Henry Tiffin’s commonplace book, 1748-1776

Contains numerous essays, sea songs, poetry, comments on voyages and travels he made, and information on the British Royal Navy. Illustrated with 78 watercolor paintings of vessels, places, buildings and land profiles from sea.

Written on the Waves: Shipboard Journals and Logbooks

On view October 2, 2010 to July 15, 2012

Located in the: Maritime Art, Mifflin Gallery

Delve into the world of maritime manuscripts from PEM's renowned Phillips Library collection. Explore the logbooks of 18th-century sea captains as they voyaged around the globe recording extraordinary details of their adventures. Also featured are journals, orders books, letters and commonplace books, all filled with carefully handwritten accounts. Collectively, these documents offer tantalizing insight into the daily trials and triumphs of maritime history and relate to Charles Sandison's FreePort [No. 001] project in East India Marine Hall.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.