Sailing the British Empire : The Voyages of The Clarence, 1858-73Main MenuSailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73IntroductionThe Crew / AcknowledgmentsThe Provenance of Watson's LogAdditional Sources: Logs, Crew Lists, DiariesInside Lloyd's Register"Green's Celebrated Service"Details on owner of the ship at the time of our voyage, Richard Green.The Master Builder: William PileThe Master: Joseph Watson's BiographyA Mate's ProgressThe Career of Henry Berridge, First Mate of the ClarenceThe Crew of the Clarence in 1864An annotated crew listThe 18th HussarsThe Clarence and the Cyclone of 1864Origins of Indian Emigrants Aboard The ClarenceThe Surgeon-SuperintendantWages of indentured labourers in Demerara (1870-1900)The Clarence Sails to AustraliaMutiny! Violence and Resistance Aboard "Coolie Ships"Cholera: The Killer from CalcuttaSTSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d08STSC 077, The University of Pennsylvania, fall 2015
First page of 1868 log of the Clarence
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12015-12-14T21:20:19-08:00Additional Sources: Logs, Crew Lists, Diaries5plain2016-02-22T21:36:19-08:00The log in Penn's Rare Books and Special Collections division is at the heart of this project. It is a rich and singular source. But, as it turns out, the Clarence is a (reasonably) well-documented ship.
In addition to Penn's 1864-65 log, we've found, thus far:
two logs at the Caird Library, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
thirteen logs and/or crew lists at the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland
three diaries kept by passengers on the ship, held by the State Library of Victoria, the National Library of Australia and the National Library of New Zealand.
For one voyage, we have two logs and for another we have both a log and a diary.
The log held by the University of Pennsylvania is entitled an "abstract log", implying that it was a digest of the main master's navigational log. It also contains an appendix devoted to the cyclone of 1864, wherein Joseph Watson copied both a letter detailing what he witnessed (sent to an Indian newspaper) and other newspaper accounts.
What we find for the Clarence at the Maritime History Archive in St John's are official logs maintained in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act of 1850 - legally required documents detailing the crew and their conduct, discipline and births and deaths aboard ship. Such logs were required to be submitted upon arrival in the final port of call. (Among the logs at the MHA, one occasionally finds notes of reprimand appended to the logs when masters failed to record required information.)
Sources: A. R. T. Jonkers. "Logs and Ship’s Journals." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. : Oxford University Press, 2007. Oxford Reference. 2007. Date Accessed 10 Dec. 2015 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195130751.001.0001/acref-9780195130751-e-0484>.