[Maine and elsewhere]. 1849-1860. pp. Folio. Contemporary stiff paper wrappers, lettered on cover. Light soiling to covers; minor soiling internally, but generally quite bright and clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM41401
An account book kept by Albion D. Alexander (b.1822), a ship captain from Maine, detailing accounts for several ships over a ten-year period. Expenses for the Barque Lion include "Paid Cook discharged," advertising, scraping the ship, " 1/2 dozen table spoons," and several entries for various provisions. The accounts were made in the harbors of Nassau, Savannah, Boston, Valparaiso, San Francisco (in the spring of 1851) and Callao, all in the first two years. A later entry for the Lion records wages for each crew member. There are similar accounts for several other ships, though none so extensive as those for the Lion. Included among these is a ship named the Elvira, possibly named for Alexander's wife, Elvira Lewis Alexander of Swan Island, Maine.