NAVAL - AFRICA and HMS VICTORY
Lot 58
NAVAL - AFRICA and HMS VICTORY
Sold for £2,880 (US$ 4,893) inc. premium
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NAVAL - AFRICA and HMS VICTORY
Series of seven illustrated logbooks kept by T.J. Richards, beginning with the "Log of the proceedings of H.M.S. St. Vincent & Victory Bearing the Broad Pendant of Commodore Sir F. Collier, K.C.B./ J. Shepherd Esq.r Captain/ Kept by T.J. Richards Master's Assist/ Beginning June 25th 1846/ Ending November 21st 1846"; bound with his logs of HMS Thetis, 22 November 1846 to 6 June 1850, HMS Impregnable, 7 July to 29 August 1850, HMS Impregnable, 21 November 1850 to 10 January 1851, and HMS Sampson, 11 January 1850 to 22 October 1851; the illustrations including charts, some fold-out, diagrams of sailing trials, coastal profiles etc., approximately 900 pages, purple morocco, upper cover stamped with ships' titles in gilt, folio, 1846-1851

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  • A FINE SERIES OF ILLUSTRATED LOGBOOKS, charting the naval career of a sailor killed when serving on a steam frigate in Nigeria in 1851. Thomas Richards styles himself either as Master's Assistant or Midshipman. Following on from the log of his time on the Victory, then as now moored at Portsmouth, he served on the St Vincent (the first-rate built in 1815 and used towards the end of the century as a training ship for boys) in home waters and off Spain. However, most of the logs are occupied by his service on HMS Thetis (38 guns), cruising in the Mediterranean, and on two wooden-hulled steam paddle frigates, the Retribution, and Sampson. In the Retribution, which in the following decade was to see action in the Opium Wars, he sails to Cork and in home waters, while in the Sampson he sails to St Helena, Ascension, the Bight of Benin and Prince's Island [Principe]. The Sampson (or Samson)was to take part in the engagement at Lagos fought on 26 December against King Kosoko (Coçioco) with a view to replacing him with his pro-British and anti-slavery kinsman, the exiled King Akitoye (Akitoyeto) as Oba; an engagement that cost the British fifteen killed and seventy-five wounded, with a comparable number of Lagosian casualties; but which marked the beginning of British control of Lagos. However the author of these logs was among those killed there, and we find the final entry of his last log being made off at Cape Lopez, West Africa, on 22 October, with the terminal date on the calligraphic title-page entered in another hand.
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