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William Howard Hooker Collection: East Indiaman Thetis Logbook, 1792-1793

Manuscript Collection #472-003

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Title: William Howard Hooker Collection: East Indiaman Thetis Logbook
Creators: East Indiaman
Hooker, William Howard
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Logbook (1792 - 1793) for East India cargo ship Thetis and folders of supporting evidence.
Extent: 0.13 Cubic feet, 1 item, logbook, bound six-page "memorandum," and supporting documents on Thetis.

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Accessions Information

December 5, 1984, 1 volume logbook for East Indian Cargo Ship Thetis, folders of supporting evidence, 1 photograph, 1 photocopy of drawing.

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: East Indiaman Thetis Logbook (#472-003), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of

Processing Information

  • Processed by B. Howlett, June 1985

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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The logbook of the East India Company ship Thetis's voyage to China (1792-1793) contains complete crew and passenger lists with rank and pay for crew, trade goods taken to China and returned to England, weather conditions, ship sightings, and daily life aboard ship. Important passengers to China were members of "The Secret Superintending Committee" (from the East India Company) and their servants. Cargo to China included bales of fabric, foodstuffs and drink, and over nine thousand ingots of tin. Cargo to England included several varieties of tea, raw silk, and nankeen.

Of particular interest are accounts of storms, an eclipse of the sun, repairs to the ship, floggings, deaths, escape of several seamen, various kinds of fish and birds sighted, different soils near harbors, and mention of other ships.

Supporting evidence includes letters from Founders Court, Lloyds Register of Shipping, and Britannica Research Bureau. These give complete specifications for the Thetis, built in 1786, and dates and destinations of her seven voyages. A "memorandum," seven typed pages, bound, gives more information on the ship and members of the "Secret Superintending Committee" (Henry Browne, Eyles Irwin, and William Jackson). Three loose pages contain material incorporated in the "memorandum" as well as a list of books containing related information. Also included is the photograph of a painting of East India Company's packet Swallow, said to be the same age and type as the Thetis, and a photocopy of a drawing of the Thetis.

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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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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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