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|Named Person:||Curtis family.|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material|
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|Reproduction Notes:||Transcript (partial). Massachusetts : Mrs. Roland M. Kenah. handwritten. Transcript (partial). Worcester, Mass. : Susan J. Motyka, 1998. typewritten.|
|Description:||1 v. ; folio. 1 v. ; octavo.|
The octavo volume (35 leaves, 16 blank) contains a journal kept by Statira R. Curtis for a voyage she took with her husband, the ship's captain, and their two children on board the "John Marshall." They sailed from Portland, Me., on 12 January 1836, to New Orleans, La. (via the Mississippi River) to take " ... in a cargo of tobacco and cotton for London ..." and returned to Portland on 31 July that same year. The ship stopped at Nassau, Bahamas for the period 5 February to 16 March. From Nassau, they proceeded to the Mississippi River, arriving there on 29 March, and sailed up the river to New Orleans, La., arriving on 31 March. They remained in New Orleans until 11 June. A terrible leak required them to make their way to Havana, Cuba. They arrived there on 1 July and remained until 15 July, at which time they sailed for home. The ship was plagued by leaks the entire voyage.
Statira's entries while under sail contain comments on the weather, being seasick and sick of the sea, fishing and catching dolphin and sharks, and reports of other vessels and wrecks seen. Otherwise, the entries mention the people she had spent time with, as well as descriptions of the places she had been and activities engaged in. She entertained, and was entertained by, other ships' captains and their families and diplomats and their families, among others. She took a special interest in religion and attended several different church services and taught a Sabbath school for her children and members of the crew.
The journal also contains a "Valedictory to Mrs. Curtis of Ship J. Marshall" written by E.H. Hickman and dated 2 April 1836; a copy of an undated letter from New Orleans to Hickman; a copy of an undated letter from New Orleans to Mrs. Wenberg; a copy of a poem by Mrs. Curtis; a prayer written by Mrs. Curtis dated Gorham, June 1847; a copy of an undated letter to J---, announcing the death of Capt. Curtis; and a "Journal of a voyage in 1831," which covers the period 11 to 17 August 1831 (3 p., at end).