In 1854, George Batty wrote this journal as a long anecdotal letter to his friends, describing his sea voyage from Liverpool
to Montreal on the ships "Cleopatra" and "New Era." Battyʼs vivid daily account spans more than two weeks in August and September,
with accompanying observations about city living in Montreal added in December at the end of the diary. Batty describes conditions
of the ship and the weather, his fellow passengers, various events aboard the ship (such as a fire, drunken stowaways, iceberg
encounters, and porpoise interactions), and also relates his impressions of Quebec and Montreal during his stay. Observations
of the upper Canadian coast, the St. Lawrence River, the Victoria Bridge, Eskimo and Iroquois tribes, the timber trade, and
severe winter conditions are present in the manuscript. No biographical information has been located for George Batty.
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