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Allen, John W., fl. 1833-1835.

Journal of a voyage from Boston to Calcutta

1833 July 15-1835 February 6

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 097, Item 088

Creator: Allen, John W., fl. 1833-1835.

Title: Journal of a voyage from Boston to Calcutta

Inclusive Dates: 1833 July 15-1835 February 6

Extent: 1 v. (ca. 120 p.) ; 32 cm.

Abstract: Logbook kept by John W. Allen aboard the ship Aubree documenting two voyages out of Boston between July 15, 1833 and February 6, 1835.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 097, Item 088, John W. Allen, Journal of a voyage from Boston to Calcutta, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Item 088: Shelved in SPEC MSS 097


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Purchase, June 1952.


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Historical Note

The ship Aubree was based in Boston, Massachusetts. The logbook was written by John W. Allen, under the command of Capt. Ward, and covers two voyages: a year-long round trip voyage (July 1833-July 1834) from Boston to Calcutta and a five-month journey (September 1834-February 1835) from Boston to New Orleans.


Information derived from the collection.

Scope and Content Note

This logbook documents one Atlantic Ocean voyage and one Indian Ocean voyage aboard the ship Aubree and contains navigational data, weather reports, and information about crew duties for each journey. The log covers one round trip voyage between Boston and Calcutta occurring from July 15, 1833, to July 21, 1834, and a one way voyage from Boston to New Orleans between September 14, 1834, and February 2, 1835.

The log is a leather bound volume, circa 120 pages, filled with ink entries within printed columns of specific navigational and weather information.

Log entries for certain date ranges are missing and appear to have been removed. The missing pages would have included information dated between August 27-30, 1833, and March 19-April 7, 1834. In addition, there were no entries made between November 2, 1833 and March 1, 1834, which represents the period of time that the ship was docked in Calcutta.

Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
Aubree (Ship)
Topical Terms
Logbooks--19th century--Specimens.
Shipping--India--Calcutta--19th century--Sources.
Shipping--New England--19th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Ships' logs.
Merchant mariners.

Related Materials in this Repository

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

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Journal of a voyage from Boston to Calcutta, 1833 July 15-1835 February 6   [Item 088]

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