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    Whaling Journal. Remarkable 8.5" x 12.75", 96 page whaling journal of the vessel St. George on its 1839-1843 voyage to the South Pacific and Japan from New Bedford, Massachusetts, with Captain Fisher as the master. The journal contains ten whale drawings, six whale stampings, and a small sketch of the ship Franklin. More than one writer made entries. The following colorful excerpts are transcribed as written: "Lowered three boats for Blackfish struck two took them along side and took them in at 3 P.M. at 2 P.M. spoke Ship Franklin of Nantucket Capt. Riddle 26 ½ month out. . . at 1 PM saw A large whale lowered 4 boats the Capt struck hi[m] whe killed him and took him Along side and begun to cut. At 6 PM made him fast for the night. At 5 AM commenced cutting. . . Boiling out the whale at 6 PM finished boiling. . . July the 22 Commences With their she bloes At 6 AM loard the boats and Caught one whale wich made us 50b[arre]lls whe spoke the whalter schot." In some instances, entries skip months; where this happens, charts are used to summarize. For example, one page lists twenty-four ships with their masters under the heading, "A List of Ships at Lahaina Mowee [Maui] from Oct 20 to Nov 6th 1842". Maui was an important stop for whaling ships.

    The log is dampstained with some fraying at the edges, quite befitting of a sea log. Parts of some pages have been cut away and a few pages contain imprints of the remains of insect wings. There are unrelated jottings, including poems, near the end of the log. The fragileness and flaws of this log are minor when compared to the outstanding content and drawings. In original boards and binding, the journal is attractively kept in an 8.5" x 12.75" presentation folder with inside flaps and housed in an elegant quarter-leather slipcase with raised bands; the spine contains gilt-embossed "Log of/ the Whaleship/ St. George/ 1839-1843". Ready to be displayed in near good condition.


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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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