Jens Peter Olsen Collection

Manuscripts Collection 340

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Olsen, Jens Peter, 1883-1933
Title: Jens Peter Olsen Collection
Dates: 1898-1933
Extent: 5 items
Abstract: This collection contains 3 volumes, miscellaneous papers, a short transcription, a magazine article, and photocopies. One volume is a log for Olsen’s voyage on the GEORG STAGE, one volume is a log for Olsen’s voyage on the THETIS, and one volume holds the logs for his voyages on the WILLIAM P. FRYE, the SLESVIG, and the LORENA, and also includes sea chanties. The logs are written predominantly in Danish. A few passages, such as the sea chanties, are in English. The papers include a story about a wrecked ship called the GOLDEN HORN, written in English, and 3 other miscellaneous pages written in Danish that appear to be a letter. The short translation and transcription is of the first 11 entries from the GEORG STAGE log. The photocopies are of all pages in the collection. The magazine article is titled “Of a Danish Ship, American Cadets and a Son Remembered” from Burgee Magazine, November 1990.
Identification: Coll. 340

Biography of Jens Peter Olsen

Jens Peter Olsen was a sailor from Denmark born on June 8, 1883. During the period covered by this collection he was a sailor on the training ship GEORG STAGE (1898), the THETIS (1901), the SLESVIG (1903), the WILLIAM P. FRYE (1903-1904) and the LORENA (1905). The GEORG STAGE was a Danish training ship for boys between the ages of 15-18 and Olsen was 15 when he sailed on the ship. Olsen died on December 15, 1933 after being struck by a hit and run driver.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Jens Peter Olsen Collection consists of 6 logbooks that he kept himself. The logbooks contain the day to day happenings of a training voyage and other types of voyages in the early 20th century and are all written in Danish. He records the length of each voyage, vessels spoke, and ports of entry visited. He also describes a meeting with the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark during his voyage on the GEORG STAGE. In addition to his logbooks there is a magazine article describing the history of the GEORG STAGE, a two page translation and transcription of the first 11 entries in the GEORG STAGE log from Danish to English, a story about a ship called the GOLDEN HORN that wrecks on its way back to England from Port au Prince, 3 pages written in Danish that appear to be a letter, and photocopies of everything in the collection.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Olsen, Jens Peter, 1883-1933

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Athens (Schooner)
Georg Stage (Ship : 1882)
Golden Horn (Watercraft)
Holger (Watercraft)
Hornet (Watercraft)
Ingolf (Schooner)
Lorena (Watercraft)
Slesvig (Watercraft)
Thetis (Watercraft)
William P. Frye (Watercraft : 1901)


Alexandria (Egypt)–Ports of entry
Barcelona (Spain)–Ports of entry
Bath (Me.)–Ports of embarkation
Capri Island (Italy)–Ports of entry
Copenhagen (Denmark)–Ports of entry
Cowes (England)–Ports of entry
Drobak (Norway)–Ports of entry
Espergaerde (Denmark)–Ports of entry
Falkland Islands–Ports of entry
Gibraltar–Ports of entry
Helsingor (Denmark)–Ports of entry
Honolulu (Hawaii)–Ports of entry
Humlebaek (Denmark)–Ports of embarkation
Istanbul (Turkey)–Ports of entry
Izmir (Turkey)–Ports of entry
Kerkyra (Greece)–Ports of entry
Liverpool (England)–Ports of entry
Malta–Ports of entry
Manchester (England)–Ports of entry
Marseille (France)–Ports of entry
Naples (Italy)–Ports of entry
New York (N.Y.)–Ports of entry
Newcastle (N.S.W.)–Ports of entry
Nice (France)–Ports of entry
Nyborg (Denmark)–Ports of entry
Oscarsborg (Norway)–Ports of entry
Oslo (Norway)–Ports of entry
Palermo (Italy)–Ports of entry
Piraeus (Greece)–Ports of entry
San Francisco (Calif.)–Ports of entry
Skagen (Denmark)–Ports of entry
Sound, The (Denmark and Sweden)–Ports of entry
Southampton (England)–Ports of embarkation
Svendborg (Denmark)–Ports of embarkation
Swansea (Wales)–Ports of entry
Trinidad–Ports of entry
Tunis (Tunisia)–Ports of entry
Valencia (Spain)–Ports of entry
Ven Island (Sweden)–Ports of entry
Venice (Italy)–Ports of entry


Children at sea
Sea songs
Seafaring life

Document Types:



Merchant mariners

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 340, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Index to Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Athens in Box 1, Folder 3 of the collection.
Athens 1/3, 1/4
Georg Stage 1/1, 1/2
Golden Horn 1/10, 1/11
Holger 1/1, 1/2
Hornet v.3, 1/6
Humlet 1/1, 1/2
Ingolf 1/1, 1/2
Lorena v.3, 1/8
Slesvig v.3, 1/6
Thetis 1/3, 1/4
William P. Frye v.3, 1/8

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Logbooks 1898-1905
Box Folder
1 1 Vol. 1: Logbook, Ship GEORG STAGE (photocopy); 1898 April 30 – September 1 (59 pp.)
2 Vol. 1: Logbook, Ship GEORG STAGE; 1898 April 30 – September 1 (33 pp.)
3 Vol. 2: Logbook, Watercraft THETIS (photocopy); 1901 October 14 – November 15 (37 pp.)
4 Vol. 2: Logbook, Watercraft THETIS; 1901 October 14 – November 15 (18 pp.)
3 Logbook, Watercraft SLESVIG, Watercraft WILLIAM P. FRYE, and Watercraft LORENA; 1903 April – September 27;1903 December 22 – 1904 July; 1905 February 22 – April 26 (245 pp.)
Miscellaneous Papers 1931-1990
Box Folder
1 5 Translated excerpt of the first 11 entries of the GEORG STAGE log; no date (2 pieces)
6 Photocopy of Volume 3, Section 1 of 3 (70 pieces)
7 Photocopy of Volume 3, Section 2 of 3 (87 pieces)
8 Photocopy of Volume 3, Section 3 of 3 (88 pieces)
9 Miscellaneous papers in Danish, appears to be a letter (photocopy); no date (6 pieces)
10 Miscellaneous papers in Danish, appears to be a letter; no date (3 pieces)
11 Golden Horn Story (photocopy); 1931 August 26 (18 pieces)
12 Golden Horn Story; 1931 August 26 (18 pieces)
13 Burgee Magazine article “Of a Danish Ship, American Cadets and a Son Remembered,” November 1990 (3 pieces)

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