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Randi

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Whaling Background
« on: November 17, 2012, 01:14:19 pm »
I thought it might be helpful to have one topic where we can note the various whalers and sealers our ships meet and perhaps collect some information about them.



These sources are helpful for Whalers:

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/rediscover/providence-public-library (Thanks, Kevin!)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/rediscover/whaling-ships-nbwm (Thanks, Kevin!)

http://www.whalingmuseum.org/learn/research-topics/overview-of-north-american-whaling (Thanks, M_Laps and Janet!)

http://mysite.du.edu/~ttyler/ploughboy/Ashley%20whaling%20glossary.htm (Thanks, Janet!)

National Maritime Digital Library:
http://nmdl.org/aowv/whvessel.cfm?alpha=A - American Offshore Whaling Voyages: A Database - lists Masters of ships in details
http://nmdl.org/frc/frcindex.cfm - Fall River (Mass) Crew Lists (also Somerset and Freetown)

http://library.mysticseaport.org/exhibits/SFVessel.cfm?Shipnumber=24 - lists crewmen, but not by ship

American Offshore Whaling Voyages

Whaling Masters

The Coast Guard Expands, 1865-1915: New Roles, New Frontiers
http://books.google.fr/books?id=QH07J5CxhtQC&pg=PA41&lpg=PA41&dq=steamer+bowhead&source=bl&ots=H50X8VKwHm&sig=lLGI2iQVmF74N3CmEv-fk4-4oEA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LoOnULn0KOKL0AXhoYDQCA&ved=0CE0Q6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=steamer%20bowhead&f=false

Alaska and the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service: 1867-1915
http://books.google.fr/books?id=VSx7-ZqB1C0C&pg=PA209&lpg=PA209&dq=Report+of+the+cruise+of+the+revenue+Corwin+1889&source=bl&ots=aNeb70eF0w&sig=nsV1Tl4wX0mflaDQQSZ4JZTfJO0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XWhXULLWMOf6yQH60YHQBA&sqi=2&redir_esc=y#v=snippet&q=Corwin%201884&f=false


http://books.google.fr/books?id=niSNaR2xAFkC&pg=PA128&lpg=PA128&dq=%22Gay+Head%22+foley&source=bl&ots=woccIv5jhM&sig=W_ChwGqsx2907q5Vma2E_SAopaE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ufL0UpyZNoSm0AXLhIHgBg&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Gay%20Head%22%20foley&f=false

http://www.fdca.org.uk/Stephens_Whalers.html

http://www.lardex.net/TONSBERG/salvesen/skipsliste.htm

Here is a link to a document containing information about catch history and whale migrations along the West coast of southern Africa. Appendix "Updated catch data for humpback whales on west coast of Africa, 1909-1930" lists names of whalers.
http://archive.iwcoffice.org/_documents/sci_com/SC62docs/SC-62-SH5.pdf

History of the American whale fishery from its earliest inception to the year l876

http://www.provlib.org/whaling-and-maritime-history

http://www.whalingmuseum.org/

http://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Anewbedfordwhalingmuseum&sort=-publicdate

Report of the Commission - International Whaling Commission:
http://books.google.it/books?ei=7O1oUue4E8_Aswab_YGAAQ&id=em4TAAAAYAAJ&dq=mossamedes+1914+whaler+ambar&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=ambar

http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/ - search for "whaler"
(e.g., http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/smiths/19101915/transvaalia1912.htm)

Filmmaker set to tell a whale of a tale

The story of the New England whalers

Life in a whaling town (talks about some ships): Stonington by the sea, Chapter VIII Whaling and Sealing

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... women who remained at their husband?s sides even though that meant living at sea for years at a time.  Those women, known as Sister-Sailors or Whaling Wives include Mary Brewster, Martha Smith Brewer Brown, Mary Chipman Lawrence, and Clara Clifford Kingman Wheldon. During the peak of America?s whaling industry (about 1835-1860), each of these women and many more, traveled the seven seas aboard whaling vessels.  Wives and companions to their husbands, shipboard nurse, and mothers, many of whom gave birth while at sea with only their husbands to act as doctor or midwife. Between 1830 to 1860, approximately two hundred whaling vessels departed the port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Nearly sixty of those ships had wives and children on board.
http://karleeaturner.wordpress.com/welcome/



These two are probably less helpful:

http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/zeph-w-zephaniah-walter-pease/new-bedford-massachusetts--its-history-industries-institutions-and-attracti-sae/page-2-new-bedford-massachusetts--its-history-industries-institutions-and-attracti-sae.shtml

http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/national-archives-project/ship-registers-of-new-bedford-massachusetts-volume-v3-ita/page-11-ship-registers-of-new-bedford-massachusetts-volume-v3-ita.shtml



For Sealers (primarily):

The fur seals and fur-seal islands of the North Pacific ocean
https://archive.org/details/cu31924000936470

The Behring Sea question : embracing the fur sealing industry of the North Pacific Ocean, 1896
https://archive.org/details/cihm_16327

SEAL HUNTING IN ALASKA - History of the Growth of this Important Industry. DAMAGE DONE BY RECKLESS KILLING Five Hundred Thousand Said to Have Been Slaughtered in One Year -- Present Restrictions -- Our Fleet of Cutters.: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F10E1FFB3C5811738DDDAA0A94DE405B8585F0D3

Lewis and Dryden's marine history of the Pacific Northwest: http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications_detail.aspx?p=44

Captain Alex MacLean: Jack London's Sea Wolf: http://books.google.fr/books?id=wBLxpgNX9XgC&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=sealer+city+of+San+Diego&source=bl&ots=8IEgB-a7hw&sig=zjb14hg6fmx9YGXe1xzY_vhaN-o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=951VUYb6Ka2r0gWi7oAY&ved=0CFgQ6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=sealer%20city%20of%20San%20Diego&f=false
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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 01:35:18 pm »
Corwin - 23 August 1884 - "At anchor Arctic Ocean" (north coast of Alaska)

Most are verified as whalers, but a couple are uncertain.

Atlantis
Bark Bounding Billow
Bowhead  (wreck)
Bark Dawn
Bark Fleetwing of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Bark Francis Palmer of San Francisco [Master Williams]
Bark Helen Mar of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Brig Hidalgo
Bark Hunter
Bark Ocean [Master Koon]
Bark Orca
Stamboul
Bark Wanderer (American)
Bark Young Phoenix of New Bedford, Massachusetts. (Also Young Phenix) [Master Green]
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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2012, 03:17:20 pm »
Excellent - and again very useful for our partners and colleagues at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM) Providence Public Library (PPL) and in Alaska. There is a reference by Sherman: Whaling Logbooks & Journals, 1630-1929 (or something like that) that is basically an inventory of the surviving whaling ship logbooks held by various museums & libraries around the world. So we can find out if the logs from the ships spotted are available (we have access to the largest fraction through NBWM and PPL).

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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 03:36:41 pm »
Here is a sample: http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/arctic/rediscover/log_whaling_ships.html
There are a few selections you can view in PDF to get an idea what they look like.


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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2012, 05:34:38 am »
Are these some of the ships that are currently being scanned for this project? It looks like most of the ships don't have PDFs at the moment.

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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2012, 07:06:02 am »
Right now we are working on US government ships (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3210.msg52142#msg52142), but whaling ships are a possibility for the future.

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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2012, 01:41:47 pm »
Which is motivation to transcribe whaling ship names. :)  If we go to those logs after finishing the current fleet, we will be able to go back and find all those references to the ships we are then working on.

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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2012, 03:35:28 pm »
Looks like the idea of looking at logs is catching on  - BBC article regarding whaling logs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-12071655

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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2012, 03:54:23 pm »
Looks like the idea of looking at logs is catching on  - BBC article regarding whaling logs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-12071655

Be interesting to find out if they know WE are here and all we have done! ::)

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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2012, 04:11:30 pm »
Looks like the idea of looking at logs is catching on  - BBC article regarding whaling logs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-12071655

Be interesting to find out if they know WE are here and all we have done! ::)

CORRAL is our predecessor.  Look at the dates on Haywain's post and these links, and read the conclusions to CORRAL on page 8 of the third link.  ;)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-12071655

http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/view/badc.nerc.ac.uk__ATOM__dataent_1239019538627371

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/digitisation/corralfinalreport.pdf

Old Weather was created to continue what they started. ;D
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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2012, 05:50:41 pm »
Looks like the idea of looking at logs is catching on  - BBC article regarding whaling logs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-12071655

Be interesting to find out if they know WE are here and all we have done! ::)

CORRAL is our predecessor.  Look at the dates on Haywain's post and these links, and read the conclusions to CORRAL on page 8 of the third link.  ;)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-12071655

http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/view/badc.nerc.ac.uk__ATOM__dataent_1239019538627371

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/digitisation/corralfinalreport.pdf

Old Weather was created to continue what they started. ;D
...and improve upon it ;)
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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2012, 06:36:21 pm »
 ;D

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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2012, 07:23:51 pm »
And PROUD of it!! ;D ;D

BTW - It's a 'different' time period but I have run across several mentions of Whaling ships stopped, boarded, sighted, etc. on Empress of Britain in 1914 around the Cape Verde Islands.  Should I try to list THOSE here also?!

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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2012, 07:36:47 pm »
Why not! ;D
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Re: Whaling Ships Met
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012, 08:06:55 pm »
24 October 1914 off St. Vincent, Cape Verde Islands by the Empress of Britain

SS Coronado

2 'Norwegian' whalers - unnamed



There'll likely be more - I'm midway in the editing. :D