|Repository:||Georgia Historical Society|
|Title:||H.M.S. Scarborough ships' log|
|Extent:||0.5 cubic feet (2 oversize folders)|
The H.M.S. Scarborough was a British Navy war ship that was in the Savannah, Georgia area during the onset of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This ship was the means for which the last British Royal Governor of Georgia, Sir James Wright, used to escape from Savannah and the new revolutionary congress on 11 February 1776.
This collection contains photocopies of the daily logs from 8 December 1775 to 31 May 1776 from the ship's captain, Andrew Barkley and the ship's master, James Turner, during the period when the then British Royal Governor of Georgia, Sir James Wright, escaped from Savannah, Georgia. Also included are the day to day incidents of the ship's journey to Halifax, Nova Scotia via Rhode Island and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This ships' log records the details of the fighting engagements that the ship took part in, reconnoitering, stores and provisions taken on board, weather and sea conditions, as well as the reading of the Articles of War to the ship's company. Also included are muster records which document a detachment of soldiers coming on board on 26 December 1775 and, in February 1776, the "Governour of Savannah for protection and his Attendance." The original ships' log is located at the Public Record Office in Kew, London, England.
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