Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific eBook

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The vessel in which we were to sail was called the Tonquin, of about 300 tons burden, commanded by Captain Thorn (a first-lieutenant of the American navy, on furlough for this purpose), with a crew of twenty-one men.  The number of passengers was thirty-three.  Here follow the names of both.

PASSENGERS.

{ Messrs. Alexander M’Kay   }
{   "     Duncan M’Dougall, }
PARTNERS  {   "     David Stuart,     }  all of Canada.
{   "     Robert Stuart,    }

{ James Lewis of New York,
{ Russel Farnham of Massachusetts,
{ William W. Matthews of New York,
{ Alexander Boss, }
{ Donald M’Gillis, }
CLERKS { Ovide de Montigny, }
{ Francis B. Pillet, } all from Canada.
{ Donald M’Lennan, }
{ William Wallace, }
{ Thomas McKay, }
{ Gabriel Franchere, }

{ Oliver Roy Lapensee,    Joseph Lapierre,
{ Ignace Lapensee,        Joseph Nadeau,
BOATMEN,  { Basile Lapensee,        J. B’te.  Belleau,
ETC.      { Jacques Lafantaisie,    Antoine Belleau,
{ Benjamin Roussel,       Louis Brusle,
{ Michel Laframboise,     P.D.  Jeremie,
{ Giles Leclerc,          all of Canada.
Johann Koaster, ship-carpenter, a Russian,
George Bell, cooper, New York,
Job Aitken, rigger and calker, from Scotland,
Augustus Roussil, blacksmith, Canada,
Guilleaume Perreault, a boy.  These last were all

        mechanics, &c., destined for the establishment.

CREW.

Jonathan Thorn, captain, New York State. 
Ebenezer D. Fox, 1st mate, of Boston. 
John M. Mumford, 2d mate, of Massachusetts. 
James Thorn, brother of the captain, New York. 
John Anderson, boatswain, foreigner. 
Egbert Vanderhuff, tailor, New York. 
John Weeks, carpenter, "
Stephen Weeks, armorer, "
John Coles, New York, }
John Martin, a Frenchman, } sailmakers.

               { John White, New York.
               { Adam Fisher, "
               { Peter Verbel, "
     SAILORS. { Edward Aymes, "
               { Robert Hill, Albany, New York.
               { John Adams, "
               { Joseph Johnson, Englishman,
               { Charles Roberts, New York,
     A colored man as cook,
     A mulatto steward,
     And three or four others whose names I have forgotten.

CHAPTER II.

Departure from New York.—­Reflections of the Author.—­Navigation, falling in with other Ships, and various Incidents, till the Vessel comes in Sight of the Falkland Isles.

All being ready for our departure, we went on board ship, and weighed anchor on the 6th of September, in the morning.  The wind soon fell off, and the first day was spent in drifting down to Staten island, where we came to anchor for the night.  The next day we weighed anchor again; but there came on another dead calm, and we were forced to cast anchor near the lighthouse at Sandy Hook.  On the 8th we weighed anchor for the third time, and by the help of a fresh breeze from the southwest, we succeeded in passing the bar; the pilot quitted us at about eleven o’clock, and soon after we lost sight of the coast.

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