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    Re: Navigation in 1812
    From: Don Seltzer
    Date: 2012 Jan 13, 09:56 -0800

    Frank Reed wrote,
    >This journal, of course, was compiled after the voyage for publication. It would be interesting to see the original journal/logbook. Does anyone know where it is?

    The Essex was eventually trapped and captured in Valparaiso by HMS Phoebe and Cherub. Capt Hillyar of the Phoebe reported that no official logbook or other ship's books or papers were found on board, other than charts. Capt Porter probably threw them overboard during the battle. Porter's own journal was likely considered personal property, not to be confiscated.

    Upon his return to the US, he promptly published his journal in 1815, and a revised account in 1822 (to address some criticisms and because the original was considered to be two racy in its descriptions of the South seas women).

    Don Seltzer
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