In the early 19th century a voyage from England to India and the Far East took over a year to complete. These ships carried hundreds of crew and passengers and the logs list their names, rank, destinations, children are recorded. Many hundreds of the logs survive and are stored in the British Library in original bound volumes. Most of them have never been copied or transcribed. One free web site is now trying to change that. For the first time, a few of the ships’ logs have been made available online.
The Records cover the government of India amounting to over 10 miles of shelves, plus 70,000 volumes of official publications and 105,000 manuscripts and maps. Day to day events are recorded such as cleaning, loading the ship, weather, floggings, recording of passing ships, sickness, disputes, and death.
Only a tiny percentage of the logs have been transferred to date. Ships’ logs available online so far include the following ships’ names and voyages:
|NORTHAMPTON||Voyage to Bombay and Bengal under Captain Barker||Log and Journal||12 Jul 1801 to 18 Apr 1803|
|HUDDART||Voyage to Bombay under Captain Thomas Gabriel Bayliff||Log and Journal||10 Mar 1806 to 6 Oct 1807|
|NORTHAMPTON||Voyage to Madras and Bengal under Captain Sanders||Log and Journal||4 Jul 1807 to 2 Feb 1809|
|LORD KEITH||Voyage to Calcutta under Captain Campbell||Log and Journal||29 Jan 1810 to 28 Oct 1811|
|JULIANA||Voyage to Batavia under Captain Rawes||Log , Journal and Ledger, Pay Book||12 Mar 1812 to 15 Sep 1813|
|WARREN HASTINGS||Voyage to China under Captain Rawes||Log and Journal||13 Mar 1815 to 11 Jul 1816|
|WARREN HASTINGS||Voyage to China under Captain Rawes||Log and Journal||25 Jan 1819 to 28 Jul 1820|
|WARREN HASTINGS||Voyage to China under Captain Rawes||Log and Journal||24 Feb 1823 to 13 Jul 1824|
|WARREN HASTINGS||Voyage to China under Captain Rawes||Log and Journal||4 Mar 1825 to 25 Jul 1826|
|VANSITTART||Voyage to China under Captain Dalrymple||Log and Journal||15 Dec 1826 to 11 Jul 1828|
Adding transcriptions to the web site is an ongoing effort with the plan to eventually transcribe every log entry. Transcription of the logs from the ship Repulse on its voyage to the far east in 1830 are now being made.
You can find these online transcriptions from the Honourable East India Company at http://www.heicshipslogs.co.uk.