New York: Chas. D. Durkee & Co., (Incorporated.) Ship Stores and Chandlery, ... 2 & 3 South Street. Ca 1905 - 1907. Printed t.p. Volume unpaginated, though ~ 200 leaves [12 blank at rear]. Manuscript entries for every day, of varying length, in a 'matter of fact' style. We note the use of 2 different hands, and wonder if this indicates a change of Captain. Cut of a sailing ship in center of t.p. 15" x 10". Commerical log book, half-bound with brown speckled leather spine & tips, marbled paper boards. Professionally respined, with leather tips reinforced. Writing generally clear & legible. Ownership signature, to ffep, of Esther F. Lindberg. Very Good. Item #47883
Here offered is a ships logbook for the schooner “El Dorado”, Captain H. Smith commanding. Entries begin May 21,1905, with the ship leaving Shanghai for Port Townsend WA; with a final entry while in San Francisco, June 2, 1907, noting "Legal Holiday". The preponderance of the log entries document transits between from divers West Coast ports, e.g., Grays Harbor, San Pedro, Everett WA, Bellingham, San Francisco.
While most entries are what one would expect from a ship's log book, position, weather, etc., the captain does take the time to document some interesting aspects of the ship's many journeys. E.g., leaving Shanghai the cabin boy by the name of" H.Okiti" jumps ship with his effects and clothing. While in Everett, 5 Sept 1906, it was recorded "the Hold captian, Carpenter, Cook and 2 sailors missing."
The ship suffers many eather battles while at sea.... In the Pacific, the ship encounters what the Capt. states is a” mountain sea” while enduring a full gale. In another gale, "found port pumps broke below the deck, unable to repair it...".
The Capt also writes about his dealings with longshoremen at different ports and problems with labor, pay, etc. All in all, as an official document, the volume records the day to day minutae of an early 20th C ship, plying its trade on the West Coast, and as such, becomes a valuable primary source of a maritime business during that era.