Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Ralph I. Linzee, Log of the Brig Swiftsure , 1817-1819

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2012

Summary Information
Title: Ralph I. Linzee, Log of the Brig Swiftsure
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1817-1819
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This log book documents the voyage of the merchant brig Swiftsure from Boston, Massachusetts, to India by way of Mauritius, and back to Boston, between November 1817 and January 1819. Ralph I. Linzee was the ship's captain for the voyage.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1991. M-2669.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Ralph I. Linzee, Log of the Brig Swiftsure , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

The brig Swiftsure sailed from Boston, Massachusetts, to Port Louis, Mauritius; to Calcutta, India; and then back to Boston between 1817 and 1819. The Swiftsure embarked on November 30, 1817; reached Port Louis around April 1, 1818; reached Calcutta on June 13, 1818; and returned to Boston on January 20, 1819.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This log book documents the voyage of the merchant brig Swiftsure from Boston, Massachusetts, to India by way of Mauritius, and back to Boston, between November 1817 and January 1819. Ralph I. Linzee was the ship's captain for the voyage. The volume is approximately 180 pages, has a hand-stitched heavy linen cover, and includes the handwriting of multiple unidentified bookkeepers.

The log begins on November 26, 1817, just before the Swiftsure 's departure for Calcutta, India, by way of Port Louis, Mauritius. The daily entries record information on the ship's course, prevailing winds, weather, distances traveled, unusual incidents, and (occasionally) crewmembers' behavior or illnesses. The writers frequently described the sails used for navigation. On one occasion, the ship's steward had a physical altercation with Captain Linzee (March 16, 1818), and several entries from November 1818 detail a pox that afflicted the ship's cook, Lewis Wilson. The Swiftsure returned to Boston around January 20, 1819, bearing cotton, cowhides, silk, and other goods. The log's final entry is dated January 27, 1819. Supplementary information within the volume includes lists of articles received from the ship's chandler (foods, sails, and ammunition) and accounts of cordage and food for the crew.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Boston (Mass.)
    • Kolkata (India)
    • Merchant ships--United States--History--19th century.
    • Port Louis (Mauritius)
    • Sailing ships.
    • Sailors.
    • Swiftsure (Brig)
    • Transatlantic voyages.
    Genre Terms:
    • Ships' logs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Ralph I. Linzee, Log of the Brig Swiftsure ,  November 30, 1817-January 20, 1819 [series]: