Research Query: logbook entries for a transatlantic US steamship, 1867

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      I am researching a voyage made by the US steamship Quaker City from New York to the Holy Land and back from June-November 1867. Could any member please advise how best to source [any relevant logbooks, passenger manifests or officers’ journals without having to physically attend US archives]?
      History of the ship:
      Quaker City, a wood-hulled side-wheel steamship, was built in Philadelphia in 1854. She was chartered and converted into a warship by the Unionist Navy in 1861 and fought the Civil War as USS Quaker City. She was decommissioned in 1865 and resumed her commercial career as Quaker City; [in this period she voyaged across the Atlantic to the eastern Mediterranean].
      In 1869 she was sold and renamed Columbia, entering service with the Haitian Navy in the same year as the Mont Organisé. Sold in February 1871, she was renamed République, but was immediately lost at sea off Bermuda.
      Research needs:
      When I was researching my forthcoming book retracing Lord Byron’s Grand Tour I went to the National Archives in Kew and looked through the logbooks of the ships on which he travelled in 1809-11, and now I want to do the same for Mark Twain’s voyage to the Holy Land on the Quaker City from June to November 1867. [Due to my current cruise to India I am unable myself to go to archives in the USA, the most likely source for this vessel, so would be grateful for any information related to this specific voyage and passengers].
      I’m particularly interested to see if the captain made any references to Twain’s disruptive behaviour! – or anything else of interest. I still find it amazing that they voyaged so far on a side-wheel paddle steamer.

      From the SY Vasco da Gama, Mediterranean Sea

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