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Donegal : Journal [‎3r] (10/218)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (105 folios). It was created in 15 Nov 1707-9 Aug 1711. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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Journal of the voyage of the East India Company ship Donegal (referred to throughout as 'Donegall') from England to Bengal and Mocha, and back (Captain Henry Cliff), 1708-11 (dates given are for arrival unless otherwise indicated): set off in convoy from the Downs, 9 April 1708; left St Hellens [St Helens], 24 May 1708; 27 August 1708, Cape Good Hope [Cape of Good Hope]; 18 January 1708 [Old Style]/18 January 1709 [New Style], Ballasore [Balasore]; 24 January 1708 [Old Style]/24 January 1709 [New Style], Rouges River [Rogues River]; 20 April 1709, Fort St Davids [Fort St David]; 6 May 1709, Madarass [Madras]; 11 June 1709, Vizagapatam [Visakhapatnam]; 3 August 1709, Callcutta [Calcutta]; 3 January 1709 [Old Style]/3 January 1710 [New Style], Rogues River; 11 April 1710, Mocha; 13 September 1710, Carrwar [Carwar, Karwar]; 8 December 1710, Cape of Good Hope; 23 July 1711, the Texell [Texel]; 9 August 1711, Deptford.

The journal contains daily entries in nine columns: Lattd. [latitude]; [day of the month]; H [hour]; K [knots]; F [fathoms]; Courses; Winds; [date and remarks]; Mer. Dist. Long. [meridional distance longitude]. This information is recorded in less detail following the ship's departure from Mocha. When the ship is at anchor or close to shore, entries consist of remarks only, including marginal notes of cargoes taken aboard and landed.

The journal is double-dated where necessary, giving both Old and New Style dates.

The journal records: navigational information; weather; contact with other Company, and Her Majesty's ships; details of the ships with which the Donegal sailed in convoy; sightings of country ships, and other vessels; commodities carried (especially coffee at Mocha); and deaths of crew members.

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1 volume (105 folios)

The entries are recorded in chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 107; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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Donegal : Journal [‎3r] (10/218), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MAR/B/716A, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 April 2020]

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