Thomas Chatfield – At the Start of the Civil War

Thomas Chatfield

Originally uploaded by dchurbuck.

This photo was probably shot in New York City or Brooklyn shortly before Chatfield was ordered to the USS Somerset as acting master.

He would have been 31 years-old at the time of this photo, recently returned from San Francisco and his first successful voyage as captain of the whaler “Massachusetts” his fourth Pacific whaling voyage in all aboard that ship.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

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