East India Company “Seaford” logbook — Borneo — Capt. Martin Gardiner.
[East India Company Log Book] A journall by Gods permission of our intended voyage to Borneo in the East Indies in the Seaford, Capt. Martin Gardiner Comander. By Henry Keene. Commencing from Monday the 3rd Day of May, Anno Dmi. 1703
- Publication date: 3 May 1703 — 8 August 1706
- Physical description: Folio, 315 by 200mm., 174pp., contemporary vellum, some light marginal browning, binding soiled, spine worn
- Inventory reference: 2305
Allen Catchpoole of the East India Company had persuaded the Company to set up a trading base at Pulo Condore, an island off the coast of Cochinchina, in 1701, to serve as an outpost from which to trade with China, as well as to trade chili pepper from Pulo Condore itself. This project came to a speedy end when all the members of the British settlement were murdered in 1705 by local Malays. Keene’s journal of 13 June 1705 refers to this episode, listing the names of those murdered, and of those who escaped.
A similar logbook is in the East India Collection at the British Library (CXLIX Log book of the Seaford. Journal of a voyage to Batavia, Macao and Canton. Captain Martin Gardiner, 1 September 1700- 17 September 1702. East India Company: Ships’ Logs, Ledgers and Receipt Books, 1605–1701).
Early East India Company logbooks such as this are rare.
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