BAYLY, Lewis. S.L.
BAYLY, Lewis. S.L. [Personal Ships Log for H.M.S. Iris]. Journal and Remark Book. For the use of the Officers of H.M. Navy.  Portsmouth. Griffin & Co. 1880's.  
(230 x 190). Unpaginated but approx 96 pp. Binding a little tender. Half of the book with ms entries and half blank. Blue all edges. Half black morocco with gilt titled cloth covered boards. Worn and faded with insect erosion to both boards and spine but still sound. Signed and dated on front free endpaper 'Lewis Bayly S.R. "Iris" 27.4.80'. The log book commences with the commissioning of HMS Iris in Portsmouth on 27 April 1880, then Spithead followed by cruising in the Mediterranean, with the last entries dated May 1881. Also with pp,17 of manuscript diary entries giving an account of day to day life on a Royal Navy cruiser. The writer, Rear Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly CVO, RN., 1857-1938 had a distinguished service career. HMS Iris was an Iris-class second-class cruiser and was the first all-steel ship to serve with the Royal Navy and was employed as an armed dispatch vessel. She was laid down in Pembroke Dock in 1875, launched in 1877, completed in 1879 and commissioned on 27 April 1880. With a speed of 17/18 knots she was one of the fastest ships of her day. Her first captain was Captain Edward Seymour and she was sold in 1905.
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