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Manuscript log book of the ship "Factor" for 1806-1807
[On board ship, 1806-1807 - These are the log books for two voyages of this commercial vessel, covering both round trips. The first voyage, with a cargo consisting primarily of coffee and sugar, departed from Quincy to Rotterdam, continued on to Alicante and La Mata on the southern coast of Spain, and then returned to New York. The second log records a voyage from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg (i.e., Cronstat), where the "Factor" picked up a cargo of Russian hemp and iron, and finally back to New York. Written in a fine, legible hand, these two logs record not only the progress of the vessel, latitude and longitude, and the weather, but include encounters with other vessels, the configuration of sails used, the employments of the crew, two drawings of islands, notes of food and water issued, etc. The Registers of the District of Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts, 1789- 1900 record the "Factor" as a brig of 253 tons, owned by Thomas Stephens and Abraham Kilham of Beverly, Massachusetts, built at Haverhill in 1806, and registered on June 21, three days before its maiden voyage, recorded in the first log. Episodes noted include being boarded by armed men from a Spanish privateer on September 28th, 1806 while working through the Straits of Gibraltar. In this instance, all ended well, when an English brig to windward bore down to aid them. There is also an account of striking a shoal on January 7, 1807, a serious mishap, and being boarded by a Russian Man o' War about 4 miles from Cronstat. American ship logs from this period are uncommon, and with its fine hand-lettered binding, this is an excellent and appealing example, worthy of research into the growth of American trade with Europe at the height of the Napoleonic War and in the years preceding the War of 1812 (SHIP LOG) 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (30 x 25 cm). Approximately 100 ff. of fine laid paper, the recto of the first leaf notated "Ship Factor bound from Beverly towards Rotterdam. Elisha Whitney Commander. Sailed June 24th AD 1806 . May God grant a safe and speedy passage." This log covers 47 ff., including the log title. A second voyage is included, starting at leaf 48 "Ship Factor Commanded by Elisha Whitney from Boston bound for Amsterdam & St. Petersburgh." This extends for 33 ff. The balance of the book is blank. Original oversize lettered hessian, the upper cover with the notation "Ship Factor's Log Book. AD 1806," the contents with the original stab-stitching to the hessian spine. Slight toning, generally in a remarkably good state of preservation
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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