(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.
Mapping the ClarenceFollow the ship on its travels, via a torque map made using CartoDB (thanks to Hannah Feldman for making the original spreadsheet):
Here is a preview of the destinations, passengers and significant events in the 1864-65 journey of the Clarence. These - and other voyages of the ship - will be explored in greater detail within the site.
Story Map: An Overview of the Voyage
This project unfolds in three ways:
First, we seek to contextualize and explicate the voyage of the Clarence in 1864-65, using the ship's log kept by Joseph Watson as our starting point.
Second, we seek to trace aspects of the Clarence's subsequent career, in carrying migrants to Australia.
Lastly, the individual projects collected here trace other aspects of maritime history in the second half of the nineteenth century, raising issues that may not have directly affected the Clarence but which are of interest for the larger history of merchant shipping and "the coolie trade".