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1025647
  • Title
    Item 1: 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
  • Call number
    Safe 1/46
  • Level of description
    item
  • Date

    1 December 1787-22 October 1788
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    1025647
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 volume of textual material (387 pp.) - bound in vellum, marbled endpapers, manuscript
    1 map - pencil, ink
  • Scope and Content
    Personal log in Bligh's hand recording the voyage from England to Otaheite (Tahiti), beginning with the initial attempt to leave Spithead on 1 December 1787. Records the failure to round Cape Horn owing to gales (17 April 1788); descriptions of ports of call - Tenerife (6-11 January 1788), Capetown (22 May-1 July 1788) and Adventure Bay in Van Diemen's Land (21 August-4 September 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 October 1902.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge: : State Library of New South Wales
  • Finding Aids
  • General note

    Microfilm copy 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
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    'Bounty's Log' in Bligh's hand on spine.
  • Subject
  • Exhibited in
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