Original manuscript logs of the His Majesty's Hired Brig Cockatrice, 7 July 1805 - 10 February 1807; & HMS Foxhound 3 April 1807 & 28 February 1808.Home waters, 1805-8 Stock Code: 123114
NotesHighly attractive Napoleonic period commander's logbook. Pitt Burnaby Greene made lieutenant in 1790, and was promoted to the rank of commander May 8 1804. His first command was HMhb Cockatrice, originally launched in 1781 as an Alert-class class of British Royal Navy cutter, but after she sank at her moorings in 1801 she was sold to private interests, her burthen increased from 181 to 195 tons by cutting her in half and lengthening her, and her rig changed to that of a brig. The Admiralty hired her and she recommenced service as His Majesty's hired brig (HMhb) Cockatrice on 6 August 1804. Greene took command on 6 April 1805, the log begins 7 July off Drake's Island in Plymouth Sound. During his tenure Cockatrice patrolled and escorted convoys, but did not capture any prizes. On 30 March 1806, Greene was off Ireland with orders to take on board the Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1801-1805). He left Cockatrice in February 1807, moving to take command of HMS Foxhound an 18-gun Cruizer-class brig-sloop built by King at Dover. On 27 August Foxhound captured the Danish galliot Adetheid Margaretha and the brigs Gimlé and De Gode. Foxhound was subsequently attached to the fleet under Lord Gambier, in the Basque Roads, April, 1809, during which time she participated in the capture of two vessels, the Danish ship Neptunus on 24 March and the French ship Nymphe on 28 March. Greene's post commission was dated 7 March 1811, when he took command of the Bonne Citoyenne corvette, serving in her with distinction on South American station, he died in 1837. Substantial naval logs pertaining to the Napoleonic period are becoming decidedly elusive.
Folio. Original vellum, purchase logbook, blind panelling to the boards, titles inked to both boards. Neatly tabulated log, with the usual columns - speed, heading, winds, "remarks & occurrences" - maintained in a consistently legible if sometimes slightly hurried hand. Successive logs written starting at opposite ends, the 158-page log of the Cockatrice at the front; the 104-page account of service with the Foxhound inverted at the back.
Externally somewhat rubbed and soiled but entirely sound, contents lightly browned, but overall very good and highly characterful.
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