Logbook, 1852-1853

Mss: 733

Historical Note:

Built by Hayden & Cudworth of Medford, Massachusetts in 1847, Horsburgh was a clipper ship owned by Daniel C. and William B. Bacon of Boston and others. Her dimensions were 141 feet long with a beam of 28 feet, 10 inches. Her depth was 20 feet, 9 inches with total tonnage of 543. Horsburgh was primarily used for the Cape Horn trade following the discovery of gold in California.

On March 25, 1852 Horsburgh left Boston under command of Captain B. W. Crocker and arrived in San Francisco on August 2, 1852 after 130 days at sea. Involved in this voyage was Grinnell, Minturn & Company, one of the leading general shipping houses in New York at the time. According to the logbook, eight passengers traveled from New York to California. Horsburgh departed San Francisco on August 25, 1852 and arrived in Shanghai on October 28. She left China on December 1 and her return trip to New York took 116 days. The voyage ended on March 27, 1853 with her arrival in port.

The keeper of the logbook for the 1852-1853 voyage was Daniel Sage Emmerton, a twenty-one year old native of Salem, Massachusetts. Son of Captain Ephraim and Mary (Sage) Emmerton, Daniel was no stranger to the merchant trade. Salem produced many native sons with ties to the sea, and the Emmerton's were no exception. Ephraim and his son, James, worked as sea captains, merchants, and supercargoes. Another son, Charles, worked in the counting house of Horsburgh's owners, D. C. and W. B. Bacon, during the 1850s.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of one ship's logbook kept by Daniel Emmerton of Salem, Massachusetts from March 25, 1852-March 27, 1853. Title page of the volume is imprinted "Seaman's Journal. Journal Of A Voyage....printed and sold by W. & S. B. Ives, Stearns' Building...Corner of Court and Essex Streets...Salem, Mass." Daily entries contain spaces for "H., K., H.K., Courses., Winds., Lee., Remarks., Course., Dist., Diff. Lat., Dep., Lat. By D.R., Lat. By Ob., Varia., Diff. Long., Long. In., and Lng. By Ob." The bulk of the entries concern weather events and shipboard tasks with occasional mention of other vessels. The volume contains no entries for time spent in port. Names of passengers from Boston to San Francisco are noted in the August 2 entry. Included in the collection is an embossed slipcase from a later date.

Provenance : Purchase, 1996.

Amount: 1 volume.

See Also: Ephraim Em[m]erton Records, Mss 733 1816-1835 E63, HOLLIS ACZ7558; William Appleton and Company, Mss 766 1840-1889 A, HOLLIS #ACZ7680; and Materials Toward a Genealogy of the Emmerton Family by James A. Emmerton, 1881, HOLLIS AXQ1226.