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A voyage round the world by the way of the great South Sea : perform'd in the years 1719, 20, 21, 22, in the Speedwell of London, of 24, Guns and 100 Men, (under His Majesty's Commission to cruize on the Spaniards in the late War with the Spanish Crown) till she was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandes, in May 1720 ; and afterwards continu'd in the Racevery, the Jesus Maria and Sacra Familia, &c. Preview this item
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A voyage round the world by the way of the great South Sea : perform'd in the years 1719, 20, 21, 22, in the Speedwell of London, of 24, Guns and 100 Men, (under His Majesty's Commission to cruize on the Spaniards in the late War with the Spanish Crown) till she was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandes, in May 1720 ; and afterwards continu'd in the Racevery, the Jesus Maria and Sacra Familia, &c.

Author: George Shelvocke; John Senex; John Osborn; Thomas Longman; W. and J. Innys.
Publisher: London : Printed for J. Senex, at the Globe against St. Dunstan's Church, Fleetstreet ; W. and J. Innys, at the Prince's-Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard ; and J. Osborn and T. Longman, at the Ship in Pater-Noster Row, MDCCXXVI. [1726]
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"Captains Shelvocke and Clipperton led a privately financed expedition for attacking Spanish shipping. Shelvocke gave his superior officer the slip in a storm and proceeded to Brazil and thence to the west coast of South America, where in two months he sacked Payta, Peru, and captured several small prizes. His vessel was wrecked at Juan Fernández Island, but a ship was built out of the wreck[a]ge and he sailed up  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: George Shelvocke; George Shelvocke
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Shelvocke; John Senex; John Osborn; Thomas Longman; W. and J. Innys.
OCLC Number: 973631779
Notes: 1st ed.
Signatures: a4 a-b8 *a2 B-2G8 2H2.
Folded map as frontispiece ; 4 plates (2 folded) throughout text.
Description: xxxii, 468 pages, 5 unnumbered leaves of plates (3 folded) : illustrations, 1 map ; 21 cm
Responsibility: by Capt. George Shelvocke, Commander of the Speedwell, Recovery, &c. in this Expedition.

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"Captains Shelvocke and Clipperton led a privately financed expedition for attacking Spanish shipping. Shelvocke gave his superior officer the slip in a storm and proceeded to Brazil and thence to the west coast of South America, where in two months he sacked Payta, Peru, and captured several small prizes. His vessel was wrecked at Juan Fernández Island, but a ship was built out of the wreck[a]ge and he sailed up the coast to Baja California. After crossing the Pacific via Guam and Macao, Shelvocke returned to England and was acquitted of piracy charges. He soon left for the Continent a wealthy man. Shelvocke mentioned the gold of California and the guano of Peru, one hundred and thirty years before their modern discovery. An incident in the narrative, describing the passage around Cape Horn, is said to have inspired Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. There are two histories published of this voyage--this one and another by Betagh, an officer on the voyage. Betagh was roughly treated in Shelvocke's account and Betagh wrote his own with exposing Shelvocke in mind. The account by Shelvocke was intended by him to be a vindication of his conduct, having been accused of piracy and embezzlement" (Hill).

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