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What follows is a list of Colonial/Revolutionary era maritime records, from the manuscript holdings in the Department of Special Collections, University Libraries of Notre Dame.

  • BONAVENTURE LOGBOOK. 1738-1740. 1 vol., 16 cm., 23 leaves, with 28 pages of manuscript in an unidentified hand. A small ship's log and journal kept by an unidentified member of the company of the Bonaventure, during a commercial voyage between New England and the Leeward Islands in 1739-40. The Bonaventure, Jonathan Gardner master, left Cape Ann on 7 December 1738 with a cargo of boards, shingles, and fish; she made Antigua on 25 December, and disposed of her goods in the islands over the following month. She left Nevis on 10 May 1739, possibly with a cargo of cacao, and arrived back in Massachusetts on 6 June. Eighteen of the volume's 28 pages are log entries, covering the periods when the vessel was on the open sea; these indicate knots, course, wind, weather, latitude, the putting on and taking off of sail, etc. The journal entries mostly indicate specific goods landed on particular dates (though the port is not always apparent). MSN/COL 8000-1.

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