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Author: John C Brethauer; Dan Brogden; San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Agency : U.S.). Historic Documents Department.
Publisher: [2013].
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Transcription of handwritten semi-daily account of the life and work of the captain and crew of the schooner in the Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Bering Strait, written by an able seaman engaged in an illegal seal hunting expedition, and 14 pressed botanical specimens removed from the pages of the journal. The Journal is in poor condition, and is contained in an envelope; its 101 individual pages, including the
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Named Person: John C Brethauer; John C Brethauer
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: John C Brethauer; Dan Brogden; San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Agency : U.S.). Historic Documents Department.
OCLC Number: 853622183
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Transcription of handwritten 1887 manuscript.
Transcribed by Dan Brogden.
Repository of transcribed manuscript: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.), Historic Documents Dept., Catalog no. SAFR 23809, HDC 1653.
Transcribed manuscript housed in one box containing the journal in one envelope, 14 botanical specimens in another envelope and one CD-Rom, available for review, in a four flap envelope.
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) ; 30 cm.
Other Titles: John C. Brethauer journal of the 1887 voyage of the Vanderbilt (built 1867 ; schooner, 2m)
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Transcription of handwritten semi-daily account of the life and work of the captain and crew of the schooner in the Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Bering Strait, written by an able seaman engaged in an illegal seal hunting expedition, and 14 pressed botanical specimens removed from the pages of the journal. The Journal is in poor condition, and is contained in an envelope; its 101 individual pages, including the cover, and each of the botanical specimens have been digitally photographed. The photographs are stored on a CD-Rom available for review.

John C. Brethauer's personal journal of his nine month illegal seal hunting expedition aboard the American schooner Vanderbilt, sailing from San Francisco in the spring and summer of 1887, is an extremely interesting and valuable look into the day to day operations of American seal hunters at the turn of the nineteenth-century. It includes graphic descriptions of the killing of seals, and sea-lions, and the methods of the hunt. It also includes the ship's efforts to avoid detection, and personal reflections of Brethauer on his shipmates, two of whom lose their life, when their small hunting boat is lost in the fog and storms of the Bering Sea. The journal also describes a near mutiny of the crew, and the cruelty of the Captain who at one point holds a gun to Brethauer's head when he imagines a slight. The journal also describe a hand to hand knife fight between the Captain and the cook at the end of the voyage when the ship is nearly out of provisions and the crew is starving. It is not all gloom however, as Brethauer describes the beauty of Victoria, British Columbia where the seal skins were sold, and the daily life at sea for a sailor with a weather eye. He also records the chanteys that the men sing, describes the operations of a sailing ship, and captures the essence of life aboard a hard working schooner in the North Pacific in the 1880s.

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