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Journal of the voyage of the Daedalus, 5 Dec. 1791 - 8 May 1792

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Mm.06.48: 136-195

Scope and Contents

A copy of journal entries written by Gooch while travelling on the Daedalus ship from Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to accounts of daily life on the ship, the journal includes descriptions of Rio de Janeiro and his impressions of its people, customs and dress, with comments on the slave trade, crime and punishment, and the country’s natural resources [Mm.6.48: 139v-160v]. It also includes descriptions of the Falkland Islands and of a sea-lion hunt there [Mm.6.48: 161v-176r]; an account of the Marquesas Islands, including descriptions of the islanders and of a fire on board the ship [Mm.6.48: 178v-190r and Mm.6.48: 195r]; and an account of their arrival at O’Whyhee where Gooch was received by the chief [Mm.6.48: 190r-194v].

Included among the journal entries are sketches of 'A Chief of Ohitahoo' [Mm.6.48: 182v], a sea-lion hunt [Mm.6.48: 164], and a species of Old Wife Fish found in the Marquesas Islands [Mm.6.48: 179v-180r].
Note that folio 166 should be read before folio 165.


  • Creation: 5 Dec. 1791 - 8 May 1792


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60 folio(s) (60 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials



Gooch, William

Original geographic information

Brazil [subject]

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Falkland Islands [subject]

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Hawaii [subject]

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Marquises, Îles [subject]

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Rio de Janeiro [subject]

Finding aid date

2013-01-08 14:23:41+00:00

Repository Details

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