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Consett, Montagu William Warcop Peter, 1871-

Log of H.M.S. "Sultan" : commanded by Captain R. King ; kept by M.W. Consett, midshipman, from Aug. 16th '86 to Nov. 20th 1887.

1886 August 16-1889 June 30.
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2 v. : ill. ; 33 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DA88.C66 L64 1886+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Montagu W. Consett (1871-1945) served in the British Navy from 1884 to 1921, including service as attaché́ in Norway and Sweden (1912-1919) and Denmark (1912-1917). He was also Naval Advisor to the Supreme Allied Council in Paris and the Council of Ambassadors and British naval representative on the Inter-Allied Committee of Versailles, 1920. He authored The triumph of unarmed forces (1914-1918): an account of the transactions by which Germany during the great war was able to obtain supplies prior to her collapse under the pressure of economic forces (London: Williams and Norgate, 1923). Cf. Who's who in Yorkshire (North & East Ridings), 1935.
The H.M.S. Sultan was a broadside ironclad of the Royal Navy, first launched in 1870, and used in various forms of service until 1947. The H.M.S. Boadicea was a Bacchante class iron-screw corvette in the service of the Royal Navy from 1875 to 1905.
Bound in dark blue half morocco, with gilt lettered boards.
Two manuscript log books, kept by Montagu W. Consett, aboard the H.M.S. Sultan (from 16 August 1886 to 22 April 1888) and the H.M.S. Boadicea (from 24 April 1888 to 4 June 1889). The logs also record Consett's very short stints aboard the H.M.S. Volage and the H.M.S. Duke of Wellington. Both log books are entirely in Consett's hand and include maps and illustrations by Consett, drawn in pen and black ink, many neatly colored with various shades of watercolor. All the illustrated material is drawn on single sheets of paper of various sizes, later tipped in at appropriate points in the logs. The log entries in both volumes are recorded in the blanks of pre-printed tables. Each log entry records the full date, a port name if anchored or a course if at sea, "force", wind (direction), weather, barometer and thermometer readings, latitude & longitude, and "remarks". The remarks section records the ship's activity, which includes frequent drills, bathing and cleaning, prayers, adjustment of sails, watches, taking of provisions, and the granting of leaves.
Consett's logs of the H.M.S. Sultan begin at Milford Haven (Wales), and include a plan of the "Combined naval and military operations, Milford Haven, 1886", showing the harbor's forts and "defended channels". The Sultan then embarks to the North Sea, visiting the ports of Trondheim, Bergen, Kristiansand, Copenhagen, and Heligoland. This route is illustrated with sketches of Elsinore castle and the island of Heligoland, as well as a map of Heligoland. In 1887, the Sultan makes several voyages around the Iberian Peninsula and into the Mediterranean Sea, as far as Genoa, stopping repeatedly at Lisbon and Gibraltar, among other ports. The end of the first log book records the participation of the H.M.S. Sultan in the Naval Review at Portsmouth on 23 July 1887 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, for which a lithographed "Position of the fleet at Spithead" is tipped in. Shortly after the review, August 1-4, the Sultan participates in a large naval exercise off the south coast of England, which is illustrated with a map and a table naming the ships taking part, together with colored illustrations of their pendants (flags). The first volume also contains a number of diagrams, including two folding cross sections of the ship and two colored diagrams of "Captain Scott's Naval Carriage & Slide for ... guns of 18 tons, 'Sultan' pattern".
In the second volume, Consett's log switches to the Boadicea, commencing with an illustrated title page: Log of H.M.S. "Boadicea", flying the flag of Sir E.R. Freemantle KCB CMQ, commanded by Capt. Hon. A.G. Curzon-Howe, kept by M.W. Consett, Mid., from 24 April 1888 to June 4th 1889. The Boadicea sails down the coast of Africa, around South Africa and up to Zanzibar. This journey is charted in 5 detailed manuscript maps by Consett. Along the coasts of Zanzibar and Kenya, the Boadicea participates in the Anglo-German blockade of the east Africa during the Abushiri Revolt; entries from December 1888 to June 1889 are headed "blockade cruising".
Subject Terms:
Armored vessels -- Great Britain.
Boadicea (Ship)
Consett, Montagu William Warcop Peter, 1871-
Curzon-Howe, Assheton Gore, 1850-1911.
German East Africa -- History, Naval.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Sea life -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Ships.
King, Richard Duckworth.
Ordnance, Naval.
Seafaring life.
Ships of the line -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Sultan (Ship)
Ships' logs.
Manuscript maps.
Ink drawings.

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