Ship's log of the Otago

Summary

Creator: Harding, Henry A., active 1879-1882
Date(s): 1879 April 18th-1882 December 11
Call Number: MSS 0097, Item 0033
Language: Materials entirely in English.
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.
Physical Description: 1 volume (approximately 320 pages) 31 cm
Source: Purchase, 1957.
Processing: Processed and encoded by Norieta Hagerty, February 2007. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Alternative Format: A digitized copy of the journal is available at the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository.

Biographical and Historical Notes

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.

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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.

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Shelving Summary

  • Item 0033: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

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Preferred Citation

MSS 0097, Item 0033, Henry A. Harding, Ship's log of the Otago, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs Collection.

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Ship's log of the Otago, 1879 April 18-1882 December 11 Item 0010

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