John E. Barstow Collection

Manuscripts Collection 67

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Barstow, John E.
Title: John E. Barstow Collection
Dates: 1870-1890
Extent: 27 pieces
Abstract: This is a collection of the Reminiscences (1 v.) by Barstow of his command of the merchant ship CELESTIAL EMPIRE, 1874-1876, containing illustrations; a volume of sketches, original poems, navigation computation, and clippings; and transcripts (typewritten) of Barstow’s sea stories and sketches, many of them watercolor.
Identification: Coll. 67

Biography of John E. Barstow

John E. Barstow was a ship master from West Farms, Bronx County, N.Y.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

 Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

 Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Celestial Empire (Ship)


Marine painting
Seafaring life
Voyages and travel

Document Types:

Sea stories


Shipmasters–New York (State)–West Farms

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 67, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Collection; 1870-1890.

Box Folder
1 1 Yarn by John E. Barstow, master of the ship CABAGO during 1850, in the Bay of Panama, concerning an encounter with a sea monster at the islet of Malpello.; undated.
2 Yarn by John E. Barstow, master of an unidentified ship in the years 1853 and 1854, pertaining to yellow fever and culmination in a tale about himself and two crew members sailing his ship form New Orleans, La., to Bremen, Germany, with the remainder of the crew incapacitated by the disease; undated.
3 Yarns in the magazine Fairplay (London, England), entitled “Captain John E. Barstow’s Tough Yarn, Fiction of the First Water.”; 1889 Jan 24.

Collection; 1870-1890.

1 Reminiscences by John E. Barstow, master of the ship CELESTIAL EMPIRE of New York, New York, for a coastwise passage to San Francisco, California with a return passage to Callao, Peru. Carried cargo of coal, timber, and guano, contains illustrations and ship’s accounts.; 1874 Oct 27 – 1876 Jan 15. Images
2 Sketch book containing random sketches, original poems, navigation computations, and clippings.; 1870.


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