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On this beautiful stamp of 25 p issued by Tristan d'Cunha in 1983 is depict the whaler "JOHN & ELIZABETH".
Built in Hanover, USA in 1825.Tonnage given as 283 ts.
In the book Historv of the American Whale fishery,by Alexander Starbuck, I could find only one vessel with the name "JOHN & ELIZABETH" she sailed from 1836 on all her voyages from New London, Conn. and the owner of manager is given as Havens & Smith. What she was doing before 1836 unknown to my.
On her first 'whaling voyage was she under command of Capt. Halsey, she sailed on 1 Oct 1836 for the whaling grounds in the South Atlantic, returned on 29 March 1838 with on board 200 brl spermoil and 2300 brl whale oil.
Second voyage under command of the same Capt.she sailed on 6, July 1838 and again for the whaling grounds on the South Atlantic, returned on 14 May 1840 with on board of 650 brl sperm oil and 800 brl whaleoil.
Third voyage under command of Capt. Miller, she sailed out on 22 June 1840 for the whaling grounds of the Indian Ocean, and returned on 27 April 1842, with a cargo of 75 brl. spermoil and 2500 brl whale oil.
Fourth voyage under command of Capt.Walker, she sailed on 20 June 1842 again for the whaling grounds of the Indian Ocean and returned 23 May 1844 with a cargo of 2450 brl whale oil and 19600 pound whalebone.
Fifth voyage under command of Capt. Walker, she sailed on July 1844 for the whaling grounds in the Indian Ocean, returned on 25 May 1847, with on board a cargo of 140 brl sperm oil, 1.910 brl. whale oil and 1.600 pound whalebone. During the voyage she sent already home by a other vessel 12.133 pound whalebone.
Sixth voyage under command of Capt. Chappell and again for the whaling grounds in the Indian Ocean and the N.W.. She sailed on 7 July 1847 and was back in New London on 7 May 1850, with a cargo of 150 brl. spermoil, 2.000 brl whale oil and 18.000 pound whalebone, during the voyage she sent home 7 casks spermoil.
Seventh voyage again under command of Capt. Chappell, she sailed on 20 July 1850 bound for the whaling grounds of the North Pacific, she was back in her homeport on 2 June 1855, with on board only 830 brl, whale oil, sent home during the voyage 495 brl. whale oil and 12.000 pound whalebone.
Eight voyage under. command of Capt. Destin, she sailed on 11 Sept. 1855 for the whaling grounds of the Indian Ocean, she was already back in her homeport on 11 June 1856. with on board 518 brl. whaleoil and 5.110 pound whalebone. (Indeed a very short voyage, maybe her condition was not more so good and needed she repair).
Her ninth and last voyage was under command of Capt.Eldridge, she sailed on 24 July 1856 for the whaling grounds in the North Pacific, during the voyage she sent home 38 brl sperm, 1770 brl whale oil and 12000 pound whalebone. She was condemned at Honolulu and broken up at this port in Nov.1858
Tristan da Cunha 1983 25p sg 357, scott 340.