Fonds A 96 - William N. Smith

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William N. Smith

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  • 1850 (Creation)
    Smith, William Nathan

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2 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

William Nathan Smith, mariner, (1829-1866), was born in Saint John, New Brunswick one of the eight children of Thomas M. Smith and Rebecca Findlay Smith. William's siblings were: George Frederick (1829-1894) who was also a seafarer; John; Rufus; Julia; Eleanor; Edwin; and James. Both William and George were agents at sea for his father's shipping firm which he established by 1850. William was a crew member aboard the barque "Susan" on a return voyage from Saint John to Liverpool, England from 12 May 1850 to 22 August 1850 and kept a journal during this time. Smith died in Victoria, Australia, in 1866.

Alan D. McNairn, editor, Life Aboard -The Journals of William N. and George F. Smith

Custodial history

William N. Smith's journal was acquired in 1928 by the Natural History Society, predecessor of the New Brunswick Museum.

Scope and content

This fonds contains a journal dated 1850 kept by William N. Smith during his voyage to Liverpool, England and back to Saint John. It provides details of daily life aboard ship and a record of the weather and setting of the course and sails. There are detailed illustrations, in both pencil and ink, of the "Susan" and other ships passed at sea as well as lighthouses.

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Acquired by New Brunswick Museum from the Natural History Society


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  • English

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The journal of William Smith's brother, George F. Smith is also kept in the New Brunswick Museum, A 9

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There are loose pages in this journal

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