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The Day Books Of Robert Ellis


Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

 

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21st May 1840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd

Major Compton
I Hair Brush 2/9d
6 Books @ 2d
4 Books @ 3d
8 Tim milk pans ,1/12s
4 Tim milk pans @ 3/4d
7 Oval pans 13/4d
1 Beaver Hat ,1/2
1 Whittle (Cotton) 6/6d
A lot of Cord 2s
3 tea cannisters 3s
1 pair Duck Trowsers 10s
25 yds Blue Print @1/2d
2 Pair knit Cotton Drawers @ 5/6d
6 Tin Plates 3d
2 string of Beads 2d
2 Stripe Cotton Shirts @ 4/6d

 

23rd

Mr. Jarvis Dr Debt to Arch. McCloud
To. 7 yds Cantoon @ 2/6d

 

 

Chas Bins Servn
Dr Debt to wife
To. 2 2 yds Cantoon @ 2/6d
Recd J. Ellis

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23rd May 1840

Mr Rowe Pr self Cr
By Cash ,3/4/6
Paid R.E.

 

 

Isaac Smith Pr son Dr
To. 1 Drefs Coat ,2/5

 

 

Mr. Hazard Pr wife Dr
To. 1 shirt front 4/6d

 

 


 

26th

Mr. T. Pleadwell Dr.
To. 1 Milk pan 3/6d
5 yds Drill Cantoon @ 2/6d
7 2 yds Tweede @ 3s
Cr. By Cash 14s

 

 

Mr. Hazard Dr.
To. 2 1/4 yds Drill Cantoon @ 2/6d

 

27th

Mr. Hazard Dr to Wife
To, 6 yds Cantoon @ 2/6d
1 Iron Ware Pan 1s

 

 

Mr. Bins Dr. Pr. Wife
To. 1 Cap 3s
Recd J. Ellis

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27th

R. Ellis House Expenses Dr
To. 5 Breakfast --Cups & Saucers
6 tea Cups & Saucers

 

 

Mr. Watts (Baker)
Dr. Pr. Self
To. 18 Doz Cups & Saucers @ 3s

 

28th

Mr. Wm Tanton
To. 1 Yellow Baking Dish 1/10d
Recd J. E. 29th May

 

 

Mr. T. Pleadwell Dr. Pr. Self
To. 2 Saucers @ 2d

 

29th

John Rowe Dr. Pr. Daughter
To. 1 Milk Bucket 5s

 

 

Mr. T. Pleadwell Dr.
To. 4 lbs Spike Nails @ 5d

 

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Mr. Bins Dr. to Wife
To. 1 Jug without handle 9d
2 Baking Dish @ 10d
2 Iron Ware Pans @ 6d

 

 

Mr. T. Pleadwell Dr. Pr. Self
To. 4 lb Spike Nails @ 5d

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[Calculations]

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Dimention of Spar for a Brig about 230 Tons.
Foremast 30 ft. Hounded Mast Hd 8 feet
Main Do. 33 Do. Do. 8 feet
Main Top Do. 30 feet hounded Mast Hd 5 feet
Do. Top Gallon Do. 22 ft. Do. Do. 5 Do.
Main Yard 40 ft Cletted 3 feet yd Arm
Main Top Do. 30 ft. Do. 2ft. 6 in. Do.
Main Top Gallon Do. 22 ft. Do 2 ft. Do.
Fore Top Mast. Top Gallon Mast and Yards
The same Dimentions as Main Mast
Bow Sprit 24 feet Out Side the Knight Hds
Jib Boom 37 feet Extreme [crossed out] and 3 ft End
Flying Jib Boom 45 feet
Spritsail Yard as Main Top Sail Yard
Fore Spencer Gaft 22 feet
Main Gaft 38 feet
Main Boom 42 feet
Martingle 12 feet
Top Mast Studding Booms 23 feet
Top Gannel Do. Do. 14 feet
Swing Boom 23 feet
Main as Fore...

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Dimentions of Spars for a Vessel 120 Tons
Foremast 38 feet Hounded Masthead 6 feet
Main Do - 40 feet Hounded. Mast Hd 6 feet
Bowsprit 28 feet Out Side Knight Head-
Jib Boom 24 Extreme
Main Top Mast 21 feet. Hounded 6 ft. Pole
Fore Top Mast 14 Hounded
Top Gallant Mast 7 feet Hounded
Pole 5 feet C C C
Fore Yard 34 feet Cletted. 2 feet Ends
Top Sail yd 26 Do. 1-6 Ends
Top Gallant yd 18 Do. 1 foot Ends
Fore Boom 20 feet Gaft 19 feet
Fore Mast Stands 17 feet from Inside Stem
Main Do. 22 feet Clear of Fore Mast
Main Boom 40 feet. Main Gaft 30 feet

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Memorandum of Agreement made and enter into the [space] between Robt. Ellis of Charlotte Town Prince Edward Island. Merchant of the one part and George Bollom of Murray Harbour Prince Edward Island. Ship Builder of the other part.
Witness that for and consideration of the several conditions and payments hereafter specified. Said Geo. Bollom do hereby agree to build or cause to be built a good and substantial vessell or Brig of the burthen of two hundred and thirty tons or thereabouts as the vessell shall measure Pr. register by the ancient mode of ad measurement and to be of the following dimentions. Length of keel ninty feet (90) breadth of beam twenty three (23) feet. Depth of hold sixteen feet seven inches with a flat floor and not too long a run to have a sharp entrance & calculated to take the ground and to be built as follows[:] viz keel & keelson stem & stempost to be of good hardwood and the floors to be hardwood first & second [fuddicks?] hardwood & the remainder to be of Juniper.
The vessel to be planked as high as [light?] water mark with beech or birch the remainder of the plank to be of juniper, knight heads, water ways and stancheons to be of juniper, to have five streaks of bends [or/of ?] whales to be 8 inches wide by 5 2 inches thick, the bends & the top sides to be planed and to have two bilge streaks seven inches, two [bilge streaks] six inches, two [bilge streaks] five inches, two [bilge streaks] four inches, and each plank to be fastened through every floor & clinched, with 3/4 inch iron bolts, and the remainder of the plank to be nine inches wide by three thick to have a full set of lower deck beams double knee=d with a stringer above & below with through bolts to every other timber and clinched with diamond plates The upper deck beams to be double knee=d and a stringer fastened as the lower deck stringer four streakes inside the bilges, 6 inches thick The builder to find and fix two wood [crossed out] knees to secure the after part of the vessell and the vessell to be iron fastened and [b?]utts to be bolted to two timbers and the timbers to butt [chucked?] to the floor heads, chuck double trunneled to have two short butt bolts & one long through & clinched [ed crossed out] 3/4 in, iron, in each [illegible] of the plank, the said vessel is to have no channels but bars of round iron, well fastened in lieu thereof, and to finish & complete the said vessell in a proper & workmanlike manner, [con=t]

 


 

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[con=t]

even to a clea[?] in all shipwrights, balcksmiths, carpenters, caulkers, and painters [crossed out] and to find all materials there-unto, the contractor is to find sheaves & figurehead the builder to fix the figurehead and sheave hole spars
Said builder is to provide and complete all masts and spars, tops, caps crofstrees, & all the iron work for the outfit of the same excepting the yards The builder to find the studding [s?]ail boom irons and fix them and find & bind all lower deadeyes windlafs, windlafs spills [patent? palls?] [crossed out] complete [crossed out] and to find & fix a cook house, pumps & pumpgear, cabin sheets, to be laid and planed & cabin bulk heads The deck plank to be of pine to be six inches wide by three and 1/4 inches thick The builder is to finish all joiners work including sky light, companion, binnacle, & to provide a long boat 19 feet stowage and four oars and to fix a capstan, dove tail rings, plates, iron [pin-te?] and gudeons, & to fix the well The tiller to be aft, the contractor to provide the weel complete, and the said vessell to be afloat as soon as demanded after the 20th day of May 1841 and for an account of the due and faithful performance of the above contract in the part of the builder The said Robt Ellis the contractor do hereby agree & promise to pay or cause to be paid unto the said Geo. Bollum or his order the sum of five pounds Prince
Edward Island currency Pr Ton for each and every ton of the said vessel shall measure Pr Register by the ancient mode of admeasruement as is within specified and to paid as follows three hundred pounds first enstallment when ship is in frame, three hundred pounds when planked & decks laid, and the remainder when the vessel is completed to the inspectors satisfaction The builder to find rolling chucks & battens for the yards: It is mutually understood and agreed upon that should any of the above named parties fail in the completion of the fulfillment of the above & within specified contract the parties nonperforming do hereby promise to pay unto the party performing the penalty sum of four hundred pounds Prince Edward Island currency in witnefs thereunto the both parties hath hereunto set there hands & affected their seals the [con=t]

 

 

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con=t

day & year first written it is mutually understood and agreed upon that should not the vessel be approved of by the contractor when in frame this agreement be nullinvoyed and the price of the iron refunded
The contractor agrees to provide the builder with iron at 24 pound Pr ton, oakum 46 pounds Pr ton pitch & tar at Charlotte Town price All iron work provided by the contracter in behalf of the builder to be paid for at [prime?] cost with all charges thereunto
It is particularly understood that the floor is to be 12 inches sided & 10 inches floor heads & the frames to be bolted with a proper quantity of iron, the builder agrees to put the waters ways the same as Capn James=s side the vessel and to find all studding sail booms
[signed] Robt Ellis
Geo Bollum
Witnefs Jno Ings
Wm Marshall

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P. B20

 

Memorandum of an agreement made and entered into the [blank] between Robt. Ellis of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Merchant of the one part and Antoine Perry of [blank] Prince Edward Island of the other part that for & in consideration of the several conditions & payments hereafter specified said Antoine Perry do hereby agree to build or cause to be built a good and substantial vessel of the burthen of 120 tons or thereabouts as the said vessel shall measure pr register by the ancient mode of admeasurement and to be of the following dimensions, length of keel 68 feet, breadth of beam 19 feet, 6 inches, depth of hold 11 feet 3 inches with a flat floor not to be more than 6 inches deadrise, to have a sharp entrance forehead and to be built as follows, viz. Keel to be birch, dimensions 11 inches sided by 4 inches mouled, keelson birch 13 inches [sided] by 16 inches [mouled], [Stern /stem?] & [stern/stem?] post hardwood 10 inches sided floors beech or birch 11 inches sided by 12 moulded at keel first [fudick?], hardwood 9 inches sided second [fudick?], hardwood 8 inches sided third & top timbers 7 inches, junipers The vessel to be planked as high as light [water?] mark with beech or birch, the remainder of the plank to be junipers includings knight [bends/heads?] waters ways & stancheons to have 4 streaks bend 4 inches by 6 inches streak over and under 3 inches by 8 inches, the [head/bend?] & the [top?] sides to be planed two streaks of [top?] sides 2 2 inches by 6 inches two [paints?] streaks 3 inches by 7 inches, to have two bilge streaks 5 inches thick by 9 wide 1 streak over & under 4 inches by 9 and two 3 inches by 9 and the remainder to be 2 2 inches and the vessel to be [Bolted?] as the inspectors directs the builder to cut head make rings and [clinck?] All bolts required for the hulls inside plank as follows two streaks against [bends?] 3 2 inches by 9, 3 streaks against bilge 4 by 9 inches, 1 streaks next the [limber?] boards 3 by 8 inches to secure the ends of the first fudicks [stringer?] The remainder of the plank [2?] inches thick and the vessel to be [ceiled ?] before the [?] planking The upper deck beams to be juniper 8 by 10 inches to be double knee=d with a stringer 8 inches by 5 inches [page torn out] All round the vessel the apron to be juniper to have 3 [breast hooks the lower one to [stand?] with two [pointers?] to [stand up along?] diagonal acrofs the timbers [whence?] a [log?] piece beech or birch 13 by 12 inches and to have a good

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con=t

dead wood knee good clean spruce decks 2 2 inches thick by 6 inches wide the plan of the deck to be given by the contractor. The water ways 5 inches thick by 8 inches wide the gunwell 2 2 inches thick the rails 3 inches by 8 inches [wide?] juniper, , [pale?] [bitt?] birch 13 inches square windlafs [bitts?] 5 by 14 inches. The floors & fudicks to be butt chucked The said vessel to have no channels but bars of round iron in lieu thereof and to finish and complete the vessel in an Englishmanlike and workmanlike manner even to a cleat in all shipwright, carpenters, caulkers joiners and to fix all blacksmiths work The contractor to find sheaves & figure head The builder to fixit & sheave hole spars. The builder to provide all masts & spars required for the said vessel caps and crofs trees with the exception of the iron work. Cabin deck to be laid 2 inches by 6 wide and cabin bulkhead cook house two pumps & pump gear and pump well cabin deck to be planed and the said vessel to be finished as within and above specified and delivered afloat in not lefs than 8 feet of water as soon as demanded after the 20th day of June 1841 and for on account of the due and faithful performance of the above contract in the part of the builder the said Robt. Ellis the contractor do hereby agree and promise to pay or cause to be paid unto the said Antoine Perry on his order the sum of three pounds 12 shillings Prince Edward Island Currency pr ton for each and every ton the said vessel shall measure pr register by the ancient mode of admeasurement as is within specified and to be paid as follows, 100, (including 34, to be paid to Mr. Joe. Pope) when the vessel is in frame & timber=d all completeC 120, when planked and the decks laid and the remainder when the vessel is completed and delivered afloat as above specified. It is mutually understood & agreed upon that should any of the above mentioned parties fail in the completion of the fulfilment of the above within specified contract the parties nonperforming do hereby promise to pay the parties performing the penalty sum of 200, Prince Edward Island Currency in witness thereunto the said parties hath set their hands & affected their seals the day and year afore mentioned. The contractor to have the bill of sale of the vessel when the first payment is made [rest of the page blank]

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(Extract) To build a schooner now on the stocks at Orwell Bay of the following dimensions Length of Keel 70 feet Beam 20 feet and depth of Hold 11 feet, 9 in. The said builder to find all and every material with all iron pitch , tar, rosin, oakum &c rudder & channel [irons?] paints & oils to find & fix a head windlafs with iron spills & patent palls & plate Hawse pipes, [head?]Scuppers, pump & gears, pump well, cabin & forecastle deck, to have a plain cabin with bulkhead fix=d. The cabin deck to be of clear pine not to exceed 6 inches in breadth, also the bulwarks skylight and companion to be of well seasoned pine, all stauncheons juniper and outside plank to the streak below the whales to be of [space], frames to have two bolts of 5/8 inch iron. To have four bilge plank inside and out 5 inches thick and bolted every two feet diagonal, each bolt to come through and clinch- Trunnels to be juniper, and to be all [space] through the ceiling each butt plank to have two bolts, one of them to come through & clench, to have two stingers all round the vessel above & below and to be properly fastened with proper size bolts and rivetted on diamond plates- the deck plank to be of good seasoned pine, the spike [con=t]

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heads to be plugged with putty or white lead, to find all masts, yards, & spars,-crofs trees, caps, iron bound with all iron work & sheave, necessary for all spars, to find a boat 15 feet keel with a sett of oars, the vessel to be primed and painted inside and out and also all masts, yards, & spars
And the said builder further agrees that the aforesaid vessel shall be launched & delivered afloat in Orwell Bay on or before the First day of Sept next to be finished to a cleet in all shipwrights, joiners, blacksmiths, & caulkers work in a substantial & workmanlike manner ready to receive her rigging and equal in every respect to vessels built by Mr. Benj. Davis and it is agreed on by both parties that the said vessel is to be subject to the inspection and approval of B. Davis from her commencement untill finished.

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Memorandum of an agreement made & entered into this second day of June One Thousand Eight Hundred & Forty between Chas Welsh of Charlottetown Prince Edward Island of the one part and Capt Wm Marshall of the other part witnefseth that for and in consideration of the several conditions & payments hereafter specified said Chas Welsh do hereby agree to build or cause to be built a good and substantial vessel Her dimensions to be as for the said Chas Welsh agreement with Mefsers McIsaac & McInnes in addition to put one streak of oak round the wales every other pair of stancheons, not to be more than two feet apart and the remainder not to be more that [sic] four feet apart- the above Chas Welsh further agrees to put or find a cook house sufficient for said vessel. Said vessel to be finished complete as per former agreement and delivered afloat as soon as possible and for an a/c of the true and faithful performance of the contract in the part of the builder, the said Capt Wm Marshall do hereby agree to pay or cause to be paid by approved bills on C. A. Caddy Esq. Bideford Devon England, the bills to be drawn at sixty days [sight?] at the rate of four pounds twelve shillings & sixpence sterling Pr ton for each and every ton, the said vessel shall measure Pr register by the ancient mode of admeasurement and the above vessel to be paid for as follows One hundred (150,) pounds on the sealing of this agreement, One hundred and fifty (150,) when the decks are laid and the remainder when the vessel is delivered. It is mutually understood and agreed upon that should any of the within named parties fail in the fulfillment of the above specified agreement of contract the party nonperforming do hereby promise to pay to the party performing the penal sum of two hundred pounds currency of Prince Edward island in witnefs wereofthe said parties have hereunto set their hands & affected their seals the day and year above written.
Witnefs Chas Welsh X
[SGD] R. Ellis Wm Marshall X

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178.5-6 C.H.
10-9-9 M.H.
Cash from Box for Tobacco 109 lbs/16d..............., 7-5-4
Do.............5 barrells Herrings
& scythes.............................................. 5-11-3
Do for homespun cloth........................................... 1-5-0
Do..............Do....................................................... 0-8-0
Do...Weatherby Freight from Town........................... 5-0-0
Do. To Pictou.......................................................... 27-1-6
Do. To G. Bollum.......................................................5-0-0
[J?] Ings...................................................................12-0-0
Brooks..................................................................... 0-10-0
Brehaut....................................................................17-0-0
Self........................................................................... 5-3
Do............................................................................52-0-0
...............................................................................14-14-0
Whiteman...............................................................32-6-10
Self.........................................................................30-10-0
Proctor....................................................................7-13-4
Self.........................................................................15-0-0
Do..............................................................................1-3-0
Do............................................................................. -11-3
[Total].................................................................,235:16:3
Freight of goods from Pictou 37/-
 

P.B31

1840

Prince Edward island. Septr. 4th
Return from Pictou. Receive a first letter from Charles Andrew Caddy- dated Bideford July 30th/40- also a letter from Captn W. Marshall from Ch. Town requesting me to come and see him.

 

7th

 
Went to Orwell Bay. McIsaac yard. From their to Mr. Murry sleep the night,

 

8th

This morning started at 5 o Clock meet with Captn Marshall in Ch. Town 2 past 8 received the second letter from C. A. Caddy by the Collina. Return to Mr. Murrys this evening.

 

9th

Stop at Murry to day.

 

10th

Return to Orwell bay- meet Captn Marshall. Went on board the new Schooner. Found no skylight nor companion fix=d. Not a thread of oakum drove in her decks. Only one board of the bullwarks put on and that to be taken of again. The bullwark rails then fixing round the bows. The same day return to Murry harbour.

 

12th

John when to Orwell to assist Captn Marshall--

 

 

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Transcribed by Mary A. Ellis, McCallum=s Point, PEI 13 to 15 Aug 1982. [initialled] MAE

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