San Domingo 1806: Need Info. from British Ship Logs 15 Nov. 1805 to 31 Jan. 1806

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    William M
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      I am seeking help to obtain information archived in RN ship’s logs.

      I need to resolve apparent date discrepancies in historic sources such as WM. James, l. Clowes, Hubbeck, Wikipedia, etc. From the US I cannot travel to look at archived logs. The apparent discrepancy involves dates cited for Admiral Duckworth’s pursuit of French squadrons between 15 December 1805 to 23 December 1805

      I would like to obtain log information from any of HMS: Superb, Spencer, Canopus, Agamemnon, Donegal, or Atlas. In other words, the ships of the line that participated in Admiral Duckworth’s raising the Cadiz blockade then chasing S and N off the northwest coast of Africa, and then sailing west across the Atlantic to Barados.

      Discrepancy to resolve: the noted sources say Duckworth was at Tenerife 15 November and had sailed to Cape Verdes and returned to between Madeira and Tenerife by 23 November. This means 8 days to cover more than 1.600 great circle nautical miles at an average (day and night) of eight knots both south and north bound.

      Given the state of the squadron’s slower sailing vessels (Canopus, for e.g.) and the fact that Duckworth was scouting island by island for the enemy, the sustained rate of sail is hard to comprehend. It is especially hard to comprehend when during the Atlantic crossing Canopus’s log (per Hubbeck) made a point of noting three days at an average of 10 knots and Canopus was not taking time to search for the enemy.

      is anyone from the SNR able to assist me with obtaining information from any relevant logs? The online gazette has not proved helpful. (Apologies for any typos in the above.)

      Thank you. Wm. Maris, Portland, Oregon

      #23080
      Sam Willis
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        From Peta Knott on Facebook: ‘You could ask the Nautical Archaeology Society Research Group to do the archive work. They do that sort of thing all the time for overseas researchers. Nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org

        There are also freelance researchers who you could pay for the work. I can introduce you to some if that would help.

        #23081
        Sam Willis
        Keymaster

          From Peta Knott on Facebook: ‘You could ask the Nautical Archaeology Society Research Group to do the archive work. They do that sort of thing all the time for overseas researchers. Nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org

          There are also freelance researchers who you could pay for the work. I can introduce you to some if that would help.

          #23093
          William M
          Participant

            Thank You Peta. I sent and email to the NAS. We will see whether they are willing to help me. Regardless I do appreciate your suggestions.
            Bill

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