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|Creator||Great Britain. Admiralty.|
|Title||Great Britain. Admiralty : Captains' logs (ADM 51)|
MG 12 ADM 51
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
The Admiralty was the authority responsible for the command of the Royal Navy in the Kingdom of England, and later in Great Britain, and until 1964 in the United Kingdom. Originally exercised by a single person, the Lord High Admiral, the Admiralty was from the early 18th century onwards almost invariably put "in commission" and exercised by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, who sat on the Board of Admiralty. The Board of Admiralty consisted of a number of Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. The Lords Commissioners were always a mixture of admirals, known as Naval Lords or Sea Lords, and Civil Lords, normally politicians. The quorum of the Board was two commissioners and a secretary.
This collection consists of log books kept by ships' captains between 1669 and 1852. The log books are arranged by the name of the vessel. Captains' Logs generally contain entries under the following headings: date, winds, course, distance, latitude, longitude, bearings and distance at noon, remarks and observations. Included in this collection may be log books of ships at Louisbourg in 1745 and 1758; Quebec, 1759-1760 and 1813; Halifax, 1756-1758 and 1813; as well as logs of service on Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes, 1814-1818.