Whaling Letters, 1830s-40s.
Nine folded letters written at sea and addressed to Sag Harbor N.Y., including 1845 letter with latitude/longitude noted, part of contents mentions visit to Crozette Islands in the sub-Antarctic,
encounter with sperm whale which left six tooth holes in hull,
another from 1841 mentions visit to Azores,
one dated at Tahiti
in 1843 and notes had not seen land for seven months, that the whaling was not very good in Crozette Islands, will be sailing for Alaska and also notes that British had taken possession of Hawaii,
one dated 1846 at Sydney, New South Wales, where undergoing repairs, one from whale ship Alexander
in 1848 and mentions Tristan da Cunha,
one datelined at "Mohee, Sandwich Islands"
on March 31, 1844 notes sailing to Azores, around Cape of Good Hope, touching at Pitcairn Island
then on to Maui, 1841 letter noting arrival at Western Islands (Azores), another from 1845 written 100 miles from Maui and mentions they are coming from Kamchatka (Siberia),
other colorful content, all postmarked on arrival either in New York or Boston as ship letters
VERY FINE. A FASCINATING GROUP OF NINE LETTERS WRITTEN FROM WHALING SHIPS BASED IN SAG HARBOR, NEW YORK, WITH PHENOMENAL HISTORICAL CONTENT.
The contents of the letters gives us an excellent window into life on a whaling ship, its voyages, the sicknesses and deaths of crew members, the dangers of the sea and the occasional historic events they witnessed. A PDF of the contents of all letters is available at our website.
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