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Steamship Kinau log book : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Honolulu, Hawaii, 1883.
BANC MSS 2010/257 v.1; BANC MSS 2010/257 v.2; BANC MSS 2010/257
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Steamship Kinau log book: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Honolulu, Hawaii, 1883
S.S. Kinau, Philadelphia-Honolulu, 1883, Captain Von Schmidt, Master


Von Schmidt, Edward, creator, author.


Von Schmidt, A. W. (Alexis Waldemar), 1821-1906, correspondent.


Nast, John E., photographer.


W.H. Crossman & Bro, correspondent.


Bound manuscript ship log kept by Captain Edward Von Schmidt containing dated entries from August 15 to October 30, 1883 for a voyage of the Hawaiian steamship, Kinau, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Honolulu, Hawaii via Cape Horn. There are 79 pages of entries and the rest are blank. The first page contains the names of the crew, ship owner, and passengers onboard. Most entries include typical ship observations of weather, location, speed, etc. Also includes 4 pages of personal observations made by Von Schmidt titled, "Personal impressions of the Straits of Magellan, climate & people. People of Tierra del Fuego." These include extended observations about an attractive young woman of 16 or 17 who was acting as a local coxswain in Tierra del Fuego harbor. Also includes a handwritten letter of recommendation for Von Schmidt (1 page), dated August 24, 1883, from a New York shipping firm, W.H. Crossman & Bro, on their printed letterhead stationery and envelope, addressed to Senors Montiero, Hime, & Ca. of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Also includes a handwritten letter to Von Schmidt (2 pages + envelope), dated August 12, 1883, from his father, A.W. Von Schmidt, in San Francisco, California containing details of a canal engineering project and advising caution about navigating a ship in the Atlantic. Also includes a photograph of a shirtless middle-aged man, standing in cut-off white trousers, likely Edward Von Schmidt (albumen; 17 x 11 cm); mounted on card stock of [John E.] Nast photography studio located at the corner of Park and Santa Clara Streets in Alameda, California.


1883 (issued)


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Von Schmidt, Edward -- Correspondence
Von Schmidt, Edward -- Portraits
Von Schmidt, A. W. (Alexis Waldemar) -- 1821-1906 -- Correspondence
Kinau (Steamship)
Ocean travel
Tierra del Fuego (Argentina and Chile) -- Description and travel


Title devised by cataloger.
In custom portfolio box, half calf over marbled boards with gilt spine and gilt cover title: "S.S. Kinau, Philadelphia-Honolulu, 1883, Captain Von Schmidt, Master."
Steamship Kinau log book : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Honolulu, Hawaii, 1883, BANC MSS 2010/257, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from John Windle; 20100126.
Edward von Schmidt, son of Alexis Waldemar Von Schmidt, was a sailor and engineer. Some of his early voyages were aboard the Good Templar, Modoc, Three Brothers, Ariel and the Francis Palmer.
In 1883, the Hawaiian steamship Kinau was owned by S.G. Wilder.
In English.


Ships' logs.
Albumen prints.

Physical Description:

1 volume (120 pages, partially blank) ; 32 x 20 cm + accompanying material.




BANC MSS 2010/257 v.1
BANC MSS 2010/257 v.2
BANC MSS 2010/257


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