In August 1826, the Susan leaves Nantucket to pursue whales in the Pacific. She returned to the same port after three years with about 2,700 barrels of oil.
Frederick Myrick is on board. He is one of the first sailors to date and sign scrimshaws on whale teeth. 36 pieces are attributed to him. On a single model, they offer different variations such as full sail during transit and reduced or removed sail for hunting.
With the exception of nine pieces, all scrimshaws from this group are dated between December 1828 and September 1829, covering the end of the hunting phase and the travel back.
However, it is difficult to conclude on the meaning of that dating, either linked to the execution of the piece or to events on board. Two of the dated pieces and four undated are dedicated to other ships, and we may believe that the artist made some of them to order after his return.
On October 26 in Boston, Skinner sells an undated scrimshaw signed by Myrick showing the Frances ship off Peru, lot 236 estimated $ 150K. It shares with many other pieces a poem of unidentified origin remembering the atmosphere of these trips: 'Death to the living, Long life to the killers, Success to the sailors' wives and Greasy luck to whalers'.