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Whitmore, Thomas Greenslade.

Journal of an excursion in the Lady Melville HatchBoat / by T.G.W., London.

England, 1830.
Physical Description:
1 v. ([2], 154 p., ) : ill. ; 28 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DA670.K3 W55 1830+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Undetermined
Archives & Manuscripts
Pen and black ink.
Gilt and blind-tooled green morocco-style binding; marbled end-papers; text block edges gilded.
Illustrated with numerous pasted-in engravings. Bookplate of Mr. Thomas Greenslade Whitmore (presumably the T.G.W. referred to on t.p) on inside of upper board. A journal of an excursion of a boat trip taken on the Lady Melville starting from Blackwall between the 21st and 30th of August, 1830. The party consisted of Mr. Edwin Fenn, Mr. Vincent Fenn, Mr. Woodward, Mr. Walter, and the writer. The Lady Melville operated out of Gravesend and was owned by a Mr. Marshall; the cost of hiring her was 5 guineas per week. Having stocked the boat with "sundry pieces of salt beef ... a large ham cut in halves ... seven loaves of bread - some biscuits - a Wiltshire cheese , a nine gallon cask of table ale, and one gallon of gin, tea et cetera" as well as beds, the party set sail, but were almost immediately forced to put in to Ramsgate because of adverse winds. The following day they passed Dover, but were again forced by the weather to drop anchor near Dungeness lighthouse. Of Dungeness, we are told that "Of all the dreary places in His Majesty's dominions I should think this bears the palm; I had no conception there could have been such a miserable place in the world". The next day, they passed Hastings, St. Leonards, and Beachy Head, before being obliged by the strong winds to drop anchor off Eastbourne. Here it was decided to abandon the original plan of going as far as the Isle of Wight and returning, as the weather conditions would have made it impossible to do this in the available time, and instead to return directly, visiting Hastings, Rye and Dover on the way back. At this point Mr. Edwin Fenn decided to leave the ship, and apparently walked home. The following day they managed, in spite of high seas, to go ashore at Hastings and to return to the boat, although there was some embarrassment at being seen by their London friends in a costume of "canvas trousers, Guernsey frocks, blue jackets, and ... sou'-westers". Later in the day, they arrived at Rye, where they visited a fair and were "greatly surprised by the number of smugglers ... and the open and fearless manner in which they operate". In general, though, "Rye is certainly a very uninteresting place, and there is a great appearance of poverty and desolation about it". The party was obliged to spend the night on shore owing to the uncivil conduct of a Lieutenant McTavish, and a detailed account is given of this incident and its aftermath. There is also a discussion of the effects of smuggling, and the best way of dealing with it (chiefly, according to the writer, by a reduction in duty). The next day they sailed from Rye to Dover. The day after that, Mr. Woodward decided to leave the party, and those who remained visited Dover Castle. On returning to the ship, the wind had changed, and it was decided to revert to the original plan of going as far as the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately, at Beachy Head the ship encountered another gale, and was again forced to turn back. The next day, the other Mr. Fenn was forced to leave the party, owing to an injured hand. Passing Margate and Ramsgate, the boat then hit another gale off Herne Bay, and it was decided to return to Margate and anchor there for the night. The following day was spent chiefly on shore, visiting Broadstairs. The party's hope to reach Blackhall the following day, though threatened by another calm wind, was realized when the passengers were picked up by a passing steamer.
Subject Terms:
Beachy Head (England)
Boat living -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Boats and boating -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Dover (England) -- Description and travel.
Great Britain -- Description and travel -- 19th century.
Kent (England) -- Description and travel.
Margate (England) -- Description and travel.
Rye (England) -- Description and travel.
Voyages and travels -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Whitmore, Thomas Greenslade -- Bookplate.

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