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Guide to the Naval History Society Collection
1721-1995 (bulk 1781-1936)
  MS 439

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Series 50. Logbooks: British Navy (1758-1933; bulk, 1807-1837)

Scope and Content

The series consists of 13 volumes of original and transcribed logbooks from British naval vessels. Except for the Duke of Cumberland,  Defiance, and Patuxent River documents (Volumes 1, 2, 12), the logbooks appear to have been cut from previously sewn or bound volumes before being rehoused as unbound sheets in buckram boxes. Many are missing up to 1 inch of what would have been their left-hand margins and some include duplicate chronological sections.

Duke of Cumberland was a privately owned New York vessel licensed to the British navy (a so-called privateer) to capture and confiscate French merchant ships during the 7 Years' War (1756-1763). The log documents two West Indian cruises including the capture of  Dolphin,   Eagle, and  Grand Joseph in February, 1759.

The Patuxent River logs are transcripts from the records of HMS Tonnant, HMS  Loire, HMS  Jaseur, HMS  Severn, HMS  St. Lawrence, HMS  Royal Oak, HMS  Hebrus, and HMS  Dragon as they confronted American gunboats on the approach to Washington City between June and September of 1814.

The HMS Barfleur and HMS  London transcripts document involvement in the Battle of the Chesapeake, in which the former was the flagship of Samuel Hood and the latter of Hood's superior, Sir Thomas Graves. The battle was lost to the French under the command of Admiral de Grasse (see Series 18), which had a significant effect on the outcome of the American war.

The remaining logs document routine cruises, including HMS Poictiers in British waters and the West Indies;  Beagle while sailing for the Bay of Biscay to join the Duke of Wellington's forces against Napoleon; and  Cressy off the north coast of Europe, in English waters, and the West Indies.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 Log Book Duke of Cumberland
1758 December 23 - 1760 July 17
Volume: 2 A journal of the proceedings of H.M. Ship Defiance, Henry Hotham esquire captain
1807 February -1809 February 10
Volume: 3 A log and proceedings of His Majesty's ship Poictiers
1808 March 9 - 1812 November 14
Volume: 4 Log books HMS Pomone
1808 July 1 - 1813 June 13
Volume: 5 Log books His Majesty's sloop Carolina
1808 July 7 - 1810 July 1
Volume: 6 Log of the proceedings on board His Majesty's ship Powerful on her passage from Bombay towards the Cape of Good Hope, from thence to St. Helena and thence to England, Chas. Jas. Johnston Esq. Capt kept by George Tippet Lt.
1808 September 14 - 1809 September 13
Volume: 7 Log books His Majesty's sloop Princess Carolina
1810 January 26 - 1813 June 13
Volume: 8 Log books His Majesty's sloop Beagle
1811 February 14 - 1813 November 6
Volume: 9 Log books His Majesty's ship Cressy
1811 October 6 - 1814 May 26
Volume: 10 Log books His Majesty's gun brig Leverett [copy]
1832 July 1 - 1833 December 31
Volume: 11 Log books His Majesty's ship Dee
1832 June 25 - 1837 April 6
Volume: 12 Captains' logs of principal British ships in Patuxent River operations during advance on Washington, 1814 June 6 - September 3 [transcript]
About 1933
Volume: 13 Log books of His Majesty's ships Barfleur and  London; extracts from 1781 August 29 - September 13 [transcript]
Undated

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