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A.W. Brockway Logbook, 8 December 1896-7 April 1897
Manuscript volume, 8 December 1896-7 April 1897, logbook of A.W. Brockway for an ornithological expedition from Charleston to the upper St. Johns River in Florida and back.

The logbook documents a four-month-long trek that Brockway and his traveling companions, W.W. Worthington and Daniel Bennett, took to collect bird eggs and specimens. Brockway's log contains numerous references to the types of birds killed and eggs collected. The journal also recounts what types of food the party ate, what species of fish they caught, and the people they met along their journey. Brockway took a camera with him so that he could photograph the scenery on their trip. Often the crew would dock near a town so that Brockway could collect his mail and have his photographic plates developed.

Brockway and company embarked from E.O. Hall's boatyard at the mouth of Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant on 8 Decmeber 1896 bound for Charleston on the steamer Suzie Magwood. There they would pick up their boat, a cat boat dubbed the Wanderer, and begin their journey to the St. Johns River in Florida. For the majority of their trip they had what Brockway termed "perfect weather," but light winds made for slow going. Brockway and the crew traveled numerous rivers en route to Florida, among them the Ashley, Stono, Edisto, Ashepoo, Coosaw, Beaufort, Cooper, Skidaway, Vernon, Ogeeche, Bear, Newport, Julienton, Darien, Altamaha, Hampton, and Amelia.

Brockway also noted details of the scenery on the expedition. At Beaufort he saw a GAR parade with African-American soldiers and band. It had been slow going to reach Beaufort, and the party "made most of...progress by towing with skiff and poling." After Beaufort, however, the wind picked up and they made good time to St. Helena Island. After reaching Savannah, Ga., on 22 December, the party had rough tides on the South Newport river "but [the] boat behaved splendidly and rode the waves like a duck." Four days later, Brockway and company disembarked at Friendship Landing on the Julienton River at which place he noted that "all the people glad to see us and wished us to stay indefinitely." Brockway, Worthington, and Bennett remained there five days, celebrating the New Year with fireworks. The trip was not without its low points, though, for on 6 January 1897 Brockway became sick with chills and fever after drinking some contaminated water.

Much of the crew's time was spent on or near islands - -in particular, Egg Island - - near Darien, Ga., where they listened to a local family's "blood curdling stories of Darien lawlessness." Brockway also took note of the way in which orange growers in Florida protected their trees with moss. Overall the party and the natives took a mutual interest in each other that made the trip enjoyable for Brockway and often provided the crew with much needed supplies. Brockway and the crew began their return voyage to Charleston on 2 February and arrived on or about 7 April 1897.

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