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Rooke : Journal [‎16v] (53/215)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (132 folios). It was created in 5 Aug 1699-11 Apr 1702. 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 Rooke (also spelled Rook ), from England to Suratt [Surat] and China (Captain George Symons, also spelled Simmonds and Simmons), 1699-1702. The Rooke was at Gumberoon (also referred to as Bunderrabassa) [Bandar Abbas] from 12-29 December 1701.

The Journal consists of daily entries recording navigational information, winds, weather, contact with English ships, sightings of other vessels, and general remarks.

The Journal includes a sketch of the ship in the harbour at Maderas [Madeira] (folio 4), a report of an incident of piracy (folio 6), the report that a crewmember had apparently drowned himself (folio 13), sketches of seabirds and whales (folios 14-15), a sketch of the ship in a storm (folio 16), a sketch of a Maldive boat (folio 25), a sketch of the ship at Quylon [Quilon] (folio 27), sketches of coastline, a sketch of the ship at Carwarr [Karwar] (folio 29), a sketch of the ship at Goa (folio 30), a descriptive account entitled 'Some Descriptions of the Kingdom of China' (folios 48-49), and a description of Bandar Abbas (folios 80-81).

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1 volume (132 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 87; 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 88-125, which have not been digitised.

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Rooke : Journal [‎16v] (53/215), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MAR/A/CXXXIII, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 June 2024]

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