The Journal of Grenvill Collins

By Florence E Dyer, published August 1928


Captain Grenvill (or Greenvile) Collins (d. 1694) is best known as the author of Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot, the first survey of the country’s coasts, initially published in 1693 and based on the author’s own ten years survey work. But this paper deals with his earlier naval career, and particularly with his personal journal kept between 1676 and 1679 while he was serving in the Mediterranean under Adm Sir John Narborough, initially in the galley Charles and subsequently in the James. The journal contains fascinating references to contemporary Mediterranean politics ranging from problems with Turkish pirates, hostilities with the forces of the Dey of Algiers and potential repercussions of the “Popish plot” of 1678.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

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