Archive Services are pleased to make available online for the first time, a rare logbook, charting a Scottish sailors’ life on one of Nelson’s ships.
Andrew Service, born in Port Glasgow in 1781, served on the HMS Medusa as a sailor in the Royal Navy, and travelled around the world to the Mediterranean, the East and West Indies and the North and South Americas. The logbook charts his experiences during the Napoleonic Wars, on board Nelson’s 38-gun frigate as it did battle in the North and South Atlantic in the early 1800s. The logbook provides an unusual, ‘below decks’ perspective on the events, as official logs were kept by officers.
The logbook is extremely fragile, and conservation took place before digitisation and transcription of the entries. The transcripts were compiled by history student Emily Graham, as part of the University’s Club 21 work experience programme.
Emily said: “The most difficult part of deciphering Andrew Service’s handwriting was the names of the places that the ship visited…there are still a few that we have to crack and I hope that someone reading the logbook online may be able to provide the missing ports of call.”
Can you identify ‘Severdvich’ in the image below?
Andrew Service completed his account on July 6th, 1810, and the exhibition launches today, exactly 200 years later.
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