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From 1941 to 2002, The American Neptune was America's premier journal of maritime history and arts. The journal's articles, written with clarity and scholarly substance, are of interest to all who enjoy accounts of ships, the seas, and those who've sailed them - for mercantile gain, their nation's interest, or the love of voyaging and exploration. They cover a wide range of subjects (art and artifacts, people, events), geographical areas (American and international) and time periods (prehistory through modern day) and were written for scholars, professionals and enthusiasts. The journal, founded by a group that included Samuel Eliot Morison and Walter Muir Whitehill, was issued as a quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).


I have been looking for various past issues of the journal, and found today that the Peabody Essex Museum has begun to post ditized PDF copies of the journal in the Phillips Library Digitial Collections at http://phillipslibrarycollections.pem.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15928coll3 


Currently Volumes I, II and II are posted (1941 through 1943), with the first 2 issues for Volume IV also posted (1944).


The Phillips Library is the documentation and research division of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.    The collection presents a detailed account of the global nature of commercial outreach by Essex County residents in the 18th and 19th centuries during the “golden age” of shipping.  Logbooks, merchant account books, shipbuilder’s records, customhouse records, and documentation of travels and exploration to the Pacific can all be found within its print and manuscript collections.  At one time, Salem was the largest trading port on the east coast.  Logbooks in the collection document the relationship between Salem and Japan as early as 1799.  China trade is also represented through manuscripts found in the collection and by the Frederick Townsend Ward print collection, one of the world’s largest collections of Western-language materials on Imperial China.




Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

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A while back there was a CD of the American Neptune.  Unfortunately I was not able to get ahold of a copy.


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