Ship's Log of the General Goddard, between England and India, 1789-1790

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  • UPenn Ms. Codex 939
  • A 755-ton Indiaman which made six trips between England and India. After the second trip, in 1789-1790, it was purchased by Robert Wigram, owner and builder of many Blackwall frigates. Documentation of a voyage between England, Calcutta, and Madras in 1789-1790, under Captain Thomas Foxall. Includes notes on course, distance, and position; weather observations; vessels sighted; and cargo loaded and unloaded.

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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Thursday 19 March
    1 SSE 7 6 ENE fair
    2 7 6
    3 7 4 A light trade and fair Weather People variously employed by the boatswain Tradesmen as necessary Kept the still going
    4 7 2
    5 8 "
    6 8 "
    7 7 6
    8 7 6
    9 7 4
    10 7 4
    11 7 2
    12 7 "
    1 6 "
    2 5 "
    3 5 2
    4 5 2
    5 6 "
    6 6 6
    7 6 6 Variation Pr means of opemate 11.43
    8 7 "
    9 7 "
    10 7 "
    11 7 "
    12 7 "
    Dis P Logg 167 miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observation] 7.39 N
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Acct X Long Long in
    S 33 E 167 140 91 7.42 92 20.53
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Fryday 20 March
    1 S B E 7 " Mostly light Airs with fair Weather People variously employed under Boatswain
    2 7 "
    3 7 "
    4 6 4
    5 6 "
    6 5 4 AM Fumigated the orlop deck Tradesmen as necessary Kept the still going
    7 5 4
    8 5 4
    9 5 3
    10 5 3
    11 4 6
    12 3 6 AM Fumigated the orlop deck
    1 3 "
    2 3 2
    3 3 5
    4 3 6
    5 3 4
    6 3 4
    7 3 2
    8 3 4
    9 4 6
    10 5 3
    11 5 5
    12 5 5
    Dis P Logg 116 miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 5.44 N
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Acct X Long Long in
    S 22 E 116 108 43 44 20.9
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Saturday 21 March
    1 S B E 6 " NE B E Fair
    2 5 2
    3 5 " A Light Breeze and mostly fair weather
    4 5 "
    5 4 6 People variously employed by the Boatswain
    6 4 "
    7 3 6
    8 4 "
    9 4 4
    10 4 6
    11 4 6
    12 4 6
    1 4 " Tradesmen as Necessary Kept the still going
    2 4 "
    3 4 "
    4 4 "
    5 4 "
    6 4 6
    7 3 "
    8 3 "
    9 2 6
    10 1 "
    11 4 " S B W Vble [variable] rain
    12 4 " SSW
    Dis pr Logg 99 miles No Obson [Observation]
    Course Dist X Lat Dep Lat Acct X Long Long in
    S 20 E 98 92 33 4.12 33 19.36
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Sunday March '89
    1 South 3 6 Vble [Variable] and Rain
    2 3 6 Shifted the fore top mast with a New one
    3 SSW 3 " saw a Sail by W
    4 3 "
    5 WSW 3 " S B E
    6 W B S 3 " South
    7 S B W 4 2 Light Airs variable with Cloudy Weather Kept the still going
    8 4 "
    9 2 4
    10 2 "
    11 South 2 "
    12 1 "
    1 S B E 1 4
    2 1 2
    3 1 4 North
    4 1 6
    5 1 6
    6 2 2
    7 3 "
    8 3 "
    9 3 "
    10 3 "
    11 2 "
    12 2 "
    Dis P Log 62 miles No Obs [Observation]
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Monday 23 '89
    1 SSW 1 " vble [variable] Rain
    2 Calm " " The first part mostly calm the middle light airs the latter squally Mostly Cloudy weather throughout
    3 Calm " "
    4 " "
    5 " " SSE Lightning
    6 SSE 1 " People variously employed under Boastwain Kept the still going
    7 South 1 " W B S
    8 1 "
    9 SSW 1 " Hard Rain AM Set the Bobstays up for and main top Riggin up
    10 1 "
    11 1 "
    12 2 "
    1 2 "
    2 2 "
    3 2 6
    4 3 "
    5 3 "
    6 3 4
    7 3 "
    8 2 "
    9 3 6
    10 3 "
    11 5 "
    12 6 " Hard Rain
    Dis P Logg 49 miles No Observations
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Acct X Long Long in
    SSW 48 48 1 2.27 1 19.31
    H Course K F Winds Remarks on Thursday 24 March
    1 S B W 4 2 vble [variable] Rain
    2 4 " Light Airs Variable with calm and mostly cloudy weather throughout
    3 3 2
    4 SW B S 2 4 SE B S Fair People variously employed some hands picking oakum Kept the still going
    5 SSW 1 "
    6 1 2
    7 S B W 4 2 At 5 PM the sail showed english coulours
    8 3 6
    9 2 "
    10 2 " AM set up the mizan Riggin up at noon the sail W
    11 1 "
    12 1 "
    1 " 6
    2 " "
    3 " "
    4 " "
    5 " "
    6 S B W 1 " Head Rain
    7 2 2
    8 2 6
    9 2 6 NNE
    10 2 4
    11 2 3
    12 2 3
    Dis P Log 47 miles No Observation
    Courses Dist X Lat Dept Lat Acct X Long Long in
    SSW 47 47 3 1.40 3 19.34
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Wednesday 25 March
    1 S B W 2 4 NE B E Light airs and calms with mostly cloudy Weather throughout People usefully employed by the Boatswain Tradesmen as necessary
    2 4 "
    3 2 "
    4 1 2
    5 1 "
    6 " 6
    7 " 6 Kept the still going
    8 " 6
    9 " 6
    10 " 4
    11 " 4
    12 " 4 At Noon the sail W B N Dis 4 miles
    1 " 4 I take the sail in night to be the [[Nottingham]]
    2 Calm Hd [Head] " " S B W to SW
    3 Calm Hd [Head] " " S B W to SW
    4 Hd [Head] S B W " "
    5 S B W " " to SSW
    6 " "
    7 S B W " "
    8 " "
    9 S B W " "
    10 S B W " 2
    11 S B W " "
    12 S B W " "
    Dis P Log 16 miles No Obs [Observation]
    Course Dist X Lat Dep Lat Act X Long Long in
    S B W 16 16 1 1.24 1 19.35
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Thursday 26 March
    1 Calm Hds [Heads] " " S B W Fair People variously employed Carpenter making a spair top fore salt yard sailmaker making the second best main top sail Armorour at is forge some hands picking oakum Kept the still going
    2 Calm Hds [Heads] " "
    3 H S B " " E to SSW
    4 H S B " "
    5 H S B " "
    6 " "
    7 S B W " "
    8 " 3
    9 H S B " 4
    10 H S B " "
    11 H S B " " W to SW
    12 H S B " "
    1 H S B " "
    2 H S B " "
    3 H S B " " W to SW B S
    4 H S B " "
    5 S B W 1 " NNE Light air
    6 1 3
    7 1 "
    8 1 "
    9 2 " the sail W B N at noon the sail W B N 1/2 N 7 or 8 miles
    10 2 "
    11 1 6
    12 1 "
    Dis P Log 12 miles Lat [Latitude] Obson [Observation] 1.52 N
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 2 W 12 12 1 1:12 1 19:36
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Fryday 27 March
    1 S B W 1 NNE Fair The first and middle parts Light Airs the Latter an increasing Breeze Mostly fair weather throughout
    2 1 2
    3 " 4
    4 " 4
    5 Calm Hd " "
    6 S B W " 4 S B W Variation Pr Means Azn 11:30 W
    7 " 2 Do [ditto] Pr Amde ---- 11:26 W
    8 " 2
    9 Calm H " "
    10 Calm H " " S B W People variously employed Sailmaker as Before Cooper making Buckets Kept the still going
    11 Calm H " "
    12 S B W 1 " East
    1 1 2
    2 2 "
    3 2 2
    4 2 2
    5 2 4
    6 3 2
    7 3 3
    8 S B W 1/2 3 3 W SE B E
    9 SSW 3 6 SE The sail WNW Disce [Distance] 9 or 10 miles
    10 4 "
    11 S B W 4 3 SE B E
    12 S B W 1/2 W 4 3
    Dis p Log 43 miles No Obsd [Observed]
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 5 W 42 42 3 1.10 3 19.39 W
    H Course K F Winds Remarks on Saturday 28 Mch [March]
    1 S B W 5 " SE B E Fair People variously employed sailmaker making Tarrbellings for the army
    2 5 "
    3 4 6
    4 SSW 4 2 SE Kept the still going
    5 S B W 4 3 SE B E AM Washed the Gun deck
    6 4 6
    7 5 "
    8 5 "
    9 5 2
    10 5 2
    11 5 4
    12 5 4
    1 5 6 Squally
    2 5 6
    3 5 6 Fair
    4 SSW 5 4 SE
    5 SW B S 6 " SE B S
    6 6 2
    7 6 4
    8 6 4
    9 SW 6 6 SSE
    10 6 5
    11 6 2
    12 SSW 5 6 SE
    Dis P Log 133 miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 8:39 S
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Actt X Long Long in
    S 15 W 129 125 33 00:55 S 33 20:12 W
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