Sailing Navies 1650-1850

James Horsburgh
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Author:  Mil Goose [ Mon May 08, 2006 1:17 pm ]
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Whilst reading Marryat's Frank Mildmay, I came across another first for me, i.e. mention of Horsburgh, where Mildmay refers to his copy of "Horsburgh" when cast in an open boat.

I'd never heard of the aforesaid James Horsburgh, but see from ODNB that he lived from 1762-1836 and was a "hydrographer and chart maker."

Has anyone seen a copy of any of his books, such as Mildmay would have referred to?

P.s. Susan, if I've posted this in the wrong place, please advise & I will remove elsewhere.

Author:  susan [ Mon May 08, 2006 9:22 pm ]
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Where was Mildmay at the time?

I searched for Horsburgh in the British Library catalog and came up with a handful of entries.

One of the more significant ones seems to be The India Directory, which went through a number of editions and was also published in Portuguese and Dutch (and perhaps other languages not listed in the catalog). It's listed under the subject header "Pilot Guides."

Author:  PT [ Mon May 08, 2006 10:22 pm ]
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There is a short biography of James Horsburgh <a href="">here</a>

Author:  Mil Goose [ Tue May 09, 2006 5:37 am ]
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susan wrote:
Where was Mildmay at the time?

" .... Trinidad ... Latitude 20º south ... Longitude 30º west ...."

(page 183 of my Routledge copy)

Author:  susan [ Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:51 pm ]
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James Scott, in his Recollections of a Naval Life, also mentions Horsburgh.

"Horsburgh's directions (which no person ought to be without who visits these seas)..."

His ship was in the East Indies at the time.

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