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Boston accounts and cargo lists

a hand-bound logbook containing cargo lists and a ledger of Joseph Barrell’s Boston accounts. The front cover of the book reads, “all the Ship Columbias Papers / Mary Barrell / Millburn, N.J.” The first 15 pages of the book contain a copy of the 1787 cargo lists of the Columbia Rediviva and the Sloop Washington. Joseph Barrell’s accounts book backfills the last 20 pages of the logbook beginning from the back cover of the book and written upsidedown to the first half of the text. There are 18 blank pages separating the two sections of the book.

Barrell, Mary

Columbia in a Squall

An ink wash painting signed by George Davidson, the illustrator on Robert Gray’s second voyage on the Columbia Rediviva. The painting, titled,”Columbia in a Squall,” depicts the Columbia Rediviva listing against heavy wind and waves during a storm.

Davidson, George, 1768-1801

Account of Cargo of Ship Columbia and Sloop Washington agreeably to Invoice presented Captain Kendrick by the Owners

An account of cargo for the Ship Columbia and Sloop Washington covering the dates from October 1, 1787 through January, 1788. The log includes a record of the cargo aboard the ships when they left Boston on the state of the voyage and fragmented records of expenditures and supply use through January, 1788. The document contains 7 pieces of varying sized paper adhered in layers to a ledger page backing.

Barrell, Joseph, 1739-1804

Power of Attorney document and letter from Joseph Barrell to Samuel Webb

A legal document transferring power of attorney from Joseph Barrell to his attorney, Samuel Webb, to collect on debts owed from Richard Sodershorn. The document is dated November 22, 1788. It is signed by John Hoskins, Joseph Barrell, and James [illegible]. The document is notarized by Lemuel Barrett, Justice of the Peace. The document is bound with illegible scraps of other papers to a letter from Joseph Barrell to Samuel Webb dated November 9, 1788.

Barrell, Joseph, 1739-1804

Columbia Rediviva owners accounts log

An owner’s accounts ledger for the ship Columbia Rediviva accounting for roughly the years of 1787 to 1789. The document contains 11 pieces of varying sized paper adhered in layers to a ledger page backing.

George Barrell’s Journal, 1806, Tho. Davis Journal, 1806, and Ship Columbia Papers, 1787-1793

A hand-bound book containing George Barrell’s Journal, 1806, Tho. Davis’ Journal, 1806, and Ship Columbia Papers, 1787-1793. The George Barrell journal records his voyage on the Brig Venus from Boston, Massachusetts to Malaga, Spain. It covers the dates from July 13 to September 14 1806. The Tho. Davis journal records the return voyage on the Schooner Louisiana from Malaga to New York. It covers the dates from September 28, 1806 to November 30, 1806. For both journals a more legible transcription on smaller, lined paper is sown into the binding. The account of stores for the Ship Columbia covers expenditures and use of supplies from June 23, 1792 to May 27, 1793. The accounts include a log of cargo taken onboard in Canton in January, 1793.

Barrell, George Guelphs, 1780-1838

Surprised by the Natives at Chicklerset

An ink wash painting signed by George Davidson, the illustrator on Robert Gray’s second voyage on the Columbia Rediviva. The painting, titled, “Surprised by the Natives at Chicklerset,” depicts people launching canoes from the shore while the Columbia Rediviva is in the distance.

Davidson, George, 1768-1801

Canton invoice

An invoice written by Robert Gray for the receipt of a shipment of seventeen and a half chests of Bohea tea sent by Joseph Ingraham on the Columbia Rediviva from Canton, China to Thomas H. Jenkins in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gray, Robert, 1755-1806

At Falkland Islands

An ink wash painting signed by George Davidson, the illustrator on Robert Gray’s second voyage on the Columbia Rediviva. The painting, titled, “At Falkland Islands,” depicts the crew members from the Columbia Rediviva camped on the shore. The ship, Columbia Rediviva, is visible moored off shore.

Davidson, George, 1768-1801

Attacked at Juan De Fuca Straits

An ink wash painting signed by George Davidson, the illustrator on Robert Gray’s second voyage on the Columbia Rediviva. The painting, titled,”Attacked at Juan De Fuca Straits,” depicts 17 canoes surrounding the Columbia Rediviva near shore in the Juan de Fuca Straits.

Davidson, George, 1768-1801

Columbia Rediviva collection

  • Mss 957
  • Collection
  • 1785-1852

The collection consists of correspondence, journals, ship logs, administrative records, and ink sketches relating to the ship Columbia Rediviva. A mix of original materials and reproductions are present. Among the originals are: the journal of John Hoskins, written during the Columbia's journey around the world in 1791-1792; the journal of George Barrell, 1806, written on board the brig Venus from Boston to Malaga, and on the schooner Louisiana from Malaga to New York; Barrell's account of stores on board the Columbia, 1792-1793; letters of Joseph Barrell to Samuel Webb, 1785-1801, and to John Hoskins, 1790; letters from Colburn Barrell and Robert Haswell, 1801; owner's accounts, 1787-1793; accounts of the Columbia and Lady Washington, 1787-1790; receipts; and four ink sketches by George Davidson depicting incidents in the voyages of the Columbia.

The reproductions held in this collection include the journals of Robert Haswell and Owen Smith, 1787-1789; and a file of receipts and other papers concerning outfitting of the Columbia, 1790 (on microfilm). Also included are publications of Robert Gray's wife Martha's petition to congress for a pension and memorial, 1848-1852.