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Title: William Chimmo's journal of a voyage to the N.E. Coast of Labrador during the year 1867
Dates: 1867
Location: MF-0267 MHA
Extent: 122 pages
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Capt. William Chimmo was born in 1828, and entered the Royal Navy in 1841 when he was only thirteen years old. He obtained the rank of lieutenant in 1850, and was commander by 1864. He served in the first and second China wars, against pirates in Borneo, and for six and a half years he was on board the Herald in the search for Sir John Franklyn. He was lieutenant of the Juno and also served on the Royal Charter on a voyage to Australia where he assisted with magnetic observations. He commanded the Sea Gull and surveyed the west coast of Scotland and was commander of the Gannet in the survey of Trinidad and the exploration of Labrador.

From 1856 to 1858 Capt. Chimmo was secretary to the Hydrographer of the Admiralty. Most of his life was devoted to the Hydrographic Survey. He wrote several papers on the results from deep sea soundings in the Atlantic on which he was employed. He was a Fellow of the Linnean, Royal Geographical, Royal Meteorological and Royal Astronomical Societies.

Chimmo settled in Weymouth, England in 1873 after he retired from the Navy with the rank of Post-Captain. He died October 30, 1891 at the age of sixty-four.

(Extracted from Chimmo's obituary printed in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Volumes 18-19, pp 80-81.)
Scope and Content: Commander Chimmo of H.M.S Gannett kept this narrative account in carrying out a hydrographic survey of the Labrador coast between Indian Harbour and Hopedale in 1867. It is a unique record of social and economic significance. The document is indexed for place names and surnames.
Related Material: Original journal of voyage to Labrador in HMS Gannett, MF-080, Archives and Special Collections Division, QEII Library
Local Note: Transferred from the Dr. Gordon Handcock fonds
Subject: Labrador
Subject: Journals
Authors_Personal Name: Chimmo, William, Capt.

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