List 2 (1710-1790)

Indication of Vessels in, or Voyaging to, Hudson Bay and Strait, Including Journeys into Ungava Bay, Foxe Basin, and James Bay (1710-1790)

 Continued from Ship List 1

Reminder note: The symbol ‘↔’ indicates a round trip, completed that year. The numbers in the final column are indexed to the Sources for Ship List 2. The symbol ‘▪’ indicates ship’s log is available HBCA (Hudson’s Bay Company Archives); the symbol ‘*’ indicates vessel is listed in HBCA “Book of Ships Movements.”

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Continued in Ship List 3 (1790-1865)


Proof-reading and up-dating will be on-going. I welcome any suggestions for corrections or for additional information.


6 Responses to List 2 (1710-1790)

  1. Rhiannon Boardman says:

    I am descended from William Auld of the Hudson Bay company through his daughter, Margaret (not listed anywhere but family legend plus an early census record shows her being born in Canada). I would like to track their voyages to England, but cannot find a ship called Eddystone (just the lighthouse). Was there a ship of this name please? Two sons, William Jnr and Wilberforce, reportedly travelled to England Autumn 1820 on this vessel. See Hudson Bay record society, searching for “William Auld.”

    I am also particularly interested to find any record of Margaret Auld travelling back to England, maybe with her father or perhaps her brothers – Margaret was born around 1795 and possibly travelled after 1810 but I really don’t know.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Rhianon Boardman

    • hallnjean says:

      Hi Rhiannon,

      Happy to meet and Nice to hear about Margaret — another of the ‘mysterious’ women who are so often left out of histories about Hudson’s Bay families because they were adventurous enough to sail across oceans (I am descended from one too).

      And yes, there was a Hudson’s Bay Company ship Eddystone. Robert Hood included it in a painting done 1819 (viewable online at Library and Archives Canada –, and Peter Rindisbacher has it in a pen and ink drawing dated 1821 as well (see LAC

      It is a bit difficult to find the Eddystone sometimes because the name was also spelled Eddistone.

      I have the Eddystone listed as a North West Company ship in 1803 (see Ship List 3, this site,, sent to Hudson Bay to challenge the HBC monopoly on trade there.

      And I have the Eddistone listed as a Hudson’s Bay Company ship as of 1807 that sailed to and from the Bay up til 1823 (same Ship List 3). The sources I consulted included: Hudson’s Bay Company Archives [HBCA,] C.1/289, C.1/290-295, C.1/295-300, C.1/300-304, C.1/304-310, C.1/310-316, C.1.316-322, which are Ship’s Logs of the Eddistone for the years, 1807, 1807–1811,1811–1814, 1814–1817, 1817–1819, 1819–1821, and 1821–1823; see also HBCA C.4/1, Book of Ships’ Movements, which has the ship listed; as does the HBCA Search File, Ships, and the Ships Records Finding Aid.

      You can also have a look at which is the HBC Archives online Ships’ Records Finding Aid, to see if there are ship’s logs you might like to have a look at for the years Margaret might have been on board (again, have a look at Ship List 3 to see what ships were sailing in the years she might have travelled). If you’re not in Winnipeg, perhaps there is a library with a microfilm reader that can order a microfilm copy, of the documents you are interested in, on loan for you to view. Sometimes the ship’s logs have a list of passengers (whoopie!), but sometimes they don’t (darn). And it takes some getting used to reading the logs too — they can seem cryptic til one figures out what on earth all the tables are referring to.

      Happy searching. I’d be thrilled if you let me know if you come across Margaret or any of her relations on a ship — and feel free to add any additional info as a comment here. There are always other long-distance historical Hudson Bay, Red River, and British Isles cousins looking for links that would fill in their family stories about seafaring ancestors.


  2. catharineward says:

    Hi Norma and Rhianon,

    Norma, I came across your website because I’m a UK climate scientist using weather observations recorded on board Hudson Bay Company ships to study the climate of the Arctic between 1750 and 1850. This is a bit of an aside, but as I’m also a keen genealogist and work with the logs I thought I would have a look for your ancestors Rhianon, and I can confirm that both William and Wilberforce Auld are listed as ‘boys’ under cabin passengers on board the Eddystone travelling to the UK in 1820. I can send you an image to confirm this, but please be advised that these images are specifically for our project and for scientific purposes only, so please do not upload them to any website and only use them for personal use. Let me know if you would like me to find any mention of Margaret.

    With very best wishes,


    • hallnjean says:

      Hi Catherine, and wow — great news. I will forward your message to Rhianon to be sure she is aware of your findings.


  3. Damian says:

    Of the 3 HBC Ships cited in List 2 as having sailed in 1738 (Seahorse, Mary, Hudson Bay), how can I discover which visited Fort Albany?

    • hallnjean says:

      First you could refer to Sources for Ship List 2, #s 210, 211, 212, then find and review the sources listed there to see if they contain the information you seek (you might have to consult the bibliography for the full book titles). Then you could contact the HBC archives about consulting the Book of Ships Movements for the Seahorse and Hudson Bay (which were listed, as indicated by the asterisks in List 2). If you still have no luck, then the next step would be locating and reading the Post Journals for York Factory (or any other posts on the Bay) 1738 at the HBC archives.

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