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1025647
  • Title
    Log of the Proceedings of His Majestys Ship Bounty in a Voyage to the South Seas, (to take the Breadfruit plant from the Society Islands to the West Indies,) under the Command of Lieutenant William Bligh, 1 Dec. 1787-22 Oct. 1788
  • Call number
    Safe 1/46
  • Level of description
    Part
  • Date

    1 Dec. 1787-22 Oct. 1788
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    1025647
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    Textual material
  • Scope and Content
    Bound in original vellum with 'Bounty's Log' in Bligh's hand on the spine; marbled endpapers. 387pp.

    Personal log in Bligh's hand recording the voyage from England to Otaheite (Tahiti), beginning with the initial attempt to leave Spithead on 1 Dec. 1787. Records the failure to round Cape Horn owing to gales (17 Apr. 1788) descriptions of ports of call - Tenerife (6 -11 Jan. 1788), Capetown (22 May-1 July 1788) and Adventure Bay in Van Diemen's Land (21 Aug.-4 Sep. 1788); includes a pencil and ink sketch map of the Island of St. Paul (28 July 1788, p.276). The log is prefaced with 'Remarks at Deptford' (pp.1,3-4) describing preparations for the voyage including the fitting out of the Bounty at Deptford and the journey to Spithead, receiving the commission to command HMS Bounty, the final order to proceed issued by Lord Hood and the payment for two months' salary in advance to the crew, the gift of a Kendall timekeeper (chronometer) from Sir Joseph Banks, instructions for keeping the log and calculations to determine the error on navigational instruments.
  • Source
    Presented by William Russell Bligh, 29 Oct. 1902
  • General note

    Microfilm copy available at CY 247
    Copy print available at CY Safe 1/46 on open access in the Mitchell Library Reading Room
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1025664
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