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    Ship's Log for the 18th Century Brig Hope. Over 170 pages, 7.5" x 12.5", of daily entries dated September 16, 1790, through September 13, 1791, consisting of information and observations written anonymously during the vessel's long journey from Boston to the Verde Islands, then on to the Falkland Islands. The ship continued around Cape Horn to the "South Sea." This log ends as the brig is sailing for the "Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]." During the journey, the ship found several islands previously undiscovered by Europeans, which the captain named (one they named Washington Island and another Adams Isle [see entry dated April 20, 1791]). The leather boards show expected wear and stains. The pages exhibit expected age toning, staining, and foxing.

    The log begins, "A Journal of a voyage from Boston round the World kept by [blank] on Board the Brig Hope. Joseph Ingraham Master." On the second entry, September 17, the brig and her crew set sail, "bidding adieu to our Native land," bound first for Cape Verde Islands off the western coast of Africa. In the top margin of each page, the anonymous writer records the location of that particular page's entries. In the top margin of the first twenty-four pages is written "Brig Hope Joseph Ingraham Master from Boston towards Cape Verde Islands" (September 18 through November 4, 1790). At the top of the next thirty-two pages is "Brig Hope Joseph Ingraham Master from St. Jago [Santiago, Cape Verde] towards Faulkland Islands" (November 5, 1790, through January 6, 1791). Entries for the next four pages were written from the "Brig Hope at anchor in the Port of Salladad [Puerto Soledad] The east most Port of Faulkland Island" (January 7 through January 15, 1791). The Hope next sailed "towards the South Seas," then on to "the Island of Massafurea," and finally "towards the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii]." Though the entries end as the brig is sailing towards Hawaii, it eventually reaches China and then turns back for Boston. Some entries contain information about local chiefs, kings, natives, and more. One contemporary loose leaf (not from the book) lists names, possibly of crew members, and rations.


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