Daedalus, store ship (fl 1791-1792)
Found in 32 Collections and/or Records:
A journal of the ship Daedalus on a passage from Rio de Janeiro to the Falkland Islands, 1791-11-30 - 1792-02-27
Daily tabulated logs of the voyage. Gooch has recorded entries for 30 November to 23 December 1791 twice; the second set of entries are more detailed and run to 27 February 1792.
The journal also includes additional pages of rough calculations.
Reporting from Rio de Janeiro on problems with his instruments and with discipline on board the Daedalus; transcribed by Sir Joseph Banks.
A report by Thomas Dobson who had witnessed the death of Gooch, Lieutenant Hergest, and Portuguese sailor Manuel at Oahu.
Letter written from O’Whyhee a few days before his death. Gooch mentions his concern upon discovering that he had used a false meridian, and subsequent corrections he had made to his observations. He also mentions his expectations of returning to England in 1794 or 1795.
From the ship's departure from the Falkland Islands in December 1791 until its arrival at Nootka Sound in June 1792; transcribed by Sir Joseph Banks from a report by Thomas Dobson.
Concerning the date of his son's death and the payment of his salary, and including an extract from a letter by George Vancouver respecting the sale of Mr Gooch's effects at Nootka Sound.
Concerning the money raised by the sale of his son's effects and the appointment of John Crosley as William Gooch's replacement as astronomer.
Written immediately previous to embarkation and concerning his final preparations, his ship mates and his friendship with Lieutenant Hergest.
Providing a short account of their passage to the Falkland Islands and a heavy storm encountered there.
Describing their passage to the Marquesas Islands, interaction with local islanders, and a solar eclipse observed there. The letter is partly written in Greek script.
Concerning his salary, advice from William Wales on probable expenses during the voyage, his first meeting with Lieutenant Hergest, and his companions at sea.
Concerning the time of the ship's departure, and describing the companions with whom he would associate during the voyage.
Dated from Deal on route to Portsmouth, describing the Daedalus ship, the passage from Gravesend, and his friendship with Lieutenant Hergest, with mention of Hergest's entertaining accounts of places visited with Captain Cook. Gooch also discusses his attachment to Miss Smithson.
Written from the Downs, giving a detailed inventory of the books, instruments and other belongings in his cabin; describing an accident in which a timekeeper by Earnshaw was broken by a cat [Mm.6.48: 56v]; and discussing their probable route.
Describing their arrival at Portsmouth where he met Mrs and Miss Smithson. The letter begins with a drawing of a ship at sail.
Continuing his account of the ship's arrival into Portsmouth and describing a meeting with Mrs and Miss Smithson. The letter includes a silhouette of Rev. R. Belward of Caius College, Cambridge.
Concerning a delay at Portsmouth and his concerns that the ship would be obliged to sail without Mr Pitts who had been sent to London with the damaged watch by Earnshaw.
Stating that the ship was obliged to turn back to Portsmouth due to a change of wind, and giving other news.
Concerning further delays, his need for more money to pay the expenses of his equipment, and letters to Miss Smithson, his 'little Goody Two-Shoes'.
Written on the first part of the voyage at sea and concluding at Tenerife. The letter includes a description of a storm encountered in the Bay of Biscay and mention of his plans to make Captain New's son and Mr Pitts computers of his observations.
Written at sea, describing the 'crossing the line' ceremony performed upon crossing the equator and their touching at St. Iago (Cape Verde Islands), with a drawing of a woman of that island. Gooch also mentions his plan to publish a history of the voyage upon his return.
- ARCHON code (for CUL materials)
- Archives and MSS Dept. (GBR/0012) 27
- Royal Greenwich Observatory (GBR/0180) 5
- Brockdish 18
- Rio de Janeiro 8
- Portsmouth 7
- Falkland Islands 5
- Marquises, Îles 5
- Hawaii 4
- Astronomy 3
- Geographical exploration 3
- Hawaiian Islands 3
- Marine navigation 3
- North Pacific Ocean 3
- São Tiago 3
- Tenerife 3
- Greenwich 2
- London 2
- Nootka Sound 2
- Africa 1
- Australia 1
- Biscay, Bay of 1
- Brazil 1
- Cambridge 1
- Deal 1
- Deptford 1
- Gravesend 1
- Isle of Wight 1
- Kealakekua Bay 1
- Lanzarote 1
- Longitude 1
- Oahu 1
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1
- Slavery 1
- Slaves 1
- The Downs 1
- Time measuring instruments 1 ∧ less