Eliza Brock’s Journal on the Ship Lexington

May 21, 1853 – June 25, 1856

Eliza Spencer Brock (1810-1899) wife of Captain Peter C. Brock (1805-78), kept a journal aboard the whaleship Lexington during a voyage from May 21, 1853, to June 25, 1856. The journey took her to the Azores, Cape Verde Islands, New Zealand, Hawaii, and throughout the South Pacific. In her journal, Brock expressed the isolation she felt at sea, noting poignantly, “. . . if it was not for hope the heart would break.”

The Nantucket Historical Association is pleased to present the Eliza Brock Journal scanned here in its entirety.

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Notable entries from the journal of the voyage.
Range of Voyage
Whales Taken
Ships Spoken (seen or contacted)
Quotes of Interest
Also included in the journal

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