Diary of a journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in 1817, from Pittsburgh to New Orleans.

1817.

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This diary describes a journey from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. The author celebrated his birthday, hunted from the deck of a river boat, and watched steamboats being built along the river banks.

[pp 10–11] March th5 1818 Sat sail for Neworleans, with Capt Buck. th6 it being my birth day drank considerable wiskey took in five hogsheads of tobacko. 7 landed at mount pleasant Took in 28 hogsheads, Sunday fine morning, set sail for sugar Creek, three mile took in tobacko monday South wind, Tuesday fine morning, river rising Wednesday clear morning the stearsman & one of the bowhands commence fighting in the boat after exchanging a few blows acrost the fire we parted them. we start for liberty, arrive at 1 o'Clock, take in two hogsheads of tobacco past a vineyard, the banks two & three hundred perpendicular thousand of turkey busards in the ledges, Thursday fine weather pass Shakers ferry, so called by a great number of shakes living there, we exchange one of our hands for a Yankee I began to cook for the first time

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[pp 14–15] at night it commens’d raining it rained a short time by south, we landed just below the falls by shippenport wind continuing, blowing hard, at night, one boat sunk near by us, belonging to Mr Rigaway, seven boats in company, belonging to Bush. Monday, wing rising all hands employed in pumping & bailing wind ceases as sun goes down, Tuesday fair morning steam boat building at shippensport Keel 130 pass New madrid on the left portland on the right small village, but [illeg] to make handsome towns pass steam boat Mount vesuvious, twenty six days from N Orleans, she looks very magestically, she fires a gun, it resounds very much, Wednesday cloudy morning, pass hurricane [illeg] near otter creek ten thousan pigeons, pasing over obscure the heavens Thursday Clouddy two men go in pursuit of squirrels, plenty of squirrels half past 4 o'clock wind sprung from the N West one of our boat sprung a leak hard landing killed a hawk cooked it it tasted fine

Metadata Details
Item Type Manuscript
Title Diary of a journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in 1817, from Pittsburgh to New Orleans.
Short Title Diary of Mississippi River Journey, 1817
Publication Date 1817
Call Number VAULT Case MS G 894 .228
Location Special Collections 4th floor
Notes Manuscript.