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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 2 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spears, John Randolph 1850- (search)
Spears, John Randolph 1850- Author; born in Ohio, in 1850; is a frequent contributor to periodicals. His publications include The gold diggers of Cape Horn; The Port of missing ships and other stories of the sea; The history of our Navy; and Our Navy in the War with Spain.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
rig Hersilia, bound somewhere about Cape Horn on a sealing voyage. These sealing expeditions were also, at that period, more or less voyages of discovery. For years there had been rumors of a mythical island called Auroras, embellished with romance and mystery by whalers, and described as lying away to the eastward of the Horn. On this voyage the story of how in search of whales, he, like Columbus, discovered a continent (the Antarctic Continent) is told in a history of his life by John Randolph Spears. On her first voyage the Paul ones in 1843 sailed from Boston for Hong Kong, January 15th, crossed the equator twenty-six days out, was fifty-four days to the Cape of Good Hope, eighty-eight days to Java Head, and arrived at Hong Kong one hundred and eleven days from Boston. In 1848 this ship made the run from Java Head to New York in seventy-six days. Captain Arthur Clark, Clipper Ship Era. Later she was used in the ice carrying trade. Frederick Tudor, after twenty-eight ye