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Stokes, H. R
Log kept by H.R. Stokes, midshipman, aboard H.M.S. Hood.
Physical Description:
2 volumes (264, 166 pages) : illustrations ; 32 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA88.S76 J68 1897+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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H.M.S. Hood was a modified Royal Sovereign-class battleship, launched in 1891 and sunk as a blockship in 1914.
Bound in contemporary blue morocco, tooled in gilt on cover. Rebacked, original spines laid down.
Manuscript log kept by H.R. Stokes, midshipman, primarily aboard H.M.S. Hood (of the Mediterranean Fleet), 1897-1900. Though the manuscript title page for volume one indicates time spent aboard H.M.S. Ramilles, the volume is entirely devoted to Hood; a half dozen entries at the beginning, in February, are unlabeled and could be from the Ramilles. The last 29 pages of volume 2 are devoted to Stokes' time aboard the H.M.S. Cambrian and H.M.S. Juno, cruising the waters around the British Isles.
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 log is set up with a two-page spread for the month's nautical data, followed by regular ruled sheets for remarks. Stokes' daily notes are brief. Entries describe conventional seafaring life: coaling, cleaning the ship, military drills and exercises, regular testing of life buoys, and weekly devotions every Sunday.
Log entries are accompanied by manuscript maps and charts, including charts of Gibraltar Bay and Syra Harbour, and several large charts showing the various routes of Hood through 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 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 presumably depict Hood's crew.
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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