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Calista M. Stover Papers; Stover, Calista M., 1859-1881
Diaries and journals (1882-1891) kept by Stover and her daughter Maria (b. 1875) while on voyages aboard the ship DANIEL BARNES, whose master was Stover's husband, Joseph Stover, of Bucksport, Me.; and other papers. Ports of call included Honolulu, Hawaii, Japan and Australia.


Diary; Barney, Eliza (1799-1885), 1849 - 1852
Diary of an unknown woman. Entries describe life at sea as experienced by passengers on an unnamed vessel, followed by domestic and social activities in Callao, Peru and Santa Barbara, California. Diary keeper makes her home in Santa Barbara, receiving d


Eliza T. Edwards Papers; Edwards, Eliza T., 1857-1865
Correspondence, including letters written by Edwards in Hawaii to her husband at sea and family members in New York State; "Reminiscences of a Trip to the Sandwich Islands"; and legal documents, including deed, mortgage payment receipt, and husband's death notice.


Journal; Andrew Hicks (Bark), 1908, April 14 - Aug. 5
Logbook, 1908, kept by Charlotte Church on board the bark ANDREW HICKS of New Bedford, Mass., Charles S. Church, master, for a voyage to the South Pacific Ocean whaling grounds.


Journal; Ohio (Bark), 1875-1878
Journal kept by Sallie G. Smith on board the bark OHIO of New Bedford, Mass., Fred H. Smith, master, for a voyage to the Atlantic Ocean Whaling grounds. Contains whale stamps, illustrations, inventory of whale oil. Mentions deaths at sea and shipwreck


Letter; Bolles, Nancy, 1851
Letter describes events at sea, from departure at New London, June 1850 to arrival at Maui 9 months later. Also describes officers and crew, and places visited, including Pitcairn Island. Bolles frequently mentions her children, John & Isable, who accompanied her on the voyage. Nancy Bolles and children remain on Maui while the Alert goes whaling in the Northwest Pacific.


Letter; Maxson, Maud, 1870, June 25-Aug. 25
Letter from Maud Maxson to her mother, Mrs. Arthur L.Maxson, Mystic, Conn., describing her trip to San Francisco, Calif., in an unnamed vessel of which her uncle, Charles Wheeler, was master.


Letters; Stark, Mary Rathbun, 1855, April 5 - 1856, Jan. 27
Letters written by Mary Rathbun Stark in the clipper ship B.F. HOXIE of Mystic, Conn., of which her husband, Henry S. Stark, was master on a voyage from Philadelphia, Pa., to San Francisco, to Honolulu, Hawaii, to New York, N.Y. Most of the letters are to daughter, Lizzie Stark, in Mystic. Letters describe life on board ship and in port and Mrs. Stark's concerns for her husband and family. The vessel was owned by N.G. Fish & Company of Mystic. Among other things, she carried gun powder to San Francisco. Her cargo from Honolulu included whale oil, whale bone, goat skins, and hides. Includes also one letter from Henry S. Stark to his father.


Logbook; Tiger (Ship), 1845 - 1848
Journal, 1845-1848, kept by Mrs. William E. Brewster on board the ship TIGER of Stonington, William E. Brewster, master, Durcott, first mate, during a whaling passage to the Indian Ocean and Northwest Coast. Made 18 ports-of-call, spoke 32 other vessels, reports sighting a shipwreck, reports death of John Perkins when a whale stove the bow boat


Logbook; Tiger (Ship), 1848 - 1849
Journal, 1848-1849, kept by Mrs William E. Brewster on board the ship TIGER of Stonington, CT, William E. Brewster, master, Durcott, first mate, during a whaling passage to the Northwest coast and Arctic Ocean. Made 6 ports-of-call, spoke 23 other vessels, contains whale stamps, and reports sighting a shipwreck.


Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; Houstoun, Matilda Charlotte, 1845


Two letters; Barber, Jane G., c. 1852
Written by Jane G. Barber [of Westerly, R. I.?] to her parents, describing her experiences at sea. Along with her husband, William, she sailed from New York to Galveston aboard the Ship OCEAN EAGLE. She also describes a passage from New York to St. Marks, which includes her description of the crew.