As part of my PhD research, I went to the Bodleian Library to look at the Rawlinson Manuscripts, and in particular Samuel Pepys’ papers. I would go for a day, spent 5 or 6 hours in the archive, and take something like 1500 photos at a time. There was a lot of really brilliant stuff that I did actually use in my PhD thesis, for example a 1676 letter from George Legge (later, Admiral and Lord Dartmouth). There were a lot of other documents that I thought “oh this looks cool”, but I never ended up using. Today’s document is one example. From Rawl Mss A/187, it is “A List of the shipps of Warr belonging to Algiers”, and is in fact a list of warships at Algiers from 2 October 1676.
This document followed the text of a draft peace treaty between England and Algiers in 1676.And it signed S Martin- in deed there was a Samuel Martin who was the English consul at Algiers from 1673 to his death, roughly 1680. 1
This is a fascinating document- and certainly one that- if I can get better photos of it, I’d love to add to this website as a companion to the ADM 8 database. I definitely think that there’s some overlap between the ships captured from Algiers and listed in ADM 8 and the ships on this list. Further, I find the way they are described fascinating- for example that descriptions of the stern decorations are included. I also think that the translation of the ships’ names certainly bears further study.