The logbook kept by Charles LeStrange, R. N., of H.M.S. Princess Royal, a warship of the British Royal Navy, records activities of the vessel from March 11, 1864, to December 9, 1866, while enroute from Plymouth to Shanghai and Yokohama. Entries include daily notations of the ship’s position, ships passed, wind, weather, bearing and distance, and shipboard activities such as daily crew chores, announcement of punishments, drills conducted, vessels passed, crew illness and deaths at sea, and other happenings onboard and in port during their numerous stops.
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Charles LeStrange of the British Royal Navy (of unknown rank but likely an officer, perhaps the navigator) kept the daily logbook for the British warship H.M.S. Princess Royal while on a peacetime cruise (1864-1866) from Plymouth to Shanghai and Yokohama. He recorded the ship’s position on tracking charts fastened into the book, and was perhaps the creator of a number of drawings in the book illustrating topographical features and fortifications along various coastlines passed. His penmanship and evident skill indicate a person of some education and naval experience but further details about his life are unknown.
Logbook of the British warship H.M.S. Princess Royal kept by Charles LeStrange, R.N. [Royal Navy] of a voyage (1864-1866) from Plymouth to Shanghai and Yokohama, by way of Madeira, Sierra Leone, Cape of Good Hope, Trincomalie, Singapore, and Bangkok.
Purchased from dealer in May 1963.
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H.M.S. Princess Royal (ship) Logbook, 1864-1866, MS 232, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/190 Accessed December 06, 2023.