Byron’s Journal of his Circumnavigation, 1764-66
Journals G161 H2 Ser. 2 no. 122
Cambridge: Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press
This map was first published in 1694 in an account of a journey south by English navigator, Sir John Narborough (1640-88), who sailed through the Straits of Magellan in 1670. It was consequently used by other navigators including John Byron (1723-86). In July 1764, naval officer Byron left England in the copper-bottomed Dolphin, under the pretence of sailing for the East Indies. After reading his ‘secret instructions’, Byron ‘threw them overboard’, sailed across the Pacific, and went looking for the ‘half-historical, half-mythical’ Solomon Islands – he never found them. He returned to England in May 1766, having made the fastest round the world trip ever.
Edited by Robert E. Gallagher, “Byron’s Journal of his Circumnavigation, 1764-66,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed July 24, 2017, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10494.
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