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Ship Trafalgar Collection, 1854- 1863

Manuscript Collection #1063

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Title: Ship Trafalgar Collection
Creator: Harrison, Alfred William
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: A collection including a logbook (9/11/1854-7/11/1863) for the Ship Trafalgar, a packet ship with the City of Dublin Line, written by Captain Alfred William Harrison during its many voyages primarily between London,England, and Madras, India, and other ports of call, a handwritten letter, a Mariner's Register Ticket, and other papers describing his voyages and medical illnesses, and a carte de visite of Capt. Harrison.
Extent: 0.19 Cubic feet, 7 items , consisting of a logbook, letter, carte de visite, lists, and a Mariner's Register Ticket

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Accessions Information

March 31, 2006, 7 items, 0.19 cubic feet; Log of the Ship Trafalgar (9/11/1854-7/11/1863) compiled by ship's master Alfred William Harrison, containing standard daily entries recording the ships course, longitude, winds, etc., during its voyages from London, England to Madras, India, and to various ports of call, with remarks on the weather, vessels sighted, and events on board; also including letter to "Papa," list of places visited, list of ailments suffered during Capt. Harrison's career; his Mariner's Register Ticket, dated 1860, his autographed carte de visite, and several notes. Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Ten Pound Island Book Company, Gloucester, MA

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Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Ship Trafalgar Collection (#1063), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchase (Special Manuscript Fund), Ten Pound Island Book Company, Gloucester, MA

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 1, 2008

  • Processed by E. Gathercole, April 2009; revised by J. Gabriel, February 2012


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Alfred William Harrison, born April 8th, 1836, in Poplar Parish, Middlesex County, England, began his career as a seaman on September 21st, 1847. He spent a considerable time aboard the Ship Trafalgar, a packet ship, between 1854 and 1863, where he wrote daily entries while at sea primarily between London, England, and Madras, India, and other ports of call. While little is known about Captain William Harrison, it appears he had a long career as a ship captain, sailing around the world at least twice, visiting many places along his journeys. The ship Trafalgar was a merchant vessel built in 1848, and was a ship of the City of Dublin Line, which was also referred to as the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company. All that is known about the ship’s voyage history is during the period that Harrison was the captain (1854-1863). The ship was eventually scrapped in 1875. Source: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/cityofdublin.html.

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This collection includes the logbook of the Ship Trafalgar, compiled by the ship’s captain, Alfred William Harrison, from September 11, 1854, to July 11, 1863. Daily log entries written during voyages of the ship primarily between London, England, and Madras, India, and other ports of call including Bimlipatam, St. Helena, and the Cape of Good Hope, include information pertaining to latitude, longitude, course heading, distance traveled, barometric pressure, temperature, and wind direction. More detailed notes give further information about the weather, other vessel sightings, notable passengers, rock sighting, reef sightings, and ship events. Other items in this collection include a unique calligraphic letter to “Papa,” a list of places visited by Captain Harrison during his voyages around the world, a list of the many medical ailments he contracted while at sea, and his Mariner’s Register Ticket from 1847. Also included is a carte de visite of Captain Harrison with the inscription “Faithfully yours – A. W. Harrison.”

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  • Box 1#1063.1
    • Folder a#1063.1.a
      Logbook from the Ship Trafalgar compiled by Alfred William Harrison (9/11/1854-7/11/1863) 1 item. 334 p.
    • Folder b#1063.1.b
      Correspondence and Miscellaneous Manuscripts
      • List of places visited during sea voyages by Captain Alfred William Harrison (undated).   (item #1)
      • List of medical ailments suffered by Captain Alfred William Harrison during his voyages at sea (undated).   (item #2)
      • Possible list of ships and years Captain Alfred William Harrison was onboard during his career as a seaman (undated).   (item #3)
      • Calligraphic letter to "Papa" from Captain Alfred William Harrison (undated).  (item #4)
      • Mariner Register Ticket of Alfred William Harrison (9/21/1847).   (item #5)
    • Folder c#1063.1.c
      Carte de visite photograph of Alfred William Harrison (undated) inscribed: "Faithfully yours, A. W. Harrison"

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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