[Lahaina?, Maui]: Nov. 29th,1834. Quarto bifolium (ca. 25 x 20.5 cm). 3 pp. Brown ink written in a legible hand on beige wove paper. Addressed to J. Russell, Merchant New Bedford, Geo. Crocker Letter, Mowee Nov. 29, 1834, postmark receipt red ink stamped Newport R.I., May 30 [by] SHIP. Original fold marks, red wax seal, letter with small chip of center left edge, where opened, not affecting text, cover leaf with some mild soiling but otherwise a very good letter.
American Whalers started to hunt Whales in the Waters between Hawaii and Samoa in the Early 1820's, with the first documented stop of an American Whaler in Samoa being the Maro (Captain Richard Macy) of Nantucket, in 1824. This historically Important letter from the early years of American whaling in the South Pacific details those activities. Whale Master Crocker notifies Russell that he has arrived "at these Islands (Hawaii) on the 17th [November] with 1850 bbls [barrels of whale oil] and being destitute of articles to recruit with, [he states] I have been under the necessity of drawing on you to the amount of 200$. I have had to purchase a whale boat having lost two in a hurricane on Japan. The last season I have likewise lost two men native of these islands, the other my third mate by name Thomas C. Angel after I wrote you from Tahiti. I thought proper to discharge Andrews that came out third mate and whip Angel, he sickened and died a few days before we arrived here and I have two more on board men that I shall have to leave with the consul at Oahu, one with broken limbs and other has lost the use of his limbs.., I am now caulking and find the ship quite open..., we have about 8 months provisions left and I am in hopes yet to make a saving voyage. My intention now after leaving these islands is to go to the coast of California, what course I shall take from there I cannot tell you yet. I have some thoughts of touching at the Galapagos Islands and then going west as far as the Navigator Islands [Samoa] ..., We can take 1300 bbls more.., but at the rate we have done I cannot expect to fill the ship. I leave here for Oahu tomorrow where I expect to stop two or three days." George Crocker originally left New Bedford on this voyage in 1832 on the Cambria (Whaling Masters).
Price: $2,250.00 USD