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Letter-book

Letterbook A letter-book (34 x 21 cm) contains many of William Loney's Commissions, and correspondence between him and the Admiralty and other parties regarding his employment. The documents were originally glued into the book, but unfortunately many have since been ripped out and some have become lost or torn.

Where possible I have identified the signatories of received letters. The letters send by William Loney himself are presumably drafts or copies made by himself. I have included transcriptions of hand-written documents which may be difficult to read.



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Admiralty correspondence

Correspondence preserved in Admiralty records in the National Archives is included here.


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Medical journals

Medical journals There are two surviving Medical Journals of William Loney in the National ArchivesExternal link (see this noteExternal link about copyright): one from Hydra and one from Glasgow.

These journals are not a day-to-day record of the activities of the Surgeon, but a periodic report to the Admiralty, to be submitted at the end of a year, or upon leaving a ship, consisting of three parts:

  • case-by-case descriptions of the most important cases during the period
  • tables of the incidence of various diseases and medical conditions (so-called nosological tables)
  • "General Remarks"; this is the most interesting part of the journal for the layman, as it gives summaries of the ships cruise during the period under consideration, and the medical conditions encountered during that time.
HMS Hydra; 1 January - 31 December 1853
This journal (ADM 101/104/7) covers the second year of Hydra's commission on the Cape of Good Hope Station. HMS Glasgow; 1 January - 10 November 1872
This journal (ADM 101/186) covers that part of 1872 during which William Loney served as Staff Surgeon in HMS Glasgow, the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief on the East Indies station. It has been preserved because it contains descriptions of the death of Rear-Admiral Cockburn, the C-in-C at the time, and the assassination of Lord Mayo, the Viceroy of India.
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Ships' logs


* Wanderer * Persian * Dolphin * Rolla * Penelope * Pantaloon * Amphitrite * Apollo * Hydra * Melampus * Arrogant * Dauntless * Emerald *Cumberland * Glasgow *

Ships' logs reveal at least the location of the ship day by day (sometimes, as in the case of HMS Glasgow and HMS Hydra, also shown on handdrawn maps included in the log). Although generally limited to details of the ships position, navigation and handling, the weather, the levels and depletion of ships stores, and main occupations and punishment of the crew, they sometimes also allow a glimpse of life on board.

Early logs were kept in journals of blank pages. Later ones consist of preprinted forms, with per day a whole page (or half a page if in port); in HMS Penelope a preprinted log was in use from 6 April 1845 (a typical page from the log of HMS Apollo).


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Edward Loney ships' logs



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