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EXCEPTIONAL ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL OF A WHALING VOYAGE OF THE SHIP CHARLES CARROLL OF NANTUCKET
Extensively and lavishly illustrated journal, possibly the best we have ever seen, covering a whaling voyage from Nantucket to the Pacific beginning December 1, 1848 and ending December 29, 1852. Titled on first page of entries "A Journal of a Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in Ship Charles Carroll Josiah C. Long, Master" and noted on third page of entries "From Nantucket bound to the Pacific".

Illustrated on nearly every page with colored ink and pencil drawings, for a total of approx. 279 distinct images. Illustrations include ships at sea, American and other flags, individual or pods of whales, whale tails, landscapes, barrels, turtles and other sea life. Some of the ship illustrations depict vessels flying large American flags off the stern, while others depict groups of ships, vessels fly differing country or agent flags, ships in rough seas, etc. Most of the illustrations of whales depict them with blood emanating from their blow holes, and many are marked "S", "L", "W" or "B" (for "Starboard", "Larboard", "Waist" and "Bow" boats) and notated with barrels of oils.

Most pages note the location of the ship in the upper margin, primarily in the same script lettering used for entries but occasionally in a different decorative font or in a different colored ink. Entries typically include latitude and longitude, notes on the weather and a brief synopsis of the day's events. Earlier pages note the number of days out in the lower margin. The December 22, 1848 entry notes "Birth Day to Day 42 years old". The Charles Carroll was off Cape Horn in March of 1849, north of the Equator in June 1849 and west of the Galapagos Islands "Offshore" in July 1849. The ship sailed throughout the Pacific, making note of the Marquesas Islands, Archipelago and Society Islands, the Island of Huaheine and other locations, and occasionally put into port on an island or along the west coast of South America. Margin title announces "Coast of Chili: Homeward Voyage" on September 19, 1852. The last entry reads "... Made some Sail at 2 Am saw Block Island at day light Gay head in sight at 8 took a Pilot off Holmes[?] Hole at 11 Am anchored in Edgartown so ends the Voyage absent 48 Months & 24 days turned out all totd 1085 Sperm 300 Whale Sold oil 120 cts".
Early and late pages with columns of figures totaling barrels of oil, lists of "Letters for the Following Ships", latitudinal and longitudinal calculations, lists of "Number of Whales got by Each Boat" with columns for "Starboard", "Larboard", "Waist" and "Bow", a list of "Number of Whales seen & by Whom seen", a "List of Ship's Spoken & Quantity of Oil onboard", and a list of dates and notations about days before/after "Full", "Quarter" or "Change", probably phases of the moon.

Also includes assorted ephemera, notably a pressed flower, a piece of Asian paper, a rudimentary plot plan, and the "Inward Foreign Manifest" for the ship Charles Carroll of Nantucket, Josiah C. Long, Master, owned by William C. Swain & others, granted at Nantucket November 29, 1848, listing barrels and collars onboard, their markings and owners.
The Charles Carroll was built in 1832 for captain and 1/32 share owner Owen Chase, the first mate onboard the famed Essex. She went on two whaling voyages under the command of Chase from 1832 to 1840 and was under the command of Thomas S. Andrews for multiple voyages in the 1840s until Josiah C. Long became captain for the 1848 voyage covered in this journal. In 1844 W.C. Swain was listed as her owner.
Journal is housed in contemporary blue boards.


Provenance:
Olive Coffin Long Saunders.
Edward Saunders.
Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, Sotheby's, December 16-17, 1983 (Part IV), Lot #444.
Private Collection.

Extensively and lavishly illustrated journal, possibly the best we have ever seen, covering a whaling voyage from Nantucket to the Pacific beginning December 1, 1848 and ending December 29, 1852. Titled on first page of entries "A Journal of a Voyage to the Pacific Ocean in Ship Charles Carroll Josiah C. Long, Master" and noted on third page of entries "From Nantucket bound to the Pacific".

Illustrated on nearly every page with colored ink and pencil drawings, for a total of approx. 279 distinct images. Illustrations include ships at sea, American and other flags, individual or pods of whales, whale tails, landscapes, barrels, turtles and other sea life. Some of the ship illustrations depict vessels flying large American flags off the stern, while others depict groups of ships, vessels fly differing country or agent flags, ships in rough seas, etc. Most of the illustrations of whales depict them with blood emanating from their blow holes, and many are marked "S", "L", "W" or "B" (for "Starboard", "Larboard", "Waist" and "Bow" boats) and notated with barrels of oils.

Most pages note the location of the ship in the upper margin, primarily in the same script lettering used for entries but occasionally in a different decorative font or in a different colored ink. Entries typically include latitude and longitude, notes on the weather and a brief synopsis of the day's events. Earlier pages note the number of days out in the lower margin. The December 22, 1848 entry notes "Birth Day to Day 42 years old". The Charles Carroll was off Cape Horn in March of 1849, north of the Equator in June 1849 and west of the Galapagos Islands "Offshore" in July 1849. The ship sailed throughout the Pacific, making note of the Marquesas Islands, Archipelago and Society Islands, the Island of Huaheine and other locations, and occasionally put into port on an island or along the west coast of South America. Margin title announces "Coast of Chili: Homeward Voyage" on September 19, 1852. The last entry reads "... Made some Sail at 2 Am saw Block Island at day light Gay head in sight at 8 took a Pilot off Holmes[?] Hole at 11 Am anchored in Edgartown so ends the Voyage absent 48 Months & 24 days turned out all totd 1085 Sperm 300 Whale Sold oil 120 cts".
Early and late pages with columns of figures totaling barrels of oil, lists of "Letters for the Following Ships", latitudinal and longitudinal calculations, lists of "Number of Whales got by Each Boat" with columns for "Starboard", "Larboard", "Waist" and "Bow", a list of "Number of Whales seen & by Whom seen", a "List of Ship's Spoken & Quantity of Oil onboard", and a list of dates and notations about days before/after "Full", "Quarter" or "Change", probably phases of the moon.

Also includes assorted ephemera, notably a pressed flower, a piece of Asian paper, a rudimentary plot plan, and the "Inward Foreign Manifest" for the ship Charles Carroll of Nantucket, Josiah C. Long, Master, owned by William C. Swain & others, granted at Nantucket November 29, 1848, listing barrels and collars onboard, their markings and owners.
The Charles Carroll was built in 1832 for captain and 1/32 share owner Owen Chase, the first mate onboard the famed Essex. She went on two whaling voyages under the command of Chase from 1832 to 1840 and was under the command of Thomas S. Andrews for multiple voyages in the 1840s until Josiah C. Long became captain for the 1848 voyage covered in this journal. In 1844 W.C. Swain was listed as her owner.
Journal is housed in contemporary blue boards.


Provenance:
Olive Coffin Long Saunders.
Edward Saunders.
Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, Sotheby's, December 16-17, 1983 (Part IV), Lot #444.
Private Collection.


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