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Sandwich : Journal [‎97v] (199/252)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (136 folios). It was created in 6 Jan 1753-2 Jul 1755. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Journal of the Sandwich , kept by Captain John Purling. The journal covers the ship's voyage to Palma and Bombay [Mumbai] (dates given are for arrival unless otherwise indicated): 6 January 1753, left Blackwall dock; 21 April 1753, Palma; 26 May 1753, Island of Trinidada [Trinidade and Martin Vaz]; 21 June 1753, Cape Legullas [Cape Agulhas]; 1 July 1753, Augustines Bay, Madagascar [Saint Augustine Bay, Madagascar]; 22 July 1753, Islands of Mohilla [Mwali], Joanna [Anjouan] and Comero [Grand Comore]; 15 August 1753, Bombay; 9 November 1753, Scindy Road [Sindh roadstead, waters off Karachi]; 15 December 1753, Bombay; 12 January 1754, Surat Road [Surat]; 23 Feburary 1754, Island Socatra [Suquṭrā]; going up the Gulph [Gulf] of Mocha and Streights of Bablemandell [Bab el Mandeb]; 4 March-25 August 1754, ship in Mocha Road; 11 September-6 December 1754, Bombay; 14 February 1754, Table Bay; 11 March 1755, St Helena; 2 June 1755 in sight of Island Wight [Isle of Wight]; 6 June 1755, Margate Road; 20 June 1755, at moorings at Blackwall.

At the front of the journal (folio 2) is the inscription: 'This is my original journal' signed by John Purling. The log book was witnessed by Thomas Reading and received 3 July 1755.

The journal consists of daily entries covering navigational information, winds, weather, contact with other East India Company ships and English men-of-war; sightings of other vessels, deaths of crewmembers, commodities carried, and general remarks. Examples of cargo and stores carried include pigs of lead, coal, iron, furniture, and lead shot.

The log book also includes a testimonial reference for a doctor dated 1830 (ff 98-99).

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1 volume (136 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 138; 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. The volume includes a sequence of blank pages, ff 123-136, which have not been digitised.

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Sandwich : Journal [‎97v] (199/252), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MAR/B/606C, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 25 June 2024]

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