We the undersigned representatives of the New York Press certify that when the rowboat «Fox» left this port the craft had no sail or mast onboard.
W.S. Merwitter New York Times
Max Adams New York Tribune
J.W. Longby United Press Local
Benjamin F. Butler New York Daily News
J.M. Livingstone New York Daily News
John S. Still New York Herald
S.A. Wood New York Sun
A. Jeuiepert Ship New?????


New York June 6th 1896
left Battery 5 P.M. Weather fine. Wind south. Rowed as far as Red Hook where then towed to Bayridge by the naptha launch «R. K. FOX». Rowed then again as far as off Romer Shoal and anchored 9 P.M. Wind N.E. and foggy. Weather looks bad.

Sunday June 7th
lifted anchor 4 A.M. Wind N.E. moderate with rain and fog. Started to row out to sea. Passed Sandy Hook lightship 11 A.M. 12 noon wind south. S. H. lightship bearing west. Distance 5 miles. This is the last bearing.

Monday June 8th
8 A.M. wind south and foggy. Distance rowed from noon 7th 44 miles. Head sea all night. Passed a trunk marked G.L. New York via Havre (trunk empty). 12 noon days work 58 miles. 60° Fahrenheit. Course E. by S. Calm and foggy. Easterly swell.

Tuesday June 9th
Wind south with showers all night.
8 A.M. wind S.E. and strong. Heavy sea.
12 noon wind south and strong. Obsv. latt 40° 8’ Days work 50 miles.
6 P.M. wind south and clear. 55° Fahrenheit. Rowed E. by S.

Wednesday June 10th
Wind south with rain all night.
8 A.M. wind south and foggy. Strong breeze. Rowing E. by S.
12 noon wind south and foggy. Strong breeze. Days work 50 miles.
6 P.M. wind north. Strong breeze. Clearing off and looks windy. 55° F.

Thursday June 11th
Wind during the night. N.W. and clear.
8 a.m. Wind west. Clear and fresh breeze.
12 noon. Wind west, strong breeze. Days rowing 62 miles. Obsv. latt 40° 08’, course east. 65° fahrenheit (at noon).
6 p.m. Wind west, very strong.

Friday June 12th
Both of us rowed all night. Too cold to sleep.
8 a.m. Wind west and strong with high sea.
12 noon. Wind west. light moderate sea. Days rowing 90 miles. 70° Fahrenheit. Course E. ½ N.
6 p.m. Calm. This morning the oilstove set fire to its house. Looked like danger for a few minutes but was soon out put. The night looks fine.

Saturday June 13th
8 a.m. Wind south all night and light with smooth water. Course E. ½ N.
12 noon. Obsv. latt 40° 46’ Wind east and light and smooth. Days work 65 miles. 70° Fahrenheit. Course E ½ N.
Spoke schooner «Jossey» of Wethmouth N.S. about 2 p.m. His long: 68° 40’.
NB The distance market at noon every day is all guesswork and therefore very uncorrect.
6 p.m. Wind east and increasing.

Sunday June 14th
The night has been a rough one. Wind east and rain all night.
8 a.m. Wind has increased to allmost a gale. Had to anchor with sea anchor about 9 a.m.
12 noon. Wind east with rain. Blowing a gale. Laying to for sea anchor
5 p.m. Wind going down. Heavy sea.
6 p.m. Start under way. Drifted back about 20 mils during the day (guesswork). It is now foggy. 45° Fahrenheit (at noon).

Monday June 15th
Wind during the night south and S.E. with heavy sea.
6 a.m. Wind come out to wester with strong breeze. 40 miles made since sunday night 6 p.m. to 12 noon. Wind west, very strong breeze.
6 p.m. Wind west and strong with high sea. 45° Fahrenheit.

Tuesday June 16th
Wind west all night and going down.
8 a.m. calm. 12 noon wind west. Very light. 90 miles made since noon. (Guesswork). Obsv. Latt 40° 34’ 65° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. wind west and light. Course E ½ N.

Wednesday June 17th
Wind during the night west. Very light. Smooth water.
8 a.m. wind west. Light with smooth water.
12 noon Wind S. W. light. 50 miles dayswork. 60° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. Calm. This morning we passed between a scoal of big whales. About 50. One of them gave us a very close call, closer than we have ever been to a big whale in a rowing boat.

Thursday June 18th
The night has been partly calm with light wind from the Easter.
8 a.m. Wind east light with rain.
9 a.m. passed steamer «Fürst Bismark». When passing her hoisted our American flag. She also hoisted her German flag and turning around and coming after us, and wanted to know if we wanted to be picked up. We said no but asked them to report us.
12 noon. Wind east, moderate and clearing. Days work 45 miles. 65° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. Wind east light with choppy sea.

Friday June 19th
Wind during the night have been partly east with choppy sea and partly calm.
8 a.m. Wind S.W. light with fog. Course E½S.
12 noon. Wind SSW. light with fog. Days work 40 miles. 60° Fahrenheit. Course E ½ S.
6 p.m. Wind SW. light and foggy.

Saturday June 20th
Foggy all night with light SW wind.
8 a.m. Clearing. Wind WSW.
12 noon. Wind west and clear. Days work 50 miles. 65° Fahrenheit. Smooth water. Obsv. Latt. 41° 05’. Course E by S.
6 p.m. Wind and weather the same.

Sunday June 21st
The night has been fine with fresh westerly wind.
8 a.m. Passed a barque. First sailing vessel seen in 7 days. Vessel going NW ward.
12 noon. Wind west, fresh breeze. Course E. by S. Days work 70 miles. 70° Fahrenheit.

Monday June 22nd
The night has been fine with wind fresh breeze.
12 noon. Wind SW. strong. Days work 50 miles. 65° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. Wind SW. strong. High sea.

Tuesday June 23rd
The night has been a rough one with wind SW strong. Heavy rain and sea. Rowed all night both of us.
12 noon. Wind WSW strong and heavy sea. 65 miles days work. 65° Fahrenheit. Cours E by S.
6 p.m. Wind NW light.

Wednesday June 24th
The night has been fine with wind NE and moderate. Choppy sea.
8 a.m. Wind NE light. Course east.
12 noon. Wind NE and moderate. Choppy sea. Obsv. Latt. 40° 53’ Days work 45 miles. 75° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. Wind NE light with choppy sea.

Thursday June 25th
The night has been fine with wind NE and going down towards morning.
8 a.m. Wind NW light. Course E ½ N.
12 noon. Wind east light with choppy sea. 45 miles days work. 70° Fahrenheit. Our dead reckoning shows us today to be on 40° N. Latt. And 50° 20’ L.W. Gr. South of steamship route. Have seen no vessel for several days.
6 p.m. Wind east and light.

Friday June 26th
Night has been fine with wind east light and smooth water.
8 a.m. Wind east increasing. Course E. ½ N.
12 noon Obsv. Latt 41° 29’. Wind east and light. 45 miles days work 70° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. Wind south. Light and smooth.

Saturday June 27th
The night has been fine with wind S.W. and fresh breeze.
8 a.m. Wind S.W. and moderate.
12 noon. Wind S.W. fresh breeze. Days work 50 miles. 60° Fahrenheit.
6 p.m. Wind S.W. strong. Starting to rain.

Sunday June 28th
The wind during the night has been S.W. strong with light rain.
8 a.m. Wind S.W. strong.
12 noon. Wind S.W. strong. Days work 55 miles.
6 p.m. Wind S.W. and rain with heavy sea. Broke thermometer during the night. Course E. by N.
6,30 p.m. Wind Sprung around to S.E. blowing a gale for about 2 hours. Had to use sea anchor from 7 to 9.
9 p.m. Wind goes down. Started ahead again.

Monday June 29th
The wind duing the night has been S.W. and foggy with rain.
8 a.m. Wind W.S.W. blowing hard with fog.
12 noon. Wind and weather the same. Days work 40 miles.
6 p.m. The weather the same. The night looks stormy with fog and rain.

Tuesday June 30th
The night has been a bad one, blowing hard with fog and rain.
12 noon. Wind S.W. blowing hard with fog and rain. Day’s work 55 miles.
6 p.m. Wind and weather the same.
Another gloomy night blowing hard with fog and rain. Wind west.

Wednesday Juli 1st
Cleared off during the night and wind moderating towards morning.
8 a.m. Wind west and light.
12 noon. Wind west and light. Day’s work 50 miles. Obsv. Latt. 45° Spoke schooner LEADER of Lunenburgh. Got her long which was 50° 25’ L.W. Gr.
6 p.m. Wind S.W. moderate. Course E.S.E.
Sundown spoke with another fishing schooner the VOLUNTEER of Lunenburgh. Asked them to report us.

Thursday July 2nd
The night has been fine with wind S. W. moderate and heavy sea.
8 a.m. Wind S. W. Still a big sea running.
12 noon. Wind west and light. Day’s work 50 miles. Course E.S.E.
6 p.m. Wind south.

Friday July 3rd
The wind during the night has been S.S.W. and strong.
8 a.m. Wind south and strong. Big sea.
12 noon. Wind south. Day’s work 50 miles. Heavy sea and strong breeze
6 p.m. The same. Wind South.

Saturday July 4th
The night has been a stormy one. Wind shifting from south to N.N.W. and rained biggest part of the night.
8 a.m. Wind north, strong breeze and clear weather.
12 noon. Wind north, strong breeze. Course E.S.E. Day’s work 55 miles.
6 p.m. Wind N.E. light
This day we celebrated by washing our-selves in soap fresh water. The first day our faces have seen good fresh water since leaving New York.

Sunday July 5th
The night has been fine with wind N.E. and light breeze.
8 a.m. Wind N.E. and moderate. Course E.S.E.
12 noon. Wind N.E. and moderate. Day’s work 60 miles. Obsv. Latt. 45° 26’.
6 p.m. Wind S.E. very strong. Making no headway.

Monday July 6th
The night has been stormy with heavy S.E. wind. Made no headway.
8 a.m. Wind going down.
12 noon. Wind S.W. very strong. Day’s work 75 miles.
5 p.m. Wind too strong to run before it any longer. Had to heave to and anchor with sea anchor
6 p.m. Blowing a gale with very heavy sea. Wind west.

Tuesday July 7th
It has been blowing a gale all night. Wind WSW.
At 3 a.m. boke cable and lost sea anchor. Boat filled about 30 times during the night. Had to keep bailing all night. The night was very dark with showers of rain every hour through the night.
8 a.m. Wind now going down some and shifting towards N.E.
12 noon. Wind N.E. moderating.
No account of log can be given for the last 24 hours. Lost 2 watercans in the night. Every thing soaked with water except our bread and this book.
6 p.m. Wind N.E. and going down and looks like fine weather again. Sea going down slowly.

Wednesday July 8th
The night has been fine with high N.W. wind.
8 a.m. Wind shifting to S.W. light breeze. Are making another sea anchor from a few pieces of canvas we had left from making the first one. Course E ½ S.
12 noon. Wind S.W. fresh breeze. Obsv. Latt. 45° 51’
6 p.m. Wind south, very strong.
9 p.m. Blowing too hard to gain any headway. Anchored with sea anchor.

Thursday July 9th
The night has been very rough. Lifted sea anchor and started under way during the night. Wind shifting to the westward 4 a.m.
8 a.m. Wind west, blowing a gale. Going before it, stern first.
12 noon. Weather the same. Day’s work 125 miles.
6 p.m. Wind and weather the same.

Friday July 10th
It has been blowing a gale all night. Wind west.
8 a.m. Wind increasing. Going before it at a slow rate.
12 noon. Day’s work 100 miles.
It has been blowing a gale for 2 days, and the sea is bigger than we have ever seen it on this trip. At about 8 p.m. a big sea struck us partly side-ways and upsetting the boat and us into the water. In a few minutes however we got into the boat again. We lost many things this time: Floating anchor and cable, dishes and fryingpan and cookpot and one rattanseat. Everything we have in the boat soaked with water except the bread. This is the 3rd night up without sleep.

Saturday July 11th
It has been blowing hard from the west and N.W. all night.
8 a.m. Wind N.W. and a gale.
12 noon. Wind N.W. moderating. A great big sea. Days work 135 miles.
6 p.m. Wind West, moderate.

Sunday July 12th
The wind during the night has been West and moderate with very big sea.
8 a.m. Wind West blowing hard again and raining.
12 noon. Wind West, moderated some. Day’s work 70 miles.
6 p.m. Wind West, going down. Yet a big sea running. Looks as we are in a strong head current from the way the sea is running.

Monday July 13th
The wind during the night has been light with a little rain.
8 a.m. Wind North with light breeze. Still cloudy weather.
12 noon. Wind N.E. light. Sea calming down. Day’s work 50 miles.
6 p.m. Wind East, light with choppy sea.

Tuesday July 14th
The wind during the night shifted Southerly, light with fog and rain.
8 a.m. Wind S.W. light with fog and rain.
12 noon. Wind S.W. fresh breeze, hazy. Day’s work 40 miles.
6 p.m. Wind West fresh breeze.
This day wrote a letter to N.Y. World and one to my brother Harold Reed, 269 Pacific Ave. Jersey City, N.Y. U.S.

Wednesday July 15th
The night has been fine. Wind S.W. light breeze.
8 a.m. Wind W.S.W. light breeze.
12 noon. Wind West light breeze. Days work 50 miles.
Spoke barque CITO of Laurvig, Norway, Capt. Clausen. Found Latt to be 47° 10 LW gr. 31° 20’ Received from the CITO water & provision to last another 5 weeks and had dinner onboard. Could hardly walk when we got on her deck. We were treated like Lords. Left the CITO again 5 p.m.



This is to certify that I met the rowboat «Fox» of New York on Latt. 47° 10’ and L.W. gr. 31° 20’ on this day July 15th 1896 and that the boat contained no mast, sail or rudder.
Barque «Cito» of Laurvig
N. E. Clausen
Master



Thursday July 16th
The night has been fine with wind West, light to fresh breeze with fog.
8 a.m. Wind and weather the same.
12 a.m. Weather the same. Day’s work 50 miles. Course E by S ½ S.
6 p.m. Wind S.W. light breeze with fog. Smooth water.

Friday July 17th
The night has been fine with wind W.S.W. and fog. Light to fresh breeze.
8 a.m. Weather the same. Very thick fog now.
12 noon. Wind S.W. fresh breeze with fog. Day’s work 55 miles. Course E by S ½ S.
6 p.m. Wind S. W. fresh breeze and foggy.

Saturday July 18th
The night has been fine with fresh breeze. Wind West and partly foggy.
8 a.m. Wind S.W. fresh breeze and foggy.
12 noon. Wind S.W. fresh breeze and foggy. Day’s work 60 miles. Course E. by S ½ S. Smooth water.
6 p.m. Wind S.W. fresh breeze. Clear weather.

Sunday July 19th
The wind during the night has been W.S.W. fresh breeze with fog.
8 a.m. Wind West. Foggy.
12 noon. Wind West fresh breeze and foggy. Day’s work 55 miles. Course E. by S ½ S.
6 p.m. Wind West, very light. Passed a barrel about sundown. Examined it. Found it contain Kerosine oil. Had no means of getting any of it.

Monday July 20th
The wind during the night shifted around to North fresh breeze.
8 a.m. Wind N.N.E. strong breeze.
12 noon. Wind N.N.W. strong breeze. Day’s work 50 miles.
6 p.m. Wind and weather the same. More sea.
7 p.m. Wind sprung around to W.N.W. and blowing stronger. Course E by S.

Tuesday July 21st
The wind during the night has been W.N.W. and very strong breeze.
8 a.m. Wind N.W. and strong.
12 noon. West wind, strong breeze. Obsv. Latt. 49° 11’ Days work 60 miles.
6 p.m. Wind W.N.W. strong breeze. Course E.S.E
Frank’s watch stopped today. Main spring broke. We feel the loose of the time very much.

Wednesday July 22nd
The wind during the night has been from W.N.W. Very strong breeze.
Breakfast. Wind and weather the same.
Noon. Wind and weather the same. Obsv. Latt. 49° 16’. Day’s work 60 miles.
Drawed the fresh water from the after tank and filled it with sea water to make the boat ballast on even keel.
Suppertime. Wind West fresh breeze. Course E.S.E. Smooth water.

Thursday July 23rd
The wind during the night has been Westerly blowing with showers of rain. Very strong.
Breakfast time. Wind W.S.W. very strong and raining.
Noon. Wind West very strong breeze and clearing off.
Day’s work 55 miles. Course E.S.E.
6 p.m. Calm and clear weather.

Friday July 24th
It has been calm all night and clear with high sea.
8 a.m. Calm and clear. Sea moderating.
Noon. Wind N.E. very light breeze. Days work 50 miles.
Spoke barque EUGEN of Christiana and went onboard and had dinner there and received a little provision.
6 p.m. Calm.



This is to certify that I met the rowboat «Fox» of New York on this day and examined her and found nothing that she could be propelled by except the oars:
July 24th 1896 AXEL BACHE
Master of the «EUGEN» of Christiana



Saturday July 25th
The night has been partly calm. After midnight wind sprung up from the N.N.E. with light rain.
Breakfast time. Wind North strong breeze with showers of rain.
12 noon. Wind North strong breeze and clearing. Day’s work 45 miles.
Suppertime. Wind and weather the same with a high sea running.

Sunday July 26th
The wind during the night has been from the North with light showers of rain and from light to fresh breeze with high sea.
Breakfast time. Wind North fresh breeze, clear weather.
Noon. Wind North light breeze. Sea going down. Day’s work 50 miles.
Suppertime. Wind N.W. light breeze. Clear weather.

Monday July 27th
The wind during the night has been from N.W. to North and very light with fine weather.
Breakfast time. Wind N.E. light breeze.
Noon. Wind N.E. light breeze with choppy sea. Obsv. Latt. 49° 27’ Course E.S.E.
Drawed off the fresh water from after tank. Filled aftertank with salt water to trim the boat.
Suppertime. Wind the same. Weather fine.

Tuesday July 28th
The night has been partly calm to light winds from the N.E. shifting to South.
Breakfast time. Wind S.S.W. fresh breeze.
Noon. Wind S.W. strong breeze. Day’s work 55 miles. Obsv. Latt. 49° 27’ Course E.S.E.
Suppertime. Wind S.S.W. very strong breeze with showers of rain.

Wednesday July 29th
The weather during the night has been rough blowing hard from the S.S.W. with rain shifting towards the West.
Breakfast time. Wind W.N.W. very strong breeze with showers of rain.
Noon. Wind West, blowing hard with high sea. Going before it at good rate. Course E.S.E. Day’s work 65 miles.
Suppertime. Wind and weather about the same.

Thursday July 30th
The weather during the night has been rough, blowing hard from the W.N.W. with showers of rain.
Breakfast time. Wind and weather the same.
Noon. Wind N.W. going down some and clearing off.
Obsv. Latt. 49° 41’. Day’s work 75 miles. Course E. by S. ½ S.
Suppertime. Wind N.W. fresh breeze.

Friday July 31st
The wind during the night has been from the N.W. shifting to N.E. fresh breeze with clear weather.
Breakfast time. Wind N.E. light breeze.
Noon. Wind East, very light. Day’s work 60 miles.
Obsv. Latt. 49° 34’ Course East.
Suppertime. Wind North very light. Choppy sea.

Saturday August 1st
The weather during the night has been with light breeze from North. One hour before daylight discovered Bishop Rock Light bearing North, distance 10 miles off. One hour after daylight discovered Land. Scilly Island. At 11 a.m. made land at St. Mary. Went up and called at the U.S. consul and was received with great honour and favouring us in every way. Towards night hauled out from the pier, anchored and both of us turned in for the night. The wind is now East and commencing foggy. Expect to get under way early in the moring.



Scilly 1st August
I certify that at 11 a.m. today the boat «Fox» of New York arrived at this port having onboard George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, who stated that they had rowed said boat from New York and on examination I have every reason to correct this report.
John Banfield U.S.
Pr. J. E. Hopper Consul Agent.



Sunday August 2nd
The weather during the night has been foggy with Easterly wind, light breeze.
Breakfast time. Wind East light breeze, clear weather.
Noon. Wind and weather the same.
Suppertime. Wind East light breeze.
Will start under way as soon as tide turns.
6 p.m. (about) Started under way. Rowed around the island Northward, shaped course for Wolf Rock. Course E. S. ½ S.

Monday August 3rd
The night has been fine with light to fresh breeze from the N.E. Saw Wolf Light about midnight 2 points on the port bow. At daybreak passed the light about 2 miles off.
Breakfast time. Wind N.E. fresh breeze. Choppy sea.
Noon. Wind N.E. strong breeze. Stearing for Lizard Point. Course E.S.E.
About 4 p.m. passed Lizard. Stearing now for Start Point. Course E. ¼ S.
Suppertime. Wind North fresh breeze. Sundown went in to Coverack cove and anchored for the night. Both of us turned in.

Tuesday August 4th
Started out from Coverack Cove about 6 A.M. and rowing along the shore. Wind N.E. fresh breeze, choppy sea.
Noon. Went into Gull Rock and anchored and had dinner. Wind N.E. strong breeze.
Suppertime. Wind and weather the same. Tied boat to the pier and both of us went ashore for a while. Both of us slept all night.

Wednesday August 5th
The night has been fine to us. Got under way about 7 a.m. Wind East very strong breeze with a choppy sea.
Noon. Wind East strong, choppy sea. Are rowing along close in shore. Making slow headway.
Suppertime. Wind South very light and sea going down.
Edystone Light bearing S. by E. Distance 8 miles. Course E.S.E.

Thursday August 6th
The wind during the night has been N.E. strong breeze with choppy sea. Breakfast time. Wind N.E. strong breeze. Start Point Light 2 points forward of beam. Course E. by S.
Went in to Salcombe and got some provision and stopped there about one hour. Come out again and fell in with steamer «BAMBURGH» of Newcastle and accepted a tow from him as he was bound for Havre. Steamer steering S. E.

Friday August 7th
The wind during the night has been Westerly light breeze.
Steamer has been going full speed all night steering S.E. East and South.
Breakfast time. Can see land ahead now and on both sides. Course steered is S. by E.
The spray from towing has been going all over the boat all night so we have got a good soaking to finish up our voyage with.
9 a.m. Let go of steamer about 3 miles off Havre and arrived at 9.45 and consider our voyage at an END.



United States Consulate Havre August 7 1896.
The rowboat «Fox» Geo. G. Harbo and Frank G. Samuelsen arrived here at 9.45 a.m. today from New York. 62 days out.
C. W. Chancellor
Consul.

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