Packet Surgeon’s Journals

22 June 2018

Crossing the line

Monday 15 Sept.r 1828 – crossed the Equator at 7 oClock this morning, when our ship was hailed by old Neptune, the monarch of the deep – […]
21 June 2018


Saturday 23rd Aug.t – when I got up this morning, I beheld the island of Teneriffe. This island seems to be more rocky and precipitous than Madeira – […]
21 June 2018


Journal of a Voyage from Falmouth to Brazil and back Sailed 11th August 1828 – Returned 9th Dec.r 1828 On Monday the 11th August 1828 at exactly five weeks after having […]
21 June 2018

Voyage 1 – Brazil 1828

Journal of a Voyage from Falmouth to Brazil & back Sailed 11th August 1828 – Returned 9th December 1828 Absent 17 weeks & 2 days James’ first voyage took […]
20 June 2018

A Packet Surgeon’s diary

Between 1828 and 1835, a young James Williamson undertook seventeen successive voyages as a surgeon on board the packet Duke of York. On most of these he […]
20 June 2018

The Packet Surgeon’s diaries

My attention was first drawn to the Williamson Journals in June 2005, following an enquiry to the Bartlett Library from a Douglas Williamson. Douglas wanted to […]