Awful Calamities; or, the Shipwrecks of December 1839, Being a Full Account of the Dreadful Hurricane… in Which were Lost More Than 90 Vessels… and Also of the Dreadful Disasters At Gloucester.
J. Howe, ( 1840), Boston
b/w wood engraved wraps. 24 pp.
A deadly hurricane swept the coast of Massachusetts in December of 1839 wreaking havoc on local shipping and the Gloucester fishing fleet. The toll of this three day gale is recounted for each coastal town on each day. On the inside front and back wrappers the loss of the steamer Lexington (a separate incident, occurring on January, 1840) is narrated. The wood engravings on the outside of the front and back wrappers illustrate the losses of the brig “Rideout” and the ship “Martha Washington.” This is the sixth printing of a pamphlet that must have been quite popular in its day. See Huntress 304C. A strip of paper (probably removable) is glued to the edge of the front cover, by which means the pamphlet was pasted into a scrapbook, otherwise a very good copy in original printed wrappers.