Description of Captain Boston and his crew, upon their return to Nantucket after 14 months at sea:
When the Loper arrived at Nantucket on September 17, 1830, with 2,280 barrels of oil,. . . the owners, including Captain Obed Starbuck, gave a dinner to the almost entirely Negro crew. Captain A.F. Boston, the grandson of the Slave [sic] Prince Boston, and Samuel Harris, two Negro navigators of note, mounted on horses and carrying boarding knives for swords, led the procession, followed by the crew, shouldering harpoons, whale spades, lances, and other whaling "craft." Tradition has it that the voices of the singers made the cobbles on Main Street reverberate as the unique parade passed through the marketplace of the town.
Quoted in The Sea-Hunters, by Edouard Stackpole (Lippincott, 1953), p. 288