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This log from a New London vessel (Elisha Hull, Master) was kept by James S. Johnson, Steward, who wrote thirty-five pages of entries dating from November 21, 1854 to May 21, 1855, and did some sketches. While not extensive, the logbook records this…

This log from a New Bedford vessel (Charles Little II, Master) was kept by Samuel Robinson (a greenhand), from June 21, 1846 to October 23, 1848. The Congress travelled to the Pacific Ocean and the northwest coast. Highlights include descriptions of…

The Eliza was a 296-ton bark built in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts in 1856. Her Captain (or Master) on this voyage (1865-1869) was James Witherell. The keeper of this log (probably the Mate, John D. Dimond) recorded standard information on…

This is a partial journal for the same ship, same voyage as recorded in another logbook in the collection (Eliza, 1865-1869). At the front is inscribed “C. Eldridge,” indicating that this journal was probably kept by Cyrenius Eldridge,…

Under Captain Henry Smith, this voyage (1857–1861) from Fairhaven, MA to the Northern Pacific was rather unsuccessful, bringing home only 546 barrels of oil. The ship recruited sailors from the Sandwich Islands, and in January 1860, off the…

This log was kept by the Mate, William H. Beetle, aboard the schooner Hattie E. Smith (Benjamin F. Nickerson, Master), originally hailing from Edgartown, Massachusetts. On this two-year voyage (1881-1883) she set sail from New Bedford, and took…

This journal was possibly kept by “A. J. Mosher,” whose name appears once in the margin, aboard the bark Louisa of New Bedford in the Indian Ocean from October 1869 to April 1872. Mosher describes the hunt in detail: "I struck a large…

A boatsteerer named Joseph Tucker kept this journal on two voyages: aboard the ship Lydia (1854-58) to the North Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska, and the bark Roscius (1858-61) to the Indian Ocean. The boatsteerer was one of the most responsible…

The Mary Ann sailed out of New Bedford (Joseph Crocker, Master) on a voyage to the Indian Ocean from July 1832 to May 1833. This volume was probably kept by the Mate as a personal journal. He records daily events, shipboard evolutions, weather,…