Great Britain. Admiralty : Masters logs (ADM 52)

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Great Britain. Admiralty.
Great Britain. Admiralty : Masters logs (ADM 52)
MG 12 ADM 52
Foreign relations
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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 Masters' log books from the period 1672 to 1840. The Master was the official log keeper but his log was often kept by a Master's Mate and checked by the Master and occasionally by the 1st Lieutenant at the end of the nautical day. Masters' Logs generally include entries under such headings as: date, winds, course, distance, latitude, longitude, bearings and distance at noon, remarkable observations and accidents. This collection may contain copies of Masters' Logs from ships at Louisbourg in 1745 and 1758; Quebec, 1759-1760; Halifax, 1756-1760; as well as logs of service on the Great Lakes, 1814-1817.