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Jisc-funded A scene on board His Majesty’s ship ‘Deal Castle’, Captain J. Cumming, in a voyage from the West Indies in the year 1775 Date made 1804 Object.

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1 Jisc-funded A scene on board His Majesty’s ship ‘Deal Castle’, Captain J. Cumming, in a voyage from the West Indies in the year 1775 Date made 1804 Object reference PAJ0773 Credit National Maritime Museum

2 Jisc-funded Letter from William Gooch to his parents (extract describing seasickness) Date made 1791 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 51r Credit Cambridge University Library Within 7 miles of Dover. The tide running one way and a brisk wind blowing the other, the motion of the ship was very much increased, and so was my sickness, so that during in the course of the morning I was, five or six times, obliged to heave a little ballast overboard. Before the ship brought to, I found my sickness much abated, but I found my strength so much exhausted that I was glad to get to bed. I did so & Lieutenant Hergest (with the same kindness he has always shown me) attended me himself as a nurse.

3 Jisc-funded Daedalus Date made 1791 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 59r Credit Cambridge University Library

4 Jisc-funded William Gooch’s journal (extract describing weevils) Date made 1791 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 165r Credit Cambridge University Library This morning I got no breakfast at noon, I got but a very poor dinner though. I was hungry, for there was neither dumplings nor soft bread, and I cannot yet reconcile myself to eating ship biscuit full of maggots and weevils. In the afternoon I got no tea, and being at want of something in the evening, I got the cook to boil me some chocolate. Luckily, he guarded the fire long enough from the sea to do it.

5 Jisc-funded View of Resolution [Vaitahu] Bay in the Marquesas Date made 1774 Object reference BHC2419 Credit National Maritime Museum

6 Jisc-funded William Gooch’s journal (extract describing meeting Marquesans for the first time) Date made 1792 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 181v Credit Cambridge University Library...two or three canoes came alongside of us, and when they came aboard, they gave us a song, clapping their hands for music. And all the time they continued upon deck, they were so noisy that we could scarcely hear each other speak. Their ears are all perforated, and when nails were given them, they put them in these holes in their ears. They tied other things (such as sea biscuit, pieces of iron hoop etc.) about their necks, with a piece of rope yarn. Their perpetual din being so troublesome that orders could not be heard by the seamen.

7 Jisc-funded William Gooch’s journal (describing trading food for nails) Date made 1792 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 184r Credit Cambridge University Library They brought with them fish, plantains, coconuts & breadfruit, which were purchased of them with nails, and pieces of iron hoop, which they signified to us they should make tattooing instruments. The colour of the tattooed part of their skin is blue, and this colour intermixed in various forms, with the natural colour of their skin.

8 Jisc-funded William Gooch’s journal (extract describing stealing from the Daedalus) Date made 1792 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 183v Credit Cambridge University Library One of them soon found means to steal a tin pot, with which he jumped overboard, but was detected. When signs were made to him to return it, he continued to conceal it (under him) very artfully, without paying any regard to our angry looks, until a musket was produced, but at the sight of that, he returned it immediately. In Captain Cook’s first voyage a thief was shot dead here, so that they were not Strangers to the use of arms. One of them had the Impudence to snatch one of our sailor’s hats off his head, and make off with it, and the man was fool enough to say nothing.

9 Jisc-funded William Gooch’s journal (extract describing Marquesan offers of help) Date made 1792 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 189v Credit Cambridge University Library During the few minutes we were walking on shore, the Indians, to show their civility, would not permit us to walk, without each arm being lodged on one of their shoulders, for our indulgence; and when we came to a piece of cragged rocky ground, they were very desirous of carrying me on their shoulders to spare my feet, although I had shoes, and they had none. However, I did not accept the offer.

10 Jisc-funded A chief of Ohitahoo Date made 1792 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 182v Credit Cambridge University Library

11 Jisc-funded William Gooch’s journal (extract describing Marquesan haircuts and tattoos) Date made 1792 Object reference MS/MM/6/48: 183r Credit Cambridge University Library...they wear their hair cut in many different forms, some having their heads shaved all over, except a round tuft at top, others with one side of their heads shaved, others shave narrow stripes across, but the forms are so very numerous, that it is impossible for me to innumerate them. They are all tattooed, some almost all over, others but little. Their natural colour is copper, though many stain themselves red. Some wear their beards long, others shave part of their faces, and others, the whole. I observed among those who first came on board, that one of them had these human teeth fixed in his beard, by way of ornament.

12 Jisc-funded Omai Date made 1777 Object reference PAF6429 Credit National Maritime Museum

13 Jisc-funded View of Part of the Island of Ulietea [Raiatea] Date made 1773 Object reference BHC2375 Credit National Maritime Museum

14 Jisc-funded Captain James Cook, Date made Object reference BHC2628 Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection

15 Jisc-funded Joseph Banks Date made 1788 Object reference PAH5497 Credit National Maritime Museum

16 Jisc-funded Map of Porto Praya Bay in the island of St. Iago [São Tiago, Cape Verde] Date made 1772 Object reference RGO 14/58: 4r Credit Cambridge University Library


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