Whaling Letter from Henry White to Parents, dated April 29, 1861

Whaling Letter from Henry White to Parents, dated April 29, 1861

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Letter 6, dated April 29, 1861, Heakodadi, Japan
Left Oahu 6 Nov., went to Atawi (Kauai), sighted Phoenix, Jarvis & Balers, took a sperm, lost another, made Hope, Parotes, Drummonds, Hope, Brysons, Parotes, Drummonds, Suydinham, Heanderville, Noodinans, Ocean, Pleasant. Wellingtons Is., all except the later in the Kingsmill group. Ascension, sighted Cypan, Rotto, Lin Yan, anchored Guam, the last four belong to the Sadrone Is. Anchored "Nackersackie a port in Japan which has only been opened for about 2 ½ years. This is a good place for a man to speculate if he has money to do it with they make splendid tables, boxes, beauro, writing desks and almost anything that is made of wood they put a splendid polish on their work and in some of the most costly the figurines are inlaid with gold and silver…" Entered Japan Sea, lost a right whale, anchored Heakodadi…
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Gift of Hazel H. and Kathryn J. White
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