Wed, 31st Oct 2012 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Cochrane)

 
  Lot 115
 

115

LOG BOOK FOR THE AMERICAN MERCHANTMAN GOOD...

LOG BOOK FOR THE AMERICAN MERCHANTMAN GOOD FRIENDS, 1805/6
kept by the master Robert Thompson between July 27th 1805 and April 8th 1806 for a voyage from Leghorn to France and back to Philadelphia, written in a variable hand and containing the usual sightings, weather reports and observations, contained within hardboards (disbound) -- 13 x 8in. (33 x 20cm.); together with a sea chart of the East Coast of America allegedly used aboard ship; and a quantity of associated ephemera from the Thompson and Baker families
(a lot)

Ref: J Welles Henderson papers, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia.

The Good Friends was built and owned by Stephen Girard (1750-1831), an ex-Pat Frenchman who settled in America and became a Philadelphia businessman, shipbuilder, banker and philanthropist. As a former sea captain, he understood ships well and placed orders for the construction of what was then an advanced fleet - by 1793 his business was flourishing and he became one of the few millionaires in America. The Master, Robert Thompson, seems to have had a daughter who married into a family called Baker and this collection seems to have passed down that line.

Sold for £806
Estimated at £200 - £400

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Sold as viewed: Log is largely disbound with loose pages and typical old wear for fragile paper with ragged edges etc. Text appears intact; associated ephemera is similarly mixed.

We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

 
LOG BOOK FOR THE AMERICAN MERCHANTMAN GOOD FRIENDS, 1805/6
kept by the master Robert Thompson between July 27th 1805 and April 8th 1806 for a voyage from Leghorn to France and back to Philadelphia, written in a variable hand and containing the usual sightings, weather reports and observations, contained within hardboards (disbound) -- 13 x 8in. (33 x 20cm.); together with a sea chart of the East Coast of America allegedly used aboard ship; and a quantity of associated ephemera from the Thompson and Baker families
(a lot)

Ref: J Welles Henderson papers, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia.

The Good Friends was built and owned by Stephen Girard (1750-1831), an ex-Pat Frenchman who settled in America and became a Philadelphia businessman, shipbuilder, banker and philanthropist. As a former sea captain, he understood ships well and placed orders for the construction of what was then an advanced fleet - by 1793 his business was flourishing and he became one of the few millionaires in America. The Master, Robert Thompson, seems to have had a daughter who married into a family called Baker and this collection seems to have passed down that line.