The Plough Boy Journals

The Journals and Associated Documents

The Plough Boy Anthology

19th Century American Whaling

Bonin Islands

Pitcairn's Island

The Collected Works of William Hussey Macy

The Seizure of the Whaleship George Howland of New Bedford, by Convicts at Charles Island, Galapagos, March 1852

The Documents

1827-1830 Journal

First page (Image)

Illustration (Image)


1830-1834 Journal

First page (Image)

Maloney fragment



Lewis Monto's Seaman's Certificate

Boat Signals

Plough Boy's Boat Signals

Coastal Views

   Ascension Island

   Bonin Islands

   Boning Islands

   Diego Ramirez

   Ferdinand Noronha

   Martin Vass

   Pitcairns Island

   Sandwich Islands



   Society Islands



   Sulpher Islands


Honolulu Note 1828

Honolulu Note 1829

Related Material

Sailing Vessel Identification

Types of Sailing Vessels

The Ship

Spars and Rigging

A Ship's Sails

Frame of a Ship

A Whaling Vessel

Deck Plan


A Whale Boat

Whale Boat


      Whale-Ship Stores

Dictionaries & Glossaries

Ashley's Glossary of
Whaling Terms

Dana's Dictionary of
Sea Terms

Lewis Monto - Coastal views of
North and South Islands in
the Bonin group, c.1832.

Coastal views of North and South Islands in the Bonin group, c.1832.

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        "Bonin Islands"

        Top: "South Island Bearing South From North Island"
        "There is two watering places here
        one at the N and one at the S end of
        this Island But no Anchorage"
        "Latt 26:00 N Long 142:50 East"

        Bottom: "South West point of North Island from the Harbour"
        "Latt 26:40 N Long 142:50 East"
        [showing: "Bluff Rock", "White Sand beach"]


      Lewis Monto's sketches of North and South Islands in the Bonin group in 1831 was originally found in his manuscript journal of the 1828-1830 whaling cruise of the Nantucket whale ship, Plough Boy, Nathan Chase, commander. Monto was the ship's cooper on this voyage.

      The sketch is now in the collections of the Nantucket Historical Association on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Last updated by Tom Tyler: September 6, 2018.