Consul’s Certificate of Shipment of Seamen or Mariners.
Printed sheet, 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches, accomplished in manuscript.
On December 18th, 1869, Thomas Adamson, the American Consul at Honolulu affirms that the men named below have shipped aboard the whaleship “John Carver.” It also states the terms of work for the men, and the percentage of interest they must pay on advances of pay. Twenty-two officers and men are named, with position, lay and advance pay recorded. Signed by Adamson. The “John Carver” was a 319 ton ship built in 1857 a,d home ported in New Bedford. This document was produced midway through her maiden whaling voyage, to the Arctic. She returned 69 sperm, 1535 whale, and 22, 976 bone. The certificate is matted and framed under glass. It shows old fold lines and wrinkles along the bottom edge. Shipping for this item is extra unless removed from the frame.