L. James Grant & the Lady Nelson.

Lt. James Grant and the Lady Nelson.

Lady Nelson, River Thames 1800

James Grant was born at Forres Morayshire Scotland in 1772. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of twenty one and took part in a number of battles before being sellected to convey the Lady Nelson to New South Wales in 1800. The Lady Nelson a vessel of 60 tons was to carry out survey work along the east coast of NSW. Before leaving Grant married Ann Waters in 1799 in London.

On the voyage Lt Grant kept a journal "The Narrative of a Voyage in His Majesty,s vessel The Lady Nelson, of sixty tons, with Sliding Keels in the years 1800-1802 to NSW, by James Grant Lieutenant in the Royal Navy" and on his return to England he had it published in 1803. The  journal is an extremely interesting sight into the day to day sailing on board a small ship for nearly twelve months.
Quote from one of the entries in the journal.

Monday 22 October 1800 W.S.W by S.

`It perhaps might be owing to currents; however I am inclined to impute it to the power the sea has over the light draught of water a small vessels like mine when going before it. Soon after noon it came on to blow very heavy, so that before night we were obliged to hand every thing except the close-reefed main-top-sail. The vessel scudded through the sea remarkably well, though it had got up to an uncommon height, and so perpendicular, that when getting over it appeared as running down a steep precipice; yet she did not ship any water of consequence.........`

This journal has been reproduced and can be read on the Lady Nelson website.
by Glyn Roberts  

There are two other log books that have been transcribed and are also on this website the "Lady Nelson's Voyage to the River Derwent 1803"
by Irene Schaffer and Glyn Roberts.

Quote from log book on the Lady Nelson 1803.

Friday 16 September 1803
`Winds SW by W, moored in Risdon Cove River Derwent.
PM, moderate breezes and cloudy W discharged the Albion, AM landing stores from the brig......'

Tuesday 20 September 1803

`PM Moderate breezes and cloudy. Supplied the Colony with half a barrel of powder and a bell.`


Quote from log book of the Lady Nelson 1804.

 "Lady Nelson's Voyage from Port Jackson to Port Dalrymple 1804" 
by Irene Schaffer and Glyn Roberts.

Monday 22 October 1804

`At 3 AM  Shipped another heavy sea which washed overboard the boat and chest of carpenter's tools; 1 foretop sail; 1 lower sail; one topmast studdg sail; 1 tackle; boathook; 2 brass guns; 1 cast of rice and three chests belonging to Mr Piper and 4 sows the property of the Government. Lost overboard the binnacle, 2 compasses and lamp. At half past three carried away main sheet and broke the tiler, down the main sail, bore up and set the sail, nor being able to keep the sea........`

The above two log books are available in A5 booklets on my book list.