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Pommy Stuart

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« Reply #2415 on: August 05, 2017, 02:48:18 am »
Unfortunately, it was a 1949 Broadway musical and a 1958 and 2001 film :(

Fussy Randi.   :P   

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« Reply #2416 on: August 19, 2017, 12:35:28 pm »
A rather harshly worded set of coast guard logkeeping instructions includes:

"Item 6: [...] A misspelled word signifies illiteracy"

...only then for "separate" to be misspelled in Item 11...  ::)

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« Reply #2417 on: August 19, 2017, 02:51:45 pm »
Good find - in more ways than one ;)

I like the comment about a misspelled name being a sign of laziness as well as stupidity. I guess they meant people's names and not place names ::)

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« Reply #2418 on: August 29, 2017, 12:54:52 am »
From Baylies 1892

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May 2

About 10 AM saw a Bowhead in a hole, Charles Chambers a boat stear and William Jeffries got on the ice to go strike the whale Chambers took a tonite (?) bom in his hand and the bom exploded in his had and blowed his hand off and one finger off from William Jeffries a man ~. did not see the whale again

May 3

The Capt to work in the 2 men that got hurt (?)

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« Reply #2419 on: August 29, 2017, 01:11:28 am »
Sensible whale!


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William Jeffries a man ~.
Possibly forward ?

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The Capt to work in the 2 men that got hurt (?)
That may be on rather than in ?


Let me take occasion just here to correct a false impression quite generally held regarding whaling. Many persons -- I think, most persons -- have an idea that in modem whaling, harpoons are fired at whales from the decks of ships. This is true only of 'long-shore whaling. ... But whaling on the sperm grounds of the tropics and on the right whale and bowhead grounds of the polar seas is much the same as it has always been. Boats still go on the backs of whales. Harpoons are thrown by hand into the great animals as of yore. Whales still run away with the boats, pulling them with amazing speed through walls of split water. Whales still crush boats with blows of their mighty flukes and spill their crews into the sea.

There is just as much danger and just as much thrill and excitement in the whaling of to-day as there was in that of a century ago. Neither steamers nor sailing vessels that cruise for sperm and bowhead and right whales nowadays have deck guns of any sort, but depend entirely upon the bomb-guns attached to harpoons and upon shoulder bomb-guns wielded from the whale boats.

In the old days, after whales had been harpooned, they were stabbed to death with long, razor-sharp lances. The lance is a thing of the past. The tonite bomb has taken its place as an instrument of destruction. In the use of the tonite bomb lies the chief difference between modern whaling and the whaling of the old school.

The modern harpoon is the same as it has been since the palmy days of the old South Sea sperm fisheries. But fastened on its iron shaft between the wooden handle and the spear point is a brass cylinder an inch in diameter, perhaps, and about a foot long. This cylinder is a tonite bomb-gun. A short piece of metal projects from the flat lower end. This is the trigger. When the harpoon is thrown into the buttery, blubber-wrapped body of the whale, it sinks in until the whale's skin presses the trigger up into the gun and fires it with a tiny sound like the explosion of an old-fashioned shotgun cap. An instant later a tonite bomb explodes with a mufiied roar in the whale's vitals.

Another tonite bomb-gun accident - on the Jeanette - with a bit more explanation.

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« Reply #2420 on: August 30, 2017, 04:31:06 pm »
Following on from that

2 Months after the Incident,

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July 1

about 9 am spoke American Man a War Adams and out Capt went on board with those 2 men that got their hands blowed off up in the ice Charles Chambers the boat stear was left on board the steamer the other man came back after seeing the Docktor


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July 13

The Capt went on board the American Man a War Adams and brought back Charles Chambers the boat stear that got his hand blow off and we left on board the Adams the first of this month. The Doctor had to cut his hand at the wrist.

July 14

after breakfast the Capt took  Charles Chambers  the boat stear and William Jeffries the two men that got their hands blow off on shore and discharged them

Having to wait two months to see a Doctor for something like that sounds terrible.

Also July 12 - Opened up all ~ found some rats
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« Reply #2421 on: August 30, 2017, 05:10:39 pm »
after breakfast the Capt took  Charles Chambers  the boat stear and William Jeffries the two men that got their hands blow off on shore and discharged them

Having to wait two months to see a Doctor for something like that sounds terrible.
And on top of that, they seem to have been abandoned far from home.
Some of our Coast Guard ships have transported destitute men home, so hopefully they will be OK.

Also July 12 - Opened up all ~ found some rats
Perhaps arround?

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« Reply #2422 on: September 04, 2017, 08:04:02 pm »
The Crew of the Barstow (and other ships) had a rather eventful 4th July in 1891

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The Bque "James Allen" caught fire in the engine room, took over pump and went to her assistance. also other vessels done the same Strs "Orca" & "Narwhal" went alongside and helped and succeeded in putting it out after a few hours. damaged her some in the fore hole. but not enough to interfere with he proceeding on her voyage in a few days.

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« Reply #2423 on: September 04, 2017, 08:31:53 pm »
Thanks!

I remember reading that sailors really fear fire. It seems somewhat ironic given that they are surrounded by water, but of course, if they lose their ship, they are in the water.

A few years later the "James Allen" is wrecked is Alaska.

http://alaskaweb.org/maritime/jasallenwreck.html



A WHALER ON FIRE
It is about 1/3 of the way down the 3'rd column.
It doesn't mention the Barstow :'(
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« Reply #2424 on: September 04, 2017, 09:21:29 pm »
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"We ran in as close to the beach as was possible, and about 10 o'clock a.m. two boats were sent in to bring off the men.  They were found in a terrible condition.  One man, Gideon, had died June 7, and the rest were in a starving condition.  Mussels were scarce, and the birds wild, so the men said.  They had given up all hope of ever being rescued, and were completely demoralized.  The body of the man who had died June 7 they had eaten entirely.  They had even dug up the body of one of those who had died two weeks previously, and had partly consumed it.  The trunk lay just outside the barabara, with arms and leg cut off, and portions of the meat were in the pot outside the door.


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« Reply #2425 on: September 04, 2017, 11:04:15 pm »
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"We ran in as close to the beach as was possible, and about 10 o'clock a.m. two boats were sent in to bring off the men.  They were found in a terrible condition.  One man, Gideon, had died June 7, and the rest were in a starving condition.  Mussels were scarce, and the birds wild, so the men said.  They had given up all hope of ever being rescued, and were completely demoralized.  The body of the man who had died June 7 they had eaten entirely.  They had even dug up the body of one of those who had died two weeks previously, and had partly consumed it.  The trunk lay just outside the barabara, with arms and leg cut off, and portions of the meat were in the pot outside the door.

Oh boy - that's truly grim. Which boat and year was this then Joke_Slayer please?
I wonder what the public reaction was to their situation in those days?  :-\

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« Reply #2426 on: September 04, 2017, 11:09:35 pm »
I was quoting from the story of the James Allen posted above

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« Reply #2427 on: September 04, 2017, 11:22:22 pm »
Oh right! - thanks ever so! 

When the Greely expedition was rescued there were signs of cannibalism having occurred and it went down very badly with the public until they were told of the inefficiencies of the deposition of food dumps for the expedition, thus their starvation and need to survive by using the only meat available.

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« Reply #2428 on: September 05, 2017, 03:07:26 am »
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Barstow 1891

Oct 8
at 8 A.M. spoke "Str Belvedere" "Whiteside" Master" eight "Bowheads" and four "Right Whales". Reports that the "Str "Wm Lewis" was wrecked on "Point Barrow" Oct. 4th in a thick fog. and he had the "Capt" and Crew on board. we took "boatsteerer" and two of the crew to take down.

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« Reply #2429 on: September 05, 2017, 03:44:36 am »