Arthur Cornwallis Evans (1860-1935) was chaplain on the steamship HMS Calliope on a three-year voyage to Asia and Australia (January 1887 to April 1890) that covered 76,814 nautical miles (88,395 miles), with more than 500 days spent at sea. He compiled this lively account of the voyage at the request of his shipmates, drawing information from several of their journals, and published it in Portsmouth in 1890 before the crew dispersed. It contains both brief factual entries about the progress of the voyage and more sustained descriptions of life on board ship and in port, including some naval culinary 'delicacies', an encounter with a robber in Hong Kong, the Russian foritifications at Vladivostok, fireworks in Sydney celebrating the centenary of New South Wales, the opening of Calliope Dock in Auckland (still in use today), visits to several Pacific islands, cricket matches and regattas, and an eclipse of the sun.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; 1887. Commissioning at Portsmouth and voyage to China via the Cape; The China station; Hong-Kong by night; The Australian station; 1888. Auckland; 1889. Auckland; Homeward bound; 1890. The East Coast of Africa; Appendix.