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Green, George Pritzler, 1881–1961
Journal of George P. Green, from January 1900 to July 17th, 1901, of the proceedings of H.M.S. Empress of India.
Physical Description:
1 volume (90 pages) : illustrations ; 33 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA88.G74 J68 1900+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
Bound in contemporary half suede and marbled boards, with leather label.
Title from manuscript title page.
Diary of George Pritzler Green, midshipman, serving in the Mediterranean Fleet. The journal documents Green training to be an officer, with varied naval exercises and drills. Daily entries often include such items as coaling, cleaning and painting the ship, drills, mending of clothes, and weekly devotions every Sunday. In June, annual examinations begin. These are entries on skills ranging from French to trigonometry and navigation. The journal is set up with a two page spread for the month's nautical notations, followed by regular ruled sheets for comments. In the monthly sections, Green has dutifully recorded each day's wind and weather information, as well as the location of the ship and remarks about that day's events.
In the course of a year Green sails on the Empress of India, H.M.S. Revenge, H.M.S. Victorious, H.M.S. Caesar, and back to the Empress of India for a return to England. Green draws a small map of the route each ship takes, providing a clear picture of his time spent at sea. In addition to his maps, he also illustrates his journal with various flags and bits of the local scenery, including the Rock of Gibraltar and two cartoonish mountains at Naples. There is also a small sketch of the author on a donkey, while in San Remo on a "donkey picnic." Much of the journal records time spent playing tennis and field hockey against other ships' teams, attending dances, and venturing on picnics.
Subject Terms:
Empress of India (Ship)
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Sea life -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Ships.
Green, George Pritzler, 1881-1961.
Seafaring life.
Travel writing.
Ships' logs.
Manuscript maps.
Ink drawings.

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