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    Travel Log of the Clipper Surprise: Two Journals with Drawings of Chinese Subjects. The journal contains daily entries dated April 7, 1854, through March 4, 1855, and kept by First Officer Henry H. Shufeldt. Shufeldt's entries document the "Clipper ship Surprise" as it shuttles from New York to San Francisco and San Francisco to Shanghai. Included are four hand-colored drawings of Chinese subjects are very colorful and well-drawn: two women dated March 1856; "A Silk Merchant" showing two men; one wealthy male; one wealthy female. All measure 6.5" x 9". Some bear some soiling and irregular toning. Also included is a sketch (9.5" x 6") of the clipper under sail.

    The journal consists of two volumes in manuscript. In the top margin of most pages of both volumes is some version of "Log of the Clipper ship Surprise Bound for New York towards San Francisco Chas. A. Roulett Commander." Under the heading are five columns: "Hours," "K. F.," "Course," "Winds," and "Remarks [with date]." Both volumes bear some wear and moderate soiling. Volume one measures "9.75" x 7.25" with boards. Written on a front endpaper, "Voyage around the world." Scattered throughout are sketches, some entitled "The South Farallon Bearing NE 23 Miles from San Francisco" (featuring a sketch of the vessel); a "Mandariness"; a "Chinese junk / Yang-tse Kiang River"; and others featuring Chinese individuals, such as those at a school. Volume two measures 8.25" x 6.75" and continues where volume one leaves off. Near the middle of the volume, Shufeldt writes several pages "Containing a few Short Rules in Seamanship and Navigation." These include instructions on "Trimming Sails," "Tacking Ship," "A Short Rule for Tracking Ships Longitude," "Rigging a Ship," and more.

    Built in 1850 in Boston, the sturdy Surprise soon began working the China trade on the Pacific Ocean, while maintaining its Atlantic trade. The vessel became known for her fast trips from New York to San Francisco and then on to Shanghai. The ship had a relatively long life of service, lasting from 1850-1867. From the Donald P. Dow Collection.


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