Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Napoleonic Scots sailor's diary goes online

The University of Glasgow has placed online the diary of Andrew Service, a sailor born in Port Glasgow in 1781, who served under Nelson. Covering 1802-1825, the diary recalls the sailor's time on HMS Medusa.

From the university archive's

Andrew Service, born in Port Glasgow in 1781, served on the HMS Medusa as a sailor in the Royal Navy, and travelled around the world to the Mediterranean, the East and West Indies and the North and South Americas. The logbook charts his experiences during the Napoleonic Wars, on board Nelson’s 38-gun frigate as it did battle in the North and South Atlantic in the early 1800s. The logbook provides an unusual, ‘below decks’ perspective on the events, as official logs were kept by officers.

The logbook is extremely fragile, and conservation took place before digitisation and transcription of the entries. The transcripts were compiled by history student Emily Graham, as part of the University’s Club 21 work experience programme.

The logbook is available to view at
www.gla.ac.uk/services/archives/exhibitions/onboardhmsmedusa/photogallery/, where you will also find a plan of HMS Medusa.

The story has also been picked up by the BBC at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/10521199.stm


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