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H.M.S. Victory reported lost at sea...



Item # 555531
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, October, 1744

* H.M.S. Victory has been lost... 255 years later it is found!
* First report in a genuine British Magazine : lost in the English Channel

A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

There are two reports in this genuine 1744 magazine of this ship's sinking, the first being just a reference to it as a preface to another shipwreck report. The top of the page is headed: "Remarkable Account of a Ship-wreck." and the prefacing text reads:

"The following relation of a ship wreck, never I believe before printed, may be seasonably inserted at this time when we have so much reason to lament the loss of the Victory and the great number of our unfortunate countrymen on board, who being supposed to have all entirely perished at once not far from the same fatal place, occasioned me to look for and send you this moving account." and what follows is the report of another ship wreck.

The second report appears several pages later, being the actual news reports of the Victory being lost, reading in part:

"...On the 3d instant we met with a hard gale of wind which tore all our sails and rigging, so that we were obliged to submit to the mercy of the waves...Admiral Balchen, who commanded the fleet, was separated from them in that storm, and lost, in the Victory of 110 brass guns, between the 4th and 5th, near Alderney, with 1100 men, among which were about 50 gentlemen volunteers." with a bit more (see photos).

Terrific to have this early and timely report of the sinking of the H.M.S. Victory which has just recently been found!

Among the many other articles in this issue is: "M. Crevier's Answer to M. Voltaire". There is also much reporting on events in Parliament under the guise of: "Proceedings & Debates in the Senate of Lilliput" as direct reporting on Parliamentary events was prohibited.

Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle" with news from England & other parts of Europe. Also included is some text headed: "Letter from New England" (see photos). There is also an item signed in type: Maria Theresa.

Complete in 54 pgs. with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate. Small library stamp at the bottom of the title/index page and another page with a portion of the referenced text on the Victory but not causing loss of readability.. Measures about 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition.

Note:  The sinking of the British ship H.M.S. Victory was brought into light in the 21st century via a report dated February 5, 2009 from the "Best Syndication News" service which read:

"The HMS Victory ship sunk in stormy seas back in 1744 but it wasn’t until this week, when an American company called Odyssey discovered what they call “the most significant shipwreck discovery in history.” The HMS Victory was a warship that had a crew of around 1,100 that died when it went underwater. The estimated treasures with gold coins and artifacts could be worth potentially $1 billion. The Odyssey company is undergoing a legal battle to allow them to recover the treasures and artifacts. Because the HMS Victory is a military ship she is the property of the British government according to the laws of marine salvaging."

There are no maps or plates called for in this issue.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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