Fonds ID50 - Abigail Chipman Ryerson

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Abigail Chipman Ryerson

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1 cm of textual records

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([b. ca. 1824])

Biographical history

Abigail Chipman (Shaw) Ryerson was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, around 1824 and was the wife of Captain John K. Ryerson, also of Yarmouth, N.S. He was a sea captain and co-owner of the "Nova Scotian", a barque built at Yarmouth in 1845. In 1854, the "Nova Scotian" was shipwrecked off Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick.

Abigail Chipman Ryerson accompanied her husband on a voyage from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Greenock, Scotland, and back in 1847 and possibly on other occasions.

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The fonds consist of a typescript copy of the diary kept by Abigail Chipman Ryerson, wife of Captain John K. Ryerson, during a voyage by sailing ship from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Greenock, Scotland, and back. The voyage began on 27 August and the last entry in the diary was made on 19 December 1847 at Brier Island where the vessel was stayed by a snowstorm.

The diary includes descriptions of everyday life on a ship from a female point of view, including such activities as quilting, sewing, knitting, and cooking. She also mentions Partridge Island, noting the recent arrivals of Irish immigrants there. There is a description of an encounter 24 November 1847 with the abandoned and waterlogged remains of the "Cumbria of Gloucester", located at latitude 50, longitude 40.

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Transferred from History Department files 1994. Copy supplied by Ivor L. Jefferies.


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  • English

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The originals of this diary are located in the Yarmouth County Museum in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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