Guide to the Records of the HMS Pegasus [MSS 267]

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Manuscript Name Records of the HMS Pegasus
Manuscript Number MSS 267
Last Updated June 2022
Extent 5 cm (1 box)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Logbook of the HMS Pegasus, 1786-1788.

Scope and Content

Official logbook of the HMS Pegasus while on service in Canada and the West Indies from 21 March 1786 to 12 March 1788. 

This volume is of historical significance as the ship was partly captained by Prince William Henry (1765-1837), the future William IV (known as the 'sailor king'), and records a sighting at sea of the young Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The early entries describe the Prince assuming command of the ship due to his royal status.

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Open access.

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Copying for private research and study is approved.

Preferred Citation

Records of the HMS Pegasus, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MSS 267, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


Acquired by the Academy Library in 1984.

Additional Information

Related Material

The Academy Library holds the following ships' journals and logs in Special Collections:
John L. Allen at MS 144
G. K. Dickson at MS 222
Clement Richardson at MS 264
HCS Northumberland at MS 266
H. D. Wilkin at MS 271

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Topical Subjects

Log books

Naval diaries

Personal Names

Wiliam IV, King of Great Britain, 1765-1837

Horatio Nelson, Viscount, 1758-1805


Corporate Names

Great Britain. Royal Navy--Sea life--History

Pegasus (Ship)

Geographical Names

Great Britain--History, Naval--18th century

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Leather bound logbook of HMS Pegasus while on service in Canada and the West Indies, 21 March 1786 to 12 March 1788