Diary of a Supercargo

By G. P. Insh, published April 1921


The diary relates to the voyage of the Margaret, which sailed in February 1700 to relieve the ill-fated Scottish settlement on Darien. The supercargo was Captain Patrick McDowell, who kept a diary noting the day to day working of the ship, including small details such as the colour of the water pumped from the bilges; that the crew were raiding the cargo to supplement their rations: and challenging the captain’s navigation skills. Eventually the captain allowed himself to be influenced by his supercargo with the result that the Margarets returning landfall was the Lizard, and not the Clyde as intended.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

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