Robert Bruce Strout Collection

Manuscripts Collection 210

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Strout, Robert Bruce, 1833-1881
Title: Robert Bruce Strout Collection
Dates: 1855-1880
Extent: ca. 83 items
Abstract: Sea journals, diary, account book, obituaries, and related papers. Includes journal describing Pacific whaling voyages (1855-1862), out of New Bedford, Mass., by ship ALICE MANDELL and barks CLEONE, MARTHA, and SALAMANDRE; diary detailing voyage of the CLEONE, chiefly an indictment against the master and first mate; and ships accounts (1868-1871) of the brig CAMILLE, engaged in West Indian trade. Persons represented include Strout’s wife, Jane F. Strout.
Identification: Coll. 210

Biography of Robert Bruce Strout, 1833-1881

In early life Robert Bruce Strout of Wakefield, Rhode Island went on whaling voyages to the Pacific Ocean on the ship ALICE MANDELL, Bark SALAMANDRE, Bark CLEONE as second mate and Bark MARTHA from 1855 to 1862. From 1865 to 1866 he was master of the Brig JOHN PIERCE and from 1866 to 1871 he was master of the Brig CAMILLE engaged in the West Indies trade. He wrote a lecture on his whaling experiences and delivered it on a tour of New York State. At the time of his death he was a policeman in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. He was survived by his wife, Jane F. Strout, three daughters and one son.

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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):

Alice Mandell (Ship)
Camille (Brig)
Cleone (Bark)
Martha (Bark)
Salamandre (Bark)


Pacific Ocean–Description and travel
United States–Commerce–West Indies
West Indies–Commerce–United States


International trade
Shipping–Rhode Island
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford

Document Types:

Journals (accounts)


Shipmasters’ spouses–Rhode Island–Wakefield
Shipmasters–Rhode Island–Wakefield

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 210, 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.

Volumes and related papers; 1855-1880.

Box Folder
1 1 Typescript copy of Volume 2.
2 Copies of obituaries and other Strout Family Information. Images

Volumes and related papers; 1855-1880.

1 Journal kept by Robert B. Strout aboard the whaleship ALICE MANDELL (wrecked Prate Shoals, China Sea); Bark SALEMANDRE of Harve, Whaling bark CLEONE; and the Whaling bark MARTHA; 1855 Aug-1857 Mar; 1857 Mar-Jun; 1858 Oct-1861 Oct; 1861 Dec-1862 Jul. Images
2 Diary written by Robert B. Strout detailing events aboard the Whaling Bark CLEONE, especially the conduct of Capt. John E. Simmons and 1st mate Mr. Chase; 1858 Oct-1861 Dec. Images
3 Account book containing vessel accounts for Brig CAMILLE; and other domestic accounts; 1868-1871; ca. 1874-1880. Images


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