This is the second extract from the journals of David Talbot. The first covered his experience of being press-ganged to the brig-sloop HMS Calliope in 1810. This extract describes key features of his subsequent life onboard including watch-keeping, daily routine, making sail, working aloft, meals, readying for battle and religion. It is edited by Chris Davidson, David Talbot’s 3 x great grandson.
David Talbot was a seafarer from Arbroath, Scotland. He was born in 1784 and went to sea as an apprentice in 1799. He then became a mate on Arbroath brigs trading in the Baltic where he had various adventures. On returning home he was appointed a captain, but misfortune came on his first voyage to London and he was impressed on board HMS Calliope.
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