Whaling Letter from Henry White to Parents, dated December 18, 1858


Letter 3, dated December 18, 1858, Swan River Colony, Australia

Heading from Fayal to Cape Verde Islands, Captain's parents' home. Captain asked by locals for salute; gun went off and killed ship's carpenter. Carpenter buried ashore in Catholic cemetery at Bravo. On 21 October spoke English merchantman Forest Monarch. Man overboard was saved. 3-17 October, large comet visible in NW X N horizon. Made Amsterdam Island (uninhabited) 30 Nov. Made Swan River 13 (or 17) Dec.

Date Made: 1858

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Whalers


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Credit Line: Gift of Hazel H. and Kathryn J. White

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0102.03Catalog Number: 2005.0102.03Accession Number: 2005.0102

Object Name: letterwhaling letter

Measurements: overall: 9 1/2 in x 15 in; 24.13 cm x 38.1 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-aae7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1289486

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