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Doran, James S., fl. 1866-1872.

Private journal of James S. Doran

1866 May 17-1872 April 25


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 023


Creator: Doran, James S., fl. 1866-1872.


Title: Private journal of James S. Doran


Inclusive Dates: 1866 May 17-1872 April 25


Extent: 1 v. (ca. 120 p.) ; 20 cm.


Abstract: The journal is a personal narrative of James S. Doran, who served in the capacity of engineer on several steamships, including the Merrimack , the Thomas Kelso , the San Pelago , and the City of Mexico from May 17, 1866 through April 25, 1872.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 097, Item 023, James S. Doran, Private journal of James S. Doran, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 023: Shelved in SPEC MSS 097

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Purchase, 1960.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Norieta Hagerty, January 2007.

Materials Available in Alternative Format

A digitized copy of the journal is available at the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Historical Note

The journal is a personal narrative of James S. Doran who served in the capacity of engineer on several steamships, including the Merrimack , the Thomas Kelso , the San Pelago , and the City of Mexico from May 17, 1866, through April 25, 1872.

The G. W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport has records of registry for the City of Mexico from 1869 to 1887 and the Thomas Kelso from 1868 to 1885.

Sources:

"Merrimack (steamer)," "City of Mexico (steamer)," "Thomas Kelso (steamer)." Mystic Seaport. http://www.mysticseaport.org (accessed February 7, 2007).

Additional information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

The journal is a personal narrative of James S. Doran who served in the capacity of engineer on several steamships, including the Merrimack , the Thomas Kelso , the San Pelago , and the City of Mexico from May 17, 1866, through April 25, 1872. Doran described some sights and travels in Germany, the Isle of Wight, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and Cuba, and occasionally mentioned current events such as the race riots in New Orleans in 1866 and the completion of the Transatlantic cable in July of 1866. The journal entries consist of engineering and navigational data and life on board. The author also includes personal reflections about ports, the ship, home life, and personal business. Remedies for curing yellow fever and pleurisy as well as some personal financial information are mentioned in some entries.

The journal is one paper-covered, bound volume, circa 120 pages, with entries in ink.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Doran, James S., fl. 1866-1872--Diaries.
Corporate Names
Merrimack (Steamer)
Thomas Kelso (Steamer)
San Pelago (Steamer)
City of Mexico (Steamer)
Topical Terms
Seafaring life--19th century.
Seafaring life--19th century--Sources.
Steam engineers--19th century--Diaries.
Steamboats--19th century.
Steamboats--19th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Diaries.
Occupation
Marine engineers.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.


Detailed Contents List

Private journal of James S. Doran, 1866 May 17-1872 April 25   [Item 023]

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