Journal of a voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro on board ship Franklin
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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.
"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.
These volumes document the voyage from Boston to Rio de Janeiro between October 5, 1842, and November 26, 1842, on the ship Franklin and contain 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.
- Item 0064: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097
A digitized copy of the journal is available at the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository .
Processed and encoded by Norieta Hagerty, January 2007.
- Merchant mariners--Diaries
- Seafaring life--History--19th century
- Shipping--New England--History--19th century
- Shipping--Brazil--History--19th century
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2007 January 31
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