"The Voyage of the F.H. Moore" and Other 19th Century Whaling Accounts

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In 1873, 21-year-old Sam Williams embarked on a whaling journey on the two-masted F.H. Moore--he steered one of the boats and threw the harpoon. He kept a personal log and reworked it into this never-before-published manuscript, now supplemented by additional research and relevant excerpts of the ship's official logbook. Complementing this are excerpts from three other accounts of whaling voyages: Incidents of a Whaling Voyage by Francis Allyn Olmstead (1841); Etchings of a Whaling Cruise by J. Ross Browne (1846), an expose of the whaling industry; and The Gam: Being a Group of Whaling Stories by Capt. Charles Henry Robbins (1899), a personal story of nearly an entire life at sea. The four accounts open the 19th century world of whaling to modern readers in a realistic and unromantic way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476613680
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Greg Bailey is a journalist and former attorney. His work has been published in American Heritage, Naval History, The Economist, Time, America’s Civil War and other magazines and newspapers in America and abroad. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Part I: “The Voyage of the F.H. Moore” by Samuel Grant Williams 5
One. Meet Fluker and the Crew  5
Two. Our First Day at Sea: Goodbye to Boston  9
Three. On the Way to San Domingo  13
Four. Story of Captain Peakes  17
Five. Gonives Bay and Our First Whale  22
Six. Off for More Whales  27
Seven. Off This Coast of Honduras  31
Eight. Blackfish and More Fruit  33
Nine. Cruising in the Tracks of Columbus  36
Ten. Cruising Among the Islands  38
Eleven. Southwest Key and One Comfortable Home  40
Twelve. New Year’s, 1874  41
Thirteen. Sam the Boatsteerer’s Story  45
Fourteen. [Untitled]  48
Fifteen. The Captain’s Wife  58
Sixteen. [Untitled]  62
Conclusion  69
Part II: An Unfinished Book by Samuel Grant Williams 71
One  73
Two  75
Three  77
Four  79
[An Incomplete Chapter]  81
Canary Islands  86
Part III: Excerpt from Incidents of a Whaling Voyage by Francis Allyn Olmsted 89
Part IV: Excerpts from Etchings of a Whaling Cruise by J. Ross Browne 99
Part V: Excerpts from The Gam by Capt. Charles H. Robbins 163
Making a Master  164
That Great Leviathan  167
Beach Combers  177
Right Whales  180
Whale-Land and Its Customs  182
The Frozen North  186
Whales Has Feelins  189
The Captain  197
Index 203

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