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Manuscript Log Book of the British Brig Isadora
Boston, MA. Good. 1873. Hardcover. Green and brown marbled boards with leather binding and pastedown label on front cover. Back board is detached; moderate water damage to front board with additional soiling, rubbing and flaking of leather. Interior is surprisingly clean considering condition of exterior, with clean lithographed Log Book title page complete with clipper ship lithograph, printed by M. Thalmessinger & Co. , Manufacturing Stationers. 337 Broadway, New York. Log contains notes from two voyages. The Isadora was a British Brig owned by Edwin Fowle of Newton, MA, sailing out of Boston. First voyage comprises at least two-thirds of the log and chronicles a voyage from Boston to Fernandina, FL, Barbados, Trinidad and Caibarien and Caifrancis, Cuba, returning to Boston. This cruise lasted from November 1873 through late March 1874. Captained by John Pratt. Fairly typical notes recording weather conditions, landmarks, status of the vessel including repair work, and sightings of other vessels. Of note from the first voyage is constant bad weather ranging from "storm with winds and heavy seas", to "heavy gales...heavy thunder and lightening" (sic). Later the captain writes of a "hurricane". A squall "knocked in the forward part of the foreside" necessitating extensive repairs by the crew. On one occasion Captain Pratt writes, "ship leaking considerably and straining heavily." Cargo included lumber and molasses. The second voyage ran from May 1st, 1874 through August 16th 1874 with the log concluding in Ballyshannon, Ireland departing towards Scotland. Continued notes on weather conditions and boat repairs. Tragedy strikes the Isadora on May 5th, "by an accident lost a seaman James Ness by drowning although everything was done to try to save him...." That same day the Isadora ran aground and had to wait until high weather to "hove off the bank and set proper anchorage...." Over a month later the captain writes "people employed variously found the body of the seaman James Ness who was drowned on the day of our arrival at this port (Musquodobit, Nova Scotia)...." The funeral was attending by the crew of the Isadora plus other crews in port and "a good many from the shore." A nicely detailed record of two 'typical' voyages transporting goods and supplies in 1873-74 throughout the Atlantic. ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 68 pp .
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