14356a Rare Whaling Letter from Barque Martha 2 in Hawaii
This letter was written Dec 3rd, 1863 from Honolulu on Board the Barque Martha 2nd of New Bedford. It is addressed to Mr. William Smith and discusses the vesselís returm from the Arctic with "Whail and boan" (sic) which were shipped home in several named vessels. The writer goes on to entreat Mr.Smith to advance money from his due in the ship to his dependent parents. He then notes the success of the voyage and his hope for the next year.
The letter is signed by Mr. Charles Hood jr 3rd Officer of the BK Martha 2d.
12 1/2 in. x 7 3/4 in. Four sides with content filling two pages. Impressed Hallmark (C & H) in upper left corner of first page.
Condition: The writing is very legible. There are strong crease marks with tears in a few creases
A full transcription of this document is available.
The bark Martha 2nd, Captain Barnard H. Dailey, sailed from New Bedford on Oct. 1, 1862 to the North Pacific. Capt. Dailey died at sea in April, 1864. The vessel did not return home as she was captured and burned by the Shenandoah in the Behring Straits in June, 1865.