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Defence : Journal [‎19v] (43/180)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (86 folios). It was created in 4 Nov 1738-11 Oct 1740. 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 Defence from England to Bombay [Mumbai] and back, November 1738-September 1740 (Captain Thomas Coates). The outward journey included a visit to Mocha, April-July 1739, and the return journey included a visit to St Helena, January-July 1740.

The journal consists of daily entries of information on navigation, winds, weather, and general observations.

The journal includes the following sketches:

  • ‘The Island of Trindada’ [Trindade and Martin Vaz] (f 15)
  • The ‘Ship Defence at Anchor in Table Bay’ (f 19)
  • Unlabelled drawings of coastlines, probably including Comoros, Madagascar and Mozambique (f 25)
  • Unlabelled drawings of the coastlines of Somalia and Yemen (ff 31-33)
  • ‘The Island Digo Ruis’ [Rodrigues, Mauritius] (f 56).
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1 volume (86 folios)

The 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 front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 88; 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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English in Latin script
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Defence : Journal [‎19v] (43/180), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MAR/B/647B, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 June 2024]

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