The Diary of a Maritimer, 1816-1901

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The Diary of a Maritimer, 1816-1901

Life and Times of Joseph Salter

Research in Maritime History, 10


October 18th, 2017

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This journal comprises the edited diaries of Canadian seafarer, Joseph Salter, arranged chronologically from 1839 through to 1899, chronicling the many voyages of his career. He took employment with John Leander Starr, a Halifax Merchant, between 1839 and 1841, then moved into ship owning and the purchase of the Moncton, New Brunswick shipyard in 1846. The mid-nineteenth century was a difficult time for shipping, and Salter declared bankruptcy in 1858. He continued to work in maritime industries but gradually moved toward landward business and politics, as shipping went into decline. The diaries provide a comprehensive view of the life of ship-owner, shipbuilder, ship’s agent, and shipbroker during the age of sail. The diaries are introduced by editor Nancy Ross, great-granddaughter of Salter. Chapter 1 serves as Salter’s introduction, Chapters 2 through 16 record his various voyages: to British Guiana; Jamaica; Sierra Leone; Grenada; and his maritime business dealings and later life. Interspersed with his diaries are collections of his letters and several of his renderings of ships and boats. Appendix 1 lists the vessels under his ownerships; Appendix 2 concerns patent applications; Appendix 3 details his genealogy; and Appendix 4 gives a history of the Moncton Shipyard in New Brunswick.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents5
List of Illustrations13
Chapter 115
Chapter 220
Chapter 350
Chapter 472
Chapter 584
Chapter 692
Chapter 7105
Chapter 8112
Chapter 9126
Chapter 10161
Chapter 11169
Chapter 12177
Chapter 13188
Chapter 14197
Chapter 15212
Chapter 16218
Appendix 1: Vessels Owned by G. & J. Salter, 1852-1857226
Appendix 2: Patent Application, 1867238
Appendix 3: Genealogy240
Appendix 4: A Brief History of the Shipyard of G. & J. Salter242