13713 Whaling Journal, Bark Samuel & Thomas, 1859-63
Journal of a voyage to the South Pacific in the Bark Samuel and Thomas of Mattapoisett, Asa Hoxie, Master. A virtually complete account commencing at the start of the voyage on Sept. 3, 1859 with the last entry while Homeward Bound on May 30th, 1863, just one month shy of her return. Kept by Solomon Barstow in a standard blank daily journal published by Francis & Loutrel in New York, 1852.
On the reverse side of the title page there is an outline drawing of a Sperm Whale showing parts such as “flucks” “case” “junk”, etc. and entry points for a harpoon and lance. There is also a loose page with drawings of signal flags of various ships. Preceding the start of the log are two irrelevant entries. There is also a crew list on which Barstow is listed as “Mattapoisett Yanke” with no rank.
Entries describe much whaling activity, gamming, sighting of numerous vessels, deserters, frequent observation of Sunday meetings,receiving mail, etc. There are many whale stamps.
Original boards with broken spine. Sewn on flour sacking cover is very worn. Text pages are in good condition. 105 pages. 15 in.. x 8 in.
Starbuck erroneously lists the destination of this voyage as Atlantic whaling ground.