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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

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Title:
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
Description:
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.
Contributor:
United States (Frigate)
Date:
1842–1844
Format:
Manuscripts
Genre:
report
Location:
Boston College
Collection (local):
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
Subjects:
History
Sources
Voyages and travels
Description and travel
United States (Frigate)
United States. Navy
Armstrong, 1794-1868
Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby, 1790-1858
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
1800-1899
Places:
Hawaii
MassachusettsBerkshire (county)Monterey
French Polynesia
Latin America
Monterey (Calif.)
Extent:
1 v. (12 leaves) ; 32 cm.
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Terms of Use:
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Notes:
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).
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.
Electronic reproduction. Chestnut Hill, Mass. : Boston College, University Libraries, 2011. Mode of access: Internet.
Language:
English
Accession #:
MS.1986.017