Log of the Petrel, 1857-1862

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Title

Log of the Petrel, 1857-1862

Subject

Whaling--South Pacific Ocean.
Whaling--Atlantic.

Description

Kept by a particularly literate and colorful Petty Officer named Alden W. Tripp, the log contains illustrations as well as stamps of whales, dolphins, ships, pigs, turkeys, and angelfish. After an unpleasant encounter with the crew of another ship, Tripp commented “there was but one man on board, and that was the captain’s wife.” On liberty in New Zealand for New Year’s Eve, he recounts: “about 30 of us all told with tin kittles and fiddles and some other instruments of war too numerous to mention. Went serenading the town until 3 AM in the morning. We had a jolly old time of it, and to top it off we danced until daylight.” He also describes frequent bartering for food with islanders, his brawl with the Third Mate, and the death of a crewmate. The Petrel was captained by William C. Fuller, set sail in 1857 and returned in 1862 to New Bedford three months after the conclusion of this journal with 1,409 barrels of sperm oil.

Creator

Tripp, Alden W.

Date Created

1857-1867

Format

Bound manuscript

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

Wh P494 1857j

Provenance

Nicholson Whaling Collection, Providence Public Library

Collection

Citation

Tripp, Alden W., “Log of the Petrel, 1857-1862,” accessed August 27, 2015, http://pplspc.org/digital/items/show/26.

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