NAVAL. H.B.M. Packet ‘Tyrian’, 1837. 18819



Handwritten Account, unsigned, of a voyage in the Tyrian from Falmouth to Rio (beginning on 1 March 1837 with boarding a coach at Piccadilly), with much description of the sights of Madeira and Tenerife, then becalmed in the Doldrums, reaching Rio on the 10 May. About 2800 words on 8 pp. 12 x 8 inches, horizontal folds. Provenance: Strides Auctions, Chichester, 2005. March to May, 1837. From letters we have located, we have identified the writer as Lieutenant William Robinson, setting out for South America to take up appointments in HMS Fly and HMS Stag (see O’Byrne, A Naval Biographical Dictionary). Robinson later commanded the Arrow ketch in South America and at the Cape, where he captured an armed slaver. Offered with this account is a letter by Wm. Robinson to his wife (1864) with advice on how to claim a pension in the event of Robinson’s demise, and some extracts from certificates of service of a later William C.Robinson, Assistant Paymaster, 1863-79.