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    New resource re ships' logs
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2010 Apr 5, 11:02 +0100

    Here's a source of lots of historical information that has only recently
    become publicly available. It doesn't seem to have been publicised (at
    least, I haven't seen it).
    
    It stems from a study of historical weather patterns as deduced from
    Admiralty and other ships' logs, the CORRAL project, home page at-
    http://www.corral.org.uk/
    The digitised Admiralty logs that they have studied have now been made
    publicly available, on line.  They are indexed at-
    http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/data/corral/index.html
    A major subset of those archives relates to exploration voyages, indexed
    at-
    http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/data/corral/adm55/adm55_index.html#v001
    
    Just take a look at the list of logs and journals that have been made
    available there.
    
    Some of that gets so detailed as the hourly course and distance, for entry
    into a traverse table, in the master's mates log, such as that of Isaac
    Smith. See a sample page, covering arrival at Madeira-
    http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/corral/view_images/a=55/p=10/l=105/v=1
    which is also available at higher resolution in another page, at-
    http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/browse/badc/corral/images/adm55/log105/adm55_log105_page010.jpg
    
    The arrival of Adventure at Ulietea, aspects of which we have been
    discussing, is described in Furneaux' journal, at-
    http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/corral/view_images/a=55/p=63/l=1/v=1
    or at higher resolution-
    http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/browse/badc/corral/images/adm55/log001/adm55_log001_page063.jpg
    
    ======================
    
    I don't regard those digitised pages as being as user-friendly as they
    could be. I couldn't find a simple way to steer to a particular page, other
    than by pressing "next page" umpteen times, though you can trick it into
    doing so by tinkering with the page-address.
    
    There's a wealth of opportunity for serious research there, if that takes
    anyone's fancy. Or just indulgement in idle curiosity. It's all there to
    view.
    
    Yours, George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    
    
    

       
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