Manuscript Log of the "Typhoon" Ship's Log, James S. Salter, Commander.
Manuscript Log of the "Typhoon"

The Last Log of the American Clipper "Typhoon"

Manuscript Log of the "Typhoon"

Various places [Liverpool, Bombay, Singapore, Manila, etc.]: July 30, 1860 - April 26, 1863.

Written in ink on rectos and versos of [58] leaves. 1 vols. Folio. The Last Log of the American Clipper "Typhoon" Contemporary quarter calf, worn and scuffed, spine defective. Binder's ticket of a Liverpool firm on frost pastedown. A few leaves with pieces excised, with some loss. 3pp. later notes in the hands of members of the Salter family of New Hampshire, ca. 1874 Item #235109

The extreme clipper ship "Typhoon"was built in 1851for the China trade by the firm of Fernald & Pettigrew of Portsmouth, NH. It was first launched in 1851 under the command of Charles H. Salter -- evidently the forbear of Commander James H. Salter, who authored this journal. The "Typhoon" was famous for its speed and power. In a memorable race around the Horn in the summer of 1851, the "Typhoon" defeated the competing clippers, the "Sea Witch", and the "Raven."

As the "Typhoon" was sold to a British Company in 1863, this is probably its last journal under an American command. Appropriately, the final entry made by Salter is in Newport Harbor, April 26, 1863.

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