Life Aboard: The Journals of William N. and George F. Smith.

Diaries of typical 19th-century voyages by New Brunswick ships to all over the world, usually carrying timber. Nothing polar about it (mostly St John to Liverpool), but an interesting example of a seaman’s journals.

p. 21, suggests Cruickshank as cure for ennui.

p. 34, alludes to London Gazette.

p.192, re the murder of Hood by Michael on Fraanklin’s overland journal: Bickersteith’s “Scripture Help,” was lying open beside the body of Hood, as if it had fallen from his hands, and it is probable he was reading it at the instant the cowardly shot was fired.