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What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« on: Tuesday 05 March 19 17:25 GMT (UK) »
I am researching a Scottish ancestor who between 1850 and 1880 was a ship's captain sailing to just about every major port in the world at the time. I've often wondered what books he would have had in his cabin, bearing in mind that occasionally his wife traveled with him. I'd love to hear your suggestions.

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 18:14 GMT (UK) »
I am researching a Scottish ancestor who between 1850 and 1880 was a ship's captain sailing to just about every major port in the world at the time. I've often wondered what books he would have had in his cabin, bearing in mind that occasionally his wife traveled with him. I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Martin
At that time most gentlemen had a daily prayerbook, that also covered all the movable feasts as well. He would have needed something like that, or a bible, to say the words over the dead when the need arose. 

I have a few anthologies of poetry, that were owned by male ancestors of that time.   

The Victorians were great travelogue writers. He might of had a few to compare his experiences with the written word. 

I would have thought that he would have wanted something written about his home land toward off homesickness. 

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 18:43 GMT (UK) »
Chas, thank you, a great start.

Martin
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Loughborough and Loughbrough, (London, Hull, Pirton, Durham & Hartlepool);
Watson, (Bedlington, Jarrow & Hartlepool);
Ballard & Glassop (E. London); 
Leggett (Corton, Scarborough, Hartlepool); 
Young, Adamson & Wilson, (Hartlepool). 

I use GRAMPS v5.0 software. 

My ancestors are probably turning in their graves, not that I can actually find any of them.

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 19:06 GMT (UK) »
  Captain Marryat?
Pay, Kent
Codham/Coltham, Kent
Kent, Felton, Essex
Staples, Wiltshire

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 19:07 GMT (UK) »
He would have Burns poems if nothing else!  ;D

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 19:18 GMT (UK) »
He obviously enjoyed travelling i.e. georaphy & history books possibly to acquaint himself with the different places?

Annie
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Ireland:- Cullen, Flannigan (Derry), Donahoe/Donaghue (variants) (Cork), McCrate (Tipperary), Mellon, Tol(l)and (Donegal & Tyrone)

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 19:23 GMT (UK) »
"an extraordinary number of books – at least three hundred – some FitzRoy’s, some Darwin’s, and some belonging to other members of the crew, but all shared.  ...  alongside the practical texts about sailing and navigation, is the large number of recently published travel books"

http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2014/11/what-charles-darwin-read-on-the-beagle/

Granted, the Beagle voyage was not an ordinary one.
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Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr

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Re: What was on a ship's captain's bookshelf?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 05 March 19 21:49 GMT (UK) »
I was thinking about Darwin myself, as we visited his house last week. That's what got me started wondering!

Annie, anything specific?

Martin
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Loughborough and Loughbrough, (London, Hull, Pirton, Durham & Hartlepool);
Watson, (Bedlington, Jarrow & Hartlepool);
Ballard & Glassop (E. London); 
Leggett (Corton, Scarborough, Hartlepool); 
Young, Adamson & Wilson, (Hartlepool). 

I use GRAMPS v5.0 software. 

My ancestors are probably turning in their graves, not that I can actually find any of them.

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South Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotland:- Bowie, Campbell, Cumming, Currie, MacDonald, MacInnes, MacIntyre, MacKinnon, Steele, Walker

Ireland:- Cullen, Flannigan (Derry), Donahoe/Donaghue (variants) (Cork), McCrate (Tipperary), Mellon, Tol(l)and (Donegal & Tyrone)

Newcastle-on-Tyne/Durham (Northumberland):- Harrison, Jude, Kemp, Lunn, Mellon, Robson, Stirling

Kettering, Northampton:- MacKinnon

Canada:- Callaghan, MacKinnon, MacPhee

"OLD GENEALOGISTS NEVER DIE - THEY JUST LOSE THEIR CENSUS"