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Log book of the 'Speights Town'

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 641
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Log book of the 'Speights Town'
Date(s): 1788
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 84 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The 'Speights Town' was a merchant ship based in Liverpool. Her captain was Jonathan Jackson, and she was owned by Allanson and Barton.


Scope and content/abstract:

Log book of the 'Speights Town' of Liverpool, 'bound to Madeira and Barbados', with entries from 28 Jan to 16 May 1788, and an undated account of expenses and goods bought at Madeira and Barbados on the back fly-leaves. The entries are in a Mariner's Journal Book, or the Liverpool ready-ruled Egerton Smith (1787), a printed log-book, completed in manuscript. The ship's cargo included wine, sugar, and cotton. The front flyleaf is dated 'York 1788'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from John Walter in 1964.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

For the history of the 'Speights Town' see Liverpool statutory register of merchants ships ed. R. Craig and R.C. Jarvis, Chetham Society, Remains historical and literary, vol XV (Manchester, 1967).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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