Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Where is Henry Lunt's journal?

The comment (below, indented) was made to the post about Lt. Henry Lunt (Mariner) this past week by Kathy Evans who is part of a project team that is looking for the Bonhomme Richard. The comment includes links to information about the project.
    I am contacting because of a mutual interest we share with you, the ship Henry Lunt rode to fame on in September 1779 along with Commander John Paul Jones - the Bonhomme Richard. We have been searching for the long lost wreck of the Bonhomme Richard since 2006, and are contacting you in the hopes that a personal journal Lt. Lunt kept may be in your possession. That journal seems to be missing from the historic record and we are hoping that as his descendants you may either have it or know where it is.  
    I am an associate of Ocean Technology Foundation. You may wish to look at our homepage at If you turn your attention to the bottom of that page you’ll see a link to our Bonhomme Richard project. 
    We are nonprofit group with 501(c)(3) status whose focus is primarily on Marine Research and Education which is how our foremost venture became locating the Bonhomme Richard.   
    In that endeavor we have scoured nearly 900 square nautical miles of ocean floor in the southern portion of the North Sea. We believe that the Lt. Lunt’s journal may hold the key to why our search has thus far not led us to the ship. We are also hopeful that if you are in possession of the journal you will share a copy of it with us. 
    End of comment.
Henry served, as 1st Officer, under John Paul Jones and has had much written about him that we expect to review in more depth later. Some who wrote of him, such as James Fenimore Cooper, saw the journal. A Lunt descendant, evidently, saw the journal last century.

The search team expects that Lt. Henry's journal would contain information pertinent to their goal. So, where is the journal?

For now, this post is meant to initiate an effort at doing a wide cast. Please forward a link to whomever you think might know about the journal. To contribute information, post a comment or send responses to ajswtlk[@]gmail[.]com.

Future posts will go more into Lt. Henry's exploits and describe responses to this query; too, we'll detail other approaches that will be attempted, such as those related to crowd sourcing and the like.


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Modified: 03/07/2013