Rare 19th C. Whaling Chart of Bark Canton II Off South Africa

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Rare 19th C. hand drawn chart of the whaleship Canton II of New Bedford captained by George Howland. Depicts the coast of South Africa, ship's daily course, whale tails, and dates. Of great interest is the spot where the crew of the Bark British Monarch (caught fire while carrying gunpowder to Sydney) was rescued in December 1889 and brought to Cape Town. This chart was likely used to seek compensation via insurance company for time lost from whaling to rescue crew. See attached screenshot from the Canton's Journal as found on archive.org. Provenance to the Howland whaling family of New Bedford, MA.

Professionally conserved and framed. Chart measures 31" x 14-1/4" and 34-1/2" x 18-1/2" overall framed.

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