Old weather,Ships log books

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  1. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Old weather.org is putting the log books of RN WW1 ships on line, mainly to resurch the weather in the past ,but there is loads of other info for history nuts

    BBC News - WWI ships to chart past climate

    http://www.oldweather.org/

    the recent thread about the RAMC officers diary in Galipolli mentions the acions of a Monitor that has it's log book on this site
     
  2. Thanks for that, looks interesting.
     
  3. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    At sea, warships for eons recorded the weather at the end of each watch (for more immediate purposes a coded met report was sent to Admiralty [radio silence permitting, so not much during war] at noon daily if memory serves). However the logs in TNA thus contain a systematic picture of weather at sea worldwide over an extraordinarily long period of time. If anyone had the funding and the patience to go through them, a systematic analysis of this meteorological goldmine could perhaps help us understand climate better.

    Otherwise, the logs are awkward to research as they are large paper volumes on a basis of one per month per ship with one double page per day, so putting even a portion of them online is a real blessing.

    btw the rather similar logs of the old East Indiamen are kept in the British Library (L/MAR/B series) and contain a similar meteorological legacy, plus fascinating insights into all manner of maritime goings-on, particularly in connection with our wars with France.
     
  4. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    It would appear that there is an immense amount of info,not just the weather but the whole history of life abourd HM Ships held in these logs and it will take a very long time to get it all on line, but you must admit,it's a bloody marvellous resource
     
  5. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Isnt that where on Radio 4 they discussed the ships doctors reports being put online? If so it was very informative!
     
  6. Guns

    Guns LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. The Royal Navy

    Can recommend a trip to the Naval Historical Branch in Pompy dockyard. Here the Defence Archive is kept and they have records going back hundreds of years. Very helpful people too.
     
  7. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Rather like battalion war diaries, some have lots of detail and some just say 'Courses and speeds as requisite. Hands employed part of ship." The best ones will have pages stuck together where an officer has been logged.
     
  8. This has been the subject of a recent podcast from the National Archives; I recall the figure of 2 million seadays in the records spread over a couple of hundred years