[Admiral Peter Rainier; "Boatswain's stores" ] Document Signed 'Peter Rainier' "To The Masters of His Majesty's Ships Victorious Intrepid Leopard and Alabatross or any three of them | By Command of the Commander in Chief | Fredk Hawke | pro secrs."

Admiral Peter Rainier (1741–1808) , "Vice Admiral of the Blue and Commander in Chief of HIs Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the East Indies." [Jas [Bonnard]; Joseph Corbyn; [W?] Briggs; Jn Wheatay
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"[O]n board His Majesty's Ship Victorious Back Bay Trincomaley [sic] the 19th June 1802."
SKU: 22141

Four pages, folio, bifolium, leaves partly separated, sl. grubby, text clear and complete. Rainier states that he has been informed by letter by Captrain Charles Adam of "La Sybille" that "a quantity of sails and other boatswains stores [...] which are worn out, rotten, decayed and totally unfit for their proper use". He is ordering a survey by The Masters of the ships named above, whoi are to report "particularly to which uses they [the stores] may be converted [...] under oath [...]" The third page contains a lengthy list of items in the "boatswain's stores" of "La Sybille" (38 items from Hammocks to Lanthorns to Red Ensign) with added comment on condition (from "Broke, worn out & totally unfit" to "Only fit for junk"). See image. On the fourth page appear the signatures of respective Captains of the ships listed as above.