USS Porpoise Journal, 19 February 1845–16 June 1946

Manuscript Collection #1163

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: USS Porpoise Journal
    Creator: Henderson, Benjamin Lee
    Hunt, William E.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 volume ,
  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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' four 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 to 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.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    April 28, 2010, (unprocessed) 1 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Journal (19 February 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, N.Y., to Norfolk, Va., to Galveston, Tex., including stops at Sacrificios, Mexico, Santo Domingo, Cape Haytien, and other ports and ending at Pensacola, Fla. as part of the U.S. naval squadron in the Gulf of Mexico under the command of Commodore David Conner, including navigational statistics and 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.

    Acquisition Information

    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

    USS Porpoise Journal (#1163), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, April 28, 2010

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