Maritime List 208

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26. Ephemera. (Hong Kong Trade Card). TUCK LEE AH JOE & CO. “Tuck Lee Ah Joe & Co. Ship-Chandlers and Compradores. Shipping supplied with all Kinds of Provisions, Ballast and Water, on the shortest notice and reasonable terms. Hong Kong, No. 58, Praya.” Followed by one line of Chinese characters. Card measures 2 1/4 x 3 1/8 inches. Never seen one before. Very good condition. $125
27. Farrington, E.F. HISTORY OF THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT BRIDGE. NY. n.d. b/w plates and ills. 69, (3) pp. plus 26 pp. illustrated ads. This is the “enlarged and revised” edition of the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, published in the year of its completion, and written by the “master of construction” of the project. The final three pages are a list of firms “who helped to build the bridge.” There are also some very nice illustrated ads, including one for Roebling Steel and Iron with an illustration of the Covington and Cincinnati suspension bridge. The book is nicely illustrated with full page wood engravings and illustrations in text. Unfortunately the color lithograph of the “Great East River Suspension Bridge” on the front cover is flecked and chipped. The illustration on the back cover, the Willimantic Bridge, is intact. Contents VG. $75
28. Forbes, Allan. SPECIAL EXHIBITION OF WHALING PICTURES. Salem, MA. 1919. b/w plates. Large 4to. 24 pp. “From the collection of Allan Forbes esq.” Catalog of 202 prints, with descriptions, six plates, and halftone photo illustration tipped onto title page. This is #2 in a limited edition of 75 copies Bound in original boards over cloth. One scuff on front board, else a clean copy. Pages uncut. $125
29. Forbes, R.B. THE “GOVERNOR AMES” AS SHE WAS AND AS SHE SHOULD BE. n.p. (Boston) n.d. folding b/w plate. 4to. 4, (1) pp. plus three folding diagrams. Forbes was a brilliant China Trader, sea captain, pamphleteer, and author of one of the great American autobiographies. He was tireless in advocating for changes in vessels and rigging that would make life at sea safer for sailors. This is his most important pamphlet, showing - with text and plates - how the five-masted schooner Governor Ames could be rigged with stay sails rather than gaff rigged. Two plates show her before and after, with a third of rigging details. They fold out to 16 x 19 1/2 inches. Scarce. Worldcat shows only six libraries holding copies. Bound in original printed wrappers. Front cover detached but present. Interior and plates fresh and clean. $250
30. Gallaudet, Thomas H. AN ADDRESS, DELIVERED AT A MEETING FOR PRAYER, WITH REFERENCE TO THE SANDWICH MISSION... Hartford. 1819. b/w plates. 12mo. 15 pp. This was the wedding sermon for Hiram Bingham and his bride Sybil, about to depart on their pioneering missionary voyage to Hawaii, where they would remain for twenty-one years. Forbes 498, who says, “There are references to Hawaii and to Obookiah in the text.” Hill 667 notes that Gallaudet an author of children’s books. Bound along backstrip with later library tape. Inscribed by the author to the Rev. Edw. D. Griffin. A good copy. $250
31. Herrmann, Oscar. PIRATES AND PIRACY. NY. 1902. b/w plates. 12mo. 47 pp. Romantic overview with excellent illustrations. Nothing but POD copies available online. This is the original first edition. Bound in illustrated wrappers. Circular blindstamp of Concord Historical Soc., else VG. Housed in box with gold spine title. $45
32. Hough, Horatio Gates. DIVING, OR AN ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE... A METHOD OF SUPPLYING THE DIVER WITH AIR UNDER WATER. Hartford. 1813. b/w ill. 8 pp. Probably the earliest American work on diving. Hough proposes several methods of supplying divers with air and mentions the advantage of underwater operations in battle. A schematic drawing on the last page illustrates the text. Anderson 629. Folio sheet, uncut and untrimmed. A fine, fresh copy. $350
33. Howard, E. SIR HENRY MORGAN THE BUCCANEER. NY. 1847. 128 pp. Howard was a friend of Frederick Marryat and a specialist in nautical fiction. This is an American reprint of a work first published as a triple decker in England in 1842. Foxed and tanned. Bound in original printed wrappers, chipped on edges. Back cover detached but present. $125
34. Humphrey, Heman. THE PROMISED LAND, A SERMON DELIVERED AT GOSHEN, ( CT) AT THE ORDINATION OF THE REV MESSRS. HIRAM BINGHAM, AND ASA THURSTON AS MISSIONARIES TO THE SANDWICH ISLANDS. Bos. 1819. 40, xvi pp. First edition of an important sermon, which Lefkowicz calls “the corner-stone of missionary history in the Sandwich Islands.” The sermon sets forth the terms on which the missionaries were sent to Hawaii, and exhorts Thurston, Bingham, and the “beloved females of the mission” to the completion of their labors. The mission commenced in 1820, just after the death of Kamehameha I, and had a profound influence on Hawaiian culture. They brought with them four Hawaiians who had been trained in the US, and frequent mention is made of them in the text. The famed Henry Obookiah is also lauded, though he had died a saintly death before the mission departed. This copy has xvi pages of “Instructions” appended. The pamphlet is scarce by itself and even scarcer with the extra material. Hill 852 (who calls it a “rare pamphlet”). Forbes 499. Not in Hunnewell. Removed from larger volume. Text clean. $350
35. Hussey & Robinson, publishers. CATALOGUE OF NANTUCKET WHALERS, AND THEIR VOYAGES FROM 1815 TO 1870. Nantucket. 1876. 54 pp. First and only edition of this rare catalog. As well as listing regular Nantucket whaling voyages, it includes a list of Nantucket ships that sailed for California in the Gold Rush and Nantucket ships sailing from French and English ports during the War of 1812. Crosby p. 175. This copy is bound in original printed wrappers, but is stained and chipped. The final page is torn in the upper corner, with some loss of text. Still reasonably priced for a scarce book, considering I sold my last one for $1250 some years ago. $300
36. Isles of Shoals. TWO SOUVENIR BOOKLETS AND A MENU FROM THE OCEANIC HOTEL, ISLES OF SHOALS. CIRCA 1890 Three promotional pieces for the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island. The larger booklet measures 7 x 5 1/2 inches, 10 pages, wood engraved ills, and ads for local businesses, circa 1892. The smaller one, 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, 18 pages, from about the same period (Day rate in each is $3.50.), is printed in red and dark green, with scenic views. Both have standard info about the island and the hotel which, I think, was taken over by the UU Church, and is now a mating ground for Unitarians. The third item is a breakfast menu from the same period. Breakfast that day featured blueberries and broiled bluefish. All in fine condition. $75
37. Kendall, Edmund Hale. THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF ABEL SAMPSON, RELATED BY HIMSELF; WRITTEN BY EDMUND HALE KENDALL. Lawrence City (MA). 1847. b/w engraved frontis. 12mo. 91, (4) pp. First edition of a rare account by an American seaman. He was born in Maine in 1790 and first went to sea on a merchant schooner in 1808. The next year he was pressed on board a British Man of War. He escaped and worked on a slaver for a time, shipped on the privateer Saratoga in 1812, then did a second, more successful tour on the Yorktown before being captured by the British. These adventures were followed by tours in the European, India, and West Indies trades. He swallowed the anchor in 1820, and went back to his original trade as a carpenter. Howes S-59. Not in Smith. Bound in original pictorial wrappers. Some chipping and old sewing loose, but still a good copy of a book that is quite scarce in the trade. The last copy for which I can find a record sold in 1979. $750
38. Lee, Henry. THE WHITE WHALE. Lon. (1878). 16 pp. A detailed survey of sightings of the white Beluga whale, beginning in the 1860s. Included is an account of a captive, which survived only three days, and its autopsy. With information on the natural history of the species, and on whales in general. There is also mention of references from historical sources as far back as Rondelet, but not a word about Moby Dick. Bound in original printed wraps, VG $50
39. Manuscript. A PRIVATE DAILY JOURNAL KEPT ON BOARD THE SHIP PIGOU, BY JAMES WATSON, SURGEON. JUNE 1806 - MARCH 1807. Small 4to. Unpaginated. About 200 pp. manuscript entries. According to Fairburn p. 2767 the Pigou was a 359 ton ship built in Philadelphia in 1783. “Among the outstandingly fast sailing vessels constructed in the United States during the first seven decades of its maritime history as a nation.” Watson’s journal contains an account of the British invasions of the Río de La Plata during which a detachment from the British army occupied Buenos Aires for forty-six days, then were evicted by Spanish troops. The Pigou was anchored at Montevideo, across the River Plate from Buenos Aires, embargoed for months by the Spanish government. Watson says he has come on board “to get my passage home.” Besides performing medical duties, he does chores aboard ship, so he is certainly earning his passage. The journal begins with a roster of twenty-five officers and crew aboard the ship. It goes on to record daily events as the English seize Buenos Aires and make off with millions of dollars, then fight the Spanish for control of the territory. Watson also records happenings aboard ship, and the manner in which he doctors crewmembers and sailors from other ships. The medical entries are quite specific as to malady and remedy, and make up a good part of the journal. As well as military and medical action, a vigorous slave trade is taking place during the months the Pigou is detained in port, before completing her cargo of tallow, hides and horse hair. Watson also keeps track of the books he is reading, which include such diverse materials as the Naval Chronicle and Fanny Hill! Binding broken, old calf covers detached but present. Entries clean and legible. $4500
40. Manuscript. ACCOUNT BOOK FOR BANGOR LUMBER BUSINESS, 1864 - 1871. Folio journal. About 200 pp. manuscript entries. This is an accounting of lumber purchased. No company name is given, but I presume it was a Bangor, Maine firm, because an entry for 1865 is headed “Lumber on sticks at Bangor.” The entries are arranged by type of lumber - No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 pine, shipping boards, refuse pine, sheathing & floorboard, hemlock, “whitewood,” hard pine, shelving, spruce, chestnut, “gutters,” timbers, and “long lumber.” Information entered includes date, feet, “bot of,” vessel, description, price, and amount. A remarkably detailed record. Kept in a neat hand, bound in worn sheep over mmarbled boards. $300
41. Manuscript. ACCOUNTS OF SCHOONER LIBERTY, CAPE COD, 1828 - 1830, AND ACCOUNTS FOR CREW MEMBERS, WITH SETTLEMENTS. Small 4to, about 150 pp. manuscript. The Liberty was a hard working coasting schooner. These accounts follow her as she sailed between Halifax and the Carolinas, with records of items purchased and sold at various ports, supplies, port charges and other expenses, as well as accounts with suppliers, laborers and crewmen. There is a great deal of information here, but it does not proceed in strict chronological order. About 20 pages in the middle of the book were used for penmanship exercises, possibly by Mary Baker of South Dennis, who autographed the front page of the book. Bound in calf over marbled boards. $250
42. Manuscript. AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE BUILDING OF THE SHIP HAWKE, BOSTON, 1703. Folio sheet. 1 page manuscript, docketed on verso. This concerns an agreement between Thomas Palmer and Jacob Wyman about furnishing timber to frame the ship Hawke, and payment for same. Palmer informs Wyman, via his agent, that timber has been provided and it is now time to make molds and hire carpenters. The terms are ninety pounds, half down and the other half in goods at money prices. Apparently Wyman was dragging his heels because the agreement is brought to arbitration before Captain Samuel Legg and John Greenough. Google informs me that Legg died the year after and was buried in the Granary Burial Ground in Boston. Good condition, in a fine old hand. $250
43. Manuscript. ARCHIVE PERTAINING TO THE LIFE, FAMILY AND CAREER OF REAR ADMIRAL GEORGE HENRY WADLEIGH. (1842-1927). Wadleigh was born in Dover, NH in 1842 and graduated the Naval Academy in 1863, in time to see Civil War action in the Gulf of Mexico. Other highlights of a long career include his cruise as commander of the Alliance during the Jeanette search, and command of the cruiser Minneapolis. This archive consists of family photos, photos of the ships on which he served, commissions and orders, ephemera and related news clippings, and correspondence. Items of note include four of Wadleigh’s commissions on vellum, approx. 16 x 19 inches, signed by presidents Johnson, Hayes, Cleveland and Roosevelt (all in very good condition). Also, two letters pertaining to Wadleigh’s orders aboard the Alliance for the Jeanette search; five documents apparently taken as souvenirs from a Confederate artillery battalion, 1861 and 1864, including Special Orders and Returns of Provisions; manuscript records of Courts Martial of eight soldiers from the Alabama Volunteers under Confederate Maj. Genl. Bragg, Mobile, 1862, for offenses such as sleeping on guard, stabbing other soldiers, and going AWOL. Punishments are recorded. 16 folio pages; and material relating to the 1943 launch of the USS Wadleigh, DD689. Most interesting in the lot is a large salt print of the “U.S.S. Constitution, Naval Academy Annapolis, 1860.” The print measures 13 1/4 x 10 inches, mounted on cardboard backing with the embossed stamp of photographer Fischer & Bros. Baltimore. It shows the ship moored along shore with a long wooden gangway leading out to it. About 150 items. $4500
44. Manuscript. DEPOSITION OF A BRITISH PRIVATEER CAPTURING AN AMERICAN VESSEL. Folio sheet, 2 pp. manuscript. Captain Michael Griff, of an unnamed British Privateer gives a detailed account of the chase, capture and manning by a prize crew of an unnamed American merchantman commanded by a Captain Stables. The event took place off the Fair Isles, north of Scotland, and the American’s haughty reaction is included. The statement is undated, but there is mention of the Danish privateer Tordenschjold, which was captured by the British in 1806, and this rather enigmatic paragraph: “After the vessel as related was detained the privateer left her & kept the mate & 6 men of the ships company aboard whose conduct has all the time been without blame; the master & one man was left aboard the Grand Turk, which is not yet arrived, but lies three miles from the town.” Good condition, intact and legible with some spotting. You figure it out for only $125
45. Manuscript. DEPOSITION REGARDING THE WRECK OF THE SLOOP ELIZA OFF PLUM COVE, GLOUCESTER, MASS. SEPTEMBER, 1790. Single octavo sheet. 1 page manuscript. Moses Vose and Nathaniel Keyes, both of Milton, tell how their sloop Eliza was wrecked trying to get into Annisquam. They made their sail in the middle of the night with a northeast wind blowing... Thought they were off Squam Bar and ran aground on Plum Cove ledge instead. “We left said sloop in order to save our lives... and on the next flood the sloop beat over the ledge and drifted on shore where we found her as well as we could - the sloop being bilged.” Local history at its finest! $35
46. Manuscript. DIARY OF A VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO VIA PANAMA, 1868. 12 mo. Unpaginated. Daily diary for the year 1868, with extra pages for notes. This is the diary of a young man of some means who travels via steamer to San Francisco by way of Panama in 1868. Assuming his daily entries are correct, he departs Boston March 9. Sails from New York next day. Daily runs often exceed 250 miles. He notes that there is a piano on board, and much singing. On March 14 a steerage passenger dies. March 19, “took the train for Panama. Aspinwal is a very pretty place.” March 25, sees a volcano on the Mexican coast. Arrives at Acapulco. March 27, passes the wreck of the Golden Gate on Mexican shore. March 29, “met a Oposition steamer.” Continues to complain of bed bugs. April 1. “22 years old today and on the broad ocean. Little did I think last year at this time I should be here... Passed by Light House called Point Deception.” April 2. “Arrived at 4 O Clock went to the What Cheer House.” By April 6 he has a job as a painter and rents a room on Minna St. for $5 a month. On April 9 he travels to Stockton to look for work. April 11, picks up work at a frame shop, then at the Mercantile Library, then “painting a privet house.” April 15, “Went down to see the Opsisition steamer Nevada sail for the Isthmus.” Then, surprisingly on April 17th, “Hired a store on Folsom St. 858 $25 rent... Took $20 out of my belt.” Soon he and his partner Ned commence selling corn, but he still loafs about quite a bit - travels to Redwood, goes to the theater once a week. By the end of April he’s selling odds and ends out of the store and looking again for a job. May 2, “Sold my chain and got $550 ($5.50?) for it.” May 7, he and Ned move to 52 Second St. “$12 per month in advance.” Much domestic detail, purchasing and washing clothes, meals, entertainment. May 14, “Steamer sailed today. Golden Age.” On May 21, “Bought two tickets for home one for Frank. I am not well. Feel pretty miserable paid $3550 for the tickets steerage” on the steamer Sacramento. They reached Panama June 5, and Boston June 16. Entries continue through mid-August. At the back of the book are two pages of cash accounts from his California trip, several lists and notes, and an abstract log of the journey home. The keeper of the diary has written his name in the front, but wear has obscured it - “Harvey Baker (Brown? Both names occur in the diary. At the back the birth of Henry Franklin Brown is recorded - 1870.) Fields Corner Dorchester Massachusetts Mass Age 22 April 2 1868” About 100 pp. manuscript entries. About 5000 words. $1250
47. Manuscript. LETTER NARRATING THE CAPTURE OF AN AMERICAN SCHOONER BY THE SLOOP OF WAR OTTER, CHESAPEAKE BAY. JAN 30, 1776. Octavo sheet, 24 lines of manuscript, about 200 words. The Otter was a 14 gun sloop of war launched in 1767. Prior to being wrecked off the Florida coast in 1778 she served on the North American Station, one of several vessels “employed in police work and petty expeditions against the disaffected colonists.” (Clowes IV, p. 3) This letter, written by one Thomas Newman, places her near the mouth of the Chesapeake on Feb. 11, 1776, when Thomas Day, hoping to “run into To ye Bay” in “thick wether,” had the bad luck to have his schooner seized by the Otter’s tender. “They have taken from me all the Money and Every thing I had the Mate and Jacob andross are Now with me they run from on board the Schooner Long after we ware Taken I have got my Liberty and am coming home... Please Inform my wife that I am well as Long as you have this Corn is Verey plenty in Virginia Sels only Six Shilling pr. barll...” A wonderful old letter, clean and legible, repairs on old folds. Newman closes, “There was a schooner taken from Salem ye same day.” $1250
48. Manuscript. LETTERS OF JAMES G. HUGHES/WEST. US NAVY, 1847 - 1855. Folded folio sheets with integral address and postmarks. About 4000 words. These twenty letters trace the career of a Pennsylvania farm boy who left home under a cloud, joined the Navy, and regretted it. He seems to have been adopted, and signs himself alternately James G. Hughes and James G. West - sometimes on the same letter. He writes first to his Uncle from Norfolk, saying, “I am going out to the Gulf of Mexico in a privateer you must not be trouble yourself about me... I never shall come back any more.” A year later he writes his father begging for money and hoping to come home. He boasts that he hasn’t had a drink in a year (judging from future troubles, he didn’t stay sober). The father seems to have a fatal illness, and Hughes doesn’t know if he’s alive, “still I must think of you as long as I live all I have done it was my fault and it cant be help.” Later letters to the Uncle follow Hughes through the Pacific aboard the St. Mary’s, back to Norfolk, where he is transferred to another sloop of war, the USS Saranac. In 1853 he transferred to the USS St. Lawrence for another tour in the Pacific, back to the Saranac, then to the Naval Barracks at Philadelphia where all his belongings burn in a fire in 1855. His letters contain ship board and naval doings, but mostly testify to a hard life of drunkenness, physical and mental hardship, and home sickness. $500
49. Manuscript. SHIPPING MANIFEST FOR THE SCHOONER SPEEDWELL, GUADELOUPE TO GLOUCESTER, 1815. Folio sheet, printed both asides, accomplished in manuscript. Report and manifest for the 47 ton schooner, Joseph Foster captain. She carried sugar and coffee northward in the aftermath of the War of 1812. Some browning on folds, but a handsome piece of printing. $25
50. Manuscript. STATEMENT AND DESCRIPTION OF IMPORTS OF WHALE PRODUCTS. LONDON. 1847. This is a fascinating and physically impressive document. On half of a large folio sheet (measuring 17 x 21 inches) Lemuel Goddard, a London commission merchant, writes Henry Lindsey, publisher of the “Whalemen’s Shipping List,” a detailed narrative concerning whale products landed in England in the past year. He includes such products and whale oil, sperm oil, “Southern Oil,” whalebone, spermaceti , and seal oil. Goddard’s letter takes up half the sheet, on both sides, and contains much detail, such as the fact that “the anticipated shortness of cotton compels our spinners to close their mills the bulk of the sperm oil being used by them (for illumination). The price now is 88 to 90 pounds.” Or, “The fishery in N. South Wales is rather increasing...” Or, “Our Greenland fishery proved unfavorable, though 44 ships were engaged in it.” Also, speculation about the effects of the American fishery and the European market. The other half of the sheet contains all this information and more in tabular form - “Imports & Consumption of Oils & Whalebone in London in the last 5 years,” and, “...Price of Oils & Whalebone when sold in London “(with a list of deductions for insurance, duties, etc., to arrive at an actual price). All written in Goddard’s tidy hand. The back of the table page is the address leaf, to Lindsey in New Bedford, with a New York cancel and forwarding stamp from Hussey & Mackay. Really cool whaling piece! $750
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