Savannah (Steamship) papers
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Savannah (Steamship) papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Savannah Steam Ship Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Savannah (Steamship) papers
Dates: 1819
Extent: 0.3 cubic feet (1 folder, 2 volumes)
Identification: MS 0708

Biographical/Historical Note

The steamship Savannah was launched as a sailing vessel in New York's East River on August 22, 1818. She was bought by the Savannah Steamship Company, which converted the vessel to steam as an auxiliary to sail. She left Savannah, Georgia, under the command of Captain Moses Rogers on May 22, 1819, bound for Liverpool, England, where she landed on June 20. After making calls in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Russia, she returned to Savannah on November 30, 1819. She was the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a bound copy of the log book of the steamship Savannah, April 7-December 17, 1819, as well as unbound copies of some of the pages. Also in the collection is an album with a letter cover addressed to Mrs. Lydia Haven, Brighton, England, per Steamship Savannah, cancelled at Liverpool, June 23, 1819. This is the only known letter carried by the Savannah. The album contains other letter covers addressed to Mrs. Haven and other materials relating to the Savannah. In the back is a letter to Mrs. F.A. Hollowbush from the agent who purchased the album for her and a chronological outline history of the SS Savannah.


Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Logs (records)
Ocean travel.
Savannah (Steamship)
Savannah Steam Ship Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Steamboats--Passenger accommodation

Location of Originals

Original log book in the National Museum, Washington D.C.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Savannah (Steamship) papers, MS 708, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. B.F. Bullard, date unknown; Mills B. Lane IV, 1977 (Item 2); Mrs. Frank A. Hollowbush, 1973 (Item 3).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

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1Positive, bound copy of the log book of the steamship Savannah, 1819 April 7-December 17
 

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2Positive, unbound copy of the log book of the steamship Savannah, 1819 June 9-16, 1819 August 1-6, 1819 December 10-17 ( 6.0 pages only. )
 

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3Album with a letter cover addressed to Mrs. Lydia Haven, Brighton, England, per Steamship Savannah, cancelled at Liverpool, 1819 June 23