Journal of a cruise in the US ship, Vincennes, to the North Pacific Ocean, China Sea, Behring Strait, etc. by William Stimpson, 1853-1855

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The catalog of birds and journal were recorded by William Stimpson during the cruise in the US ship, Vincennes, to the North Pacific Ocean, China Sea, Behring [Bering] Strait, etc. 1853-1855. Catalog of birds includes number, type, and date. The journal includes dated entries (headed with latitude and longitude position or terrestrial location) that describe voyage and destinations, sea conditions, weather, specimens collected, towns visited and terrain observed, daily work, observations of local inhabitants at work, soundings taken, quantity and characteristics of fauna observed (birds, crustaceans), water temperatures, and list of vessels in Hong Kong Harbor. Includes discussions of Commodore Perry's negotiations in Japan; the ships visited the coast during this period. The cruise spent significant time in region of Hong Kong. Pages are numbered. Locations include Simons Bay (South Africa), Port Jackson (New South Whales, Australia), Southern Pacific Ocean, Whampoa Reach, Bonin Islands [Ogasawara-gunto], Japan, and Loo Choo [Ryukyu Islands].

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 11, 1853

End Date


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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mollusks
  • Ornithology


  • South China Sea
  • Hong Kong
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Japan
  • South Pacific Ocean
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • North Pacific Ocean
  • Ryukyu Islands
  • Ogasawara-gunto
  • Jackson, Port
  • Funchal
  • Simons Bay
  • South Africa
  • Bering Strait


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007253

Collection name

United States North Pacific Exploring Expedition, (1853-1856) Records, 1852-1861 and undated

Physical Description

2 field books

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 32