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Reproduced courtesy of Gail Wells

Navigational notes and watercolour sketches by Captain Joseph Church, volume 1

Date: 1841 - 1849
Overall: 320 x 207 x 65 mm, 0.85 kg
Medium: Paper, ink, pencil, watercolour, boards, vellum
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Gail Wells
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Watercolour album
Object No: 00029425
Related Place:Madeira, Porto Santo, Sydney Cove, London, Honolulu, Norfolk Island, Watsons Bay, Hobart, Cape of Good Hope, North Cape, Storm Bay, Namibia,

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    This is one of two volumes of navigation notes, watercolour sketches and drawings kept by Captain Joseph John Church circa1841-1856.
    Volume one contains manuscript navigation exercises, an abstract log of part of a voyage, pencil calculations and sketches and drawings pasted in.
    Volume two (00029426) contains 11 sketches with a number of blank pages. All the sketches are captioned, many are signed and dated by Church, but some are by another hand. One sketch is by the convict artist Knut Bull.
    Captain Church was master of the ship JANE in 1845 - 6 and of the Australian registered ship RORY O'MORE in 1855 - 56. Both ships had transported convicts to Australia.
    Church's sketches include views of Sydney and Hobart and various ports between England and Australia.
    SignificanceThese volumes are significant as personal records kept by the master mariner Captain Joseph Church. His watercolours and sketches reveal his interests and the people around him and illustrate visited Australian ports in their infancy.

    HistoryCaptain Joseph Church was born in Chelsea in 1821 and joined the British Merchant Service at the age of 17. He spent his life in the service. He was the captain of the JANE in 1845 and 1846 and later in 1854 and 1855 he was the captain of the RORY O'MORE. This particular vessel was renown to be particularly fast and it was said that if she were "loaded properly she could outsail any vessel afloat".
    Captain Church was married in Launceston in 1855 to Janet Bain but died at sea in 1860.

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