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Sale 38 Lot 529

SAILOR IS PULLED OVERBOARD BY A WHALE Fine content A.L.S. of ship captain "Jeremiah Davenport" of the Bark Damon, 1p. 4to. "Lat 44 North Long 56 W" [approx 250 mi. S.E. of Cape Breton , N.S.] Feb. 1, 1847 to John P. Ruggles of Newport R.I., reporting on their journey to the Pacific on a whaling voyage. Davenport opens "...on board 100 bls sperm oil" and without missing a beat noted that the ship had: "...struck a large whale 4 days ago and lost him and John Church boatswain taken out of the boat by haul line which upset the boat it being very rugged I regret the accident and can blame no one it is very unfortunate for us as we have no one to take his place I have to report the Bark as taking 100 strokes per hour. I shall stop here one week and then proceed South around Cape Horn...". Though their location would seem odd, it was needed to head Far East in order to avoid the north-flowing Gulf Stream during their long southward journey to the Pacific whaling grounds. Sadly the Damon was lost off the Galapagos later that year. With integral address leaf with red "SHIP" cancellation and New Bedford Mass. postmark. Usual folds, small chip at top left corner, light toning, else very good.
Estimate $ 300-400

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