Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Caird Library

 Finally at the end of the day we visited the library and got to look at illustrations of some of Cloudesley Shovell's victories and the log book from one of the surviving ships from the night of his death. The log book mentioned some of the harsh conditions the sailors faced.

One of the surviving ship's logs from the fatal night
of October 22nd, 1707
Photographing a picture to be featured in the film

We also got to see the consolatory letter sent by the Reverend at St Paulinus Church, Crayford to Lady Shovell in her time of grief. It was this national tragedy of the loss of her husband that saw the Longitude act being put in place to prevent anything like this happening again.

An illustration of the defeat of the French fleet by Sir Cloudesley Shovell

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