Minerva was an East Indiaman, one of the large sailing ships that were chartered or licenced to the East India Companies. They traded between Europe and southern Asia from the 16th to 19th centuries.
She was built by the Perry family of shipbuilders in the Blackwall Yard in London and launched in 1786.
The Minerva’s log from 1787 to 1789 is part of the collection once belonging to eminent maritime archivist David MacGregor.
The log is a fascinating and detailed description of the voyages from England to Madras, Bengal and China. Its pages are illustrated with small sketches of men and women along with a list of seamen and passengers on board.