Richard Carr McClement, the author or the journal, was born in Co. Donegal in 1836 to Patrick McClement (1798-1887) and Catherine Carr (1808-1885), who were married in 1829. Patrick was a Boatswain with the Irish Coast Guard and did a little farming and in 1839 he and Catherine moved their growing family to Co. Antrim. As a boy Richard attended schools in and around Belfast before enrolling at the Queen’s College to study medicine in 1853. After completing his degree studies in 1857 he took a diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and secured a commission with the Royal Navy as an assistant surgeon. On 19 November 1862 he married Annie Constance Fitzgerald, the daughter of a naval family. Richard achieved the rank of surgeon and remained in the navy until his death at Yokohama, Japan, in 1871. In total he served on seven ships: HMS Buffalo; HMS Hawke; HMS Duncan; HMS Terror; HMS Galatea; HMS Wellesley; and the HMS Ocean. His appointment to the HMS Ocean in 1869 would be his last - it was bound for China and he never made it back to Britain. He also served in the Royal Naval hospitals at Halifax and Haslar. After Richard’s death Annie married a Scot, Archibald Campbell of Lochnell and moved to Argyll.