I thought that you might be interested in this source relating to Captain Philip Stanhope [died 1708]
The voyage of Philip Stanhope It is April 1699 and a 19 year old seaman is aboard the HMS Gloucester, sailing in the treacherous waters of the Caribbean…
In Kent Archives, we have documents relating to the brief but eventful Royal Navy career of Captain Philip Stanhope. These include his diaries from 1698 to 1705 in which he records the experiences of his early voyages.
The diaries are held in the Centre for Kentish Studies and listed in the catalogue of Kent Archives as:
Stanhope of Chevening Manuscripts Official Papers Captain Philip Stanhope Ships logs and diaries Reference: U1590/O100/1-4
Julia, one of our Time 2 Give Volunteer, has a special mission for the National Year of Reading. She is reading Philip Stanhope's diary of 1699. The handwriting, punctuation, terms and references can be curious, but the diary is full of intrigue and adventure.
Week by week throughout April 2008, follow the progress of Philip Stanhope on his voyage, as Julia posts her transcriptions of the diary entries for April 1699 and contribute your comments.