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Abstract of a cruise in the frigate United States under the command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific : comprising latitude and longitude, ports called at, ships spoken and deaths during the cruise

 Collection
Collection MS-1986-017: Abstract of a cruise in the frigate United States under the command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific : comprising latitude and longitude, ports called at, ships spoken and deaths during the cruise

Dates

  • 1842 - 1844

Abstract

The manuscript contains information from the ship's log and descriptions from several of the ports of call (Funchal, Island of Madeira; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chili; Lima, Peru; Coquimbo, Chili; Monterey, California; Mazatlan, Mexico; the Hawaiian Islands; Nuka Hiva; and, Tahiti). The manuscript was written by two unknown individuals as there are two distinct sets of handwriting in the document.

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Open for research; digital version also available.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical Note

The U.S.S. United States was one of the first frigates authorized by the United States Congress in 1794. After being repaired in 1842, it left the Hampton Roads, Virginia bound for duty in Pacific via Cape Horn as the flagship of the Pacific Squadron. Herman Melville enlisted as a seaman in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1843. The ship returned to Boston, Massachusetts in 1844 and was placed out of commission for repairs. The frigate later saw service as part of the Mediterranean Squadron and was ultimately dismantled by the Navy in 1865.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 container) : 1 v.; 12 leaves ; 32 cm.

Language of Materials

English

Provenance

Purchased from Whitten Antique Shop (1960).

Existence of Digital Copies

Available digitally. A link is included in the inventory.

Related Materials

A similar document can be found in the National Archives in Record Group 45, Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, U.S. Navy Subject File, 1775-1910, File OM (routine cruises), 1842-44 and was reprinted as Journal of a cruise to the Pacific Ocean, 1842-1844, in the frigate United States (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1937).

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Title
Abstract of a Cruise in the Frigate United States under the Command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific : Comprising Latitude and Longitude, Ports Called at, Ships Spoken and Deaths during the Cruise
Subtitle
1842-1844
Status
Marc Only
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

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