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Lot #390
DepartmentLog Books
Sold For$5,000.00(hammer price)
 $6,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019

Description

WHALING LOG BOOK OF THE SHIP TELEGRAPH OF SAG HARBOR
John Egbert Howell, master. Inscribed on inside front cover John Egbert Howell Rio. de. Janeiro. Jan. 24th. 1834". Entries dated from October 21, 1834 to May 21, 1836, the day she was lost on the rocks on the Island of Ohilahou[?] in the South Pacific. That day's entry provides a gripping account of Natives boarding the ship, "threatening instant Death to all making their horrid Yells". Notable other entries include February 15, 1835, when the Telegraph saw the ship Planter of New Bedford, and April 11, 1835, when a whaleboat was stoved and three irons were lost. Following the loss of the Telegraph, crew made arrangements aboard the ships Mount Vernon and Gen. Glover for passage home, and later entries in the log book are written aboard those two ships, the last dated mid-October, 1836. Includes approx. 29 impressive whale stamps. At rear is a half-page essay, mostly on the flora and fauna of Pacific Islands, as well as "A List of the Whales taken onboard ship Telegraph in the Years of 1835, 1836 and 1837 when & where", and "An account of the oil and where stored in the Telegraph", and pages with pencil inscriptions and figuring. Folio volume in marbled boards with calf spine and corners."

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