Personal Ship's Log for H.M.S. Champion 1897. Charles W. R. Royds.
Personal Ship's Log for H.M.S. Champion 1897.
Personal Ship's Log for H.M.S. Champion 1897.
Personal Ship's Log for H.M.S. Champion 1897.

Personal Ship's Log for H.M.S. Champion 1897.

1897-98. Hardcover. An autograph manuscript log of Charles Royds' voyage on H.M.S. Champion for 1897-8. From 1901 to 1904, Royds was First Lieutenant of the RRS Discovery on Robert Falcon Scott's National Antarctic Expedition. Cape Royds in Antarctica was named after him. During this time, the Champion sailed from Sheerness to Portland (UK), Madeira, Las Palmas, Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Bermuda & back to Sheerness, and later on to Scandinavia. The Champion was involved in the attempted rescue of British sailors of the "Cleopatra", which sank in Copenhagen. Six sailors were lost. There is a newspaper clipping from "The New York Police News", and the clipping is attached to the rough sketch, which illustrates a man overboard being saved. There is also quite an accomplished pen & ink signed TA, dated '98. Royds was a member of the Discovery expedition shore party and in 1904, when Discovery was lodged in the ice, he was involved in blasting trials which finally dislodged the ship. He retired from the Navy as a Vice-Admiral, and was later to become an Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police. Written in a standard "Journal Book and Remark Book. For the Use of the Officers of H.M. Navy", printed by Griffin & Co, black half leather & black cloth boards, with lined sheets (a little rubbed). A series of Royds' autograph manuscript log books for his many postings appeared at auction in London in 2004-5. Royal 8vo, approx. 65 pages of daily journal entries & 26pp of dated longitudes & latitudes, weather conditions, bearings & distances. Item #15726

Price: $1,500.00

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