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Rare midshipman’s 1814 logbook found with sketches and maps

A rare midshipman’s logbook with watercolour paintings of scenes around the globe from the early 19th century has been found.

John Smith Gould was a talented artist and painted icebergs, erupting volcanos as well as landscapes he spotted during his two year odyssey.

He compiled the log between 1814 and 1816 and it contains over 30 pictures and maps as well as the day-to-day diary of events on board.

The officer had been trained to be an artist by the Royal Navy as his paintings from his adventures were of great naval importance to the Admiralty.

Gould’s pictures provided information about mooring positions, coastlines, harbour towns and plantations.

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