Joseph J. Fuller Collection (Coll. 104)

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: Fuller, Joseph J., 1839-1920
Title: Joseph J. Fuller Collection
Dates: 1880-1920
Abstract: This collection consists of 2 diary-type volumes and 1 scrapbook relative to the career of Joseph J. Fuller, a whaling and sealing ship master from New London, CT. Of singular importance are accounts of the time Fuller and the crew of the New London Sealing Schooner PILOTS BRIDE were shipwrecked on Kerguelen Island for nearly one year. (See also coll.25 and Log 771)
Quantity: 3 volumes
Identification: Coll. 104

Biography of Joseph J. Fuller

Joseph J. Fuller (1839-1920), originally from Danvers, Massachusetts, was a whaling and sealing captain who sailed out of New London, Connecticut, during the last half of the 19th century. He eventually specialized in the branch of this industry that hunted sea elephants for oil, principally at Heard and Kerguelen "Desolation" Islands in the Indian Ocean. In 1880 Fuller was wrecked at Desolation and spent a year there with a mutinous crew, under conditions in which differences of language, race, and color exacerbated a normally harsh existence. (For further information see Joseph J. Fuller, "Master of Desolation: The Reminiscences of Capt. Joseph J. Fuller," edited by Briton Cooper Busch, Mystic, Conn., 1980.)

Index Terms

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):
Pilot's Bride (Schooner)
Danvers (Mass.)
Indian Ocean
Kerguelen Islands--Description and travel
Seafaring life
Shipwrecks--Kerguelen Islands
Southern elephant seal
Whalers (Persons)
Whaling--Connecticut--New London
Document Types:
Scrapbooks--Connecticut--New London
Shipmasters--Connecticut--New London.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Volumes ca. 1880-1920
Box Volume
1 Diary entitled, "Reminiscences of the Life of Capt. Joseph J. Fuller"; ca. 1890
2 Scrapbook, clippings of New London area ship masters, etc.; ca. 1920
3 Diary/journal entitled, "Reminiscences of Schooner PILOTS BRIDE at Kerguellen Island," by Capt. Joseph J. Fuller; ca. 1890