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

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
whaling letter
Date made
overall: 9 1/2 in x 15 in; 24.13 cm x 38.1 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Hazel H. and Kathryn J. White
See more items in
Work and Industry: Maritime
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object