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Collection Number: 05219-z

Collection Title: Sailor's Journal, 30 March-24 April 1847

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Abstract The writer was a sailor on the Memphis during its passage from New York to New Orleans between 30 March and 24 April 1847. The journal provides a daily record of the weather conditions at sea, the speed and position of the ship, the wildlife sighted around the ship, and other vessels encountered during the voyage. The sailor mentioned passing Cape Hatteras, Cape Florida, and Key West, noting the damage that a hurricane had inflicted on Key West the previous year. Later, he described the plantations that the ship passed on its way up the Mississippi River.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in a Sailor's Journal #5219-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books of Philadelphia, Pa., in June 2005 (Acc. 100099).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The writer was a sailor on the Memphis during its passage from New York to New Orleans between 30 March and 24 April 1847.

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The collection consists of a journal kept by a sailor on the Memphis during its passage from New York to New Orleans between 30 March and 24 April 1847. The journal provides a daily record of the weather conditions at sea, the speed and position of the ship, the wildlife sighted around the ship, and other vessels encountered during the voyage. The sailor mentioned passing Cape Hatteras, Cape Florida, and Key West, and he discussed the wrecking business in the Florida Keys and the damage that a hurricane had inflicted on Key West the previous year. He also mentioned news of the Mexican War received from other ships. After an uneventful journey across the Gulf of Mexico, he described the plantations that the ship passed on its way up the Mississippi River.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elise Allison, July 2005

Encoded by: Elise Allison, July 2005

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