Ship's Log Trading Rum, Sugar, Coal, and Coffee - Cuba, New Orleans, and More

Ship’s Log Trading Rum, Sugar, Coal, and Coffee - Cuba, New Orleans, and More


This ship’s log details the 1855-1856 travels of the bark Victor from Cuba to Hamburg with rum and sugar, from Hamburg to Newcastle with ballast, from Newcastle to Rio de Janeiro with coal, from Rio de Janeiro to New Orleans with coffee and on to Boston. After. the death of Captain Goodmanson in Rio de Janeiro, the voyage continued under Captain Carson.


[SHIP’S LOG.] Manuscript Ship’s Log for Bark Victor, June 9, 1855- September 6, 1856. 130 pp. (120 pp. with text), 11" x 16.5". Entries for New Orleans (six weeks in June-August 1856) removed. Considerable wear to cover but interior intact and very legible; final 13 pages more faint but legible.


Most entries describe the weather, the activities of the crew, unusual events, and the latitude and longitude of the Victor.



“Journal kept on board amer: Barque ‘Victor’ Commander J. H. Goodmanson. 1855.”


June 9, 1855: “this 24 hours commences with moderate and fine weather”


June 19: “Employed taking in cargo with salers Employed and 4 seamen about the rigging”


July 7: “received on Bord the remainder of the Cargo wich makes in all 390&½ pipes Rum 1948 Boxes sugar and 3 do sweets meats all lode Employed making ready for sea”


July 8: “this day Log [?] the harbor Log to Commence the sea Log”


August 29: “this days Work Continues 12 hours and endes at midnight to commences the har Log”


September 2: “At 7 Am the harbor master comes on Board and put the ship to her Be[r]th”


September 5: “Employed taking out Cargo”


September 29: “Had 38 Carpenters at caulking. Finished caulking. Crew at painting and blackvarnishing.”


September 30: “Crew on liberty.”


October 3: “Finished Coppering in the afternoon. Had Carpenters some caulking underneath her stern, some working at putting new planks on her bows.”


October 6: “Received Provisions on board for the voyage.”


October 11: “The ship drew with 250 Tons Ballast 12 feet aft & 11 feet 4 in fore, trimmed ballast, battened down fore & main hedges & secured everything, all ready for sea.”


October 13: “5 O’clock in the morning hauled outside the harbor and towed down to Glückstadt by the Towboat “Superb,” had a Pilot on board, anchored at 10 in the morning at Glückstadt.”


October 18: “In the morning weighed anchor, Wind S.S.W. At 10 A.M the Pilot left us; at 11 passed the outer lightship, stowed our anchor & cables. Steered by the wind for the land.”


October 29: “2 PM dropped the anchor for to bring the ship up, and parted the Chaincable. Employed some people from shore to fish it again.”


October 30, in harbor of Shields: “Got our anchor & Chain on bord again.”


November 2: “Got in tow of the Towboat “Corsair” to bring the ship to the ballast wharf.”


November 3: “commenced discharging Ballast got out 125 tons this day. Cleaned the ships side from ironrust. Had our sails loosened to dry.”


November 8: “Took in this day 53 Waggons Coals”


November 12 “Capt. Cleared the ship at the Customhouse”


November 16: “Theodor Eickles was sick on veneral disease, did not work  The Cook had a sore leg on account of tumbling down the steps whilst he was on shore on liberty.”


November 23: “Crew complaining about getting beans twice a week, saying it was not amer: fashion”


November 26: “Pilot came on board. Cast the Chains off. Had a steamer tow us out. At 5h the steamer left & Pilot. Had a Coasting Pilot on board.”


December 4: “Capt. Goodmanson got very sick. Crew all in good health.”


December 8: “The Capt. still sick.”


December 9: “Whilst trying to make the Cook do my Orders, he drew a Knife against me to kill me, and had to take my self-defence”


December 25: “Squally with lightning and plenty of rain. Filled all our water Casks up.”


December 26: “Found the Cook not fit to do his duties were he shipped for, also to dirty”


January 20, 1856: “Calm & sometimes a light breeze, trying the best way to get in had much current against. dropped anchor several times.”


January 23: “In the forenoon weighed anchor, set sails & beat up to the harbor where we the ship moored for 2 anchors each 40 Ton chains”


January 25: “Discharged 185 Basket of Coals. Repairing flying jib & painting the ship outside.”


January 26: “Discharged 540 basket of Coals, painting outside & working at sails.”


January 28: “Discharged 560 basket Coals.”


February 9: “Discharged 360 barrels of Coals. Had 2 negroes from shore to work. Ships crew all well  Cook would not come on board again.”


February 13: “Discharged 330 barrels of Coals. From this day Bill received the Cook wages, to be our Cook for this voyage.... Received 25 Tons of Ballast.”


February 18: “Discharged the rest of Coals. 245 barrels, in all 4618 barrels each about 206 lbs eng. Got off the visit from the Custom house. Sent 2 basket & 2 barrels Coals on shore to be weighed. In the afternoon received 15 Tons of Ballast.”


February 27: “In the afternoon received the mournful message from the amer: Counsul Mr. Scott that our master of the ‘Victor’ Capt. J. H. Goodmanson died in the hospital last night on account of fever attacks. The Counsul sent with this message 3 Capt off to note down all such things effects belonging to the Captain, which were put into the Capt: room, and carefully secured. These 3 authorized men took ashore the Captain’s moneypurse and one box containing the ship’s papers, and delivered it to the amer: Counsul. At 7 at night took the corpse on board, 1 man keeping watch over it.”
Robert G. Scott of Virginia served as U.S. Consul for the port of Rio de Janeiro from 1854 to 1856, when his son Robert G. Scott Jr. took his place and held the position until 1861.


February 28: “For the morning early hoisted our Coulour half-masted also all amer: vessel which laid in harbor. At 9’30 AM 3 men of our boats accompanied by all amer: Capt brought on board our ship, the parson to preach the funeral sermon, also came several lieutenants to attend the funeral, and all the honour could be done has been done to the deceased Capt. Goodmanson, who is buried now in the cemetery of Rio Janeiro. Coming back, F [stricken half-line] went to the amer: Counsul for farther information, and received the Charge of the Victor as commanding master until for farther information.”


February 29: “For the forenoon came Mr. Carson with a letter from the Counsul to be the Master of the Victor, after calling the ship’s crew aft to here the Capt. Ordres & wishes, the crew seemed not to be satisfied with and told the Capt: that they want to see the Counsul first.”


March 3: “all the crew came aft and demand to go to the Counsul and get their discharge, swearing that they should do no more duty on board untill they see the Counsul. They went ashore all, came back in the afternoon. Capt: Carson went ashore after that. Consul had not time that day, had to go the day following.”


March 6: “Received about 400 Gallons of water. Cabinboy getting disobedient & sauci towards me, making a complaint to the Capt. thereof, who was present and took notice of it. Cook Richard Scott came on board today.”


March 11: “Prepairing sails. Cook fetched his Clothes from board upon orders from the Capt. waiting still for cargo, but the coffee was so high in price did not ship any off. Capt. Carson fetched the deceased Capt. Goodmanson clothes from the hospital.”


April 11: “Received on board 2180 bags of coffee from Rally & Co.”


[Log continues to September 3, 1856, for voyage to New Orleans and Boston, under command of Capt. Carson. Arrived in New Orleans in late June 1856. Pages missing for June 21-August 4. Arrived in Boston in late August.]


James H. Goodmanson (1812-1856) was born in Maryland and became a sea captain, sailing out of Baltimore. He commanded several vessels for the Maryland Colonization Society, taking African American settlers to Liberia. In 1839, he married Priscilla A. Brady in Baltimore County, Maryland, and they had at least two children. He died of yellow fever in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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