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The Log of the Kanawha [manuscript, 1901]

The Log of the Kanawha [manuscript, 1901]

The Log of the Kanawha [manuscript, 1901]

The Log of the Kanawha [manuscript, 1901]
The Log of the Kanawha
[manuscript, 1901]

The Kanawha was the 227-foot steam yacht belonging to Clemens's good friend Henry H. Rogers, vice president of Standard Oil.

In August 1901 Clemens joined Rogers and a group of family members and friends for a coastal cruise from New York City to Maine and Nova Scotia. He was aboard again in the spring of 1902 for a similarly convivial cruise, this time to Florida and the Caribbean islands.

Clemens served as "Official Logger" on each cruise, recording the progress of the Kanawha along with the high jinks of his shipmates. His draft of the 1901 log is shown here. The draft was later recopied by Rogers's son, Harry, who decorated the final entry of the log with his drawing of Clemens.
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