Abstract of a cruise in the frigate United States under the command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific: comprising latitude and longitude, ports called at, ships spoken and deaths during the cruise, 1842-1844
- Abstract of a cruise in the frigate United States under the command of Commandore Thos ap Catesby Jones, James Armstrong esq. Captain in the South Pacific: comprising latitude and longitude, ports called at, ships spoken and deaths during the cruise, 1842-1844
- The manuscript contains information from the ship's log and descriptions from several of the ports of call (Funchal, Island of Madeira; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Chili; Lima, Peru; Coquimbo, Chili; Monterey, California; Mazatlan, Mexico; the Hawaiian Islands; Nuka Hiva; and, Tahiti). The manuscript was written by two unknown individuals as there are two distinct sets of handwriting in the document.
- Persistent Record Link:
- United States (Frigate)
Armstrong, James, 1794-1868
Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby, 1790-1858
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
United States (Frigate) -- History
United States. Navy -- History
Voyages and travels -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
French Polynesia -- Description and travel -- History -- Sources
Hawaii -- Description and travel -- History -- Sources
Latin America -- Description and travel -- History -- Sources
Monterey (Calif.) -- Description and travel -- History -- Sources
A similar document can be found in the National Archives in Record Group 45, Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, U.S. Navy Subject File, 1775-1910, File OM (routine cruises), 1842-44 and was reprinted as Journal of a cruise to the Pacific Ocean, 1842-1844, in the frigate United States (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1937).
Electronic reproduction. Chestnut Hill, Mass. : Boston College, University Libraries, 2011. Mode of access: Internet.
- Biographical/Historical note:
- The U.S.S. United States was one of the first frigates authorized by the United States Congress in 1794. After being repaired in 1842, it left the Hampton Roads, Virginia bound for duty in Pacific via Cape Horn as the flagship of the Pacific Squadron. Herman Melville enlisted as a seaman in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1843. The ship returned to Boston, Massachusetts in 1844 and was placed out of commission for repairs. The frigate later saw service as part of the Mediterranean Squadron and was ultimately dismantled by the Navy in 1865.
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- 1 v. (12 leaves) ; 32 cm.
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