Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
York (Ship) Log, 1825-1828

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: York (Ship) log
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1825-1828
Extent: 1 volume
The York ship log contains daily entries chronicling the packet boat's journeys between the United States and Great Britain between 1825 and 1828.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3430.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

York (Ship) Log, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The American-owned packet ship York began its first journey between the United States and Great Britain on March 19, 1825, under the command of William Baker, and later Nash de Cost, ending its run in 1828. Along with transporting cargo, the York frequently carried passengers, who enjoyed luxury accommodations.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The York ship log contains daily entries chronicling the packet boat's journeys between the United States and Great Britain between 1825 and 1828. The first entry, dated March 19, 1825, marks the beginning of the ship's regular service between New York City and London, under the command of William Baker. Approximately 50 pages cover the boat's travels along this route, with daily entries recording wind direction, weather conditions, and notable events on board. On July 4, 1825, the author wrote about a celebration in honor of Independence Day, when the merchant ship fired a salute. The entries he made in port often relate to the loading of cargo or passengers. In January 1826, the York received a new captain, Nash de Cost, and began sailing between New York City and Liverpool; the remainder of the volume covers the ship's journeys along this route. The author's remarks focused on seamanship, weather, and activities in port, though several entries from October 1826 reflect the difficulty of keeping the sailors onboard; some were reported to be "on shore without liberty" throughout the period. The last entry, on June 24, 1828, noted that the York was moored at Prince's Dock in Liverpool, ready to embark for the Atlantic crossing. The final 2 pages of the volume include accounts of provisions for the ship for the year 1828.

Subject Terms

    • Liverpool (England)
    • London (England)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Seafaring life.
    • Transatlantic voyages.
    • York (Ship)
    Genre Terms:
    • Ships' logs.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    York (Ship) log,  1825-1828 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Maine Historical Association has published the following volume: Sawtell, Clement Cleveland. Captain Nash de Cost and the Liverpool Packets. Maine Historical Association, 1955.