'SamelGoodman Jurnell Martha'
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The record is made up of 1 volume (62 folios). It was created in 7 May 1702-17 Apr 1703. 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 voyage of the East India Company ship Martha from Bumbay [Bombay/Mumbai] to England, 1702-03 (dates given are for arrival unless otherwise indicated): left Bombay, 7 May 1702; 19 June 1702, Mauritius; 8 November 1702, St Hellena [Saint Helena]; 25 November 1703, Asenshon [Ascension]; 29 December 1702, Berbadoes [Barbados]; 14 April 1703, Ereefe [Erith].
The Martha was at Mauritius from 19 June to 7 September 1702, and at Barbados from 29 December 1702 to 2 February 1702 [New Style date 2 February 1703].
The journal was compiled by Samuel Goodman (described as Cap [Captain] of the Martha , alongside the captains of the other ships with which the Martha sailed in convoy, on folio 33).
The journal is a continuation of the journal of the voyage of the Martha from England to Bombay, 1700-02 (IOR/L/MAR/A/CXLVI).
The journal contains regular entries, in seven columns (where indicated): [date (and occasional remarks)]; [remarks]; H [hour]; K [knots]; F [fathoms]; C [courses]; W [winds]. When the ship is in harbour, the entries consist of date and remarks only.
The journal records: navigational information; winds; weather; sea conditions; sightings of other vessels; the names of the ships with which the Martha sailed in convoy; the decision to sail for Barbados because of war with France and Spain (folio 33); entries marked 'sik', with no other information, indicating that Goodman was sick at the time (folios 51-54); and the removal of the corpse of the ship's original Captain [Thomas] Raynes [Raines], on arrival at Erith (folio 62).
The journal also includes two sketches of coastline: folio 12, and folio 15 (Mauritius).
From 2 February 1702/03, the journal employs Old Style (Julian calendar) dates, but from 8 February 1702/03 it is double-dated, with both the Old Style and New Style (Gregorian calendar) date.
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- 1 volume (62 folios)
The entries in the journal 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 first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 62; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at the top middle of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.
Condition: the volume is extensively damaged at the edges, with consequent minor losses of text and navigational data.
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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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- 7 May 1702-17 Apr 1703 (CE, Gregorian)
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'SamelGoodman Jurnell Martha', British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MAR/B/118A(1), in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100000001399.0x0000b1> [accessed 24 September 2023]
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