Circa 1927 - 1937 Manuscript Cruising Logs of the Cossack, Including Ephemera Related to the Voyages.
(Americana - 20th Century - Travel - Manuscript)

Greenport, Long Island NY: Not Published, 1933. F With about 70 pages of handwritten entries on lined paper, in note book form and (14) various loose receipts and billings for provisions, service on the boat's equipment and wages for crew, from various locations on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Woods Hole. Our research indicates that this is the George Lawley & Sons, boat-builders of Neponset, Massachusetts Cossack Sloop, a 44' built in 1902. Logs accomplished in several hands, in pen and pencil; the first voyage; not dated and circa 1927 from internal evidence: "July 25th This day, Saturday, begins the Summer cruise. Having three weeks holiday it was our intention to take the Cossack down the Maine Coast as far as possible toward Mt. Desert & bring her back to her home mooring in Manhasset Bay. We joined ship on the afternoon of the 25th in Greenport where the Cossack was riding to anchor opposite the yards of the Greenport Construction Co. After tying up at the wharf for ice, water, gas & stores & installing a new oil burner for the stove we left about 5:30 for Block Island with a mild breeze off the starboard quarter, there being aboard Claire & Harrison Smith, Pat Spencer, Malcom Davis, Gordon Brown, Paul Butterworth & Malakiah Smalls, our colored cook who had been shipped at the last moment to take the place of our Danish deck hand, William. An all night sail with practically no wind brought us to Block Island at dawn, when we anchored in Great Salt Pond near the western shore, an almost perfect anchorage." Later on this cruise, "…Newport full of sailors & crowds of extremely unfashionable people milling around… Vineyard Haven (Martha's Vineyard) to be rather unattractive - a place of cheap summer bungalows….(in passage from Nantucket to Provincetown) Saw a fine schooner sunk on Stone Horse shoal, not more than a quarter of a mile from the proper course. These are dangerous waters for a ship in fog or storm. Shoals everywhere, frequently shifting according to the coast pilot & heavy tidal currents...(a costume party in Provincetown - crew had met and befriended Norman Matson, husband of Susan Glaspell who had invited them) ...Greenwich Village transplanted on the Atlantic did not appeal to us as it was revealed that night's many wild women & dainty males. Met Ellsworth Ford whose blue ketch the Consuelo we had fortunately failed to buy after inspecting her in March…Mary Heaton Vorse & others aboard in the evening…Much good whiskey used this evening & for the fortieth time we hear retailed the yarn of the fight on the thirteenth of July, during which Frank Shay & Harry Kemp battered each other about & Mrs. Vorse, as peacemaker received a rap on the nose from Shay's terrible fist - by which reason she had attended the ball as a veiled Turk - & how Frank had gone to jail & the property of the Wharf Players had been seized by a righteous neighbor. Another drink & to bed...(at Portland ME) entered Portland harbor, tacking close to the steamers at dock. Many large schooners - five or six masters in the outer harbor. A splendid place…Ashore for provisions & lunch. Pat & H.S. see the Longfellow house where intimate views of the dull youth of the poet & his worst rhymes are displayed…Jerry & Pat ashore for the new boom crutch & interview a holy ghoster aboard the schooner of this odd sect…" (about 15 pages of entries) 1928 Summer Cruise of the Cossack; on board were: Irita Van Doren, Willy Seabrook, Pat Spencer, Tyler Claybourne, Hal Smith, Rudolph. (one page entry of beginning of voyage only - a one week sail from Norwalk to Maine planned, provisioned) Cruise to New London Aug. 6th 1933 "We were to meet at the Boston Yacht Club at 8:00, but Army & Dev were late in arriving, so we didn't reach the Cossack until 9:00. The boat looked great, just off the 'ways, with its new paint, standing rigging and new jib and staysail…." (one page entry) Cruise of Cossack starting Jun 26, 1934 (2 pages) Penciled, kept by crew member; City Island to Connecticut, a short trip. 1935 Log City Island (14 pages, pen & pencil; kept as a simple entries of places, times, anchorages, weather; unlike the previous entries which are in narrative form). Locations in Ct. including Saybrook, Madison, New London, Duck Island; Glen Cove, Montauk Long Island; Block Island; & day cruises. 1936 Noank Ct., Block Island, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Narragansett, Dutch Island Harbor Rhode Island, ending at the 'East Coast Shipyard' Noank (circa 6 pages, and a return to the narrative form); sighting of the Hindenburg airship, sailing adventures; log signed by Donoson E. FitzGerald. 1936 August cruise, including a charter. Madison Ct., Greenport NY, Darien Ct. New York City, Larchmont YC, Point Jude (circa 10 pages, narrative) Log signed by Frederick Snare III. Charter party from Saybrook, Noank, Ct.: "…dispute between Captain and party about depth of the channel (Noank). Captain told them that there was not enough water to gain as the chart showed ten feet. Charter party insisted that we could go in as there were larger boats than the Cossack in the harbor. Proceeded at half speed into channel. Between C-1 and Sandy Point Beacon saw a tide rip and Captain reversed engine but as wind and tide were with us and channel being very narrow, we could not turn about so as to avoid going aground. The tide swung us broadside and not having enough power to reverse the tide and wind slowly put us aground. Charter insisted on calling the Coast Guard but the Captain said there was no need to. We put out anchor out astern and tried to heaver her off but the tide being so strong, getting off without assistance would have been impossible with the tide unchanged. A power boat on passing took a hawser off our bow, slowly swung us around off the bar. We then proceeded to Stonington under our own power…Captain wanted to haul out at Noank but charter insisted that we keep going as they thought no damage had been done…." (Later, the 'charter' nearly drives the Cossack on to the 'three quarter rocks' at Madison and only by very quick work is disaster averted, 50 feet short of running on shore; by this point the main anchor had been lost, engine and anchor winch useless) - "...we had a hard time. Worked feverishly through the night and managed at last to get small anchor aboard...(the charter people) kept saying we had better get the Coast Guard to help us or we would be lost sure. But due to some damn close figuring on cap's part we came out all right except for a few cuts and bruises. I must say that the charter party were of as much help as a bunch of school kids. They tried hard but kept getting in the way…after a couple hours sleep we the crew turned out, had a very meager breakfast consisting of prune juice and bran flakes then went on deck to clean up the mess from the previous night…" The charter continues to plague the captain and crew, insisting on coming out of Hell Gate with undependable engines against a head tide and again steers the Cossack awry when taking the wheel. (several leaves missing at this section) Charter party 1937 went Boston to Booth Bay ME, & Halifax. (2 pages) At back are 4 pages of expense calculations for a 1937 charter and a few other entries. Mention is made in the narratives of the weather, shipboard duties, repairs, meals. Ephemera includes: receipts from Cape Cod Garage, Inc., Provincetown; N.E. Tsiknas fruits & vegetables Woods Hole; Woods Hole market groceries; Miller Bros. fish market, Island Service Co., Hardy's Auto Service, all Nantucket; and a few anonymous billing receipts, handwritten. Approx. 8" x 10 1/4" size; bound in gray cloth, red leather corners; spine covering gone, pages loosened, covers very soiled and worn; occasional water-stain; a few pages excised; written contents legible and an interesting read, especially in the variety of sea-going experiences and gossipy references to the times and people; in fair to good condition. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25659)


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