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James William Gambier logbook

Call Number: MS E187


One logbook with logs of two voyages in the ships Sylvia and Ellborough. Both logs have been kept in the same volume, reading from opposite ends in reverse directions. Voyages were between England and off the coasts of China and Japan. One voyage took place from Hongkong to England via the Cape of Good Hope.


  • 1867 - 1870


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of James William Gambier

James William Gambier, holding the naval ranks of Lieutenant and Acting Commander in 1867-1870 when he wrote the logbooks, has been tentatively identified by Spencer Research Library processing staff as the Captain James William Gambier, R.N, who was a turn-of-the-century novelist and travel writer.


1 volume : Binding: Blank-book, marbled paper half-suede. Foliation: Item 1: 30 leaves. Item 2: 49 leaves. (A number of blanks between the two items, and they are reversed of each other within the volume; 5 leaves cut out before item 1; 2 1/4 leaves before item 2; 1 after title-page of item 1.) Spine Title: Sylvia. Journal. Cover Title: Journal--H.M.S. Sylvia. Jas. W. Gambier Lieut. Ornamentation: 14 June 1867: sketch of South Cape Formosa, from the sea. Page before item 1: caricature of man in stand-up collar. Material: Blue paper, faint-lined. ; Volume measures no taller than 37 cm.

Physical Location

MS E187

Physical Location

MS P644

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ralph N. Ellis, 1937

Guide to Logbook of Royal Navy Officer James William Gambier Collection
James William Gambier logbook
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1975; revised by ksc, 2006, 2009. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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James William Gambier logbook, Department of Special Collections, MS E187, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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