Charles Wilkes and the Exploration of Inland Washington Waters

Journals from the Expedition of 1841


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About the Book

A follow-up to the editor’s two previous collections of primary documents of maritime history in the Pacific Northwest, this book reproduces the journals and narratives of Charles Wilkes, an experienced nautical surveyor who led the U.S. Exploring Expedition through inland Washington waters in 1841, and ten of his crewmen. Special attention is given to the many placenames that Wilkes originated.

About the Author(s)

Richard W. Blumenthal’s first nautical experience was with an eight foot homemade dingy. After a 30 year career with phone company US West, he has devoted his energies to researching the early exploration of inland Washington water and investigating himself the Puget Sound aboard his forty-four foot Hatteras. He lives in Bellevue, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Richard W. Blumenthal
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 320
Bibliographic Info: 18 maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4316-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5397-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. Wilkes’ Narrative      3

2. Charles Wilkes’ United States Exploration Expedition: Instruments and Methods      51

3. Oregon Territory, Strait of Juan de Fuca      70

4. Volume XXIII Charts      112

5. The Journal of Augustus L. Case      131

6. George Colvocoresses: Four Years      156

7. The Journal of Acting Master George T. Sinclair      167

8. The Journal of Joseph Perry Sanford      197

9. The Journal of James Alden      215

10. The Journal of Samuel B. Elliott      225

11. The Narrative of Joseph B. Clark      242

12. The Journal of Purser R. P. Robinson      250

13. Private Notes of J. W. W. Dyes      263

14. The Journal of Charles Erskine      268

Appendix: List of Officers and Men Attached to the United States Exploring Expedition      275

Bibliography      303

Index      305

Book Reviews & Awards

“another significant addition to maritime history in the Pacific Northwest”—Sailing Magazine.