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10 May 2018

Boteler was appointed Second Lieutenant of the Leven under Captain William Fitz-William Owen, and later First Lieutenant of the Barracouta. During a long surveying voyage between 1821 and 1826 to map parts of the coast of Africa which hadn’t been surveyed since the first wave of Portuguese explorers 300 years earlier, Boteler wrote a personal account of what he saw, and created many detailed and interesting drawings. This blog aims to show some of the highlights from this collection of drawings, which I had the pleasure of cataloguing last year alongside a manuscript copy of the account. 

Drawing by A. J. Enstone

27 March 2018

Looking back 100 years into the creation of the Royal Air Force through the words of the pilots.

H.M.S. Theseus (PAF1833)

8 March 2018

From 2014 the archives department has been focusing on cataloguing World War One manuscripts. In October 2017 while cataloguing, I came across the diary of a man who wrote only so his children would have something first hand from their father rather than just what they read in the news.

Photograph from the Admiralty Compass Observatory Collection (ACO) ACO/S&T/16/4

20 February 2018

Discover records relating to the Women’s Royal Naval Service in this new Caird Library and Archive display, February - June 2018. 

The East Indiaman 'Princess Royal' (BHC3564)

13 February 2018

James Creassy’s journal (Item ID: JOD/304) is over 300 pages long and written in perfectly legible handwriting – a rare find for material from 1777! He does not say why he is travelling to Bengal, but records in detail the entertaining, dramatic and sometimes rather distressing events that take place during the journey.

Inuit spearfishing for salmon.

6 February 2018

For February’s item of the month I have chosen JOD/133 a logbook written by T.F. Miller, the gunner on the whaling ship ‘Erik’ which records a voyage undertaken in 1876 from Dundee to the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland.

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20 January 2018

What does a recent auction of a piece of a flag flown on HMS Victory have in common with this recently catalogued Dobbie collection?

Photograph of Lecky (LKY/1/3)

9 January 2018

The spine labels of The King’s Ships, by H. S. Lecky show that ships from ABOUKIR to JUPITER are included in these volumes, the title page states that this is a six-volume work, and the introduction explains that they contain a ‘history of all those ships which are in the Naval service of the Empire’. So where are the last three volumes? 

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14 December 2017

Kent's archives contain details of many aspects of the county's maritime history including shipwrecks, salvage, smuggling and piracy.

The title page of the Fragments of Voyages and Travels Volume 3, Second series (RMG ID: PBE0288)

8 December 2017

The rare book collection at the Caird Library holds numerous delights. One of our readers requested this book and it particularly caught my eye as it is written by an officer who began service in the Royal Navy as a young lad in the 1800s. 

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