Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 46

Price Realized: $ 8,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
WHALER'S PAPERS LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Partly-printed Document Signed, as President, 4-language ship's papers for the barque Waverly. Countersigned by Secretary of State William H. Seward and Collector Lawrence Grinnel. 17x21 1/2 inches; encapsulated (but removable), closed tears at folds and small holes at fold intersections expertly repaired verso, vertical fold through each signature (without loss), minor smudging to signatures, paper seal intact, embossed revenue stamp in lower left corner; matted with portrait and plaque in large frame. [Washington], circa 24 November 1863

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Built in 1835 in Rochester, MA, the whaler Waverly sailed in 1863 for the North Pacific under Richard Holley, Jr. On June 28, 1865, before it could return with 500 barrels of whale oil and over 8,000 pounds of baleen, the bark was fired upon by the CSS Shenandoah near the Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait, where the Waverly was burned after its papers were retrieved.