The Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle for 1846
The Nautical Magazine first appeared in 1832, and was published monthly well into the twenty-first century. It covers a wide range of subjects, including navigation, meteorology, technology and safety. An important resource for maritime historians, it also includes reports on military and scientific expeditions and on current affairs. The 1846 volume includes reports on tribal warfare in New Zealand and a review of John Lort Stokes' book Discoveries in Australia (also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection), describing the Beagle voyage. Mexico and the Baltic also feature prominently, and the second report of the Tidal Harbours Commission, of which Sir Francis Beaufort was a member, is given full coverage. The wreck reports are particularly poignant, including a captain unable to save his young daughter, while fascinating short notes record the transport of camels to start a breeding program in Bolivia, November meteorites and a shower of frogs over the Humber.