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Guide to the Naval History Society Collection
1721-1995 (bulk 1781-1936)
  MS 439

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Series 51. Logbooks: Commercial vessels (1799-1865, undated)

Scope and Content

The series consists of 20 volumes of logbooks from six sail or steam commercial vessels on routine cruises, and 15 cod-fishing vessels from York, Maine, on their annual journeys to the Bay of Fundy and St. Lawrence River fishing grounds.

America's 1799-1800 logbook was probably kept by Michael Hayes (nephew of John Barry, and relative of John Sanford Barnes's wife; see Series 3, Series 5) on a voyage from Philadelphia to China via Lisbon.

Mary also sailed the China route, from Philadelphia to Canton via Batavia under Christian Christianson, master, between May 14, 1832 and April 4, 1833.  Camilla, under James T. Watkins, master, made port in Rio de Janeiro, Cowes (Isle of Wight), and Antwerp before ending its cruise in Tarragona, Spain, from October 6, 1834 to March 1, 1835. The volume concludes with various non-voyage-related writings: "The Marriage Vow" on wifely fidelity, as well as detailed descriptions of female anatomy and various gynecological disorders. It turns over to an "Inventory of my Effects" dated Philadelphia, 1832, which lists debts incurred and monies due, as well as merchandise, stocks, and money held; a penciled draft of a letter to a loved one; and several poems.

SS Republic cruised from New York to San Francisco via Rio, and  America in 1863 from New York to Panama.

The Governor Clinton log was a gift of Caspar Goodrich's daughter, Mrs. C.T. Davis, on the same date with other materials now collected in Series 21. This typed, corrected transcript documents a voyage from Peru to New York on which Caspar Goodrich's grandfather James W. Goodrich sailed under Captain L.B. Griswold, who was accused of drunkenness and other misbehaviors.

The fishing ships' logbooks are preprinted volumes that include regulations for the registration of vessels and their catches, and are filled in by hand to document the voyages, conditions, and amount of fish caught.

Related Materials at New-York Historical Society

Series 21, Subseries IV. James Griswold journal transcripts, includes additional information about James Griswold, from the Goodrich donation.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 Log book ship America
1799-1800
Volume: 2 Log book ship Mary; brig  Camilla
1832 May 14 - 1835 March 1
Volume: 3 SS Republic
1850 April 13 - 1852 February 7
Volume: 4 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Wonder of York
1853 May 30 - November 3
Volume: 5 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Wonder of York
1854 June 1 - November 25
Volume: 6 Journal of a voyage, fishing schooner Elizabeth of York
1856 April 30 - November 29
Volume: 7 Journal of a voyage, fishing schooner Rescue of York and Kittery
1856 May 16 - November 7
Volume: 8 Journal of a voyage, fishing schooner Josephine of York
1857 April 11 - November 2
Volume: 9 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Hannah of York
1857 April 28 - October 19
Volume: 10 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Golden Cloud of York
1857 June 1 - November 5
Volume: 11 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Julia Ann of York
1858 May 16 - November 1
Volume: 12 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Eagle of York
1858 June 2 - October 26
Volume: 13 Journal of a voyage, fishing schooner Josephine of York
1859 April 19 - November 30
Volume: 14 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Eagle of York
1859 May 5 - November 5
Volume: 15 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Golden Cloud of York
1859 May 10 - November 29
Volume: 16 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Victoria of York
1860 May 11 - October 25
Volume: 17 Journal of a voyage, fishing schooner Webster of York
1863 March 17 - July 26
Volume: 18 Steamship America
1863 November 1 - December 31
Volume: 19 Journal of a voyage, fishing boat Black Jacob of Gloucester
1865 June 14 - November 10
Volume: 20 "Journal of Remarkable Transactions & Occurances [sic] on Board of the Ship Governor Clinton Homeward Bound from Payta "coast of Peru" to New York in 1828", 1828 July 3 - October 6 [transcript]
Undated

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