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A guide to the Templar (built 1858; ship, 3m) logbook, 1862-1864
HDC0058 (SAFR 14268)  
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  • Processing Note
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Templar (built 1858; ship, 3m) logbook
    Date: 1862-1864
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0058 (SAFR 14268)
    Physical Description: 2 items
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: TEMPLAR (built 1858; ship, 3m) logbook (SAFR 14268, HDC 58) consists of one logbook and a photocopy of the logbook recording the voyages of the TEMPLAR. The first voyage departs from Calcutta on January 26 and arrives in Liverpool on October 24, 1862 via Brooklyn, NY. The master of this voyage was James P. Martin. The master of the second voyage was Capt. G. Oscar Lane and the trip began in Liverpool in September of1862, stopped in Brooklyn and Sydney, New South Wales, and ended up again in Calcutta on November 17, 1863. The log ends on January 17, 1864 while still in Calcutta.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

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    Publication and Use Rights

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    Processing Note

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    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0058 (SAFR 14268), Templar (built 1858; ship, 3m) logbook, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    This collections was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    The TEMPLAR (built 1858; ship, 3m) was a medium clipper ship built in 1858 by J.T. Foster in Medford, MA. It was rated at 947 gross tons, and measured 160' x 32' x 23'. Its original owner was T.B. Wales & Company. The ship was built for the India and Far East trade, operating out of Boston as a home port.
    In 1878, the TEMPLAR made a momentous voyage from New York to San Francisco which took 320 days to complete. After departing New York on September 14, 1878, the ship encountered gales and hurricanes. After calling at Rio de Janerio for repairs, the ship suffered an outbreak of yellow fever that decimated the crew. Off Cape Horn, the main fresh water tank leaked and the ship lost all but 1200 gallons of fresh water. Working up the west coast of South America, the ship suffered through calms all the way to California, where it encountered strong winds and heavy fog.
    The ship's master, Captain Armstrong, was affected by the yellow fever; and although he eventually recovered, his wife died on the voyage. His 20 year old daughter was also affected by yellow fever, but recovered sooner and was credited with navigating the ship for a considerable period and taking spells at the wheel while the captain was incapacitated. There is an account of this voyage in American Merchant Ships, volume 1, pg 317 (Matthews), where it was cited to be "one of the most unfortunate voyages recorded in connection with the California trade."
    After this ordeal, the ship was based in San Francisco and from 1879 through 1894 it operated in coastwise Pacific trade carrying coal or lumber. It had several owners, including E.A. Scott, T. Magee, and the Seattle Coal and Transportation Company. It was converted to bark rig during this stretch. The TEMPLAR was eventually sold to parties in Mollendo, Peru, and renamed LOS TRES AMIGOS. In April 1895, at a guano port, its anchor parted in a heavy swell. The ship drifted ashore and was a total loss.

    Collection Scope and Content

    TEMPLAR (built 1858; ship, 3m) logbook (SAFR 14268, HDC 58) consists of one logbook and a photocopy of the logbook recording the voyages of the TEMPLAR. The first voyage departs from Calcutta on January 26 and arrives in Liverpool on October 24, 1862 via Brooklyn, NY. The master of this voyage was James P. Martin. The master of the second voyage was Capt. G. Oscar Lane and the trip began in Liverpool in September of1862, stopped in Brooklyn and Sydney, New South Wales, and ended up again in Calcutta on November 17, 1863. The log ends on January 17, 1864 while still in Calcutta.
    This lengthy (approximately 250 pages) logbook records general information, such as weather and course, in small handwriting that is difficult to read. There are frequent mentions of crew members' activities, illnesses, and desertions, but little mention of route or places stopped. Title page has an illustration of the TEMPLAR.

    Collection Arrangement

    This is a collection of two items: the original and a photocopy of the logbook.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Logbooks
    Weather