The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery, Performed in His Majesty's Vessel the Lady Nelson ... in the Years 1800, 1801, and 1802, to New South Wales

The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery, Performed in His Majesty's Vessel the Lady Nelson ... in the Years 1800, 1801, and 1802, to New South Wales

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In 1800-2 the naval officer James Grant (1772-1833) sailed to Australia on board the Lady Nelson, a surveying ship that was the first in England to be built on the sliding-keel principle. In this 1803 publication, Grant assesses the merits of the design and documents various teething problems experienced during the voyage from England to Australia. He describes his stay at Cape Town, and his favourable impression of the living standard of the deported convicts at Sydney, which he found better than that of poor people in England. Grant records his experiences on the coast of New South Wales, his encounters with the Aborigines there, and the presence of coal deposits on the Hunter River, and even reports that the cabra grub is 'no bad apology for a better meal'. He also describes his return journey via Cape Horn, during which he was becalmed in the South Atlantic.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 6 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 1 map
  • 1139108247
  • 9781139108249

Table of contents

Account of the Origin of Sliding Keels: Advantages applicable to ships in general when constructed with sliding keels; Advantage to trading vessels and the general improvement of navigation; Narrative of a Voyage: Run from the Thames to the Cape of Good Hope; Transactions at the Cape of Good Hope; Run from the Cape of Good Hope to New Holland; Remarks made on board the Lady Nelson on coming in with the land of New Holland; Occurrences and transactions in New Holland and New South Wales; General observations on New South Wales; Voyage in the Anna Josepha round Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope; Appendix.show more