(Splash page image: "'Clipper ship Clarence 1250 Tons', hand-coloured lithograph (n.d.); T.G. Dutton, artist; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)
Ms. Coll 832 at the University of Pennsylvania comprises a ship's log kept by Joseph Watson, master of the Clarence, in 1864-65, and a few other items from Watson's long career at sea (including a painting of another command, the Prince of Wales). The log, which chronicles a voyage from England to India, then Guiana and home, provides a fascinating glimpse of travel - and peril - in the heyday of Britain's global empire. In the telling, it offers vantages on military history, labor and economic history, the history of health and medicine, and environmental history.