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Manuscript/Mixed Material Narrative of N. Byron Smith, N. Byron Smith papers / N. Byron Smith narrative

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  • Narrative of N. Byron Smith,

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  • N. Byron Smith papers
  • N. Byron Smith narrative


  • Narrative (148 pages) by Smith describing his experiences aboard the whaler Nile of Greenport, N.Y., under the command of Captain Conklin, and his voyage (1851 September 1-1854 March 12) to the whaling grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific via the Azores, Cape of Good Hope, Indian Ocean, and New Zealand. Smith documents the methods of capturing whales and extracting whale oil, shipboard life, and his impressions of the people and culture of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) and the Marquesas. Includes description of Smith's return to New London, Conn., via Cape Horn in March 1854 after having left the Nile in Hawaii and stowing away aboard the merchant vessel, Harriet Hoxie.


  • Smith, N. Byron


  • -  Harriet Hoxie (Ship)
  • -  Nile (Whaler)
  • -  Voyages and travels
  • -  Whale oil
  • -  Whaling--Okhotsk, Sea of
  • -  Whaling ships--New York (State)--Greenport
  • -  Horn, Cape (Chile)--Description and travel
  • -  Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)--Description and travel
  • -  Hawaii--Description and travel
  • -  Indian Ocean--Description and travel
  • -  Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)--Description and travel
  • -  New London (Conn.)--Description and travel
  • -  New Zealand--Description and travel
  • -  Okhotsk, Sea of--Description and travel
  • -  Pacific Ocean--Description and travel


  • -  Narrative of N. Byron Smith available on the Library of Congress website at
  • -  Microfilm edition available, no. 16,625 (16,747).
  • -  Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1976.
  • -  Gift, Theodore Brewster, 1975.
  • -  Mariner of Pennsylvania.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Forms part of: Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection.


  • 1 item.
  • 1 microfilm reel.


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  • mm76005998

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Smith, N. Byron. Narrative of N. Byron Smith. 1851. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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Smith, N. B. (1851) Narrative of N. Byron Smith. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Smith, N. Byron. Narrative of N. Byron Smith. 1851. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.