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Harding, Henry A., fl. 1879-1882.

Ship's log of the Otago

1879 April 18th-1882 December 11


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 033


Creator: Harding, Henry A., fl. 1879-1882.


Title: Ship's log of the Otago


Inclusive Dates: 1879 April 18th-1882 December 11


Extent: 1 v. (ca. 320 p.) ; 31 cm.


Abstract: Journal kept by Henry A. Harding aboard the ship Otago documenting voyages from Port Blakely, Washington Territory, to Noumea, New Caledonia, with stops at Newcastle, Australia, and Honolulu, Hawaii, between April 18th, 1879 and December 11, 1882.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 097, Item 033, Henry A. Harding, Ship's log of the Otago , Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 033: Shelved in SPEC MSS 097

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 /

Source

Purchase, 1957.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Norieta Hagerty, February 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.

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Historical Note

Between April 18th, 1879, and December 11, 1882, the merchant ship Otago voyaged from Port Blakely, Washington Territory, to Noumea, New Caledonia, with additional stops in Newcastle, Australia, and Honolulu, Hawaii. The Port Townsend, Washington, based ship carried a cargo of lumber and copper ore. Henry A. Harding, who served as one of the officers on the ship, wrote the log.

Sources:

Information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

This volume documents the voyages from Port Blakely, Washington Territory, to Noumea, New Caledonia, among other destinations such as Newcastle, Australia, and Honolulu, Hawaii, between April 18th, 1879 and December 11, 1882, on the ship Otago .

The logbook is one leather bound volume, circa 320 pages, with entries in ink and pencil, and contains an account of life aboard the ship, weather reports, information about crew members and officers, ships seen and various notes on the fish, birds, and pests endemic to life at sea. A few entries also describe ports along with the "natives" and their clothing, canoes, and habits. Most entries are routine, however, the first entry recounts the rescue of the sole surviving sailor from the wreck of the schooner Ellen J. McKinnon of San Francisco. The author of the log, Henry A. Harding, also wrote expense lists with accompanying sums and a list of stores organized by crew member name. Much of the second half of the logbook is taken up with pages of Harding practicing his penmanship.


Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
Otago (Ship)
Topical Terms
Logbooks--19th century--Specimens.
Lumber trade--United States--19th century--Sources.
Seafaring life--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--Washington--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--Australia--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--Hawaii--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--New Caledonia--19th century--Sources.
Geographic Terms
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel--19th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Ships' logs.
Crew lists.
Occupation
Merchant mariners.

Related Materials in this Repository

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


Detailed Contents List

Ship's log of the Otago , 1879 April 18-1882 December 11   [Item 010]

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