John E. Barstow Collection (Coll. 67)

An Inventory of the Collection at the G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport

Collection register prepared by the Manuscripts Division.

Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.
Mystic, Connecticut

Overview of the Collection

Creator: John E. Barstow
Title: John E. Barstow Collection
Dates: 1870-1890
Abstract: This is a collection of the Reminiscences (1 v.) by Barstow of his command of the merchant ship CELESTIAL EMPIRE, 1874-1876, containing illustrations; a volume of sketches, original poems, navigation computation, and clippings; and transcripts (typewritten) of Barstow's sea stories and sketches, many of them watercolor.
Quantity: 27 pieces
Identification: Coll. 67

Biography of John E. Barstow

John E. Barstow was a ship master from West Farms, Bronx County, N.Y.

Index Terms

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):
Celestial Empire (Ship)
Marine painting.
Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Document Types:
Sea stories.
Shipmasters--New York (State)--West Farms.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Collection 1870-1890
Box Folder
1 1 Yarn by John E. Barstow, master of the ship CABAGO during 1850, in the Bay of Panama, concerning an encounter with a sea monster at the islet of Malpello. undated
2 Yarn by John E. Barstow, master of an unidentified ship in the years 1853 and 1854, pertaining to yellow fever and culmination in a tale about himself and two crew members sailing his ship form New Orleans, La., to Bremen, Germany, with the remainder of the crew incapacitated by the disease. undated
3 Yarns in the magazine Fairplay (London, England), entitled "Captain John E. Barstow's Tough Yarn, Fiction of the First Water." 1889 Jan 24 Typescript copy, 7 pages
Reminiscences by John E. Barstow, master of the ship CELESTIAL EMPIRE of New York, New York, for a coastwise passage to San Francisco, California with a return passage to Callao, Peru. Carried cargo of coal, timber, and guano, contains illustrations and ship's accounts. 1874 Oct 27 - 1876 Jan 15
Volume Folder
2 Sketch book containing random sketches, original poems, navigation computations, and clippings. 1870