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U.S.S. PORPOISE Journal, 19 February 1845—16 June 1946

Manuscript Collection #1163

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: U.S.S. PORPOISE Journal
Creators: Henderson, Benjamin Lee
Hunt, William E.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 volume .

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Accessions Information

April 28, 2010, (unprocessed) 1 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Journal (19 Feb. 1845 ? 16 June 1846) of a Cruize in the U.S. Brig PORPOISE, probably kept by Midshipman Benjamin Lee Henderson and signed in 15 places by the captain, Lt. Commander William E. Hunt, sailing from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, to Norfolk, VA, to Galveston, TX, including stops at Sacrificios, Mexico, Santo Domingo, Cape Haytien, & other ports & ending at Pensacola, FL as part of the U.S. naval squadron in the Gulf of Mexico under the command of Commodore David Conner, including navigational statistics & accounts, weather reports, daily events, punishments for offenses including desertions, insubordinations, drunkenness, fighting, sightings of other vessels including USS PRINCETON etc. 1 box. 1 vol. 150 p. (ca. 0.25 cubic feet) Recd. 11/3/2009. Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Philadelphia, PA

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

U.S.S. PORPOISE Journal (#1163), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Philadelphia, PA

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, April 28, 2010


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Note: The second U.S. naval vessel to bear the name, the USS PORPOISE was a hermaphrodite (square-rigged foremast and schooner-rigged mainmast) brig in the United States Navy. PORPOISE was launched 31 May 1836. PORPOISE participated in Lt. Charles Wilkes? 4-year voyage around the world with the United States Exploring Expedition Squadron which confirmed the existence of the Antarctic Continent, and returned to New York in 1842. From February 1845-July 1847, PORPOISE cruised in the Gulf of Mexico, participating in the Naval operations against Tampico, Pánuco, and Veracruz during the War with Mexico. Upon return to Norfolk, Virginia, she remained decommissioned until 1 January 1848. She was lost at sea in 1854 during her second round the world voyage of exploration.

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1#1163.1
    • Folder a#1163.1.a
      U.S.S. PORPOISE Journal

      Journal (19 Feb. 1845 – 16 June 1846) of a Cruize in the U. S. Brig PORPOISE, probably kept by Midshipman Benjamin Lee Henderson and signed in 15 places by the captain, Lt. Commander William E. Hunt, sailing from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY, to Norfolk, VA, to Galveston, TX, including stops at Sacrificios, Mexico, Santo Domingo, Cape Haytien, & other ports & ending at Pensacola, FL as part of the U. S. naval squadron in the Gulf of Mexico under the command of Commodore David Conner, including navigational statistics & accounts, weather reports, daily events, punishments for offenses including desertions, insubordinations, drunkenness, fighting, sightings of other vessels including USS PRINCETON etc.

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