It's been a couple of years since this thread has been aired. Here is some interesting news about Captain B.F. Pond and his ship the "Julia Ann". Martin Andersen has made a movie of the shipwreck of the "Julia Ann" and the subsequent rescue of the survivors. Here is what he says on his Face Book page:
"It is official. My film, "DIVINE PROVIDENCE:The Wreck and Rescue of the Julia Ann" will premier in one week on BYUTV at 5pm Mountain time Sunday October 5. Please tune in. It tells the story of Capt. B.F. Pond and the passengers on his ship who miraculously lived through a shipwreck in the middle of the Pacific in 1855.
Watch it on cable or Satellite TV, or catch it live on the internet at byutv.org."
There has also been a book written about this by Fred Woods. The book and a DVD are available from Amazon:
And here is a bit of background on these projects, with a picture of a painting of "The Wreck of the Julia Ann" by a descendent of Captain Pond, and (finally!) a picture of Benjamin Franklin Pond himself.
I have not yet seen either the movie or the book. I doubt if any chanties will show up in either of these or that there will be any new information about chanties that might have been sung on board the "Julia Ann" in the early 1850's before she was shipwrecked in 1855.
This is an open and ongoing thread and I am still very much interested in any new information that anyone might have about any chanties that can be documented as being sung on sailing ships out of San Francisco bound for Sydney, Australia between 1850 and 1855. You will have to scroll up a bit to see what our conclusions were in the previous research done on this thread. The documented evidence was very scant to non-existent. But that doesn't mean that it is not out there yet to be discovered!