the voyage of the


through its logbook

Follow the Friendship's maiden voyage from Salem to Batavia through its logbook, which was kept by first mate William Story.

A logbook is the official record of a vessel’s passage from one port to another.

Logbooks usually include daily descriptions of the weather, which affected progress toward the vessel’s destination and defined the lives of the crew. Weather determined if they went fast or slow, slept or worked, ate hot food or cold, and felt calm or terrified.