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Log of the Ship Trumbull, Java Head to Providence, RI, 1816
Folio. unpaginated. About 80 pagespre-printed in journal form, accomplished in manuscript. "John Aborn Master. Kept by Geo. W. Johnson of Providence." The Trumbull departed Jave head May 29 and reached Providence October 26, 1816. Excellent detail on ship handling, weather, and events on board - which included such things as the discovery of a giant whale carcass, being fed on by birds and sharks, "a most tremendous squall" off the Cape of Good Hope, after which "all persons on board [the ship carried passengers as well as cargo] were obliged to help cut away the mizzen mast." Also contacts with English troop ships on the heels of the late War. Approaching the Cape of Good Hope they ran low on water, and the captain was confined to his quarters by rheumatism, much to the relief of the crew. According to journal keeper Johnson, the ship was being run by "our officers." In all, an eventful voyage of an early 19th century American merchantman. Bound in original marbled wrappers, taped at spine. "Providence (R.I.) Printed for William Wilkinson, and sold at his bookstore, 1815."
      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co. ]
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