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John Tyler|John C. Calhoun
Four Language Passport for the Whaling Brig Leonidas, Signed by John Tyler as President and John C. Calhoun as Secretary of State Yet the document is dated in August 1845, five months after their terms of office ended!
1808. 18/08/1845. The Brig Leonidas saw long service in the whaling industry, and is frequently mentioned in journals and records of the era. An interesting and unexpected episode in its history was recorded in a magazine in 1850: “Another illustration of the well known power and agility of the swordfish, the formidable enemy of the whale, was discovered by the workmen engaged in repairing the brig Leonidas, whaler, at this port, a day or two since. In searching for the cause of a leak which bad occurred during her last voyage, it was found that the side of the vessel bad been penetrated quite through, including the copper sheathing and two thicknesses of solid oak plank, not less than five inches, by the sword of one of these fish. The sword was about 12 inches in length…”Peleg Cornell was a well-known whaling captain out of Westport, Massachusetts [near New Bedford]. He made 20 voyages between 1831 and 1870, and left an interesting journal that sold at Christie’s. There is a whale weather vane atop his house in Westport to this day. He was the master of the Leonidas on more than one occasion.Document signed, as President, Washington, August 18, 1845, being a passport providing that “Leave and permission are hereby given to Peleg Cornell, master or commander of the Brig called Leonidas of the burthen of 127 tons, lying at present in the port of Fall River [near New Bedford, Massachusetts] bound for the South Atlantic Ocean and laden with Provisions, stores and utensils for a whaling voyage, to depart and proceed…on his said voyage…” The document is counter … [Click Below for Full Description]
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