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Stokes, H. R.

Journal of H.R. Stokes, Midshipman, kept primarily aboard the H.M.S. Hood.

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2 v. (264, 166 pages) : ill. ; 32 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DA88.S76 J68 1897+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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The H.M.S. Hood was a modified Royal Sovereign-class battleship, launched in 1891 and sunk as a blockship in 1914, named after the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Arthur Hood.
Bound in contemporary blue morocco, tooled in gilt on cover. Rebacked, original spines laid down.
Manuscript journal of H.R. Stokes, midshipman, kept primarily aboard the H.M.S. Hood (of the Mediterranean Fleet), primarily at sea, 1897-1900. In two volumes, with numerous manuscript maps and illustrations pasted in, as well as three photographs. Stokes' log runs from March 1897 through 1899. Each entry in volume 1 runs across two pages, with columns for wind and weather conditions on the left and remarks for each day on the right. In volume two, the journal is set up with a two page spread for the month's nautical notations, followed by regular ruled sheets for remarks.
Stokes' daily remarks are generally brief. His entries describe daily life aboard ship--coaling, cleaning the ship, various military drills and exercises, regular testing of life buoys, and weekly devotions every Sunday. A typical entry, that of March 13, 1897, reads: “Hands employed cleaning ship throughout. Barometers unshipped for refitting. Issued slops. Gave general leave to Port Watch until 7AM.” Though the manuscript titlepage for volume one indicates time spent aboard the Ramilles, the volume is entirely devoted to the H.M.S. Hood; however a half dozen entries at the beginning, in February, are unlabeled and could be from the Ramilles. The last twenty-nine pages (volume 2) are devoted to Stokes' time aboard the H.M.S. Cambrian and Juno, cruising the waters around the British Isles.
The most striking feature of Stokes' journal is undoubtedly the drawings which he has tipped in. These are primarily manuscript maps and charts of the areas in the Mediterranean where the Hood is cruising. Included are detailed of Gibraltar Bay and Syra Harbour, and several large charts showing the various routes of the Hood as she cruises around the Mediterranean. There is also a map entitled “Plan of Survey of Suda Bay, Golf Links,” showing the various teeing points and their relation to the appropriate holes. Several technical drawings are also present. These include drawings of portions of the ship, including a schematic of a shell used in the Royal Navy. A large watercolor of depicting a small sailboat, beached, is pasted to the front flyleaf of volume two. Two large photographs have been pasted into the first volume; these are group shots, presumably of the H.M.S. Hood's crew taken aboard her deck. A single smaller photograph pasted into volume two shows a large gun being lowered onto the deck of a ship, presumably the H.M.S. Hood.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Sea life -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Ships.
Hood (Ship : 1891-1914)
Seafaring life.
Stokes, H. R.
Ships' logs.
Manuscript maps.
Ink drawings.

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