Thomas C. Perry Collection

1807–1885, ca. 1828–1857
3 items including 2 volumes.

Shipmaster, Sandwich. Consists of a volume of lessons in navigation (1828) which contain Mercator, middle latitude, parallel, and traverse sailing examples, bound with a journal of a voyage from Lubeck to Cape Hatteras and from Monument toward Kennebec; and a log of the brig Abby and Elizabeth Feb. 15–Apr 4, 1857) on a voyage from Bordeaux to New York, with a cargo of Brandy and wine. Entered therein are names of the crew. Also a deed from Arthur Perry (mariner, Sandwich) to Thomas Perry re: real estate in Sandwich.

Transcription of first 4 pages, part of Log Abby & Elizabeth by Samantha Perkins, for Professor Barnes U.S. History class, Cape Cod Community College.

Abby & Elizabeth

Private journal on board the Herm Brig:

Abby & Elizabeth of New Bedford from Bordeaux for New York with a full cargo of brandy and wine principally the latter in boxes also prunes in jars also packed in boxes having on board two hundred tons measurement as calculated in Bordeaux or sated one cargo is as much as 2/3 boxes or what they call light freight it was stowed at the expense of the shipper by standards as of the custom of the Port and was all brought along side in lighters.

And out outward cargo of Rice & Cotton was all taken in lighters at the expense of the Consignee that also being the custom of the port for we were freighted out by the cask and bale.

Whoever enters a French port must be very particular to manifest everything on board and be ready for the officers of first arrival. They searched us in Pouillac thoroughly even into our chests and under our berths in the cabin but I had everything specified and had no trouble.

The Chart and Sailing directions I had for Bordeaux I found to be very, good, indeed and the Buoys all in their places and the pilots I should think attention.

The lighthouse at Corduan is an excellent structure and can be seen 30 miles in a clear night.

All vessels whether bound up the river or down must stop at Pouillac and the master must go to the guard ship with his papers for examination it is 33 miles below Bordeaux. The tide wind very strong in this river particularly the ebb I should think 5 knots at Bordeaux we filled all our water from alongside which though thick and muddy in appearance in the river is very, good to carry to sea at least so I think now after being at sea 23 days and using it for all purposes.

Ships of 24 or 5 feet draft do go to Bordeaux but there being some shoal places in the river such have to take steam up and down which is expensive or if they do not do that and draw over a certain draft I think 14 feet are obliged to hire a large sow barge with a crew to pull her to check the vessels head. All this if the pilot asks for it or he may and after does enter into a private arrangement with the captain to get his vessel down without either provided the Captain will pay him 10 or 20 dollars what he calls gratification many and they generally get them down without any trouble provided they do not draw too much water.

No vessel can enter at the Custom House without employing a ship broker who all receive their appointments from the government and the vessel must pay them 1 Franc and a half for ton by the register and so also outwards our charges out and in all included amounted to $ 135.50 and out pilotages were $57 up and down besides 2½ per cent commission on both the outward & inward freights. Our outward cargo being Rice which is of course classed as bread stuff we were exempted from Tonnage Duty except so far as 104 Bales Cotton rated or weighed for which we were charged about 19 dollars Tonnage Duty in the above amount of $ 135.50 is included Lasoretto dues mooring the vessel entering the vessel at Customs house and other officers and at the Brokerage inwards 1½ francs per ton on ships register Declaration & protest at Custom house on returning do at the Tribunal of Commerce advertisement in Newspapers against trusting the crown.

Outward

Tonnage dues. Manifest & fright list Duties & permits on stores and for vessel. Care attendance & Brokerage outward @ 1½ francs.

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? Abby & Elizabeth ?? Perry Master

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Remarks onboard Monday Feby 10th, 1857

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This day comes in with fine weather & moderate breeze at SE at 7 A.M. went ashore at Pauillac (where we came to anchor yesterday at 1 PM having left Bordeaux or 3 miles below it yesterday at 8:30 A.M.) and bought some fresh beef and medicine mittens socks comforters etc.etc. and at 8 A.M. Made sail and proceeded down the river with a nice breeze at S.E. took in the boats and secured? them unbent chains etc.

And at 12 noon at Berdan Roads, the pilot, left and another one came on board to take us to sea.

So ends this day of 12 hours to commence sea account. We left the following vessels:

Ship California Packet uncertain

Bark John Curtis for N. Orleans 26th

St. Andrew for New York 20”

Hanson Gregory Discharging –

Mary Elizabeth      do—

Chicora loading for N. Orleans

Contest uncertain

Mary Lucretia discharging coming to N.Y.

Passed in the river bound up ship Helious from Calcutta & Barks Gen’l Green from New Orleans. Also Bark Jenny Pitts do where from don’t know

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From Bordeaux for New York, February 1857

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Remarks on board Tuesday Feby. 17th

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Comes in with fine weather and moderate? breeze made one tack and fetched out of the river past Cordnan and at 3 PM discharged the pilot all sail set to the breeze. at 8 PM Cordnan Light bore ESE by compass dist. 28 miles from which I take my Dep. In being in Lat. 45’35 & in Long. 1’10. Through the night? Latter part increasing breezes and smooth sea.

 
 
 
 
 
Lat. in by Obs. 45.40
Lat. in by D. R. 45.40
Long. in by D. R. 4.29
Do by? 4.32
 
Variation 2 points westerly
 
Air 55o – water ---
 
One man Sam laid up with fever &?
 
Course made good is W ¼? 142 miles

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 ? Abby & Elizabeth I, C. Perry Master from

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This day comes in with strong breezes of passing cloud all hands at ships duty. At 3 P.M. took sights for Longitude at 4 took in the light sail.

Middle part the? with occasional rain squalls.

At 4 A.M. tacked ships. saw two vessels steering N.E. by E—

At 6 AM saw two other brigs steering ENE.

Latter part squally at 9 AM took sights for cronometer
So ends this day variation 2 Points westerly air in my room 54o

 

Lat in by observation 46.16

Do in by D.R.
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Long in by D.R.   7.02

Do by cronometer    7.19

Sam out again

The course made good is W. by

True dist. 110 miles