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H.M.S. Victory lost at sea... Two issue set...



Item # 560252
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, two issue set, London, England, October and November, 1744
October issue:
Certainly the most notable report in the 1st issue is the report of the sinking of the British ship H.M.S. Victory. A report dated February 5, 2009 from the "Best Syndication News" service brings this event into the 21st century with its breaking news reading: "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 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).
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.

November issue:
Certainly the most notable item in the 2nd issue is the report referencing the sinking of the British ship H.M.S. Victory. A report dated February 5, 2009 from the "Best Syndication News" service brings this event into the 21st century with its breaking news reading: "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 two reports in this genuine 1744 magazine concerning this ship's sinking, the first being a reference to it reading: "Reflections occasion'd by the loss of his majesty's ships of war, with Adm. V____non's Opinion on the late method of building them, etc. Of the Victory's misfortune it is  not now likely we should have any account, there being no probability that a single soul has been saved out of her many hundreds..." and what follows is discussion on how to better build the military ships (see photos for portions). This report takes over a full page and includes several references to the "Victory", including: "The Boyne, the ship mentioned, was rebuilt in 1739, as the Victory was in 1737, both under the same direction..." and: "...make enquiry, by proper evidence, if there did not want room and strength of decks in the Victory and Colchester?..." (see).
The second report appears several pages later, telling of evidence of Victory being lost, headed: "Extract of a letter from Cherbourg on the Cost of Normandy relating to his majesty's ship the Victory." The report reads in part: "...near the isle of Auvigny, they saw a great many pieces of wreck, on which, one of their vessels trouch'd at the isle of Auvigny, and learned that a large ship, supposed to be English;, had made a few days before, several signals of distress, from whence they judged she might have struck against the rocks called the Caskets; that the terrible storm, which then blew, had prevented giving her any assistance..." and a bit more (see).
Terrific to have these early and timely reports of the sinking of the H.M.S. Victory.
Among the many other articles in this issue is: "From Boston in New England came advice...with about 70 regular troops & 700 Indians, kept...Annapolis Royal under perpetual alarms..."  with more (see).
There is also a lengthy account headed: "Of the Detention of the Jamaica fleet..." which takes over a full page.
Also included is 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.

Both are complete in 54 pgs. (each) with full title/index page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate.  Each measures about 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition.
There are no maps or plates called for in the issues.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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