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Book Description

Size 8vo, 20 x 13cm. A note / commonplace book, belonging to William John Thorpe Rowley (born Dec 23rd 1842) while aboard H.M.S. Sutley, Valparaiso, Chile, 1866. He has listed all the ships in which he served from 4th Aug 1858 (aged 15) to 31st Dec 1869. Recorded the arrival and departure of all the ports from Dec 1862 to May 1867. Leaving from Spithead & crossing to Rio De Janeiro, The Falkland Islands & the many South American ports & the Pitcairn Islands. He records all the persons who have died in Her Majesty’s Ship Sutley during the commission & their ages. Some drowned, some killed, one poisoned, and sadly a little Indian girl named Margaret Sutley Davies, who had been adopted by Corporal William Davies, died & was buried at sea. The rest, and most of the book consists of manuscript verses, many seafaring - the perils of the sea, thinking of home & loved ones ..... often painting a vivid picture of life at sea, some seem original. Also included are his original Continuous Service Certificate & 2 loose manuscript notes (one watermarked 1839) The book looks like it had been round the world. The binding is original, with wear & the rear board top corner missing. Inside there are many dirt & handling marks, and a couple of loose pages with worn & chipped edges. A most unusual Mariner’s Book, with insight into a life far from home.
Dealer Notes
H.M.S. SUTLEY was a warship of the British Pacific Station, based at Valparaiso, Chile.
In 1866 the Spanish Fleet bombarded the port of Valparaiso, which was completely undefended. The city begged the British for help, but under the command of Rear Admiral Joseph Denman, who has 2 warships - the H.M.S Sutley & Leander in the area, he decided to remain neutral.
Author Rowley, William John Thorpe
Date 1866
Binding Original Marbled Boards.
Publisher -
Illustrator -
Condition Worn
Pages 168

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