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Cleopatra (Ship : 1843)


Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

14. Hong Kong. HMS Cleopatra lying off Jardine’s establishment. November 22, 1852., 1852 November 22

 Item — Box: Oversize 1
Call Number: MSS 38 , Series I
Scope and Contents: Jardine & Matheson Co. were the most powerful opium merchants in Hong Kong. They founded their company in 1832, grew rapidly by exporting tea and silk to England, and by smuggling opium. They purchased land in the Causeway area when Britain acquired Hong Kong after the Treaty of Nanking, at the conclusion of the first opium war. Porcher’s journal describes the “patent slip” at Jardine’s Establishment, where “ships of about 500 tons… can be hauled up” and repaired (6). A drawing of the...
Dates: 1852 November 22

Certificate, 1853

 Item — Box: Vol. 2, no. 9
Call Number: MSS 38 , Series III
Scope and Contents: Certificate signed by Captain T.L. Massie testifying to Porcher’s service on board the HMS Cleopatra, from April 24, 1849, to September 20, 1853, “during which time he complied with the General Printed Instructions, and has kept a log, and journal.”
Dates: 1853

Diary, 1851 September – 1853 January

 Item — Box: Vol. 1
Call Number: MSS 38 , Series II
Scope and Contents: Holograph diary, labelled: “E.A. Porcher. Notes on Ports Visited in H.M.S. CLEOPATRA, September 1851 – circa 1853”. Includes the following small pen and ink drawings: “purchase for hauling vessels up at Jardine’s slip” (page 7), chart (18), map of Labuan (20), diagram (25), 2 sketches (26), sketch of a lighthouse (45) and a map of Amoy (55).Porcher provides general descriptions of the ports visited by the Cleopatra, including hydrographical information, natural resources, natural...
Dates: 1851 September – 1853 January

Navigational Logbook, 1849 May – 1853 September

 Item — Box: Vol. 2, no. 1
Call Number: MSS 38 , Series II
Scope and Contents: Logbook recording daily positions during the HMS Cleopatra’s tour of duty. It commences with an account of the weight of various articles on board and the dimensions of the HMS Cleopatra, 26 Guns. The vessel departed Plymouth on May 13, 1849. It anchored at Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, and Labuan before arriving at Hong Kong October 15, 1849. The vessel sailed to Bombay, Malacca, Penang and Madras in 1850 and made repeat trips to Singapore and the South China Seas. The Cleopatra made its return...
Dates: 1849 May – 1853 September

Edwin Augustus Porcher Collection

Call Number: MSS 38
Overview: The collection comprises the drawings, diary, and log books of Edwin Augustus Porcher, from tours of duty to South and East Asia (1849-1853) aboard the HMS Cleopatra and the Mediterranean and North Africa (1857-60) aboard the HMS Hibernia, HMS Kertch and HMS Boxer.
Dates: 1849-1861