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William Howard Hooker Collection: H.M.S. DESPERATE Logbook, 1862-1863

Manuscript Collection #472-002

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Title: William Howard Hooker Collection: H.M.S. DESPERATE Logbook
Creator: Hooker, William Howard
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Logbook, (1862 -1863) of H.M.S. Desperate headquartered in Bermuda.
Extent: 0.046 Cubic feet, 1 item, logbook.

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Accessions Information

December 5, 1984, logbook (1862-1863) of H.M.S. DESPERATE headquartered in Bermuda. Gift of Mr. William Howard Hooker, Marietta, Georgia.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

William Howard Hooker Collection: H.M.S. DESPERATE Logbook (#472-002), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. William Howard Hooker

Processing Information

  • Processed by B. Howlett, June 1985

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The logbook of the British warship H.M.S. DESPERATE kept by Lt. Marshall Little contains wind and weather information and descriptions of daily life aboard ship in port and at sea. Little was Master's Assistant of the DESPERATE under two commanders, J. F. Ross (July 5-July 30, 1862) and A. T. Thorp (July 31, 1862-Nov. 7, 1863). The ship, headquartered in Bermuda during the Civil War, traveled to Halifax and Pictou, Nova Scotia; Newfoundland; Jamaica; and Honduras. While at anchor outside Charleston, South Carolina (Feb. 25-Feb. 27, 1863), the vessel exchanged colors with American federal ships, contacted a federal commander, and sighted several federal gunboats. She was anchored off Fortress Monroe (Mar. 2-6), Hampton Roads, and Norfolk, Virginia (ca. Mar.-June, 1863), and went to Chesapeake, Virginia, before departing for Bermuda (June 21, 1863). Crew members' time in port was spent in housekeeping chores, regular military drill, and keeping careful records of arrivals and departures of all ships and their countries of origin.

Of interest are names of ships encountered at sea and in port; mention of floggings, deaths and burials; sightings of icebergs; religious services; and cleaning and repair of the ship.

The first page of the book is decorated with watercolor flags and emblems. A watercolor map of Nova Scotia; eight watercolor "track" maps of voyages; and pencil drawings of Cape Henry lighthouse, harbor at Omoa, Honduras, and Bermuda are included.

Inserted in the back of the book are two period photographs of crew and visitors aboard the ship. One photograph contains the identification of several people.

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Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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