Forecastle Journals


Creator: Wilson, Archibald, active 1843
Date(s): 1842-1883
Bulk Dates: 1842-1843
Call Number: MSS 0097, Item 0085
Language: Materials mostly in English with one instance of French.
Abstract: This journal, named after the forecastle or upper forward deck of a sailing ship, was kept by American sailor Archibald Wilson during the period 1842-1843 and documents five trips taken while serving aboard the ships James Edwards, Pioneer of Alexandria, and James Perkins. The journal entries document meteorological conditions, events of the day, duties performed aboard the ship, Wilson's thoughts and mood, and his interest in literature. Clippings from an 1883 issue of the magazine Harper's Weekly are also pasted into the volume.
Physical Description: 1 volume (94 pages) 20 cm
Source: Purchase, 1956.
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