Susan Veeder’s Journal of the Ship Nauticon

From September 1848 to March 1853, Susan Veeder (1816-1897) sailed with her husband, Captain Charles A. Veeder, on a whaling voyage aboard the ship Nauticon. Presented here is her journal is total.

During the voyage they visited Talcahuano, Pitcairn, Sandwich Islands, Arctic, and Tahiti. It includes 16 watercolors of islands seen, her experiences of having a baby in Talcahuano (and its death 14 months later in Tahiti), a visit to Fletcher Christian’s house in Pitcairn, a description of being stuck in the ice for 13 days in the Arctic, and the sighting of a polar bear.

View the Journal online:
Pages 1-35
Pages 36-70
Pages 71-105
Pages 106-140
Pages 141-149

View the Journal in PDF format:
Pages 1-88
Pages 89-149

View Susan Boardman’s Embroidered Narrative in tribute to Susan Veeder

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