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's
Plough Boy Journal
1827-1830 - Title Page

Journal Title page - 1827-1830

Title Page to Lewisi Monto's Journal - 1827-1830.

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      Image of the title page of Lewis Monto's manuscript whaling journal for his 1827-1830 voyage as cooper on the Nantucket whale ship Plough Boy, Nathan Chase, commander. This voyage lasted 1,119 days or 3 years and 23 days.

      Entries in the journal usually consist of shorthand phrases running one after another. In the transcription line breaks mark the end of such phrases. Punctuation in the manuscript is almost nonexistant. Frequently entries are divided by the three parts of the nautical day (12 noon to 12 noon the day following) -- Fore, Middle and Latter.

      Generally the transcription follows Monto's spelling. His many abbreviations are spelled out in full in italics. A question mark follows words where the transcriber was unsure of Monto's original.

      The journal itself is now in the collections of the Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA.

Last updated by Tom Tyler, Denver, CO, USA, September 8, 2018.