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Posted 7 years ago

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Dressed up for these shot and there daughter and first mate from Siberia, Silver leaves with Seawitch painted on Capetown plants leaves


  1. filmnet filmnet, 7 years ago
    This page has her diaries she wrote it daily, Colombo toward Cochin is just east of North Africa in Shi Lanka to Cochin India. these are old Ports. which ships can get close to unload. we have 3 of these books from her. As they got close to the same port they would go to, she would talk dailey about what she would do while there.
    It seems that by 1890s the whale oil, slaves and china antiques were over, but some captains owners had moved to these ports as traders. Her husband would meet with them as the ship was unloaded, stay a week load up 5 tons of oil or other stuff. He had the next port waiting for this, just like an early truck driver. She go the town with the other captains wife and write what she saw or brought back to ship, as she wrote daily in this book, some she wrote lines are great French cook left, Chinese cook came. They tried to keep a chicken lose on the ship for eggs so she wrote 1 egg, but 1 line said chicken flew off ship. She would save shark eyes in Alcohol. small flying fish, once a swordfish flew into the roof of the captains room which had glass, she first cloths ever day.
  2. solver solver, 7 years ago
    filmnet, I still can't get over the huge and fascinating collection of family history. The journals must be quite an experience for you to read.

    Just a little about the photos.

    Pun Lun [or Pun-Lun], photographer and ivory painter, No. 56 Queen's Road, Hong Kong, circa 1867-1895, was one of the earliest Chinese-owned studios.(1) He also had studios in Fuzhou, Saigon, and Singapore. A Pun Lun CDV of a sailor sold this September on ebay for $256.00:

    (1) "Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China" by Jeffrey W. Cody, Getty Research Institute:Los Angeles, 2011:

    "Brush and Shutter..." states "The Getty Research Institute alone holds six examples of cartes-de-visite by Chinese photographers established on Queen's Road, including the photographers ... Pun Lun ... ."

    His photography was recently included in an exhibition at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an albumen silver print by Pun-Lun:

    S. [Shapoorjee] Hormusjee was a Parsi photographer based in Bombay, Kalbadevi Road, established in 1868 [as shown on the back of this cabinet card]:

    Some of his photographs were included in the 2010 exhibition "The Artful Pose - Early Studio Photography in Mumbai (c.1855-1940)" at the BDL Museum (Dr. Bhau Daji Lad), Mumbai, that was opened originally in 1872 as the Victoria & Albert Museum and renamed in 1975.
    source: http://en-gb.facebook.com/event.php?eid=328893753303
    Source: http://www.bdlmuseum.org/bigImgTextLayout.aspx?mnuId=3

    I don't need to tell you about Captain Charles Henry Tibetts. It is confusing to follow him on the Internet since his name is spelled "TibBetts" almost everywhere. And, there is a "Henry Charles Tibbets" that is confused with Charles Henry on some of the genealogy boards. I saw his signature and it's obvious he and his wife can spell their name correctly. :-) I realize that through descent names take on many variants but this appears to be more of a misspelling.

    Here's an article from The Sydney Morning Herald dated May 15, 1898, stating the "Sea Witch" and Captain C. H. Tibbets received clearance on May 14 for the journey to Hong Kong, along with passenger Mrs. Tibbets.

    I assume you have seen these photos of Mary Eliza Putnam on ancestry dot com:

    This crew list of the "Sea Witch" dated April 19, 1889, lists Tibetts as Charles "N." Tibbetts:

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