Portrait of Captain and Mrs. Crapo

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Description

A cabinet photograph portrait of Capt. Thomas and Joanna Crapo of the whaleboat New Bedford (built 1877). Capt. Crapo is seated with Joanna standing beside him with her hand on his shoulder. Printed on the bottom is "CAPT. & MRS. CRAPO OF THE NEW BEDFORD." Printed on back is "Established 1854. Craft & Ferry, PHOTOGRAPHERS, 132 BOWERY NEW YORK."

On May 28, 1877 the Crapos embarked from New Bedford in their tiny craft. After fifty-five days of sailing through thick fogs, heavy rains, gale winds, an encounter with a school of sperm whales, seas that "ran mountains high", a broken rudder and a near-collision with a steamship, they arrived in Penzance, England, exhausted but alive.