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Samuel Davis- Journal of a Voyage of the USS Kearsarge

JOURNAL OF VOYAGE OF THE USS KEARSARGE
1865-1866
by
Mate Samuel Davis


Journal of a Voyage
of the
USS Kearsarge
1865-1866

April 7th
I reported to Admiral Paulding commander of the navy yard Brooklyn and received orders to report onboard of the USS Kearsarge lying in the Boston Harbor.

8th
In the forenoon went to see my cousin Alfred Overton in Catherine St. He wished me to come to his house in the evening as I wished to see his wife; But I did not have a chance as I left for Boston in the evening train. Took a sleeping car, arrived in Boston at daylight next morning.

9th
At 9.A.M. reported onboard for duty. The Capt. not being onboard handed my orders to the Lieut.

10th
On hearing of the surrender of Genl Lee to Grant. Salutes were fired from the batteries in the harbor. We joined in the salute by dressing the ship with colors.

11th
It is rumored that Johnson has surrendered to Sherman. It is the whole talk onboard today. Making preparations to go to sea.

15th
At 5:20 A.M. pilot came onboard weighed anchor and proceeded to sea. Weather fine

16th
This day cominced with fog and drizle, but in the evening cleared away.

17th
The weather is clear and cool. Wind NW

18th
clear & cool - wind nw. The vessel roles very bad as she is running in the trough of the sea. A sail in sight standing to the westward.

25th
This day wind North East fogoy. After meredian made the land Azores island and put into Fayal for the purpose of coaling ship.

26th
Coaled ship. A number of officers have been on shore but as I have no money but greenbacks, I have excepted the choice of staying onboard.

27th
12:30 P.M. weighed anchor and proceeded to sea.

29th
Signalized an English merchantman. steaming w (West)

May 1st
Arrived at Lisbon Portugal. Was informed that the Stonewall had left a month previous followed by the Niagara & Sacramento.

2nd
It has been very fine weather today. The British ship of war
"Black Marion" has gone to sea. The Captains of the English fleet have been onboard and visited the ship.

3rd
The King of Portugal has been visiting the English squardron. The fleet recd. him by firing salutes & maning yards.

4th
Fine weather. The English fleet and Portugese bateries have been firing salutes all day. I cannot learn who they are honoring.

5th
Stormy weather. By order of the Captain the officers are to wear crape on left arm for a period of 6 months.

6th
At 9 O'clock AM Frigate Niagara came in the harbor and anchored, fired a salute to the Portugese flag of 21 guns. Which was returned gun for gun from a battery.
The British fleet sailed leaving the Frigate Edgar to convey the Russian fleet to sea that is expected here soon.

7th
fine weather

8th
Stormy weather.
At 9A.M. draped the ship with colors and fired salutes of minute guns for President Lincoln. Also the English and Portugese fleet.
(A minute gun is a salute fired once a minute as a means of mourning.)
9th
This day wet and fogy. coaling ship

10th
At 9 A.M. the Russian fleet entered the harbor.
their names
Alexander Nevesay flag ship
Oleg Frigate
Alinas gunboat

11th
The Russian fleet has the Princes corpse on board. All vessels draped in mourning.

12th
The Russian Minister visited the fleet. Salutes were fired. ship in mourning.

13th
At 1P.M. got underweigh with the Russian fleet and accompanayed them to sea. Also the British Frigate Edgar and a Portugeseman of war unknown to me. After we got outside of the harbor we steamed around the whole fleet and was steaming back into the harbor when the Almas turned about and chalanged us for a race which we excepted. We rounded her again and returned into the harbor to anchorage. The Niagara & Edgar went with the fleet.

14th
Religious services on quarter deck. Surgeon read some prayers from an Episcopal book.

15th
general quarters-fine weather

16th
8:30 A.M. got underweigh and steamed to sea. While weighing anchor, deck tackle parted and hurt four men quite bad.

17th
12A.M. Came to anchor at Cadiz.

18th
Weather fine
19th
Do---- (means the same)
20th

21st
Went onshore and took a look at the place.

22nd
general quarters

28th
Norwegean Frigate came in and fired a salute to the Spanish flag.

29th
Capt. has gone to Madrid.

June 1st
The Norwegian consul visited the ship and a salute was fired.

2nd
Officers of the Frigate visited this vessel.

3rd
Returned visit to the N.

4th
I went ashore to a bull fight saw 28 horses and bulls killed.

8th
Lieut gone to Madrid. Wrote to father, sent the letter by the Barque Maryland. Capt. Clark, Mr Travers gone home.

22nd
Was sailing to central Maria with 2nd Lieut.

25th
Bullfight. Spanish Frigate gone to sea. Fired a salute on leaving the harbor.

28th
At 8 A.M. weighed anchor and left for Gibraltor arriving at 4 A.M.

29th
Coaled Ship.

July 3rd
Weighed anchor an steamed to sea- took up my acts from the date of my orders to this vessel.

4th
12A.M. off Cape Vincent- fired a national salute of 21 guns noon & sundown.

9th
Recd from Stephen J.W. Tabor a letter conserning my accounts.

10th
Weighed anchor and proceeded to sea.

15th
Arrived at Feral Spain and fired a salute to the Spanish Ensign.

16th
4:30 A.M. steamed to sea

18th
Arrived at Brest France, fired a salute of 21 guns to the French Ensign and 7 for the American counsel.

22nd
Recd a dispatch from Adml Goldsborough ordering us to join him at Flushing Holland.

23rd
Got underweigh and made our weigh up the English Chanel.

26th
Arrived at Flushing. The Colrado & Niagara are lying in the harbor. The Adml is to Antewerpe in his tender the Frolic.

29th
The Adml has returned from Antewerpe.

6th
Weighed anchor at 9A.M. and proceeded to sea for a cruise of 30 days in the St. Georges chanel.

7th
The engine has not been working today. Have managed the ship under sail. All hands called as to muster at 4:00 P.M. and the sentence of the court martial of Charles Villala (seaman) was read to all hands. The sentence, confinement in double irons for fifteen days on bread and water with loss of two months pay. Also to be confined to the ship for six months without permission to go onshore.

28th
I have not written anything in my journal in sometime as I have had nothing to write about but the weather which is not worth the time that it would take writing in.
At 12 A.M. arrived at Brest. The French steamer Lafayette from NY came in this afternoon,sent a boat onboard to get some papers.

30th
Coaled Ship.

Sept 24th
The Admirals tender the Frolic came in at 12A.M. & asked permission to anchor inside of us. She was followed by the Colrado which arrived about an hour afterwards. A salute of 21 guns was fired by us to the French, which was answered from the fort. The French Flagship then saluted the Admiral with 13 guns which was returned gun for gun. The Russian Frigate ran up at the fore the American Ensign and saluted the Admiral which was returned by the Colrado.

25th
The Admiral visited the French & Russian Frigates. Was received with a salute of 18 guns from both vessels.

26th
Adml, Fleet Captain, and Flag Lieut. came onboard to inspect the ship. The officers assembled on the quarter deck to receive him. A salute of 13 guns was fired. As the Admiral left the vessel he said he was pleased to see the ship in so good order.

28th
Signaled from the Flag Ship, away all boats armed and equiped. Admiral found a considerable fault with the arms etc.

Oct 2nd
Signalised from the Colrado away all boats armed and equiped. Admiral better satisfied.

8th
Sunday. Weather stormy,no boats left the ship today for the shore till 2 P.M.

9th
At 10 A.M. the Admiral transferred his flag to the Frolic. He is going to visit the different places on the coast of France. At 11A.M. got underweigh and proceeded to sea on our weigh for Lisbon. Weather fine, Left Brest France 9th.

10th
At sea. Today the weather has been very rough. There has been considerable sea sickness onboard during the day. The vessel roles very heavy. Have averaged about 6 knotts per hour since we left Brest.

11th
At sea. Weather very rough have averaged during the day 5 knotts per hour. Fore & Aft sails set.

12th
At sea. It has been very pleasant today. Have averaged 9 knotts per hour. 5 P.M. passed cape Finistry fore & aft sails set. If the weather proves reasonable we shall arrive to Lisbon tomorrow.

13th
The weather has been very warm today. All hands have been airing beding. 6 P.M. spoke an English steamer. She informed us the colea was at Lisbon. If this proves true we shall go fuel. We shall be off Lisbon at 10 P.M.

14th
Arrived at Portugal. Arrived at Lisbon 9 A.M., cleared up decks. We saluted the Portugese flag and Admiral which was returned gun for gun. The storeship National Guard is here. No other American vessel in the harbor. The consul came onboard, saluted him with 7 guns. A British Man of War left for sea at 11 A.M. A number of our officers are on shore, purpose having good times.

15th
Mr Shander & Andrews onshore. I am doing the duty today. I shall go tomorrow. The Captain has read an invitation to dress the ship in honor of the anniversary of the birthday of the Queen of Portugal. I saw one of the mates of the National Guard. He one of them that was on the (USS) Hunchback on the James river last season. 12 A.M. a salute of 21 guns was fired.

16th
Queen of Portugal birthday. At 10 A.M/ I went onshore and took a cruise in the country. In the evening went to the circus. A number of English songs were sung. Stayed on shore all night as I could get no boat to get me onboard. A number of Petty Officers on liberty. Some of them returned happy.

17th
7 A.M. returned onboard ship. Mr Shanders day off today.-Coaled ship. Weather Stormy

18th
Mr Andrews day off duty. Cleaned ship & scrubbed hammocks. A number of letters came onboard today none to me.

19th
Portugese Admiral visited the ship today, a salute of 16 guns was fired. The Portugese Frigate in answering the salute a gun went off accidently and killed two men. I have been onshore in the evening went to the circus. 8:30 men on liberty today each one have a house and having gay times.

20th
7 am came onboard. About two thirds of the men have returned aboard. Mr Shanders day off duty, here for part of the day. Stormy. After pleasant 30 more men gone on liberty.

21st
Mr Andrews day off duty. Weather stormy. Sea James Griffin jumped out of the boat while at the wharf for the sundown boat.

22nd
Sunday: My day off duty. Stormy. No inspections at quarters
23rd
Colrado arrives. General quarters Frigate Colrado came in the harbor and fired a salute. Admiral not on board.

24th
Weather fine. Mail came on board and no letters for me.

25th
Quarters at 10 Am. 3 P.M. went onshore. Came off at 10.

26th
Lieut went onboard Frigate Colrado and took dinner. Weather fine.

27th
Mr Andrews day off duty. Weather fine

28th
1 P.M. went onshore stayed all night at streets hotel.

29th
Mr Shander went onboard the guard to see the mates of that vessel. Recd an invitation to dress ship today in honor of the Kings fathers birthday. Hoisted Portugese Ensign at the main. At 8- at 12 fired a salute of 21 guns. Also the Colrado shiped bugles fifes & drum.

30th
Mr Andrews day off duty. Weather fine. general quarters at 10 AM.

31st
Paid off today. My day off duty. Read letter from Miss Petty.

Nov 1st
Mr Shander went on shore. Weather fine

2nd
Went onshore after the mail no letters.

3rd
Went onshore with mate from the guard. Came onboard at 10 A.M.

4th
Mr Shander off duty. 8 keggs of beer on board of Mr Hoapsis invitation of the officers of the Colrado & guard. About 11 officers in all came onboard gay time till 11 P.M.

6th
23 years as of today. Mr Shanders, Cornwitherse an Andrews onshore

6th
My day off duty. Went ashore with Mr Platt & King. Came onboard at 10 PM.

7th
Nothing of importance.

8th
Mr Andrews & myself doing the duty today. Andrews went to see the Italian opera and wore my beaver hat.

9th
My day off duty. Weather stormy did not go onshore. No boats left the ship. The Admiral is expected here every day.

10th
Portugese officer came onboard and wished us to join with the Portugese squadron in celebrating the anaversary of the death of Don Pedro the 5th tomorrow. Recd a letter from Stephen Tabor 4th auditor concerning my accounts in charge of paymaster Carpenter.

11th
Colors at half mast. Portugese Ensign at the fore. Minute guns were fired from the different Portugese vessels in the harbor. Guns are fired from the flagship & fleet every half hour.

12th
My day off. Weather stormy. Received news of the Shenendoa giving herself up to the English authorities at liverpool.
( The Shenendoah was a Confederate ship that did not learn of the wars end for four months. On the 6th of November 1866 the ship was taken to Liverpool and surrendered to British authorties. The British authorities then turned her over to the United States. )
13th
There is much uneasiness about the Admiral, as he was expected here a week ago. A transport has arrived at Cadiz, I have not learned her name.

14th
Admiral Goldsborough has arrived in the Frolic. He immediately transferred his flag to the Colrado. A salute of 13 guns was fired by the Portugese and several by the Colrado.

15th
The Kings father visited the Colrado. A salute was fired. I have been onshore.

16th
Nothing of importance today.

17th
Have recd orders to get ready for sea as soon as possible and go to genoa Italy. The guard is to stop at gibraltar and get 2 guns for us, used to belong to the privateer Sumpter. Mr Wilson the gunner & myself with 10 men have been to get 2000 lbs powder for saluting purposes at a magazine about 6 miles up the river. 1 of the quarter gunners got so drunk that he was unable to pull an oar. He jumped overboard & came very near going for it. The country is very fine, a great many olive trees along the banks.
I hear today that Mr Hall the American agent at gibraltar died with the chorea. The desease has been raging strong here and in Spain

18th
I have been onshore today for the last time in this place as we sail tomorrow morning for Genoa Italy.

19th
8 A.M. got up steam 12 A.M. Weighed anchor, and put to sea. Weather fine

20th
At 6 A.M. off Cape Vincent

21st
At 9 A.M. passed the rock of gibraltar on our way up the Mediteranean. Making 11 k

22nd
A number of vessels in sight. Making our way at the rate of 9 k

23rd
Weather fine. At 8 A.M. off the island of Iorca 500 miles yet to Genoa. If the weather here proves favorable shall arrive at our destination by Saturday night. We have averaged about 9 knotts per hour. The wind is not so strong as it has been for the last two or three days but continues to blow from the sw. The officers talk a great deal about going to ancient Pallestine before we leave the Mediterianian. I hope it may be so as it would be my choice to see in prefference to any place in the world.

24th
The weather has been very fine today - averaging 9 k per hour. We shall likely arrive at Genoa tomorrow afternoon.

25th
The wind has halled ahead NE by E. Arrived in the harbor of Genoa 7 P.M. shall moor the vessel tomorrow. The pilot tells us that there are a number of American vessels here. 6 & 6 days & hours from Lisbon.

26th
A 8 A.M. hoisted colors & fired a national salute of 21 guns. Also saluted the Italian Admiral with 19 guns. The salutes were returned gun for gun. no officers can go onshore until the vessel is moored. I understand that we are the only American "Man of War" there. The statue of Christopher Columbus can be seen from our anchorage. At 10 A.M. asked permission of the Italian Admiral to moor inside of the breakwater. Which he informed us we could not by sending an officer to inform us. Capt Harell did not like it very well and made up his mind to leave the harbor. He sent word to the Admiral that he regretted his inconvenience to accomodate us and that we should leave tomorrow. The officer soon returned and apologised & said that he was mistaken in the Admirals order and
that they would make a berth for us immediately - hauled into our berth & moored, an Italian boat gave us assistance.

27th
Mr Shander is onshore today. The only officer from the steerage. I understand that this is a very good place for amusement. Shall go onshore tomorrow and see for myself. The ship is very clean. Holy stone decks & ladders this morning. ( Holy stones were used as part of the morning cleaning ritual on wooden decked ships. The stones were cut in the shape of a block, with a rope tied to both ends. A sailor on either ends would run back and forth across the deck sanding it smooth.)

28th
At 10 A.M. Mr Wright & myself went onshore.

Dec 1st
This month opens very stormy. Wrote to P Carpenter

2nd
A number of visitors onboard today.

3rd
Mr Shander off duty. Wrote to Fanny

4th
At 12 A.M. muscians came onboard and played during meal hours.

5th
Recd a letter from granma W dated 30th of October.

6th
Mr Shander onshore. Portugese Frigate came in and anchored along side of us. The Colrado is expected here every day.

7th
In the forenoon all hands to muster on quarter deck and an order read by Lieut Dewey from Admiral Goldsborough that the President had ordered that this day be set apart as a day of thanksgiving and prayer. Dr. Vreeland read from his book of the Episcopal faith & then piped down. The colors of all nations were hoisted in the manner of dressing ship. The Italian Ensign at the mizzens a representation of our being at peace with all nations. A great many visitors have been onboard today in the afternoon. Went onshore, saw the Capt of the genl Mcellean ship, had a good time. (Lieutentant Dewey would later become famous for his defeat of the Spanish fleet at Manila during the Spanish American war. He would later reach the rank of Admiral.)

8th
The consul & his wife have been onboard. Took dinner in the ward room. I have been busy showing visitors around the ship during the day. Mr Andrews onshore.

9th
It has been very cold today obliged to put on overcoats to keep warm. A number of gentlemen visitors.

10th
A number of visitors came onboard today to see the ship. Some of them belong to philadelphia. Placed a letter from Elihue also one from cousin Charry & Alice.

11th
The weather is very cool today. Recd a letter from Alice Miller from Williamsburg.

12th
A great many visitors onboard today a number of them American travelers some good looking girls among them.

13th
My day off duty. Wrote two letters and sent them to E and Charry. Weather cool

14th
Very cool today. The first time that I have been obliged to wear an overcoat to be comfortable.

15th
Mr Paine & myself visited the grato in La Bella de Palla Vicini. It is a very splendid garden. Laid out by Palla Vicini a number of years ago from which it derives its name. We got our pass to visit it in the city of Genoa at a government office. On entering the garden the pass is taken & a guide provided for to show you everything that is to be seen. The walks are laid with gravel & on both sides are rosebushes. The first building we entered was a large house built of marble. In the rooms were China tea setts also setts from Pompei. Hung up on the walls were shields spears & armor used in ancient warfare. The walls of the house were very handsomely painted. I noticed one picture representating the Samaritan woman with Jesus at the well. We then made our way to the top of a hill to a castle. The top of it was much torn to pieces. The inside is very handsome, the floor is a mosaic laid. We then visited a grato or cave which is very large. Congealed water is continuely forming in conical shapes inside while in the cave we took a boat to the palace of Floras where there is a number of statues. Here we registered our names. This palace is surrounded by flowerbeds. There are a great many kinds of trees among them are the tobacco, cork, India rubber, Fin, Olive, camphor, pepper. Floras is said to be one of the family of Palla Vicini & being fond of flowers. I have written to cousin Alice.

16th
A number of visitors came onboard to see the ship. Weather cool.

17th
The weather is very cool, wind blowing strong. A number of visitors and invitations came for the principal officers of the ship to visit an Italian ironclad to be launched. A dispatch from England to Admiral Goldsborough to send a commanding officer and two others to take the Shenendoa to America.

18th
My day off duty. Went onshore played a game of billards & tore the table with cue.

19th
A number of visitors came onboard. Among them was one Mr Stevens of NY and lady.

20th
Coaled ship - Ship is very dirty. Mr Shander onshore.

21st
Weather fine. my day off duty. Have not been onshore. Have had toothache all day. Dr Steward tryed to pull it, but did not succeed.

22nd
Visitors during the day. Nothing of importance.

23rd
Weather fine. Everybody preparing for Christmas.

24th
I have been onshore had a good time with Capt Stetmey and Mayo Cunningham American merchant. The streets are decorated with everything that is green. Christmas trees are numerous. the men are preparing to have a great time. Tomorrow an Englishmen is going to furnish the dinner for $1.50 per man.

25th
This day opens very pleasant. The men decorated the foward part of the ship with the ships colors. The 11 inch gun being covered with the American Ensign gave everything a fine appearance. A musical band came from the shore to supply the music. Tables were set with everything that anyone need wish. All of the officers were invited by the men to dine with them. on one end of the table was placed a chair covered with the national flag for the First Lieut Mr Dewey. On the other end, one simulary decorated for the 2nd Lieut. Mr Wooden. The rest of the officers being among the men. A number of American Captains were onboard, among them was Capt Stettmey, Mayo Cunningham.Mr Dewey after finishing his dinner made a short speach complimenting the men for their good behavior. Toasts were given by many of officers and men such as this. May the time be not far distant when the American Eagle shall pick out the crown of England. A great many American visitors have been onboard. It truly has been a Merry Christmas.

26th
Went to high Mass at midnight. Today the weather has been very pleasant. Comensed painting ship.

27th
My day off duty. Went onshore with Mr King & took a walk in the city.

28th
The paymaster has been to Rome a week returned 4 Oclock P.M. american visitors have been onboard by the name of Russell.

29th
The officers have been excused from watch duty. Coxswains go in charge of the boats. The Capt has been sick at Hotel Smith, is very near well now expect him onboard tomorrow. It is rumored onboard that we have orders from the Admiral to leave here & go to Spizia where the store ships are & then go on a morning cruising.

30th
I have been onshore, came onboard in the sundown boat.

31st
The weather has been very pleasant today.

1866
Jan 1st
It has been very stormy today. no officers have been onshore. Have written a letter to grandmother Woodhull and directed her to answer me at Genoa.

2nd
We have orders to sail from Marseilles but as the paymaster cannot get his money, shall wait a few days. Mr Woodrd been to Milan.

3rd Paymaster has paid off the officers. I signed quarterly accounts had $144.89 due. Recd in cash $58.08

4th
Ship under sailing orders. Took our anchors went out into the Rhodes, wind blowing strong. Went onshore and purchased some pictures. Sent letters to 4 auditors conserning accounts.

5th
9:00 A.M. pilot came onboard. American consul is onboard going to Marsilles with us. 9:45 weighed anchor and tryed to steam out of the harbor. But not having drawn enough to turn around and was obliged to let the anchor go again. Came very near going ashore spining jib boom by running into the breakwater we were about 15 minutes taking our anchor and then steamed out of the harbor. During the day have averaged 8 k per hour. Weather is very fine. Mr Edwards has made himself busy today playing pieces of music that he has learned in Genoa.

6th
At 10 arrived in the harbor of Marseilles. Fired a salute 21 guns moored the vessel. Consul came onboard in full dress uniform.

7th
I have been onshore it is the most splendid place we have visited. Weather stormy

8th
Mr Andrews & Shander onshore. In the evening all of the officers were away from the ship but I. In the fore part of the night about 30 men took French leave. 1/2 of them came back before morning. I was called at 12 O'clock to look out for the men.

9th
I have been off duty. Went ashore in the sundown boat. The vessel has halled out into the Rhodes. Hale storm

10th
The wind is blowing so strong I shall not be able to go onboard today. Mr King & Kefer,Hoops and the pay is also onshore. I have made this aquaintance with an American by the name of Dodge.

11th
The wind is still very high. The pay got a steam boat and took us off to vessel as it was impossible to go off in a small boat. Took off 15 deserters from this vessel and the Colrado. The steamer has returned to us with a number of the officers. Name of steamer Morey we have been informed.

15th
I have been on duty today, busy showing visitors around the ship. The weather is very fine.

16th
A number of visitors to see the vessel - Weather fine

17th
I have been onshore today. I do not think much of this place. Solgiers are moving about the city looking for rebbs.

18th
Have been onshore with Mr Shander. At 9 P.M. the Frolic arrived with dispatches from the Admiral. Have not learned what this is about.

19th
10 A.M. the Frolic left the harbor. Weather fine

20th
At 9 AM all the officers were informed the vessel would go to sea tomorrow at 7 AM & that the officers must all be onboard at that time. At 11 AM recd a dispatch from the Consul at Marseilles stating that they had 6 more men deserters. So we shall likely stay here till we get them. I have been onshore today on duty conserning the bill of health. Weather fine

21st
Have been onshore with mr King. Took a walk in the country. Went to see a girl spotted like a tiger. Returned onboard in the evening.

22nd
My day off duty. Have not been onshore. General quarters. Mr. King fell down scuttle on spa deck & hurt himself so that he will not be able for duty in some time. A number of visitors have been onboard today . Some of them hail from the Southern States.

23rd
Today is a holliday with the Spaniards. I understand it is the birthday of one of the Queens children - the forts have been firing salutes.

24th
Two men have returned onboard from Marsielles deserters. Shall go to sea tomorrow morning at 8: AM. Shipped boatswain mate.


25th
At 8AM took our anchor and proceeded to sea. Kane B. mate and Charles Anderson sea ran away last night. No reward offered for them. My day off duty. Studying French today.

26th
I have been off duty today. Came on watch 12 O'clock tonight. Have averaged during the day 9k running before the wind.

27th
From 12 to 4 AM made 12k. Arrived in the harbor of Malagas at 12AM and moored ship. Boat sent onshore for the Consul at 1 PM. Mr Shander & Paine went onshore in the 8 O'clock boat. Cast the broadside guns loose to fire a salute in entering the harbor but there was too much sea & was obliged to secure them again. no salute fired.

28th
A number of visitors has been onboard today. Some of them rank secessionists. Weighed anchor & left the harbor for lisbon 12 AM. Weather fine.

2nd
Weather fine. Steaming about 10k. 10PM arrived off the harbor of Lisbon. As we could get no pilot laid off untill morning.

3rd
9 AM arrived in the harbor Canadagua & Ives are here. Recd a letter from father, also recd my accounts from S.J.W. Tabor 4th auditor crediting me with $98.11 dollars and ordering the paymaster to take me up on his books from the 1st of march. The paymaster has not given us any money as yet.

4th
Have recd orders from the Admiral to get ready to go to the coast of Africa. Shall sail in about a week if nothing happens. General muster today. Religious services onboard. Have written to father. Mr. Paine on shore.

5th
Have taken onboard stores from the (Ives?) I was onboard of the storeship this morning thet have 4 mates onboard an appear to be very fine fellows. The Minister has visited the Colrado & our vessel this afternoon. A number of letters came on board but none for me.

6th
Have been onshore. Came aboard in sundown boat. Sent letter to father directed to write in three months time.

7th
Have been onshore. It has been rumored that the Lieut of the Canandagua is going to be sent home & our Lieut. Mr. Dewey is to be ordered to take his place. Lieut coming here from the Colrado.

8th
Mr. Shander has been onshore today. Portugese Admiral visited the Colrado. Salutes of 15 guns were exchanged. An invitation was handed.

13th
Today is the last day of carnival. The ward room officers except those on duty are onshore to mask ball. Mr. Dewey has been detached from this vessel to the canandagua & a new Lieut by the name of Ames ordered here from the Colrado. He seems like a fine man.

14th
I have been onshore today. Everything is very quiet. onshore carnival is over. Orders for all of the officers to be onboard at sundown. Ship under sailing orders. Returned onboard at sundown.

15th
10 AM the whole fleet weighed anchor & steamed out of the harbor. The Colrado leading the rest of the fleet following according to rank. The weather is very fine.

16th
I have been off duty today. Have busyied myself reading some of my old letters to pass away my monotonous moments. Have been steaming 7k during the day.

24th
The Lieut wishes the mate of the morning watch to take sights & work them and send them to him for inspection. I took the sight Meridian. Found the ship to be in lat 21,81
by D reckoning 21,80
Long by D reckoning 22,00 SNo Long sight

25th
Lat in 19, 44 Long 23
Weather fine sailing 6 k per hour

26th
Got up steam at 5 AM. Steamed along 9k at 8:30 came to anchor to the island St. Vincent a number of wailers in the harbor.

27th
Comenced coaling ship, took in 100 tons.

28th
Finished coaling ship a number of officers onshore.

29th
I have been onshore. There is not more than 20 or 30 white people in the place. The young Mokies go naked. Went to see the American graveyard. There was a midshipman buried there by the name of Jessie Smith who died onboard the USS Pueblo Dec. 18, 1844. gravestone erected by his messmates.

March 1st
Have gave the ship a thorough cleaning. Holystoned the decks, I ended paintwork etc. At 4:30 PM steamed out of the harbor. A downeast merchantman diped her flag we answered.

2nd
At 8PM came to anchor in Port Psayter Island St. Jago. Fired a salute of 21 guns to the portugese Ensign. This is another niger town. The mess has elected me caterer of the mess. I have laid in a number of stores, 500 oranges, 8 barrels of banannas comprise the fruit. Brig Marshall is here from Boston in a trading voyage. Recd from paymaster 4 lbs. Weather fine 19 36

3rd
I have been onshore, have seen mokies enough. 12 Am orders for all hands to be onboard. 3 P.M. weighed anchor and steamed out of the harbor bound to Serre leone. 6 PM signalised a French Barque painted white. Weather fine, all sails set. Going along 9k.

4th
At sea weather fine

5th
At sea

6th
At sea weather fine

7th
Arrived in the harbor of Syri Leone. Saluted the English flag. The fort answered in halling down the English flag & hoisting the American during the salute which was very uncommon. C ship

8th
have been onshore. There is nothing to see but naked mokies. I have purchased two baskets. Coaling ship.

9th
Visited a Barque took dinner onboard. Coaling ship. Thermoter 90.

10th
The men got drunk and fought very hard. All hands called to quarters to supress mutiny. 15 men in irons.

11th
Coaling ship

12th
Do. Weather fine. M Woodward takin with fever.

13th
Finished coaling. Cleaned ship

14th
3 P.M. left the harbor for Monrovia Liberia. Weather fine. Barometer 90 in the shade.

15th
Court marchalled 4 men for drunkeness & disorderly conduct.

16th
At 12 A.M. came to anchor off Monrovia. Saluted the flag with 21 guns. Answered at 4:00 by a battery.

( This is the last entry in the Davis diary. On March 21st 1866 Mate Samuel Davis died of Yellow Fever. )

Diary from the collection of
Mr. Sherman W. Davis

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