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Temp #11
DepartmentLog Books
Low Estimate$9,000.00
High Estimate$12,000.00
Last UpdatedApril 25, 2019


Tall folio book, 13. 5 x 8.25," 200 pages of entries (54 pages blank), bound in quarter leather with marbled boards, covering a whaling voyage in the Atlantic and Indian oceans from April 5, 1847 to February 23, 1850. The journal contains 25 whale stamps, indicating whales caught, and 77 whale tail stamps, indicating whales chased and lost.

Edward S. Tucker, the recorder of the journal, was listed as a "boatsteerer" on the New Bedford, Massachusetts, whaler Marcella, a member of the crew of a whaling boat who pulls the forward oar until reaching striking distance, harpoons the whale, and then steers while the another member of the boat lances the whale. The Chief or First Mate would have kept the official log of the voyage, thus this journal is an unofficial record of the activities of the whaling ship. A journal such as this was similar to a logbook in that that it records the same information found in logbooks, including the date, the position of the vessel, the sail she was under, the wind speed and direction, activities of the crew, vessels encountered, and whales seen and taken."


The spine and edges of the journal has several small chips and the hinges show wear; toning to pages commensurate with age. Intermittent stains. Overall very good.

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