Collection MS 773 - Whaling logbooks, and other documents, copied in New England (USA) repositories

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Whaling logbooks, and other documents, copied in New England (USA) repositories


  • 1838 - 1853 (Creation)

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Please refer to the full entry in PMB 200

For indexes see American Whalers and Traders in the Pacific, Robert Langdon, ed., Canberra, 1978 and Where the Whalers Went, Robert Langdon, ed., Canberra, 1984. Information is provided in the following format: Name of ship (in upper case); Date of voyage; Area or places visited. PLEASE NOTE: PMB 768 to 783 - the names of the captains or logkeepers were not readily available for inclusion in these entries. Some of the names may be located in the indexes mentioned above. PEACOCK USS; 1838-41; Pacific PORPOISE USS; 1838-42; Pacific OREGON USS; 1838-42; Pacific ST GEORGE; 1850-53; Pacific RELIEF; ?; ?; VINCENNES; 1838-42; Pacific PEACOCK (see above) VINCENNES; 1838-42; Pacific Of special interest on this reel (PEACOCK, PORPOISE, OREGON; 1838-42) Journal of Giles Holmes, assistant surgeon of US Exploring Expedition, who served on all three ships. Detailed descriptions of islands visited, customs of islanders, etc. water depths and temperatures; (PEACOCK, VINCENNES; 1838-42) Journal of George Emmons. Long description of fatal episode at Malolo, Fiji; newspaper clippings, abstracts of voyage, material re courts martial; (VINCENNES; 1838-42) Detailed descriptions of landfalls and encounters with islanders; good description of Antarctic voyage.

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Available for reference but, no part of the contents of this microfilm may be reproduced in any way without the permission of the holding institution or individual. Written permission must be obtained from the holding institution or individual before copies of the microfilm can be supplied. The name of the holding institution or individual, and the PMB film number, should both appear in citations.

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Beinecke Library, Yale University, Box 1603A Yale Station, New Haven CON 06520

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