(by Palma J. You, Archives Technician)
It was likely for gold rush ships sailing around Cape Horn to stop in
a South Atlantic port; the typical location was Rio de Janeiro. The
Croton, however, stopped several hundred miles further south on the
island of Saint Catherine [Santa Catarina], a favored rest and
replenishing spot of American whalers because of its good harbor, fresh
supplies, and good Brazilian wine (Lewis, Roberts).
This represents a old dilapidated catholick church situated upon the
island of St Catherine, down near the entrance of the harbor. The rear
building is ocupyed as a church at the present day.”
“This represents a small bay, House, grog stop, boat house & C.
situated upon the main opposite where we lay at anchor in the harbor of
The first posting from this series of neat drawings from Mr. Chittenden journal was posted on March 7, 2012, [and the second appeared on March 28, 2012 -- Ed.]