ICE TRADE VOYAGE BOSTON - BUENOS AIRES Donati's Comet Manuscript Journal 1858

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[ICE TRADE VOYAGE FROM BOSTON TO BUENOS AIRES].
[Donati's Comet] [Manuscript Journal of the Bark Augusta Mayhew's (Captain Thorpe) Voyage from Boston to Buenos Aires in 1858].

[Primarily at sea]: September - December, 1858. Large Quarto. Ink on laid paper, legible writing. 32 pp. and over 100 blank leaves, ruled. Contemporary black half sheep with marbled boards and gilt tooled spine. Rubbed at extremities, minor scattered foxing, otherwise a very good journal.

Important account of one of the first ice trade voyages from New England to Argentina; the journal describes a voyage of the Bark Augusta Mayhew from Boston to Buenos Aires (September 5th - December 1st, 1858). As we get to know from the text, the ship was deeply loaded "with ice and tan" (see p. 18 of the journal), and had some passengers including children on board (p. 9 et al). At the beginning of the trip the winds were very weak so the ship moved very slowly crossing the equator only two months after departure; which caused numerous remarks in the journal about the dreary weather and their slow progress (e.g. "Ye gods! Are we destined to spend our days and finally lay our bones, within these latitudes. Oh dear! It is indeed tiresome, tedious to be compeled [sic] to remain in the same place, day after day night after night, with no prospect of ever
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