Two voyages aboard the Swift sloop of war in 1795

by Midshipman John Edward Conant

In 2004 BBC Television featured the Journal on The Antiques Road Show. Mrs. Rosemary Bartlett had found it amongst her late husband's possessions and took it to the Roadshow at The Royal Hospital, Haslar, Hampshire. The Conant family subsequently aquired the two hundred year old journal .

John Edward was born in 1777, married Catherine Brown in 1817 and died in 1848. There were three children from the marriage; Catherine born 1818, Edward Nathaniel born 1820 and John William born 1824.

John Edward Conant was made Lieutenant on 18th July 1801 (Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815) and finished his Naval career as a Commander. (See the scan below of the Admiralty document.) He later became a Police Magistrate at Marlborough Street in London.

The 18 year old Midshipman who wrote the journal is the great, great, great, great grandfather of Matilda Conant (born in 2003) and Nathaniel Conant (born in 2007) who now live at Lyndon Hall.

The journal is in two parts:-

Pages 1 to 18
"Of a Voyage into the Red Sea"

Voyage One

Pages 21 to 48
"An Expedition against The Moluccas by the Squadron Of Admiral Ranier in 1795"

Voyage Two

Map of 1st Voyage


Background Information


Naval Biography

O'Byrne's Naval Biographical
Dictionary Of 1849

Gentleman's Magazine

The journal was printed in the
Gentleman's Magazine of 1806


In 1816 John Edward Conant was
"appointed to the Rank of Commander in Her Majesty's Fleet"




Battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815.
Invitation to John Conant and his wife Catherine from the Duke of Wellington
two months after the Battle.

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