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This ship's reckoning, journal, or logbook records several voyages taken by an American schooner among the islands of the Caribbean and along the northern coast of South America. The logbook culminates with a dramatic diary account of the vessel's wrecking and the crew's perilous encounter with crocodiles on the Isle of Pines off the coast of Cuba. The logbook's entries document the bearings of the schooner, the various ports visited, the islands sighted during the voyages, and, more importantly, record the changing latitude and longitude of the ship. Partly printed the logbook consists of two printed forms per page for recording H , K , F , Courses, Winds, Lee Way, and Remarks. Each form also has places to record latitude, longitude, bearing, and distance. The logbook only describes the vessel's progress at sea and does not provide information on its times in port.

Date Digitized


Date Range

[between 1804 and 1810?]

Source Institution

University of Central Florida Libraries

Holding Location

University of Central Florida

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[Ship's logbook and shipwreck diary for a schooner out of Philadelphia and sailing throughout the Caribbean to South America, later wrecked during gale on the coast of the Isle of Pines, Cuba]



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