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Old 30th June 2007, 21:32
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Whilst I was researching the book, The Surgeon's Log, a few years ago, I was able to obtain a copy of the crew list from the The Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland at a cost of $40. I understand that this came about on account of our Public Records Office, Kew, being obliged to find other space in maritime archives willing to take the overflow.
In the book all names are fictitious and the ship was known as the CLYTEMNESTRA. She was in fact the 1906 POLYPHEMUS, and the voyage, to Japan & Java, took place from January to June 1907. The book became a travel classic and went to 31 editions, the last one being dedicated to the author's daughter whom I met when she visited in 1996 bringing with her the journal kept by her father during the voyage. I also had two visits from the 85 year old son of the 2nd mate of the POLYPHEMUS. Both of these people have since died. Anyone interested is welcome to contact me for the full story. Hugh Ferguson.
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