Title: Joseph Vantine. Journal.,
Date (inclusive): 1858-1859
Collection number: MSS 0076
Extent: 0.10 linear feet (1 volume (84 leaves).)
Mandeville Special Collections Library, Geisel Library, UC, San Diego
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Joseph Vantine. Journal., MSS 0076. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Account of the voyage (1857-1858) to China and Japan of the U.S. Steam Frigate Minnesota
by crewman Joseph Vantine. Included are descriptions of shipboard life; visits to China,
Japan and India; pirate attacks; and events surrounding the first U.S. visit to Nagasaki
associated with the opening of Japan by Perry in 1858. The account is bound in
contemporary binding, written in a single hand, and contains approximately 134 pages.
Supplementing the journal are photocopies of several documents pertaining to assignment
of Vantine's Navy pension to his widow Susan.
A sailor in the U.S. Navy andassigned to the U.S. Steam Frigate Minnesota. Vantine was
later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heric service during Battle of Mobile
Bay during the Civil War.