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Title:Special feature: the story of the voyage
Editors:Titlestad, MichaelISNI
Gupta, PamilaISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Volume:61
Issue:4
Pages:673-846
Language:English
Geographic terms:world
South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:maritime history
colonial history
travel
historiography
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rshj20/61/4
Abstract:This special issue presents narratives of voyages (spanning three centuries), and engages the multiple, often contesting ways, in which the participants in those voyages (officers, sailors and passengers) narrated the events comprising their itineraries. Several contributors (Nigel Worden, David Featherstone, Jon Hyslop) explore alternative forms of subalternity on board ships. A second set of essays (Emma Christopher, Pamila Gupta, Cindy McCreery) introduces the theme of British imperialism and more specifically its consolidation via a variety of voyaging experiences and narrative forms. A last set of essays (Michael Pearson, Nicole Ulrich, Michael Titlestad) enters multiple social worlds experienced at sea and at port, by different gendered and classed persons criss-crossing oceanic waters at very different moments in time. Three of the essays touch more specifically on Africa. Nicole Ulrich examines an account by Dr Anders Sparrman, who visited the Cape of Good Hope in the 1770s, with a view to utilizing travel accounts as historical evidence. Sparrman's anecdotes of the sailors, slaves, servants, guides and wagon drivers he encountered and on whose labour his travel depended, reveal a great deal about changing views of class and colonialism and point to a multiracial underclass fellowship, centred on the sharing of commodities such as tobacco and brandy, in the Cape colony. Emma Christopher employs a method of counterfactual history to illuminate the conditions of possibility for voyaging to South West Africa in the mid-1780s, under the captainship of Edward Thompson, to establish a British penal colony at the mouth of the Orange River. Cindy McCreery examines Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh's visit to South Africa in 1867 on board the HMS Galatea, the responses the voyage evoked and how it contributed to South African colonists' closer sense of identification with both the British monarchy and Empire as well as the Royal Navy. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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