Log book of the 'Speights Town'

Scope and Content

Log book of the 'Speights Town' of Liverpool, 'bound to Madeira and Barbados', with entries from 28 Jan to 16 May 1788, and an undated account of expenses and goods bought at Madeira and Barbados on the back fly-leaves. The entries are in a Mariner's Journal Book, or the Liverpool ready-ruled Journal...by Egerton Smith (1787), a printed log-book, completed in manuscript. The ship's cargo included wine, sugar, and cotton. The front flyleaf is dated 'York 1788'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The 'Speights Town' was a merchant ship based in Liverpool. Her captain was Jonathan Jackson, and she was owned by Allanson and Barton.


Single item.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Bought from John Walter in 1964.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

12½" x 7¾"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.


For the history of the 'Speights Town' see Liverpool statutory register of merchants ships ed. R. Craig and R.C. Jarvis, Chetham Society, Remains historical and literary , vol XV (Manchester, 1967).