Logbook of HMS Cygnet
Manuscript logbook of HMS Cygnet detailing repeated engagements with slave traders off the West African coast from 16 November 1845 to 22 March 1847 as part of the Royal Navy's efforts to combat the Atlantic slave trade. From April 1844 to February 1846 the commander was Henry Layton followed by Frederick Wilmot Horton until April 1846, Frederick Byng Montresor until February 1847 and Philip Hodge Somerville until April 1847.
An undated magazine article about the Royal Navy's role off the African coast from 1807 to 1867 is tipped onto the first blank page of the logbook.
- Creation: 1845-1847
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 17086].
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 17086
Logbook of HMS Cygnet.
Biographical / Historical
HMS Cygnet was an eight-gun wooden brig, launched in 1840, which became part of the Royal Navy's force off the West African coast. It was transferred to the coastguard in 1863 and renamed WV.30 and was broked up in 1877.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Modern First Editions in 2019.
- Catalogue of the Logbook of HMS Cygnet
- Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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