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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 448.5-472.1

Ships' logs (records)


Ships' logs (records) and journals of various voyages, mainly from New England.


  • 1752-1879

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


3 linear feet (50 volumes, 5 envelopes)
The collection is composed chiefly of ships' logs and journals of various voyages, including whaling voyages, principally from Boston and other New England towns, written by Charles Brewer, Elias Davis, Gilbert Howland, and others. Also includes miscellaneous ship papers and notes on whaling grounds, dated 1879, made for the use of ship captains by Aiken & Swift of New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Arranged in call-number order.

Physical Location

MS, f, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information listed with items.

Existence and Location of Copies

Ships' logs of the Bhering, Hancock, Hollander, Lafayette, Ontario, Syren, Triumph, and Unity are available on microfilm (5 reels, 35mm) on reels 733-737 of the microfilm collection American Whalers and Traders in the Pacific published by the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau of Australian National University.

Processing Information

Reformatted by Bonnie B. Salt, 2015.
Link to catalog
Ships' logs (records), 1752-1879: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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