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Mss:733 1852-1853 H817

Horsburgh (Ship). Horsburgh (Ship) Logbook, 1852-1853 (inclusive): A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:733 1852-1853 H817
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Horsburgh (Ship) logbook
Date(s): 1852-1853
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Collection consists of the logbook, 1852-1853, of the Horsburgh, a clipper ship built in Massachusetts in 1847 and owned by Daniel G. and William B. Bacon of Boston, during its 1852-1853 voyage to San Francisco and Shanghai.


Purchase, 1996

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Horsburgh (Ship) Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Historical Note:

Built by Hayden & Cudworth of Medford, Massachusetts, in 1847, the Horsburgh was a clipper ship owned by Daniel C. Bacon and William B. Bacon of Boston and others. Her dimensions were 141 feet long with a beam of 28 feet, 10 inches. Her depth was 20 feet 9 inches with total tonnage of 543. Horsburgh was primarily used for the Cape Horn trade following the discovery of gold in California.
On March 25, 1852, the Horsburgh left Boston under command of Captain B. W. Crocker and arrived in San Francisco on August 2, 1852 after 130 days at sea. Involved in this voyage was Grinnell, Minturn & Company, one of the leading general shipping houses in New York at the time. According to the logbook, eight passengers traveled from New York to California. The Horsburgh departed San Francisco on August 25, 1852 and arrived in Shanghai on October 28. She left China on December 1 and her return trip to New York took 116 days. The voyage ended on March 27, 1853 with her arrival in port.
The keeper of the logbook for the 1852-1853 voyage was Daniel Sage Emmerton, a twenty-one year old native of Salem, Massachusetts. Son of Captain Ephraim and Mary (Sage) Emmerton, Daniel was no stranger to the merchant trade. Salem produced many native sons with ties to the sea, and the Emmerton's were no exception. Ephraim and his son, James, worked as sea captains, merchants, and supercargoes. Another son, Charles, worked in the counting house of the Horsburgh's owners, D. C. and W. B. Bacon, during the 1850s.

Scope and Content Note:

Collection consists of one ship's logbook kept by Daniel Emmerton of Salem, Massachusetts from March 25, 1852-March 27, 1853.

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