|Letters from Sarah G. (Sallie)Smith to Minnie Chace, 1876.|
VFM 2062, Manuscripts Collection, G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport.
The Museum has more than 150 things belonging to Capt. Fred and Sallie, including two journals from aboard the OHIO, numerous scrimshaw pieces, a newly-acquired lapdesk and much more. The following illustration is from one of the journals kept during the voyage of the OHIO beginning in 1875. This hand-written account of the voyage came to the Museum in 1941 and had attached to it a hand-carved, wooden whale stamp in the likeness of a sperm whale. The impression on the journal page from the stamp is identical to the one on the letter above. Reuniting the journal and the letters after almost 140 years, and more than 70 years since the journal arrived at the Museum is a very satisfying experience, as well as instructional as the appearance of the whale stamp on both pieces acts as historical verification for both. Not that there was ever any doubt!
|Journal kept on board the bark OHIO, 1876-1878, Capt. Fred H. Smith, master.|
Log 400, Manuscripts Collection, G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport.