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Globe (Ship) Mutiny Records

Globe (Ship) Mutiny Records

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GLOBE (SHIP) MUTINY RECORDS, 1824





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Globe (Ship)
Title:Globe (Ship) Mutiny Records
Dates:1824
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Globe (Ship) papers contain contemporary transcripts of the depositions of Gilbert Smith and Peter C. Kidder, as taken at the United States Consulate in Valparaiso, Chile on June 15, 1824, regarding the Globe mutiny.
Collection Number:MH 105

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Scope and Content Note

The Globe (Ship) papers contain contemporary transcripts of the depositions of Gilbert Smith and Peter C. Kidder, as taken at the United States Consulate in Valparaiso, Chile on June 15, 1824, regarding the Globe mutiny.


Historical Sketch

The Globe was a whaling ship, owned by C. Mitchell and Company and other smaller merchants of the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Thomas Worth, of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, was the captain when the Globe left Nantucket on December 19, 1822 for a whaling voyage to the Pacific Ocean. On returning from whaling in the Sea of Japan, with 550 barrels of whale oil, the Globe sailed to the Sandwich Islands for a fresh supply of food, after which the ship sailed to Oahu, Hawaii. It was there that six men deserted and seven new men were hired to take their place.


Not soon after leaving Oahu, on January 26, 1824 a mutiny occurred on the Globe, led by Samuel B. Comstock, an officer and boat-steerer. Captain Worth and his fellow officers were murdered. Twenty two days later, on the shore of Mili Atol in the South Pacific, Comstock was shot by his fellow mutineers. Gilbert Smith, a boat-steerer on the Globe, who had been saved from violence of the mutiny by pretending to support Comstock's cause, was sent by the new commander of the mutiny, Payne, back to the ship. Smith and six others were able to quietly sail away in the Globe.


After a long trip the survivors reached Valparaiso, Chile, where the American Consul, Michael Hogan, took possession of the Globe, and the men on board were put in irons and placed on a French ship. Each of the survivors was questioned about what happened on board the Globe.


Peter C. Kidder was one of the sailors who had survived the mutiny and sailed back with Smith to Valparaiso. After Smith and Kidder gave their depositions, they returned to Nantucket.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Kidder, Peter C.
Smith, Gilbert, Captain
Globe (Ship)
Mutiny
Shipping
Whaling

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Globe (Ship) Mutiny Records, MH 105, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased on April 11, 1955.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, May 2015.


Related Material


Lay, William and Cyrus M. Hussey. A Narrative on the Mutiny, on Board the Ship Globe, of Nantucket, in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 1824.: and the Journal of a Residence of Two Years on the Mulgrave Islands; with Observations on the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. NY: Abbey Press, 1900.


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