan (1) 1792/3; 4th mate Earl Howe 1794/5; home as passenger Airly Castle; Captain Georgiana (1) 1798/9, 1800/1, 1803/4, 1807/8 & 1809/10.]
2 Mr Thos Harton Chief Mate London 1803 Discharged April 28 1807. [Thomas Harton, born 11 Feb 1777 Weybridge, Surrey; midshipman Swallow (3) 1794/5; midshipman Georgiana (1) 1798; 3rd mate Georgiana (1) 1800/1; 1st mate Georgiana (1) 1803/4, 1807/8 & 1809/10.]
3 Mr James Harrington Second Mate London 1803 Discharged April 28 1807. [James Harrington, born 20 Oct & bap 26 Oct 1777 St James's Piccadilly, London, son of James & Elizabeth; midshipman Worcester (4) 1797/8; 6th mate Coutts 1799/1800; 4th mate Britannia (4) 1801/2; 2nd mate Georgiana (1) 1803/4 & 1807/8; died 21 Mar 1814 in France. He married On 8 Aug 1807 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Frances Matilda Carolina Kerry, of Lambeth and had issue: Henry George, private baptism 26 Jun 1808.]
4 Mr R W Davis Third Mate London 1803 Made prisoner Octr 20th 1806. [Richard Woolcot Davis, born 18th Sep 1783 Bridgwater, Somerset; seaman in Hudson's Bay service 2y; midshipman Cirencester 1799/1800 & 1801/2; 3rd mate Georgiana (1) 1803/4, imprisoned at Buenos Aires 20 Oct 1806, home as master Two Sisters from Montevideo; 2nd mate Asia (4) 1807/8; 2nd mate Penang 1810.]
5 Mr Robert Crout Surgeon London 1803 Discharged 14th March 1806 [Robert Crout, surgeon Dover Castle 1797/8; Earl of Huntingdon 1799/1800; Georgiana (1) 1803/4; Bombay Assistant Surgeon 20 Jan 1806; Surgeon 28 Feb 1815; died 16 Jun 1817 St Helena.]
6 Daniel Crouder Boatswain London 1803 Discharged Aprl 21st 1807.
7 Thos Harrison Gunner London 1803 Discharged 31st Decr 1805.
8 John Friend Carpenter London 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Trident July 10th 1805.
9 Joseph Griffith Ships Steward & Cooper St Helena Decr 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Trident July 10th 1805.
10 Mr Thos Seacole Midshipman London 1803 Sent on board H.M.S. Calcutta August 2nd 1805. Made Actg 3rd Mate Octr 22nd 1806, sworn in at St Helena Jany 26th 1807. [Thomas Fowler Seacole, born 19 Jul 1787 & bap 21 Aug 1788 St Mary's Whitechapel, London, son of Thomas & Ann, of Prescot St; 3rd mate Georgiana (1) 1807/8 & 1809/10; 2nd mate Juliana 1811/2; 2nd mate Thomas Greville 1813/14; 2nd mate Alexander (3) 1815/6.]
11 Mr John Hughes Midshipman London 1803 Sent on board H.M.S. Calcutta Augst 2nd 1805.
12 John Ford Quarter Master London 1803 Pressed April 9th 1807.
13 George Davis Quarter Master London 1803 Entr on board H.M.S. Centurion Jany 8th 1805.
14 Thos Green Capt's Steward London 1803 Discharged 14th March 1806.
15 John Slater Cook London 1803 Discharged 31st Jany 1807.
16 John Seers Carpenters Mate London 1803 Pressed April 9th 1807.
17 Michael Smith Seaman London 1803 Pressed April 9th 1807.
18 Edward Thomas Seaman London 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Trident July 9th 1805.
19 William Walters Seaman London 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Centurion Jany 8th 1805.
20 Stephen Church Seaman London 1803 Pressed April 9th 1807.
21 John Mackay Seaman London 1803 Pressed April 9th 1807.
22 William Wicker Seaman London 1803 Discharged 23rd July 1804.
23 William Mathews Seaman London 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Centurion Jany 8th 1805.
24 Martin Emery Seaman London 1803 Run Sepr 8th 1805.
25 Thos Collins Seaman London 1803 Made Quarter Master 14 Jany 1806. Discharged London 16 Aprl 1807.
26 John Thompson Seaman London 1803 Made Quater Master 14 Jany 1805. Made gunner 14 Jany 1806. Pressed April 9th 1807.
27 Hugh Simmonds Seaman London 1803 Discharged April 25: 1807.
28 Thos Sheppard Seaman London 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Trident July 9th 1805.
29 Epherim Weedon Seaman London 1803 Discharged April 25: 1807.
30 Richard Chambers Seaman London 1803 Pressed April 9th 1807.
31 Richard Hughes Seaman London 1803 Entd on board H.M.S. Adamant Jany 6th 1806.
32 Thomas Throsby Seaman London 1803 Pressed April 14th 1807.
33 James Greenslade Seaman London 1803 Pressed April 14th 1807.
34 John Atkinson Ordinary seaman London 1803 Discharged April 26th[?] 1807.
35 Joseph Wheatley Ordinary seaman London 1803 Discharged 14th June 1804.
36 Thomas Gibbs Ordinary seaman London 1803 Made seaman 14th June 1804. Pressed April 9th 1807.
37 James Clark Seaman Downs 17th Augst 1803 Made prisoner Octr 20th 1806.
38 Robert Stevenson Seaman Downs 17th Augst 1803 Made prisoner Octr 20th 1806.
39 John Slymels Seaman St Helena 4th April 1804 Entered on board H.M.S. Centurion Jany 6th 1805.
40 James Jennings Seaman St Helena 16 June 1804 Discharged 13th Sept 1805.
41 Thomas Smith Seaman St Helena 14 Jany 1805 Pressed April 9th 1807.
42 John Nicholson Seaman St Helena 14 Jany 1805 Pressed April 9th 1807.
43 Michael Kelly Ordinary seaman St Helena 14 May 1805 Pressed April 9th 1807.
44 Robt Waite Ships Steward & Cooper St Helena July 10th 1805 from H.M.S. Trident Discharged April 25 1807.
45 Mr Thos Maguire Midshipman St Helena Augst 9th 1805 Discharged Oct 21st 1805. [Cannot trace this officer in Farrington.]

[Page 004:]

List of the Ships Company Continued.


46 Josh Johnson Seaman St Helena Augst 5th 1805 Discharged 28th Decr 1806.
47 Pierce Foley Seaman St Helena Sepr 9th 1805 Run at the Cape 31st July 1806.
48 Wm Smith Seaman St Helena Sepr 14th 1805 Pressed April 9th 1807.
49 Thos Davies Seaman St Helena Sepr 14th 1805 Pressed April 9th 1807.
50 Joseph Hillatt Seaman St Helena Novr 27th 1805 Pressed April 9th 1807.
51 James Rennie Surgeon St Helena March 14th 1806 Discharged April 1807. [James Rennie, surgeon Travers 1803/4; transferred to Georgiana 14th March 1806.]
52 Robt Dixon Seaman St Helena March 14th 1806 Discharged April 1807.
53 Richard Allen Seaman St Helena Sepr 5th 1806 Discharged April 1807.
54 Nicholas Le Pelley Midshipman St Helena Sepr 15: 1806 Discharged April 1807.
55 John Gibeaux Ordinary seaman Cape Decr 2: 1806 Pressed April 12th 1807.

Bombay Marine Boys Apprentices to the Honble Company
Delivered up as Deserters from the H. C. ships Elphinstone & Essex.
.


1 Charles Freestone Boy St Helena Novr 27th 1804 Made Prisoner Octr 20th 1806.
2 John Hanborough Boy St Helena Novr 27th 1804 Pressed April 12th 1807.
3 Charles Weltch Boy St Helena Decr 2nd 1804 Pressed April 12th 1807.
4 Wm Carter Boy St Helena Novr 27th 1804 Run Jany 11th 1805.
5 Thomas Kimes Boy St Helena Decr 5th 1804 Made Prisoner Octr 20th 1806.

[Page 005:]

List of Passengers in the H.I.S. Georgiana ye years 1803,4,5,6 & 7.


NO. NAMES SITUATIONS WHEN RECEIVED WHERE DELIVERED plus notes
1 Master Solr Aresto
London Augst 12th 1803 St Helena Novr 28th 1803.
2 Wm Larboard Servant Deal Augst 18th 1803 St Helena Novr 28th 1803.
3 James Assistant in purching cattle St Helena May 22nd 1805 St Helena June 30th 1805.
4 -------- Two French Prisoners of war, two Men and one Woman belonging to H.M.S. Adamant Table Bay Cape of Good Hope May 29th 1806 Simons Bay, to H.M.S. ship Adamant June 3rd & 4th 1806.
5 -------- One Man H.M. B. Rolla Table Bay Cape of Good Hope May 29th 1806 H.M. Brig Rollo June 3rd [1806].
6 Lieut. Col. Borland 38th Regt Infantry Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope Augst 3rd 1806 St Helena Augst 24th 1806.
7 Mr T Roach Gent. Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope Augst 3rd 1806
8 Mr Robt Thompson Gent. St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
9 Captain Le Pelley Captain late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
10 Mr John Champion Chief Officer late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 London 15th April 1807.
11 Mr Charles Hoeguard 2nd Officer late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
12 Mr John Simonds Carpenter late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
13 Peter Mountain Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
14 Nichl Torode Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
15 John Torode Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
16 James Gordon Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
17 John White Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
18 Charles Turner Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
19 John Miller Seaman late of the Brig Jolly Tar St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Cape of Good Hope 29th Novr 1806.
20 John Gibeaux Apprentice St Helena 15th Sept 1806 Entered as ordinary seaman on the ship Decr 2nd 1806.
21 John De Garis Apprentice St Helena 15th Sept 1806 London April 15th 1807.
22 Captain John Aldred 60 Regt Foot Cape of Good Hope Jany 1st 1807 St Helena 14th Jany 1807.
23 Mr Caleb Mortimer 2nd Mate late of H.M.S. Europe St Helena Feby 1st 1807 Downs 12th April 1807.
24 John Callender Servant of Mr Caleb Mortimer St Helena Feby 1st 1807 Downs 12th April 1807.

Discharged Soldiers from the Garrison of St Helena. .


1 John Johnson Sargeant St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
2 Wm Hughes Sargeant St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
3 Andries Manning Matross St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
4 Jeremiah Dobar Matross St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
5 John Bennett Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
6 Joseph Gregory Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
7 John Windwood Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
8 Thos Lester Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
9 Robert Cliffe Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
10 John Cook Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
11 John Peters Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
12 Nicholas Dardes Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.
13 Saml Haydon Private St Helena Jany 31st 1807 London 16th April 1807.

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[Page 007:]

List of Marines on Board doing duty at Sundry times..


NO. NAMES STATIONS
1 John Nightingale Sergeant
2 Benjn Jefferson Corporal
3 Wm Bales Private
4 Wm Jackson Private
5 John Sheppard Private
6 Martin Constantine Private
7 Thos Carwood Private
8 James Stroud Private
9 Mathew Junningham Private
10 Jas Pastingo Private
11 John Sweeney Private
12 Fras Fagan Private
13 Thos Fenning Private
14 Fras Decharjus Drummer
Came on Board May 20th 1805
Sent on shore June 30th 1805
NO. NAMES STATIONS
1 Fras Barrett Sergeant
2 Owen Owens Corporal
3 Thos Hall Private
4 Wm Hoppinshaw Private
5 Thos Sommers Private
6 John McIntosh Private
7 John Harford Private
8 Merrick Jooney Private
9 Wm Usherwood Private
10 Wm Walsh Private
11 Wm Smith Private
12 George Woolen Private
13 Jas Stroud Private
14 Fras Decharjus Drummer
Came on Board Sepr 13th 1805
Sent on shore Novr 3rd 1805


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Harbour Log

Honble Company's Packet Georgiana at Deptford

Thursday July 7th 1803.
Easterly winds & fair weather. AM. Mr Kinsham, Inspector & Mr Lea Surveyor Boarded the ship. Received 45 Tons of Kentedge, Riggers & Sumpers as Necessary, Draft of Water. For:10.6, Aft:12. Ye officers on board.

Friday 8th.
Ditto winds & weather, Received 10 chaldron of coals & 44 water butts. Employed as needful draft F:11.6, Aft:12.3. 1st officer [on board].

Saturday 9th.
First part westerly winds & hard rain, middle & latter fair. Received 35 fms of wood and 3 cables draft F:12.6, A:12. 1st & 2nd officers on board.

Sunday 10th.
Westerly winds and fair weather.

Monday 11th.
Light airs and fair weather. Received Sundry stores, employed B. as needful.

Tuesday 12th.
Ditto winds & weather. Employed receiving the store cordage &c. F:13, A:12.2.

Wednesday 13th.
Winds & weather as days past. Received the Wet Provisions & the sundry small stores.

Thursday 14th.
First part fair, middle & latter cloudy. Employed setting up the rigging &c. Draft F:14.4, A:11.8.

Friday 15th.
Ditto winds & weather. Employed taken in the guns, sails, cables & anchors. Bent sails do bower cables. Draft F:14.4, A:12.8.

Saturday 16th.
Winds northerly with fair weather. Employed taken on board billet wood. Received the long boat. Draft F:14.6, A:13.1.

Sunday 17th.
Ditto wind. At 10am Mr Slaney pilot came on board. At noon cast off & dropped down to Blackwall, at 3PM made fast along side Canton. Captain, 1st & 2nd officers on board.

Monday 18th.
Southerly winds & fair weather. At 10am Mr Slaney came on board & made the ship fast with small bower Forward to the Marquis of Ely Aft to the West India Dock Buoys. Draft F:14.6, A:13.3. PM I left the ship.

Tuesday 19th.
Ditto winds & weather Am scraped & cleaned the upper deck, otherwise employed under the boatswain.

Wednesday 20th.
First part SE winds with fair weather, latter variable with heavy rains accompanied with thunder & lightening. People employed under the boatswain. I visited the ship. Draft F:14.6, A:13.3.

Thursday 21st.
SE winds with unsettled weather. At 11 Mr Slaney pilot came on board & at ½past 1PM cast off. Wharped & worked down to Galleons, came to about 6PM with the best bower in. fms Myself and all the officers on board.

Friday 22nd.
Variable light airs throughout. At day light weighed & made s-[?] likewise towed with our launch & the pilots launch. At ½past 8 am came to & moored in Northfleet Hope ½ a cable each way. Down top gallant yards & masts. At noon I left the ship.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana at Gravesend.

Saturday July 23rd 1803.
Fine pleasant weather. People usefully employed about the rigging & up top gallant masts and set the rigging up 1st & 3rd officers on board.

Sunday 24th.
Variable winds with rain at intervals. Cleaned ship.

Monday 25th.
Ditto winds with fair weather. Employed in the hold clearing away for Company's cargo otherwise upon the rigging. Received sundry stores. Draft F:14.10, A:12.10. All the officers on board.

Tuesday 26th.
Easterly winds and fair weather. Employed as yesterday.

Wednesday 27th.
Ditto winds & weather. Employed as before. 1st & 3rd officers on board.

Thursday 28th.
Ditto winds with fog. Received sundry stores. Employed in ye hold and upon the rigging. Draft F:15., A:12.10. 1st & 3rd officer on board.

Friday 29th.
South westerly winds with rain. At noon came alongside the Woodford hoy with wet provisions on account of the Honble Co. Employed clearing her, & stowing it away. Draft F:15.10, A:13.

Saturday 30th.
Ditto winds with drizzling rain in the first part, latter fair. Employed as yesterday. Draft F:15.10, A:14:2. 2nd & 3rd officers on board.

Sunday 31st.
Easterly winds & fair weather. Cleaned ship & loosed sails to dry. I visited the ship. PM passed up H.C. packet Swallow. Passed down H.M. ship Colossus of 74 guns. 2nd & 3rd officers.

Monday August 1st 1803.
South westerly winds and fair weather. Employed clearing the George hoy of wet provisions. On receipt of the Honble Company and stowing the hold, swifted in the main rigging. Draft of water F:15.10, A:14.7. 2nd & 3rd officers on board.

Tuesday 2nd.
Southerly winds & fair weather. AM Discharged the George hoy. Roused up the main cable, cleaned the decks and payed it down again. Passed up the Ruby Country ship at Bengal. Draft of water F:15.10, A:15.2. 2nd & 3rd ofiicers on board.

Wednesday 3rd.
First part winds & weather as yesterday, latter squally with rain. Employed getting ready for sea bent the main sail mizzen & top gallant sails. PM Mr Sanden from the India House came on board and surveyed the ship in consequence of our not be able to take in all the Company sent down. I visited the ship and sleep on board. Draft water F:15.9, A:15.4. 2nd officer on board.

Thursday 4th.
Southerly winds & fair weather. AM Employed clearing the Surat hoy of store for Captain Leigh otherwise on the rigging at 8AM I left the ship. Draft F:15.10, A:15.3. 2nd officer on board.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana at Gravesend.

Friday 5th August 1803.
Ditto winds & weather. Employed in the hold & ratlin down the rigging with Petersburgh made ratlin the sun[?] being condemned. Cleared a hoy with cordage ships stores. Plumbers fixing the metallic pump. Draft F:15.4, A:10.1. 2nd officer on board.

Saturday 6th.
Southerly winds & squally for the first part middle & latter fair. Employed paying down the cables into the hold otherwise under the boatswain. Draft F:15.8, A:15.6. 2nd officer on board.

Sunday 7th.
Southerly winds & fair weather. Employed cleaning the ship. I visited the ship. 1st officer on board.

Monday 8th.
Ditto winds & fair weather. AM Hoisted in the launch & booms otherwise under the boatswain. Draft F:16., A:15.6ft. 1st & 2nd officers on board.

Tuesday 9th.
Ditto winds & weather. People under the boatswain about the rigging. 4 shipwrights employed fixing the propeller. Draft F:16.4, A:15.4. 1st & 3rd officers on board.

Wednesday 10th.
Ditto wind & weather. People as yesterday. All officers on board.

Thursday 11th.
Ditto winds and cloudy weather. AM Roused up the cables clinched & served them & paid them down again otherwise as necessary. AM sailed hence the Admiral Aplin for India. All officers on board.

Friday 12th.
Winds & weather as days past. Employed upon the rigging and otherwise as necessary. PM I joined the ship for good. All officers on board.

Saturday 13th.
Northerly winds and fair weather. At 5AM Mr Blyth pilot came on board and took charge of the ship at ½ past 10 AM unmoored. At 4PM weighed and run down to the lower part of Gravesend Reach. At 5 Anchored with the best bower. Discharged two men. Draft water F:16.1, 15.7.

Sunday 14th.
Easterly winds & fair weather. AM Mr Coulson from the India House came on board and paid the ship's company. Discharged 4 men.

Monday 15th.
Ditto winds & weather. At day light weighed & worked down to the Lower Hope. At 6AM came too with the best bower. At 1PM weighed and worked down with the Ebb. At ¼ past 6PM grounded upon the middle ground off South End at dead low water; got off about 7PM as soon as the flood made without receiving any damage. Came too with the best bower in 4½ fms.

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H C Packet Georgiana towards Portsmouth

Tuesday 16th August 1803.
Easterly winds and fine weather. At 1AM weighed and worked down with the Ebb. At 7 anchored in 5½ fms the East buoy of the Ouse Ebb distance a large ½ mile. A little before 1PM weighed. At ¼ before 2 crossed the flats least water 6½ fms. At 3 run through the Queens Channel, a little after 4 rounded the North Foreland. At 5PM run aground upon the east edge of the Brake Sand. At 6AM Ramsgate Boat came and carried our best bower Anchor to the eastward and let it go in 8 fms water. Hove taught across it down top gallant yards & struck the masts stacked 5 butts of water. At 8PM the flood making she floated and swung to her anchor. At ½ past 10 weighed and run into the Downs accompanied by the H.C. yachts Swift & Deliverance. At midnight anchored in 8½ fms. Bearings when aground North Foreland NEbN. S° FP[?] SWbS Buoy of the Brake SW½S Ramsgate Pier NbE¾E Deal Mile WbS½S distance 8 or 9 miles.

Wednesday 17th.
Winds & weather as days past. People employed as necessary. Bearings South Foreland SSW Deal Mile WNW Walmer Castle SWbW distance off shore a large ½ mile.

Thursday 18th.
Easterly winds & fair weather. Completed our water that was started when aground. People otherwise employed [as] necessary.

Friday 19th.
First part heavy breezes Northerly middle & latter moderate. People under the boatswain. NB. This Log contains 12 hours to commence.

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[Start of Sea Log]

Saturday 20th August 1803.
C&D WbS 57. At 2PM received Convoy Instructions H.M. Cutter Swallow Capt: Rowe. At 4 weighed & made sail. At ½ past 4 rounded the South Foreland. At 5 passed Dover. At sun set South Foreland NEbN high land of Folkston NbE. Dungeness Lights W½S distance off shore 5 or 6 leagues NNW Commodore NW 1 mile. At 9 abreast of Dungeness Light. At midnight do ENE distance off shore 7 or 8 miles.

AM At daylight Beachey Head NW. 17 fms. High land of Fairsleigh NNE distance about 5 leagues. At 8 Beachey Head NEbE 6 or 7 leagues. Extremes of the land at NEbE to NbW. At noon Beachey Head NNE extremes of ye land at NEbE to NWb-. Lat about 50: 42N.

Sunday 21st.
C&D ----. Strong breezes for the most part & fair weather. PM At 2 Beachey Head EbN At 4 SNS. At midnight the Owners Light NW distance 5 miles. AM At day light Dunnose NWbW distance about 5 miles. At light Culver Cliff W½ or sea mark. At noon anchored on the Mother Bank & moored ship. Bearings Upper Town of Ryde SSW Portsmouth Harbour NE. Extreme point of Cowes WbN½N sou-[?] Sea Castle ENE distance off shore 1½ mile. At 2PM Captain Corner & Mr McGuire from the S.H came on board & sounds the pump &c in consequence of our having been aground upon the Brastle --[?]. NB: This Log contains 36 hours.

[End of Sea Log]

[Start of Harbour Log]

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H. C. Packet Georgiana at the Mother Bank

Monday 22nd August 1803.
Light airs & Calms with fine weather. At 8AM Captain Corner and Mr McGuire came on board and swept the ship's bottom - did not find anything material the matter. Employed 2 men to dive under the ship who reported nothing whatever was the matter with her bottom. Pumped every 24 hours & found she made about ½inch per hour. I went on board H.M.S. Romney Captain Browne & received Convoy instructions from him, in consequence of his calling along side of me the day before for that purpose & his shewing me part of his Admiralty orders to that effect. At 6PM Captain Corner &c. left the ship.

Tuesday 23rd.
Ditto winds & weather. Set the rigging up fore & aft otherwise as necessary.

Wednesday 24th.
Winds & weather as yesterday. Employed filling up our water & getting ready for sea. PM wrote to Captain Brown to say I could not proceed unless I received my orders from the India House during the night.

Thursday 25th.
Easterly winds & fair weather. Employed getting ready for sea. Received a few gunners & carpenters stores. AM received my dispatches from the India House. Wrote to Captain Brown to that effect. PM I joined the ship for good. H.M.S. Romney made the sign to go to St Helen. NB: the ship makes rather less water.

Friday 26th.
First part strong breezes at ye NE with thick weather. Middle & latter Moderate & fair. At day light unmoored and hove into 1/3 of a cable. At ½ past noon weighed & stood out to St Helens. At ½ past 3PM came too and anchored with the best bower in 10fms otherwise employed as necessary.

Saturday 27th [at St Helens].
Light airs variable with fine weather. People employed under the boatswain. Admiral Aplin joined the Convoy.

[The small convoy amounted to: Royal Navy: HMS Admiral Aplin, HMS Romney, Company: Georgiana whalers: Betsey Ferret, Harriot, Star.]

Sunday 28th.
Variable winds with fine weather. At day light sign to unmoor. At 9AM to weigh. Weighed & lay too as did all the Convoy. At noon made sail. NB This Log contains only 12 hours to commence.

[End of Harbour Log]

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[Start of Sea Log]

Monday 29th August 1803 C&D ----- 25 miles. First & middle parts light airs & calms, latter strong breezes. The pilot & Mr Lea, Company's Inspector left the ship. At 4PM Dunmore WbN Culver Cliff NWbW 5 or 6 miles. At 6 Dunmore WbN Culver Cliff NbW ½N. At 8 Dunmore W½N distance 5 leagues. AM At 6 St Catherines Point NE½E distance off shore 6 or 7 leagues. At 8 the Extreme of the land to ye North NWbN. St Catherines Point NEbN. At 10 the Extreme of the Wight at -bN to NNW. At noon the Needles Point NEbE. Lat:50.31N Long:------W.

Tuesday 30th.
C&D ----- 57 miles. Light airs variable throughout. At 4PM The Needles NEbE St Aldans [Aldhelms] Head NbE distance off shore 6 or 7 leagues. At 6 PM St Catherines Point SEbE, The Needles Point NEbE St Aldans Head N½E. At sunset the -ts of the land at NN to EbS St Aldans Head & distance off shore 6 or 7 leagues. At 8PM The Needles Lights EbN. Rain, taken aback NWbN 1 mile. Lat:Needles N Long:-----W.

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H.C.S. Georgiana

Wednesday 31st.
C&D S53W 156. Strong breeze throughout. At sunset Berry Head WNW distance 6 leagues. AM At ¼ past 3 AM saw the Lizard Lights bearing NNW distance off shore 6 or 7 leagues. People employed under the boatswain. I take my departure from the Lizard allow it to lay 49°:57N 5°:14W 156 miles. Lat:49.21N Long:6.36W.

Thursday 1st September 1803.
C&D S45W 132. First & latter parts strong breeze, latter moderate & fair throughout. AM People employed under the boatswain. Tradesmen as necessary. Lat:47.41N Long:8.44W.

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Towards St Helena

Friday 2nd.
C&D S53W 136. Fresh breezes and cloudy weather. AM At 2 a cutter passed through the Fleet commander hove too & spoke [to] her. People under the boatswain. Got the sheet anchor in unstacked it and put it upon the main hatchway. Gunner painting the guns. Lat:46.22N Long:11.14W.

Saturday 3rd.
C&D S54W 168. Strong breeze & cloudy weather. Carried away the larboard fore top mast steering small boom. AM cleaned the lower deck & exercised the guns. Tradesmen as necessary. Lat:44.53N Long:13.18W.

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H.C.S. Georgiana

Sunday 4th.
C&D S47W 172. Strong breezes and a following sea. AM The weather too squally & unsettled to perform divine service. Lat:42.46N Long:14.42W.

Monday 5th.
C&D S3W 165. Strong breezes throughout with a heavy swell. AM People employed working up junk[?] At 6 the Commadore spoke a ship passing the fleet. She shewed Danish colours. Lat:39.54N Long:16.26W.

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Towards St Helena

Tuesday 6th.
C&D S1W 97. Moderate breezes and fair weather. AM People working up junk. Lat:38.9N Long:16.25W.

Wednesday 7th.
C&D S11W 53. Light airs and fair weather throughout. AM Washed the lower deck & exercised the guns. Lat:37.14N Long:16.20W.

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H.C.S. Georgiana

Thursday 8th.
C&D S15W 142. Pleasant breezes and fair weather. AM People under the boatswain, carpenter caulking the fore part of the 2nd deck butt ends of the brake of 2nd deck which was very rotten. Lat:34.42N Long:16.10W.

Friday 9th.
C&D S26W 106. Fresh breezes throughout with hazy weather. AM People under the boatswain. At 9 passed under the Commadore's stern within hail for sign he asked my longitude. Lat:32.47N Long:16.53W.

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Towards St Helena

Saturday 10th.
C&D S43W 102. First part strong breezes, middle & latter light airs variable. AM Cleaned the lower deck & exercise the guns. Carpenter making a top M.S.- boom. Lat:31.33N Long:18.19W.

Sunday 11th.
C&D S3&W 72. Fines pleasant weather throughout. AM Performed divine service. Lat:30.23N Long:21.37W.

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Georgiana Packet

Monday 12th.
C&D 39W 90. Light breezes and pleasant weather. AM Swayed the lower yards up higher, shifted main top sail with old one. Quarter master making a curtain for the awning. At 8 The Star whaler left the Fleet and steered to the southward. Lat:29.4N Long:20.11W.

Tuesday 13th.
C&D S50W 58. Light airs variable and fine pleasant weather. AM People under the boatswain. Lat:28.22N Long:2055W.

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Towards St Helena

Wednesday 14th.
C&D S36W 28. Light airs and calm throughout with fine weather. AM Cleaned the lower deck and exercised the guns. Lat:27.54N Long:21.23W.

Thursday 15th.
C&D N84W 66. Moderate breezes and fair weather. AM at ½ past 9 Commander made the signal to come within hail. At 10 heave too, a little past 10 Captain Brown came on board and informed me he was going to part company. At 11 I made the signal for the Convoy to come within hail & gave my signal to the Admiral Aplin & three south whalers. At noon made signal informing with the above ships 5 in number. At noon H.M.S. Romney NEbE distance about 7 miles in chase of a ship to seized. Lat:27.58N Long:24.10W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Friday 16th.
C&D N67W 44. Fresh breezes throughout with fair weather. AM People under the boatswain, gunner fitting new breechings to the guns. Lat:28.7N Long:23.6W.

Saturday 17th.
C&D S22E 68. Light airs throughout and fine weather. AM Cleaned the lower deck & exercised the guns. Lat:26.55N Long:22.25W.

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Towards St Helena

Sunday 18th.
C&D S5W 46. Light airs variable and fine weather. AM Performed divine service. Lat:28.8N Long:22.16W.

Monday 19th.
C&D S17W 52. An increasing breeze with fine weather. AM People under the boatswain, tradesmen as necessary. Lat:25.16N Long:22.17W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Tuesday 20th.
C&D S16W 158. An increasing trade & fair weather. AM Made the signal to form the order of sailing. The Admiral Aplin made the sign for leave to set up rigging & answered by the affirmative. People under the boatswain, tradesmen as necessary. Rove a new tiller rope. Lat:22.48N Long:22.59W.

Wednesday 21st.
C&D S16W 167. Fresh breezes and hazy weather. AM Cleaned the lower deck otherwise under the boatswain & as necessary. Lat:20.30N Long:23.59W.

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Towards St Helena

Thursday 22nd.
C&D 40W 13. A pleasant breeze throughout with hazy weather. At 1PM made the signal for the Admiral Aplin longitude, answered 26° 46W our 26° 27W. AM People under the boatswain, set up the mizzen top main rigging. Lat:18.16N Long:24.19W.

Friday 23rd.
C&D S9W 109. First variable, latter parts steady breezes, middle hard squally & rain. At 4PM Longitude for Admiral Aplin Chronometer 27° 17W; Georgiana from sun 27° 31W. AM At day light the Ferret missing, made the Betsey's signal to come within hail enquiring if she has seen the Ferret since the squall. She informed us she had & no accident appeared to have happened to her. The Betsey then asked permission to part which I of course could not object to as the thought she could get on faster by herself.

[The following crossed out] Note: Do not think the ship Chronometer N.44. a good one, having one of Mr Marger[r]itts N.157, which shews 2° to the westward of it. Lat:16.22N Long:24.28W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Saturday 24th.
C&D S24E 153. Fresh breezes throughout with pleasant weather. At 6PM The water being very discoloured sounded no ground 80fms. AM Cleaned & scraped the lower deck. Made Admiral Aplin make more sail. Lat:13.59N Long:26.36W.

Sunday 25th.
C&D S56E 63. First & middle parts hard squalls & rain, latter light airs variable. AM At day light Admiral Aplin hull down to leeward, edged away towards her. do, the Betsey had parted company 2 days back. Got clear for action. At 11 a strange sail in sight in ye NE quarter. At noon the Admiral Aplin -- signal from me, made the strange to be a friend - do - the Betsey that parted company 2 days back. Got clear for action. Bent 2nd best fore top gallant, out reefs & made sail towards the Aplin. Variously employing sails &c. so that could not perform divine service. Lat:13.18N Long:25.42W.

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Towards St Helena

Monday 26th.
C&D S7W 33. Light airs with hazy weather and a very heavy swell at ye SE. AM Restored the booms woolded the driver boom were sprung. Only the Admiral Aplin in company, the Harriot & Betsey whalers hull down ahead. Lat:12.49N Long:23.11W.

Tuesday 27th.
C&D S34E 134. First & middle parts fair with steady breezes, latter, squally with rain. AM Employed under the boatswain. Quarter Masters repairing the fore top gallant sail. Lat:11.03 Long:24.29W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Wednesday 28th.
C&D South 77. Variable winds, squalls with heavy rain for the most part. AM Admiral Aplin in company. Lat:10.10N Long:24.29W.

Thursday 29th.
C&D S56E 43. Light airs throughout fine part cloudy, middle & latter fair. AM Cleaned as necessary. Lat:9.46N Long:19.8W.

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Towards St Helena

Friday 30th.
C&D S22E 49. Light airs with squalls & heavy rain at times. Admiral Aplin a long way astern, under our top sails for her. AM Swayed up the lower yards higher. At day light Admiral Aplin about 3' astern with all sail set. Lat:9.00N Long:18.27W.

Saturday 1st October 1803.
C&D S22E 38. Light airs variable with slight squalls & hard rain. AM Cleaned the lower deck. Lat:8.13N Long:17.58W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Sunday 2nd.
C&D S27E 58. First & middle parts light airs & calm, latter fresh breezes, hard rain most of the night, fair towards noon. PM Tried the currant found it to set WbS 1 mile per hour. AM The weather too unsettled to perform divine service. Lat:7.19N Long:17.3W.

Monday 3rd.
C&D S25E 101. Fresh breezes throughout with squalls & rain and a head sea. PM At 11 the main top gallant broke in the slings, got it down and unbent the sail. AM Watch under the boatswain, carpenter making a main top gallant yard. Gunner cleaning small arms. Lat:5.52N Long:22.05W.

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Towards St Helena

Tuesday 4th.
C&D S48E 70. Variable winds throughout with squalls & hard rain. At 4PM crossed top gallant yard. At 8PM main top sail tye broke. AM Employed airing steering sail &c. Lat:5.2N Long:21.12W.

Wednesday 5th.
C&D S62E 42. Light winds with cloudy weather and a swell from NbE[?]. AM Cleaned the lower deck otherwise employed as necessary. Admiral Aplin in close company. Lat:4.43N Long:20.56W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Thursday 6th.
C&D S55E 38. Fine weather throughout with light airs & calms. PM Made ye signal for longitude Admiral Aplin 18°: 3W DR Georgiana 20°:3W. AM People under the boatswain making matts &c. At ½ past 10 AM saw a strange sail at ye mast head SSE, standing to the eastward. Cleared for action. Tradesmen usefully employed. Lat:4.19N Long:19.50W.

Friday 7th.
C&D S5E 67. Light variable winds with hazy weather and rain in ye night. PM Made ye signal the stranger was on the starboard K - do for longitude Admiral Aplin 18°W Georgiana per sun & moon 19.50W. Signal for to carefully conceal all lights. AM At day light saw nothing of the stranger. People under the boatswain, carpenter making a spare top gallant yard. At 9 long per mean of 3 sights of the sun sun & moon 19.11.30 west of Greenwich. Lat:3.55N Long:19.20W.

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Towards St Helena

Saturday 8th.
C&D S24E 47. Light variable winds throughout with heavy rain at times. AM At day light the Admiral Aplin bearing east distance about 3 or 4 miles. Under easy sail for the Admiral Aplin, taken aback. At noon Admiral Aplin south. Lat:3.30N Long:20.19.9W.

Sunday 9th.
C&D S65W 72. First part light airs and calms latter strong breezes with a great deal of rain at times. AM The weather much to unsettled to perform divine service. Mustered the people at their quarters. Lat:3.00N Long:20.15W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Monday 10th.
C&D S59W 93. Fresh breezes throughout with hazy weather. PM At 1 made the signal for ye Admiral Aplin to come within hail, spoke her longitude as 18:° 10W. AM Employed under the boatswain, ship pitches a good deal. Lat:2.54N Long:21.33W.

Tuesday 11th.
C&D S47W 97. Fresh trade throughout with squalls at times. AM People employed under the boatswain making matts &c. Carpenter making a mizzen top gallant yard. Lat:1.47N Long:21.2W.

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Towards St Helena

Wednesday 12th.
C&D S48W 60. Fine pleasant weather with a light trade. AM Set up the bobstays and rigging fore & aft. Cleaned the lower deck. Lat:1.4N Long:21.42W.

Thursday 13th.
C&D S34W 78. Light pleasant trade & fine weather. AM Employed under the boatswain making matts &c. Bent the new large fibb. Lat:0.25N Long:22.44W.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Friday 14th.
C&D S51W 133. Fine brisk trade throughout with squalls at times. Spoke the Admiral Aplin her longitude 22°.24W. PM Performed the usual ceremony on crossing the line. AM Hauled all the new sails up to air otherwise employed trimming ship & under the boatswain. Lat:1.34S Long: 24.42W.

[Crossed the Equator]

Saturday 15th.
C&D S40W 133. Strong trade throughout with fine weather. AM Employed under the boatswain. Cleaned the lower deck. Lat:3.14S Long:26.30W.

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Towards St Helena

Sunday 16th.
C&D S30W 134. Fresh trade throughout with fine weather & a heavy swell. AM Performed divine service. Admiral Aplin about 3 [miles] astern. Lat:5.8S Long:27.38W.

Monday 17th.
C&D S12W 133. Fresh trade throughout with squalls at times. Made the signal to steer south of the wind come fair in the night. AM set up the mizen & mizen top main rigging & stayed the masts. At noon stranger SbE from the main top, standing to ye southward. Made the signal 20' after do with a gun, made sail. Lat:7.17S Long: ----.

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H. C. Packet Georgiana

Tuesday 18th.
C&D S14N 140. Fine pleasant weather throughout with a heavy head sea. At 5PM the stranger sail SSE. AM People employed working up junk, quarter master altering the old large jibb. Carpenter caulking the quarter deck. Gunner filling powder. Lat:9.30S Long:28.43W.

Wednesday 19th.
C&D S67W 114. Fresh trade with squalls in ye night. Strange sail just in sight at sun set. AM People working up junk, carpenter caulking the quarter deck. Gunner grinding of paint. Quarter master on the jibb. Think the ship [h]as been underloged this day. Lat:11.23S Long:29.8W.

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Thursday 20th.
C&D S23W 124. Strong trade throughout with heavy confused swell from the SW. AM People & tradesmen as yesterday. Quarter master fitting the new mizen top sail. Filled 8 butts of salt water to trim ship. Admiral Aplin in close company. Lat:13.39S Long: 29.52W

Friday 21st.
C&D S17W 114. Fresh breezes and pleasant weather. Unbent the mizen top sail to repair & add 3 foot to the head. Bent the new one. At ¼ past 1PM long per mean of 3 sights of the sun & moon 30.26.15,30.20.15, 30.36.45 = mean 30.27.45W. AM People & tradesmen usefully employed. Lat:15.21S Long:30.20W

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Saturday 22nd.
C&D S3E 90. Moderate breezes with squalls & rain at times. At ½ past 1PM Long per mean of 3 sights of the sun & moon 31.6W. AM People & tradesmen as days past, cleaned the lower deck. Lat:16.44S Long:30.16W.

Sunday 23rd.
C&D S5E 74. Light trade throughout with fine pleasant weather. AM Performed divine service. Lat:17.59S Long:30.18W.

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Monday 24th.
C&D S22W 79. Fresh breezes and squally with rain for the most part. AM People knotting yarns &c. Under easy sail for the Admiral Aplin. Lat:19.26S Long:31.9W.

Tuesday 25th.
C&D S10W 77. Strong breezes with hard squalls and heavy rain. AM Watch picking oakum. Admiral Aplin in close company. Lat:20.44S Long:31.34W.

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Wednesday 26th.
C&D S22E 95. Strong breezes throughout with frequent hard squalls and heavy showers of rain. PM Spoke the Admiral Aplin she sent her boat on board us and we parted company. AM At day light the Admiral Aplin not in sight from the mast head. Lat:22.29S Long:31.19.

Thursday 27th.
C&D S43E 100. Pleasant breezes & fine weather with a heavy swell in ye first part. AM Cleaned the lower deck & otherwise necessarily employed under the boatswain. Lat:23.42S Long:30.17W.

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Friday 28th.
C&D S33E 140. Pleasant breezes throughout & fine weather. AM People employment under the boatswain working up junk, carpenter caulking the waist. Bearings of St Helena N65.47E distance 1534 miles. Lat:25.39S Long:29.8W.

Saturday 29th.
C&D S56E 116. Moderate breezes with fair weather throughout, latter part a confused swell at ye eastward. AM People under the boatswain working up junk, gunner grinding paint, carpenter caulking the waist. Cleaned the lower deck. Lat:26.47S Long:27.26W.

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Sunday 30th.
C&D S40E 96W. Pleasant breezes & fine weather throughout. AM Performed divine service. Lat:28.6S Long:26.3W.

Monday 31st.
C&D S64E 50. Light breezes and fine weather throughout. AM Set the top mast rigging up & otherwise employed under the boatswain, carpenter caulking the main deck. Gunner grinding paint. Lat:28.30S Long:25.6W.

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Tuesday 1st November 1803.
C&D S82E 61. Light breezes and fair weather throughout. AM Employed variously under the boatswain, blacking the rigging, knotting yarns &c. Carpenter & gunner as days past. Shifted migen top sail with old one. Lat:28.38S Long:23.52W.

Wednesday 2nd.
C&D N88E 127. First & middle parts light breezes, latter an increasing breeze with cloudy weather. AM Cleaned the lower deck employed tarring down the rigging, gunner painting the bowsprit, carpenter repairing the cutter. Lat:28.34S Long:21.18W.

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Thursday 3rd.
C&D N85E 185. Fresh breezes throughout with frequent squalls & rain. Lat:28.20 Long:17.31W.

Friday 4th.
C&D N83E 181. Strong breezes throughout, rain in the first past, middle & latter fair with squalls at times. AM People working working up junk. Tradesmen usefully employed. Bearings of St Helena N35.09E distance 941 miles. Lat:27.57S Long:14.48W.

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Saturday 5th.
C&D N63E 159. First & middle parts strong breezes, latter moderate. AM Cleaned the lower deck, exercised the guns & otherwise as necessary. Bearings of St Helena N29.47S 781 miles. Lat:26.34S Long:12.18W.

Sunday 6th.
C&D N45E 10. Light airs & calm throughout with rain in the first part. AM Performed divine service. At 9 per mean of 3 sights of the sun, long made 13.49.15W. Lat:26.25S Long:12.11W.

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Monday 7th.
C&D N37E 29. Light airs variable throughout with hazy weather. AM People usefully employed under the boatswain. Gunner painting the masts, got the jolly boat in board to repair. Bearing of St Helena N35.17E 738 miles. Lat:25.57S Long:11.47W.

Tuesday 8th.
C&D N57E 61. Light airs throughout with fine weather. AM People under the boatswain, gunner painting the masts & boats, carpenter as necessary. At 9 long per mean of 3 sights of the sun & moon 12.24.10W. Bearings of St Helena N32.5E 719 miles. Lat:25.24S Long:10.43W.

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Wednesday 9th.
C&D N49E 133. A pleasant trade with fine weather throughout. AM People under the boatswain, gunner painting the quarter deck. Got the jolly boat over the stern. Carpenter making a grating for the stern sheets of the cutter. At 10 long per mean of 4 sights of the sun & moon. 10.31.56 west of Greenwich. Bearings N24.29E distance 557 miles. Lat:23.58S Long:9.3W.

Thursday 10th.
C&D N30E 74. Light breezes variable throughout with rain at times. AM People variously employed, gunner grinding paint. Carpenter as necessary. Lat:22.48S Long.8.29W.

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Friday 11th.
C&D N3E 90. An increasing breeze with fine weather for the most part. AM People working up junk, gunner painting the inside of the ship. Bearings of the Island N33.5E distance 411 miles. Lat:21.21S Long:8.24W.

Saturday 12th.
C&D N11E 90. Fresh breezes and squally weather throughout with rain at times. AM Cleaned the lower deck, otherwise as necessary. Bearings N38.48E distance 324 miles. Lat:20.2S Long:8.6W.

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Sunday 13th.
C&D S57E 31. Fresh breezes throughout with squalls & rain at times & a heavy swell at ye east. AM Blowing too fresh to perform diving service. Mustered the people at their quarters. Bearings N37.1E distance 332 miles. Lat:20.23S Long:7.49W.

Monday 14th.
C&D N18E 54. Light airs & calms throughout. AM People under the boatswain, roused up the stream cable. Bearings N40.19E distance 278 miles. Lat:19.25S Long:7.33W.

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Tuesday 15th.
C&D N18E 51. Light airs with fine pleasant weather. PM Payed the stream cable down into the after cabin. AM People & tradesmen usefully employed. Bearings N47.38E distance 230 miles. Lat:18.38S Long:7.19W.

Wednesday 16th.
C&D N39E 82. Moderate breezes throughout with fair weather. AM People variously employed as necessary. Mustered the people at their quarters & sealed the guns. Worked the patent rotary metalic pump, found it work extremely heavy. Obliged to spell the people every 3 minutes, pumped out only 7 inches in 25 minutes, 16 hands employed. Cleaned the lower deck. Bearings N54.29E distance 148 miles. Lat:17.28S Long:6.29W.

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Thursday 17th.
Pleasant breezes with cloudy weather. AM Roundup the small bower cable to serve, otherwise as necessary. Bearings N73.13E distance 79 miles. Lat: 16.19S Long:5.45W.

Friday 18th.
C&D N50E 70. Fresh breezes throughout with dark hazy weather. AM People under the boatswain. Bearings S61E 29 miles. Lat:15.41S Long:4.54W.

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Saturday 19th.
C&D S38E 21. Moderate breezes with strong puffs at times and very hazy weather throughout. AM People employed under the boatswain & as necessary. Cleaned the lower deck. Lat:15.57S Long:4.57W.

Sunday 20th.
C&D S31E 30. First part light airs, middle & latter squally with small rain at times. At½ past 4PM longitude per mean of 5 sights of the sun & moon 6.41.30W. AM The weather to squally & unsettled to perform divine service. Mustered the people at their quarters. Lat:16.79S Long:4.36W.

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Monday 21st.
C&D 52E 33. Moderate breezes with thick hazy weather throughout. PM At ¼ past 1 longitude per mean of 3 sights 5.11.55 West of Greenwich. AM People under the boatswain. At noon the body of the Island EBS distance about 10 leagues. Longitude per bearings of Island 6.19W Lat:15.54S Long:4.11W.

Tuesday 22nd.
C&D N78E 35. First part light breezes, middle & latter parts with very thi--[?] weather. PM At 4 The Island ESE½E. At sun set extremes at E¼N to EbS distance about 9 or 10 leagues. AM People employed under the boatswain & as necessary. At 5 the Island bearing SEbE½E distance about 5 or 6 leagues. At 8 SEbE 5 leagues. At noon the extremes of the Island at SE¼E to ESE distance 4 or 5 leagues very hazy weather. Longitude bearing off[?] the Island 6.6.W. Lat:15.45S Long.5.12W.

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Wednesday 23rd.
C&D -----. Light variable winds with hazy weather for the most part. AM At day light saw the Island bearing at SSE to S½W distance 4 or 5 leagues. At 10 the Island at S½E to SSW½W distance 3 or 4 leagues. At noon at SbE½E to SSW½W distance 2 or 3 leagues. 2 PM Hove too & hoisted out the cutter, sent her on shore with the 2 officers to report the ship. At ½ past 6PM anchored 13 fms. At 7 ! went on shore & waited upon the Governor with my dispatches. This Log contains 36 hours & ends at midnight. Lat:15.41S Long: ------.

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[The End]


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


APPENDIX 1

Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms.

This section is now in a separate page of its own under:
Glossary.


APPENDIX 2

Bibliography.

This section is now in a separate page of its own under:
Bibliography.


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