New Bedford, Massachusetts

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New Bedford, Massachusetts


Panaggio, Leonard J., Sea Classics


NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS - The Whaling Museum announced that during 2000 it acquired six more log books bringing its total collection to 1,176 valuable research sources. They were from the Bark VOLANT of Rochester, Massachusetts, for the voyage 16 October 1839-25 February 1841; Bark MINNESOTA of New Bedford voyage of 11 July 1876-20 May 1877, Ship FLORIDA of New Bedford's log for the period 10 May 1851-30 October 1854, Ship FREEDOM, New Bedford, voyage of 1 September 1842-3 October 1844, Ship MARENGO, New Bedford, covering 17 October 1866-23 April 1871, Schooner UNION, Westport Massachusetts, for voyage of 27 February 1877-2 October 1877.

Three issues were received of The Sailor's Magazine and Seamen's Friend for March 1868, January 1870, and November 1881. The monthly publication first appeared in January 1843, and was edited by Samuel C. Damon, Seamen's Chaplain, and came from a press in Honolulu, Sandwich Islands. The first issue was titled Temperance Advocate and went through a series of name changes including The Friend.

The publication listed monthly arrivals at Honolulu. Typical of such entries were the arrival of HBM CARYSFORD, Lord George Paulet, and the USS BOSTON. Information about the BOSTON was printed -- J.C. long was the captain, the ship had come from China with 203 on board of which 72 draw their grog; the boys are not allowed to draw it, but like others who do not draw it, get six cents a day as the value of it, which is generally paid at the end of the month." The officers and principals of the ship were listed by name and included four lieutenants, a master, surgeon, assistant surgeon, acting purser, six midshipmen, the captain's clerk, an acting boatswain, a gunner, sailmaker and master's mate. …

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