I have done some work with Captain's Logs and Master's Logs of British naval ships from the 18th century. These documents are held at the National Archives, not the National Maritime Museum.
Using the on-line catalog you can quickly get the exact citations for the logs you need, if you already know the names of the ships. Go here:
(if that doesn't bring you to a page that lets you enter data, select the big "Search the Catalog" button)
On the seach page, put the ship name in the "Word or phrase" field - just the one-word name, no prefix.
In the "Department or Series" field, enter either
The first series is Captain's Logs, the second series is Master's Logs. This will give you the catalog numbers for each of the surviving log books, with the date range covered by each.
The National Archives allows digital photography, so it's not very expensive to hire someone to get this information for you if you know the exact material that you want - catalog number and either pages or dates within the document.
If you have any further questions about how to do this work, please contact me directly.
Don N. Hagist
--- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, Eliud Bonilla <bonilla.eliud@...> wrote:
> Has anyone done research at the British National Maritime Museum? I'm
> trying to find the logs of some ships regarding an obscure 1797 raid in
> the Caribbean. Of course, I'm in Virginia so it may be a while before I
> "cross the pond". Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.