Item MS055 - HMS Amethyst log

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HMS Amethyst log

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  • 1859-1860 (Creation)

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Sidney Grenfell served in the British Royal Navy from 1822-78. Born in 1806 to John Grenfell of Chelsea and entered the navy in 1822. He was the Captain of the HMS Amethyst from 8 July 1856 to 22 December 1860 (until paying off at Chatham). As part of his command of the Amethyst, he participated in the second Anglo-Chinese War or Opium War.

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The fonds consists of the log of H.M.S. Amethyst, covering the period 9 November 1859 to 22 December 1860. It contains 93 pages of text, drawings, and maps which are listed below. The log begins with the ship at anchor at Mazatlan, Mexico. On 21 June the ship leaves Mexico for Panama, and proceeds on to Valparaiso, Chile, and then Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ship then returns home to England, arriving at Plymouth, and then going on to Margarte, and finally Chatham. The final entry in the log is: "put ship out of commission".

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Item was acquired from Barry Brown in the late 1960s.


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H.M. Ship Amethyst. -- [1859 or 1860]. -- Watercolour. -- Pasted to inside cover of log. With motto "E Pluribus Unum".
Section of the hold of H.M.S. Amethyst. -- Drawing : ink. -- Tipped into log.
Track of H.M.S. Amethyst between San Blas and Mazatlan. -- 6 Nov.-6 Dec. 1859. -- Map : ink. -- Tipped into log.
Track of H.M.S. Amethyst between Mazatlan and Guaymas. -- 27 Dec. 1859-31 Jan. 1860. -- Map: ink. -- Tipped into log.
Plan of San Blas. -- [1860?]. -- Map: ink, hand col. -- Tipped into log.
Track of H.M.S. Amethyst from San Blas to Panama. -- 21 June 1860-17 July 1860. -- Map : ink. -- Tipped into log.
Track of H.M.S. Amethyst from Panama to Valparaiso. -- [1860?]. -- Map: ink. -- Tipped into log.
Track of H.M.S. Amethyst from Valparaiso to Rio de Janeiro. -- [1860?]. -- Map: ink. -- Tipped into log.
Track of H.M.S. Amethyst from Rio de Janeiro to Plymouth Sound. -- [1860?]. -- Map: ink. -- Tipped into log.

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HMS Amethyst was a Spartan-class 26-gun sixth rate launched in 1844 and sold in 1869 for use as a cable vessel.

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