Manuscript logbook kept by William R. Potter, captain of the brig Emily Bourne, recording details of a voyage made by the
Emily Bourne Company from New Bedford, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California. The voyage took 182 days from February
8, 1849 to August 8, 1849. The dated entries include weather and ship locations, sail riggings, and descriptions of people
and places along the way including stops in Rio de Janeiro, the Straits of Magellan, and the Juan Fernández Islands (including
a visit to "the celebrated cave of Robinson Crusoe").
Potter, William R
Emily Bourne Company.
Emily Bourne (Brig)
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California
California -- Gold discoveries
Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernández Islands) -- Description and travel
Logbook of the brig Emily Bourne, 1849, BANC MSS 2014/225, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Extant Americana; 20141105.
The Emily Bourne was orginally constructed in New Bedford, Massachusetts and rigged as a schooner. The Emily Bourne Company,
a mining company formed by Horatio S. Rotch of New Bedford and Robert S. Almy of Boston, purchased the vessel and re-rigged
it as a brig.
William R. Potter led numerous voyages out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mostly whalers between the late 1830s to 1860s,
including the ship China, the ship Illinois, and the Emily Bourne.