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 Wednesday 8
    1 S B W 1/2 W 6 6 SE B E Cloudy
    2 6 6 Variable Winds Weather throughout
    3 7 "
    4 7 "
    5 SSW 8 " Vble [variable] Squally People and tradesmen much as before
    6 7 6
    7 4 3 Taken back
    8 E B N 2 " S B E
    9 1 5
    10 SW B S 2 " Whose ship Kept the still going
    11 S B E 4 6 E B S
    12 South 6 4 E B S
    1 SSW 7 6 ESE
    2 8 " SE
    3 SSE 8 4 East
    4 S B E 8 4 E B S
    5 7 6
    6 7 4
    7 South 7 6 Vble [variable] Squally and Rain
    8 S B W 7 2 Vble [variable] Squally and Rain
    9 S B E 6 3 E B S Fair
    10 7 3
    11 S 1/2 E 7 3
    12 6 2
    Dist P Log 156 Miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 19:15 S
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Acct X Long Long in
    S 2 W 144 144 5 19:28 5 25:30
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Thursday 9
    1 S B E 5 " E B S Fair Light variable Winds throughout
    2 4 6
    3 S B E 1/2 E 4 6 East People variously employed by the Boatswain Sailmaker repairing the 2 best 4 top sail Armorer at is forge other tradesmen as necessary
    4 4 4
    5 4 5
    6 4 5
    7 S B E 4 4 E B S
    8 4 5
    9 SW 3 4 Vble [variable] Squally in 1st Reefs
    10 5 4
    11 SW B W 3 " S B E Kept the still going
    12 SE B E 2 " Vble [variable] AB
    1 E B S 1 " Fair
    2 " 6 [bracket H 2-5] Vble [variable]
    3 East " 6 Vble [variable]
    4 1 3 Vble [variable]
    5 ENE " 6 Vble [variable]
    6 WSW 2 2 Whose ship
    7 SW B W 1 6 S B E Out Reefs
    8 SW B S 1 3 SE B S
    9 S B W 2 2 SE B E
    10 3 "
    11 2 5
    12 2 "
    Dist P Logg 72 miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 20:14 S
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Fryday 10 April 89
    1 South 1 6 ESE Fair Variable Winds and Weather throughout
    2 1 6 Variation pr Means of Ayth 3:23 W
    3 2 3
    4 2 "
    5 S B W 1 4 Vble [variable] Tradesmen as before
    6 1 "
    7 SSW 1 2 SE B E Kept the sitll going
    8 1 4 Vble [variable] Rain
    9 S 1/2 E 3 " AM Set up the Rigggin up fore and aft
    10 South 3 6 ESE
    11 S 1/2 W 2 2
    12 1 3
    1 S B E 3 5
    2 3 5
    3 South 3 3
    4 2 "
    5 Calm H 1 4 SE to SW
    6 " "
    7 SSE " " Vble [variable] Squally
    8 3 4 Swell Rain
    9 2 "
    10 SE 1 4 NE
    11 SE B S 1 6 E B N
    12 2 "
    Dist P Log 44 miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 20:52 South
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 8 E 41 41 6 20:52 6 25:21
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Saturday 11 April
    1 SSE " 6 Fair Light Airs with calms and mostly fair Wether throughout
    2 Calm " "
    3 Calm " " Hd S to SE People variously employed Sailmaker repairing the 2 best fore top sail Armorer at is forge making marling spikes timbles &c.
    4 Calm " "
    5 " "
    6 Do [ditto] Do [ditto] " "
    7 Do [ditto] Do [ditto] " "
    8 Do [ditto] Do [ditto] " "
    9 Do [ditto] H " "
    10 Do [ditto] H " " SE to W
    11 SSW 1 2 SE to SW Calker [caulker] on the gun deck
    12 S B W 2 " Other tradesmen as Necessary
    1 1 "
    2 1 "
    3 1 " Kept the stil going
    4 1 "
    5 S B E 1 2 E B S AM Scraped and cleaned the gun deck
    6 1 4
    7 SE B S 1 4 E B N
    8 1 4
    9 SE 2 " E B N
    10 2 "
    11 1 6
    12 East 1 4 Taken a back
    Dist P Log 21 Miles Lat [Latitude] Obsd [Observed] 21:16 South
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 16 W 19 18 5 21:16 5 25:26
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Sunday 12 April '89
    1 E B S 1 Vble [variable] Cloudy Light Variable Winds and Weather throughout the latter part fair
    2 W B S " 4 Wore ship
    3 WSW 1 4 South Rain
    4 SW B W 2 4 S B E
    5 SW 3 " SSE Fair
    6 SW 1/2 W 3 " A hevy swell from the S B W
    7 2 3
    8 2 3 Kept the stil going
    9 S B W 2 3
    10 2 2
    11 SSW 3 " vble [variable]
    12 3 2
    1 S B W 1/2 W 3 6 SE B E
    2 4 "
    3 S B W 2 6
    4 3 4
    5 3 " Rain
    6 3 3 Rain
    7 S B W 1/2 W 2 4
    8 S B W 1 6
    9 SSE 5 " East Squally
    10 E 5 4 Rain
    11 S B 1/2 E 3 " vble [variable]
    12 3 2
    Dist P Log 69 miles Lat [Latitude] Obsd [Observed] 22.9 S
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 16 W 59 57 16 22:13 17 25:43
    H Courses [K] [F] Winds Remarks on Monday 13 April
    1 SSE 3 " East fair Light breezes and mostly fair Weather
    2 2 6
    3 SW 3 6 vble [variable] Cloudy
    4 4 "
    5 SSW 3 4 SE Fair People variously employed Tradesmen as necessary Sail maker repairing the 2 best fore top sail
    6 4 3
    7 S B W 1/2 W 3 2 SE B E
    8 3 2
    9 3 6
    10 4 4
    11 5 " Kep the still going
    12 5 3
    1 5 2
    2 5 6
    3 S B W 5 4
    4 5 4
    5 5 "
    6 5 6
    7 S 1/2 W 5 5 ESE Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 23:56 S
    8 5 5
    9 5 5
    10 South 5 2
    11 S B E 5 2 E B S
    12 5 2
    Dist P Log 112 Miles
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 11 W 108 106 21 23:55 22 26:5
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Tuesday April 14
    1 S B E 6 " E B S Cloudy Fresh Breezes and mostly Cloudy Weather throughout
    2 6 "
    3 SSE 6 2 East
    4 6 4 People variously employed by the Boatswain Tradesmen as necessary
    5 S B E 1/2 E 6 5
    6 6 6
    7 SSE 8 "
    8 8 2 Rain lightning from the Westward
    9 8 6
    10 8 6 Continued Rain
    11 8 6 Kept the stil[l] going
    12 S B E 8 6 E B S
    1 S B E 1/2 E 9 " East
    2 9 "
    3 S 1/2 E 8 " E B S
    4 7 2
    5 8 "
    6 SSE 8 6 vble [variable]}
    7 SE 1/2 S 8 6 NE}
    8 SE 9 4
    9 8 5
    10 9 "
    11 10 "
    12 9 6
    Dist P Log 195 Miles Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 26:40 S
    Courses Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 26 E 189 170 83 26:46 92 24:33
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Wednesday 15 April
    1 SE 9 3 NE Cloudy
    2 9 "
    3 9 " Fair
    4 8 5
    5 7 5 North
    6 8 "
    7 [} 7-8] 8 " vble [variable] Lightning and Rain to the Westward
    8 7 6
    9 9 "
    10 9 "
    11 8 "
    12 [} 12-8] 7 " Carried away the M CT Mast and Royal Yard split Ma and MyT sails Main and fore top galt [gallant] sail Royals loward and top masts slung sails Shifted the main and fore top galt [gallant] sails with the best got a short headed top galt [gallant] mast up Shifted the main and mizan top sails with 2 best
    1 12 "
    2 6 2
    3 4 2
    4 continued 5 4
    5 Rain 5 6
    6 5 6
    7 6 " NW
    8 6 "
    9 [} 9-12] 6 2
    10 6 3 vble [variable] Rain
    11 5 4 Shifted the fore top sail with the best 2
    12 5 "
    Dist P Log 175 Miles No Obson [Observation]
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 44 E 175 126 122 28:46 137 22:16
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    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Thursday 16 April
    1 SE 3 6 W Cloudy Squally and Rain
    2 5 "
    3 4 3 SW
    4 4 3
    5 4 6
    6 5 4 SW B S Do [ditto]
    7 SE B E 4 " S B W Rain
    8 4 "
    9 East 4 6 SSE
    10 E B N 5 4 SE B S
    11 5 "
    12 5 "
    1 ENE 4 4 SE
    2 4 6
    3 E B N 5 6 SE B S Squally
    4 5 6
    5 EN 5 3 SE
    6 5 4 In Reef Mz Top sail
    7 4 6 } [7-8] vble [variable] Squally and Rain
    8 N B E [4] [6]
    9 S B W 4 " SE B E wore ship
    10 SSW 3 6 SE Squally and Rain
    11 SW B S 4 " SE B S
    12 SSW 3 5 SE
    Dist P Log 112 Miles
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 85 E 75 6 75 28:52 86 20:50
    H Courses K F Winds Remarks on Fryday 17 April
    1 SSW 1/4 W 4 2 SE Hazy PM struck down the for hole 9 Nine pounders and filled three large batts with salt water to trim ship People variously employed Carpenter making a main top Galt [Gallant] mast Sailmaker and some hands repairing the old main top sail and 2 best foresail
    2 4 2
    3 4 " Fair
    4 4 "
    5 S B W 1/2 W 3 5 SE B E
    6 3 4
    7 S B W 2 6
    8 S 1/2 2 2 ESE
    9 South 3 "
    10 3 " NB the old mizan top sail being rendred [rendered] unfit to repair used the Remainder of the Canvas to repair the top sails &c
    11 3 "
    12 SSW 2 6 SE
    1 SW B S 1 6 SE B S
    2 1 6
    3 1 " Kept the stil going
    4 2 "
    5 1 5
    6 1 "
    7 SW " " vble [variable] Light airs
    8 " 5
    9 " 5
    10 Calm H [O with +] " 4
    11 Do [ditto] H from " " N to E Lat [Latitude] Obs [Observed] 29:18 S
    12 Do [ditto] H from " " N to E
    Dist P Log 51 Miles
    Course Dist X Lat Dept Lat Act X Long Long in
    S 27 W 50 45 23 29:24 26 21:16
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