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Rogers, Robert Possac, (1824-1907?)

Journal of a voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro on board ship Franklin

1842 October 5-1842 November 26, 1847


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 064


Creator: Rogers, Robert Possac, (1824-1907?)


Title: Journal of a voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro on board ship Franklin


Inclusive Dates: 1842 October 5-1842 November 26, 1847


Extent: 6 v. ; 25 cm.


Abstract: Journal kept by Robert Possac Rogers aboard the ship Franklin documenting the voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro between October 5, 1842, and November 26, 1842.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 097, Item 064, Robert Possac Rogers, Journal of a voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro on board ship Franklin, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 064: Shelved in SPEC MSS 097

Location

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

Source

Purchase, 1956.

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 merchant ship Franklin was based in Boston, Massachusetts. The journal is a personal narrative about the journey from Boston, Massachusetts to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between October 5, 1842, and November 26, 1842, written by Robert Possac Rogers (1824-1907?) during the time he served in the capacity of clerk to the supercargo, who managed the commercial aspects of the voyage. The captain of the ship was Samuel Kennedy.

Sources:

"Supercargo." Library of Congress: Authorities. http://authorities.loc.gov (accessed January 31, 2007).

"Bachelors of Arts Harvard University: Class 1944." Find My Surnames: Surnames Site. http://surnamesite.com/harvard/harvard1844.htm (accessed January 31, 2007).

Additional information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

These volumes document the voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro between October 5, 1842, and November 26, 1842, on the ship Franklin and contains an account of life aboard the ship, weather reports, information about crew members and officers, ships seen, and the ship's arrival in Rio de Janeiro.

With the journal are five unbound volumes that recount the voyage, written in 1847, to be presented as a series of talks. The log consists of unbound leaves with wrapper, 24 pages long. The accompanying letters are unbound signatures (gathers and folds) titled "Letter First," "Letter Second," etc., each 24 pages long.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Rogers, Robert Possac, (1824-1907?)--Diaries.
Corporate Names
Franklin (Ship)
Topical Terms
Merchant mariners--19th century--Diaries.
Seafaring life--19th century.
Seafaring life--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--New England--19th century.
Shipping--New England--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--Brazil--19th century.
Shipping--Brazil--19th century--Sources.
Geographic Terms
Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean--History--19th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Diaries.
Occupation
Merchant mariners.

Related Materials in this Repository

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


Detailed Contents List

Journal of a voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro on board ship Franklin, 1842 October 5-1842 November 26   [Item 064]

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Narrative of events in journal, circa 1847   [Item 064]

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Letter First, circa 1847   [Item 064]

PDF (54.66 MB)

Letter Second, circa 1847   [Item 064]

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No 3rd, circa 1847   [Item 064]

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Letter 4th, circa 1847   [Item 064]

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