British Naval Journal, 19th century

9 September 1811-8 November 1812
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About this work


Anonymous journal compiled aboard H.M.S. Salsette, a frigate patrolling the eastern Mediterranean as part of the British naval blockade of Continental Europe.


9 September 1811-8 November 1812

Physical description

119 ff., some blank 1 vol., 185 × 120 mm., Full calf binding, repaired, with original brass clasp on vellum hinge.

Acquisition note

Purchased from Blackwell's Rare Books, 1992.

Biographical note

The unidentified author is likely to have been a medical man (he attends a consultation of physicians f.43), possibly ship's surgeon Robert Allan, whom the Navy List (1814) notes as posted to 'Salsette' in 1810. References to medical topics within the text are uncommon, however. The writer preferred to log the official duties of the ship and its captain, Henry Hope (1787-1863), and to describe local topography, antiquities and customs. He records the presence in the region of Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839) and William Gell (1777-1836).

Finding aids

Described in typescript supplements, by Christopher Hilton and Richard Aspin, to the Library's published finding aids.

Location of duplicates

Transcript available.

Ownership note

Typed label on inner front board 'Ketchley, Rectory, Biddeston, Chippenham'. Henry Ernest Ketchley was rector of Biddeston in 1917.


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Accession number

  • acc. 348987