Nautical Antiques and Antique Ship Models
Inventory ID: 12117
Seth Barlow's Journal made 'for his own amusement' aboard the 'Good Brig Nancy' covering a cruise from New York to Norway and on to Ireland March 26, 1810 to May 20, 1811.
This fascinating journal was made by "Seth Barlow of Rochester, Massachusetts, North America, for his own amusement" while on a cruise aboard the 'Good Brig Nancy' from New York to Gottenbourg, Norway and on to Ireland from March 26, 1810 to May 20, 1811. The journal consists of 41 double sided pages 12 1/2" by 8" with entries covering a 14 month cruise. The journal retains its' original and rare hand stitched canvas cover which is stenciled 'S B 1811 Norway.' Some of the pages are waterstained but are still legible. The Captain was Nathan Briggs and the names of other crew members are mentioned in his journal (Timothy Hiller, Allen Dexter, Silas Briggs, Silvanus Briggs, Thomas Hendrick and Joseph Smith). The journal also includes many hand drawn images of various types of ships, fish, whales, porpoises and birds that he saw. Further, he was meticulous in recording the various items that he purchased for his voyage and the costs of each one (shoes, writing paper, jack knife, pen knife, handkerchief, sailor's jacket, three pounds of tobacco, one bunch of cigars, one pair of yarn stockings, one pair of mittens, etc.). This is a very rare journal worthy of any fine maritime collection. Provenance: The Howland family of New Bedford, ship owners and ship Captains from as early as 1800.
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