UPDATE: A Photo image of the original 1846 letter is now posted on the profile page of George Edwards (Edwards-28522)... I hope that leads to a better transcription/deciphering of his letter!
UPDATE 2: according to the input & expertise received so far, (Please add or comment more) this could be the voyage 'path' of the Triumph in 1846:
"I expect to sail for home in about two months, the first harbor we put in was Pirates Cove, the neat was Neatsquare (Natashquan, Québec ), the next Wappeatygun (Ouapitagone Archipelago, Quebec), the next Port Island (New Foundland), the next Bon Esperance, (Bonne-Espérance, Quebec) the next Belsemore."
In 1846 a ship named Triumph left the harbor of Portland, Maine. On board was George Edwards, an 18 year-old on his very first ocean voyage. Several months later the Triumph ported and George wrote a letter home to his parents. I have the 1846 letter George Edwards wrote, and I am trying to decipher his handwriting of 176 years ago. I am in Colo., a landlocked interior state and know NOTHING about ports in the upper Maine-New England-Canada coast in the mid-1840’s. I am hoping that someone with that knowledge can help me ‘decode’ the voyage of George Edwards (1846-1847). In his 1846 letter George writes that the Triumph set sail for the coast of Labrador (Canada). The ship’s first stop was Pirates Cove, the second stop is unreadable… looks something like “Neatsquare”, the third is also unreadable ?Wappeatygun?, then Port Island, and then Bonne-Espérance, Quebec. The port that George writes the letter from is hard to decipher as well.. ? Belsemore? I am fascinated by this historic old letter, and am researching it and George Edwards for his new profile. Could someone with knowledge/expertise on the shipping ports in that 1846 era/area, help me with the voyage of George Edwards and the Triumph?