SIEVEKING, Frederick Seal, Midshipman (1856-1902) - MADDEN, Captain Edward. The Log of H.M.S. Endymion. Capt.n E. Madden. Commencing Jan. 1st 1873 Ending March 5th 1873.

$ 16,000.00

3 voyages in one volume. Folio (12 4/8 x 8 inches). Fine original manuscript log-book, the first title-page for "Endymion" in elegant copperplate in pen and ink, heightened in green, blue and silver, title-page for "Log of H.M.S. Aurora. Shalto Douglas. Cap.tn" unfinished, original watercolour drawing for second title-page for "Log of H.M.S. Endymion,...", tipped-in;

13 SUPERB AND EXACT CHARTS OF THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN:

- a large folding original manuscript chart in pen and black, red and blue ink "Track of H.M.S. Endymion. From Jan 22nd to Aug.st 7th" showing the ship's course from Spithead across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and back (small tear near mount); and 12 smaller track charts, one in the text, the others tipped-in, for H.M.S. Endymion:

- "Portsmouth to Vigo, Jan 22nd to Jan 31st 1873" (8 4/8 x 7 inches; 7 4/8 x 6 4/8 inches to the neat line);

- "... from Vigo to Madiera" (8 4/8 x 6 inches; 8 x 5 4/8 inches to the neat line);

- "...from Thursday Feb 13th, 1873" (12 4/8 x 6 4/8 inches; 12 x 6 inches to the neat line) showing the coast of Africa to Cape de Verde, the ship's track to Barbados from Madeira, and the islands of Cuba, Haiti and the north coast of Trinidad;

- folding chart "...from March 15th to April 28th 1873" (16 x 9 inches; 15 4/8 x 7 6/8 inches to the neat line) showing the ship's track from Barbados to St. Christopher's via Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Martinica, Dominica and Guadeloupe;

- folding chart "...March 3rd to March 14th 1873" (4 4/8 x 15 4/8 inches; 3 6/8 x 15 inches to the neat line) showing the ship's track from St. Thomas to Jamaica via Haiti;

- folding chart "...from May 28th to June 17th" (11 6/8 x 14 inches;11 x 13 4/8 inches to the neat line) showing the ship's track from Jamaica, Cuba, and New Providence and out to sea, with Florida in the background;

- "...July 1st to July 7th 1873" (11 x 7 inches; 10 2/8 x 6 4/8 inches) from Bermuda to Halifax in Nova Scotia; folding chart "...from July 19th to Aug.st 7th 1873" (6 x 13 4/8 inches; 5 4/8 x 13 inches to the neat line);

- "Track of H.M.S. Endymion" in the text, from Gibraltar to Barcelona and then out to sea, from the 5th of September to the 14th of October 1873;

- folding chart "...from Malaga to Malta" (4 4/8 x 13 inches) showing the coasts of Spain and North Africa, Sardinia and Sicily;

- folding chart of the Endymion's course around the Mediterranean from Malta to Corfu, to Athens, Smyrna, to Cyprus and back, decorated with naval flags of the nations;

- folding chart "...from Malta to Gibraltar May 4th - June 10th" under sail and steam, showing the coasts of Spain and North Africa, Majorca, Minorca, Sardinia and Sicily;

ILLUSTRATED WITH 18 FINE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR DRAWINGS initialed by Sieveking, 10 laid down, the others loosely inserted, those captioned include: Cape st. Antonio, Cuba; Morant Pt. Jamaica; Port Royal. Jamaica; New Providence; St. David's Head (Bermuda); St. Vincent; 2 views of Malaga; Bombardment of Alicantie; 2 views of Cartegena; Head of Malta Harbour; and a cut out plan of lower deck of Endymion. Original half black morocco, marbled paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on the front cover (worn).


A fascinating log-book with EXCEPTIONALLY FINE CHARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN.

Three voyages are included: the first from Portsmouth to Barbados in the "Endymion", January 22nd - March 6th, 1873; then the "Aurora" from Carlisle Bay, Barbados, to Grenada, March 6th - March 15th, 1873; and lastly the voyage back from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean in the "Endymion", March 28th - May 8th, 1874. These voyages are meticulously recorded by Sieveking as part of his duties as midshipman. He wrote the log, drafted the superb and exact charts, and painted the enchanting watercolours. Sieveking had entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1870 and rose rapidly through the ranks to Commander, retiring in 1901.

This HMS Endymion, the third of four ships in the Royal Navy to be given the name, was a 21-gun Ister-class wooden screw frigate, she was the last wooden frigate built at Deptford Dockyard. Commissioned in 1866 she spent much of her service based at Malta. As part of the Flying Squadron "Endymion" circumnavigated the globe in 1870. Edward Madden commanded her from 1872, and he was at her helm, on this her last great voyage: 

On 19 January 1873, Endymion was undergoing sea trials in the Channel when she was caught in a storm, following repairs at Portsmouth, she sailed on 22 January for Vigo. On the 6th of February in company of HMS Aurora, HMS Doris and HMS Topaze, she set sail for Barbados, returning to Gibraltar in August. In September, Henry Hickley took command of the Endymion and she was one of several ships ordered to lay off Valencia, Spain where there was an insurgency. Sieveking reports that while at single anchor in Escombrera Bay, near Cartegena, in the morning of the 18th of September "heavy firing commenced in the direction of the town at 12.50 continuing to 1.10 during which time 45 to 50 shots were fired" . Sieveking's log ends with the Endymion running aground in Palermo Bay on the 10th of May 1874. Her sister ship the Narcissus also ran aground losing 27 feet of her false keel and being holed in two places. Subsequently both ships put in to Cagliari, Sardinia for repairs, and eventually arrived back at Plymouth on 4 July.

After a spell on guard off the Isle of Wight, where Queen Victoria was staying at Osborne House, Endymion arrived at the Medway on the 23rd of July and was paid off, and was sent to the Humber for coast guard duties. In 1881, Emdymion was lent to the Metropolitan Asylums Board for use as an administration and hospital ship, initially at Greenwich, Kent and later at Dartford. She was sold out of service in 1885, and served as an administration ship until 1904, when she was sold in December and broken up in 1905.