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Finding aid of the George H. Lewis Diary, 1863 - 1866
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George H. Lewis Diary, 1863 - 1866
    Dates: 1863-1866
    Collection Size: 1 folder
    Repository: The Society of California Pioneers.
    San Francisco, California 94107-1272
    Abstract: A diary kept by George H. Lewis while a member of the crew of the sailing ships 'Susan Jane' and 'Sunrise' during the years 1863-1866.
    Physical location: Stored on-site at the Society of California Pioneers
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open by appointment for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with The Society of California Pioneers. All requests for permission to reproduce or publish must be submitted in writing to the Librarian.

    Preferred Citation

    George H. Lewis Diary, 1863 - 1866. The Society of California Pioneers.


    1863/1866 George H. Lewis Diary, 1863 - 1866

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The diary contains a daily record kept by George H. Lewis while onboard two different ships. The beginning of the journal concerns the "Barque Susan Jane." Lewis departed New Bedford, MA in route to Cape Verde Islands in July of 1863. The ship then made its way from the Cape Verde Islands to the coast of Africa. Lewis returned to New Bedford from the Cape Verde Islands aboard the "Susan Jane" in December 1863. At the end of the entries for this voyage Lewis provides a list and descriptions of Telegraph Flags. The Diary continues with entries made while on board the ship "Sunrise", commanded by R. Luce. The "Sunrise" sailed from New York on February 11, 1864 arriving in San Francisco on July 24, 1864. The return voyage on the "Sunrise" departed San Francisco on August 8, 1864 and arrived in Callao, Peru on October 15, 1864. Following this voyage there is a log of quantities of guano loaded onto the ship commencing November 23, 1864 at the Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru. Final installment of the journal covers another voyage on the "Sunrise" on June 25, 1865 departing from Spithead, England and arriving in Hamburg, Germany on July 3, 1865. The majority of the entries provide details about the course of the ship, the wind direction and weather encountered and the ways in which certain sails were trimmed. Towards the end of the journal there are entries out of order with the date 1866 that note names of stevedores hired in New York and a list of members of the crews from the various voyages logged by G.H. Lewis. The last of these lists notes that George H. Lewis was the third officer on 'The Sunrise' during the 1864 voyage.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Pioneers - California
    Sailing Ships
    Lewis, George H.

    History of shipbuilding on North river, Plymouth county, Massachusetts by Lloyd Vernon Briggs (1889), p322
    The Richmond Times Daily Dispatch, August 21, 1863 (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2006.05.0840%3Aarticle%3Dpos%3D4)