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1027063
  • Title
    Item 2: 'A Log of the proceedings of His Majesty's Ship Providence on a second Voyage to the South Sea Under the command of Captain William Bligh, to carry the Breadfruit Plant from the Society Islands to the West Indies, written by himself', volume 2
  • Call number
    SAFE/A 564/2 (Safe 1/408)
  • Level of description
    item
  • Date

    20 July 1792-6 September 1793
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    1027063
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised : 2014
  • Physical Description
    1 volume of textual material (385 pp.) - half bound in calf and buckram, spine blocked in gold, manuscript
  • Scope and Content
    Personal log mainly in Bligh's hand. This volume covers the voyage from Tahiti to the British West Indies, the return to Deptford on 7 August 1793, and the paying off of the ships' company on 6 September 1793. On the return voyage Bligh took the opportunity to chart and describe any islands he passed. As there were so many he gave them letters and numbers rather than names. Bligh also made detailed notes on the anthropology of the islands of Fiji and Torres Strait. Includes a land profile of Mayorga Island (4 August 1792, p. 23). The log records attacks by Islanders (6 and 11 September 1792); meeting Mr Timotheus Wanjon in Coupang, Timor and hearing about the wreck of HMS Pandora and the escape of William Bryant and other convicts from Botany Bay; descriptions of ports of call - St Helena (17-27 December 1792), St Vincent (23 -30 January 1793), Jamaica (5 February-15 June 1793); report from the gardeners James Wiles and Christopher Smith (pp. 191,193); inventories of plants collected and landed for the whole voyage (p. 282). Also includes an account of plant species and number landed for HM Garden at Kew (pp. 299-300).
  • Source
    Acquired from Lucy O'Connell Nutting, 15 March 1934.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge: : State Library of New South Wales
  • Finding Aids
  • General note

    Personal log mainly in Bligh's hand with pencil corrections. The entries between 2 August and 6 September 1793 are in another hand as is the gardeners' report, (pp. 191, 193).
    The title page is missing from the volume.
    Microfilm copy available at CY 347.
    Volume rebound in Mitchell Library, November 1940.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1030885
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