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Lot 142
EAST INDIA COMPANY LOG
Sold for £ 1,920 (US$ 2,422) inc. premium

Lot Details
EAST INDIA COMPANY LOG
Log of Honourable Company Ship Malabar (Capt. William Esmeades), from England to Whampoa, the return journey involving the ferrying of troops of the 19th Regiment from Madras to Calcutta, manuscript on paper, approximately 300 pages, dampstain affecting the gutter margin of earlier leaves, hole in final leaf with loss of some letters, modern panelled calf; Business ledger for the voyage, approximately 120 pages, dampstains and minor losses at beginninng and end, contemporary green vellum, red morocco lettering piece on upper cover, folio, 1798-1800 (2)

Footnotes

  • A rare occurence of the business ledger for a voyage being found together with the ship's logbook.

    Malabar, 884 tons, was in East India Company service between 1796 and 1801, and made two voyages of which this is presumably the second. The log commences at Deptford on 8 February 1798, then moving to Gravesend, and eventually sailing for the rendezvous at the Motherbank (Portsmouth). Two of the crew were taken off here, having been identified as deserters from the Royal Navy. On 29 April Malabar left Portsmouth in the company of nine other company ships: Fort William, Melville Castle, Lord Duncan, Airly Castle, Bridgewater, Walpole, Dublin, Contractor and Caledonian, under the convoy of HMS Intrepid, reaching Rio de Janeiro in early July. Lombock and Bali were reached in late September and Whampoa in early December, where a cargo including lead was discharged. In early January Malabar was making for Macao with a general cargo for Bengal via the Straits of Dryon, Malacca and Penang, and in March she reached Kedgree, an anchorage on the Hooghly. She left there in late April in the company of the American Indian Chief (Captain Service) and the Danish Norje, arriving in Madras a little before mid-May, where a cargo of rice was discharged. From Madras the cargo was salt and 75 'Chests of Treasure' together with 'part' of the 10th Regiment. By mid-August Malabar was back at Kedgree. After extensive repairs in dock at Calcutta, the voyage home, with a cargo of sugar, commenced on New Year's Day, with senior officers as passengers as well as Captn. Lieut. Fraser and "37 Invalids as Charter Party Passengers". The ship made St. Helena by mid-April, after heavy weather and a short respite at Cape Town, and then Start Point where the log ends on 22 June. The last leaves contain a list of all the passengers, arranged according to the various legs of the voyage, and including the names of all the officers and men of the 10th Regt. conveyed from Madras to Bengal, the invalids brought back to England, as well as 10, also named, French prisoners.
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