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Volunteers answer call to transcribe 1844 whaler's journal

NEW LONDON, N.Y. (AP) - At least 35 volunteers are helping to decipher a 19th-century whaler's journal that New London's Custom House Maritime Museum acquired last year. The Day of New London reports that the volunteers are responding to a Jan. 3 email from the New London Maritime Society seeking help transcribing the 155-page journal that the museum acquired last year. The volunteers will transcribe the handwriting of he anonymous crewman or crewmen who chronicled voyages of the Merrimac. The vessel sailed from New London on July 17, 1844. The maritime society is building an online display of the journal.


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