‘The Ship Prince Augustus Journal Cap.nThomas Ryves Com’andrEmploy’d in the Service of the Right HonourbleUnited East India Company and bound on a Voyage for Moha in Arabia – Kept by William Wells’

IOR/L/MAR/B/665A

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The record is made up of 1 volume (173 folios). It was created in 1 Aug 1722-18 Apr 1725. 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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This volume consists of a journal (log book) recording the second voyage of the East India Company ship Prince Augustus (the Captain of which was Thomas Ryves until his death, after which William Jobson became Captain on 1 October 1723) to Mocha and Bombay, kept by the Chief Mate The sailor subordinate to the Captain. , William Wells. The journal entries are dated 1 August 1722 to 18 April 1725.

It records the ship sailing from the Down Channell [the Downs Channel] on 26 November 1722, having been moored at Deptford and Gravesend prior to the Downs. The entries then record the ship being moored or anchored in the following places: Table Bay (28 March to 5 April 1723); Moha [Mocha] (3 June to 23 August 1723); Bombay (18 September to 14 November 1723); Surrat [Surat] (18 November to 6 December 1723); Bombay (9 to 17 December 1723); Mocha (7 January 1723 [New Style date 7 January 1724] to 15 July 1724); Bombay (2 to 17 August 1724); Carwar [Karwar] (23 August to 9 September 1724); Tellecherry [Thalassery] (15 to 19 September 1724); Cocheen [Cochin or Kochi] (21 to 24 September 1724); Table Bay (1 to 16 December 1724); and St Hellena [St Helena] (1 to 5 January 1725). The ship arrived at Plymouth on 30 March 1725, and went into the Wet Dock at Blackwall on 18 May 1725, which is the last daily entry in the journal.

Daily entries for when the ship was at sea consist of tables recording the following: hours (H); knots (K); fathoms (F); courses; winds; weather; and other comments. These other comments mostly relate to the following: the weather; the position and course of the ship (including navigational measurements); sightings of other ships; and actions performed by the crew.

Daily entries for when the ship was moored or at anchor consist of comments, mainly relating to the following: the weather; goods and provisions received and stowed on board the ship; actions performed by the crew; the arrival and departure of other ships; and goods and chests of treasure unloaded from the ship and taken ashore.

The journal also includes: sailing instructions to aid the Prince Augustus and the Barrington in keeping in company with each other (folio 6 verso The back of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'v'. to folio 8 recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ); a list of crew members who sailed from England on board the Prince Augustus (folio 13 recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ); a list of crew members who had run away from the ship (folio 164 recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ); a list of the crew members and passengers who returned to England on the ship (folio 164 verso The back of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'v'. ); a list of crew members who had died on board the ship (folio 165 recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ); and a list of crew members who had been discharged from the ship (folio 165 recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ).

Extent and format
1 volume (173 folios)
Arrangement

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

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 169; 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 foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.

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English in Latin script
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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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IOR/L/MAR/B/665A

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1 Aug 1722-18 Apr 1725 (CE, Gregorian)

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‘The Ship Prince Augustus Journal Cap.nThomas Ryves Com’andrEmploy’d in the Service of the Right HonourbleUnited East India Company and bound on a Voyage for Moha in Arabia – Kept by William Wells’, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MAR/B/665A, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100000000229.0x000352> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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