The page for Monday, January 21st says:
Eight oclock a.m arrive at Esmeraldas, Ecuador, S.A. Entry to port reminds me of the Upper Catskill Mountains on the Hudson River. Expenses 3.75 + 4.55 Total: $8.20 We have troubles - Our agent "no se hable Engles" 2 of us again - Food for our 5 day trip. I am told to open our cargo. Mr. Schoenemam help us out. Arroyo? Sr to send food aboard of a "Balandra" Describe it - well I will later on for it is worth of it. C.J.F. at lunch told me cabbage all the crackers I could !!! Well, I am supplied with 2 lbs and 1 lb of cheese. Aboard the balandra at 4 pm expect to sail at 9 pm - 2 niggers singing. 5 in charge of boat. Mr Mrs C.J.F. will come aboard later on - they to go ashore - no room for us - well so it goes. Cook treating us to native dishes. Don't sail until 5 am tomorrow. Name of Balandra "Paris" Cost $2500 - Crew friendly. (as always, you can click on the image to get a larger view)
Questions and comments:
- A Balandra is a South American coasting vessel, of about 100 tons having one mast. Also knowns as a Bilander.
- Who is Mr. Schoenemam (and is that really how it is spelled)?
- Who is Arroyo Sr?
- What cost $2500? The Paris? The trip on it (seems unlikely)?