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Logbook of the Betsey Williams (Ship)

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Title:
Betsey Williams (Ship)
Date Span:
July 24, 1851 - April 21, 1854
Creator:
Collins, John R.
Identification:
ODHS 848
Extent:
227 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of Stonington, Connecticut, mastered by Gilbert Pendleton Jr., on voyage July 24, 1851 - April 20, 1854 to the River Plate, Coast of Chile, Juan Fernandez, Off Shore, Hawaiian Islands, Northwest Coast, Anadyr Sea, and Arctic Ocean whaling grounds.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Betsey Williams (Ship), ODHS 848

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Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of Stonington, Connecticut, mastered by Gilbert Pendleton Jr., on voyage July 24, 1851 - April 20, 1854 to the River Plate, Coast of Chile, Juan Fernandez, Off Shore, Hawaiian Islands, Northwest Coast, Anadyr Sea, and Arctic Ocean whaling grounds; owner-agent: Charles Phelps Williams.

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Logbook Contents

Log, kept by John R. Collins, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans and Okhotsk Sea.

It includes descriptions of types of whales seen or taken, accidents at sea, and shipboard medicine.

Pages 1-21 are school notes and pages 22-37 are lunar observations. The logbook of the Betsey Williams starts on page 38.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 27, 1851 p. 44; Sep 2 p. 45; Sep 7 p. 46; Feb 4, 5 & 6 (caught), 1852 p. 80; Mar 4 p. 88; Dec 21, 1853 (caught) p. 193.

Blue whales [sulphur bottom whales] (seen): Oct 24, 27 & 28, 1851 p. 57; Oct 30 p. 58; Feb 14, 1852 p. 81; Jan 19, 1853 p. 141.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 23, 1852 p. 100; Jun 11, 12 (caught, 100 barrels) & 13 p. 104; Jun 15, 17 & 18 p. 105; Jun 20 (caught, 90 barrels) p. 106; Jul 2 (caught, 80 barrels) p. 108; Jul 8 (killed by the natives) p. 109; Jul 14 p. 110; Jul 27, 28 (caught, 100 barrels), 29 (caught, 120 barrels) & 30 (caught, 80 barrels) p. 113; Aug 3 (caught, 100 barrels) p. 114; Aug 6 (caught, 100 barrels) p. 115; Aug 11 (caught, 100 barrels) p. 116; Sep 7 p. 121; Sep 12 (caught, 150 barrels) & 16 (caught, 110 barrels) p. 122; May 10, 1853 (caught, 100 barrels) p. 156; May 15, May 16 (caught, 80 barrels) & 18 (110 barrels) p. 157; May 25 (caught, 130 barrels) p. 158; May 30 (caught, 110 barrels) & Jun 1 (caught, 70 barrels) p. 159; Jun 5 (caught, 140 barrels); Jun 13 (caught, 120 barrels) p. 161; Jun 18 (caught, 150 barrels) p. 162; Jul 11 (caught, 30 barrels) p. 165; Jul 17 (caught 2, 30 & 140 barrels) & 18 (dead, 90 barrels) p. 166; Aug 1 (caught, 170 barrels) p. 168; Aug 10 (caght, 110 barrels) p. 169; Sep 3 (caught, 110 barrels) p. 173.

Finback whales (seen): Sep 12, 1851 p. 47; Sep 16 & 18 p. 48; Sep 27 & 28 p. 50; Sep 30 p. 51; Oct 4, 5, 6 & 7 p. 52; Oct 8, 9 & 10 p. 53; Oct 12, 13, 14 & 15 p. 54; Oct 16 17 p. 55; Oct 25 p. 57; Oct 29 p. 58; Nov 3, 4 & 5 p. 59; Nov 6 p. 60; Nov 9, 10, 11 & 12 p. 61; Nov 13 & 14 p. 62; Nov 17 & 18 p. 63; Nov 21 p. 64; Nov 25 p. 65; Dec 9 & 10 p. 67; Dec 15 p. 68; Dec 18 p. 69; Dec 24 p. 70; Dec 26 p. 71; Jan 2, 1852 p. 63; Apr 2 p. 90; Apr 16 p. 92; Apr 20 & 21 p. 93; May 20 p. 99; May 27 p. 101; Apr 28, 1853 p. 154; Sep 27 p. 176; Dec 20 p. 193; Dec 30 p. 196; Jan 21 & 22, 1854 p. 202; Jan 24 p. 203; Jan 30, 31 & Feb 1 p. 205; Feb 2 & 3 p. 206; Feb 5 6p. 207.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 28 & 29, 1852 p. 101; Jun 4 (caught, 20 barrels) p. 102; Jun 27 p. 107; Jul 3 4 p. 108; Jul 23, 24, 25 & 26 p. 112; Aug 3 p. 114; Aug 14 & 15 p. 116; Aug 22 p. 188; Sep 6 p. 120; Sep 21 p. 123.

Humpback whales (seen): Oct 17, 1851 p. 55; Oct 23 p. 56; Oct 24 p. 57; Nov 15 p. 62; Nov 20 p. 63; Apr 25, 1852 p. 94; May 21 p. 100; Jun 14 p. 104; Apr 29, 1853 p. 154.

Killer whales (seen): Oct 29 p. 58.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 17, 1851 p. 63; Apr 28 & 29, 1852 p. 95; Jan 4, 1853 p. 139; Jan 8 (caught, 70 barrels) p. 140; Jun 22 p. 162; Jun 25 (caught, 110 barrels) p. 163; Sep 21 p. 175; Sep 25 p. 176; Jan 26, 1854 p. 203; Jan 27 p. 204.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 4, 1851 (caught, 14 barrels) p. 39; Nov 7 & 8 (caught, 55 barrles) p. 60; Nov 22 (caught, 16 barrels) p. 64; Nov 25 (caught 2, 40 barrels each) p. 65; Dec 10 p. 67; Feb 12, 1852 (caught) p. 81; Nov 30 p. 154; Feb 6, 1854 p. 207; Feb 26 p. 212.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Sep 13, 1851 p. 47; Oct 14 (looked like a sperm whale) p. 54; May 18, 1852 p. 99; Jun 19 p. 105; Jun 24 p. 106; Jun 28, 29, 30 & Aug 1 p. 107; Jul 13 p. 110; Jul 31 & Aug 5 p. 114; Aug 7,8, 9 & 10 p. 115; Aug 14 p. 116; Aug 23 p. 118; Aug 29 & 30 p. 119; Sep 8, 9, 10 & 11 p. 121; Sep 14 & 15 p. 122; Sep 18, 19 & 20 p. 123; Dec 2 p. 134; May 17 & 19, 1853 p. 157; May 22, 23, 24, & 27 (caught) p. 158; Jun 2 & 3 p. 159; Jun 4 & 8 p. 160; Jun 16 & 17 p. 161; Jun 19 & 20 p. 162; Jul 5, 6 & 7 p. 164; Jul 10, 12 & 13 p. 165; Jul 19 p. 166; Aug 2, 3 & 5 p. 168; Aug 6 & 12 p. 169; Aug 15, 17, 18 & 19 p. 170; Aug 20, 21, 23 & 24 p. 171; Aug 27 p. 172; Sep 6 & 7 p. 173; Sep 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 p. 174; Sep 15, 16, 17, 19 & 20 p. 175; Feb 27, 1854 p. 213.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): penguins Oct 18, 1851 p. 55; grampuses Nov 3 p. 59; sunfish Nov 19 p. 63; whale birds Dec 6 p. 66; sunfish Dec 12 (caught) p. 67; sunfish Dec 17 (caught) p. 69.

Places represented: Fayal Aug 9, 1851 p. 40; Cape Verde Aug 23 p. 43; Dec 30 Straits of Le Maire p. 72; Tierra Del Fuego Dec 31 p. 73; Cape Horn Jan 2, 1852 p. 73; Diego Ramires Jan 3 p. 73; Strait of Hua?o Jan 14 p. 76; Coast of Chile Jan 15 p. 76; Island of Mocha Jan 16 p. 76; Maui Mar 5 p. 85; Playa Island Apr 22 p. 94; Younaska and Chagulak islands (Aleutian Islands) May 9 p. 97; Cape Navarin Jun 3 p. 102; Cape Thaddeus Jun 10 p. 104 Jun 17 p. 105; King's Island Jul 3 p. 108; East Cape Jul 5 p. 108, Sept 29 p. 125; Cape Lisburne Jul 11 p. 109, Aug 26 p. 118; St. Lawrence Bay Aug 19 p. 117; Diomedes Islands Aug 21 p. 117; St. Lawrence Island Sep 30 p. 125; Lahaina Oct 20-29, 1852 p. 128-129, Feb 28, 1853 p. 147 Mar 19-31 p. 149-150 Oct 24-Nov 4 p. 180-182; Honolulu Nov 1-7,1852 p. 130-131 Mar 2-16, 1853 p. 147-148, Apr 1-3 p. 150-151, Nov 6- p. 183-; Christmas Island Nov 19, 1852 p. 132; Talcahuano Jan 13, 1853 p. 140; Valparaiso Jan 17 p. 141; Felix and Amberose islands Jan 23 p. 142; Koloa (Kilauea) Kauai Apr 4-7 p. 151; Onekatow May 4 p. 155; Oliv?? Bay Jul 2-Sep 20 p. 163-179; Bowhead Island Jul 2 p. 163, Aug 29 p. 172; Jeanette Harbor Sep 4 p. 173; Paramochier and Onekatan islands Sep 28 p. 177; Parry's Island Dec 5 p. 189; Rarotonga Dec 7 p. 190; Brazil Mar 1, 1854 p. 213.

Notable events: Dec 14, 1851 p. 68 the ship's cat died. Mar 31, 1853 p. 151 got foul of (collided with) the bark Cherokee. Jun 17 p. 161 the captains's shoulder got hurt by a whaling gun; he went on board [the bark Asia] to get it examined. Aug 22 p. 171 ran into the ship Canton.

Illustrations: sketch of a full-rigged ship in pencil and pen and ink p. 1; pencil sketch of a sperm whale p. 39, 64 & 65; pencil skeches of a California gray whale p. 102; pencil sketches of island profiles p. 43, 72-73, 76-77, 94, 97, 125, 126, 142, 155, 190; whale stamps: p. 60, 104, 106, 108-109, 113-116, 122, 140, 156-163, 165-166, 168-169, 173.

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Subject Entries

Artic Ocean--Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Bering Strait--Description and travel.
Blue whale.
Bowhead whale.
Brava (Cape Verde)--Description and travel.
Faial Island (Azores)--Description and travel.
Finback whale.
Flores Island (Azores)--Description and travel.
Globicephala.
Gray whale.
Honolulu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Humpback whale.
Killer whale.
Lahaina (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Marine accidents.
Maui (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Medicine, Naval.
Okhotsk, Sea of--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Pendleton, Gilbert.
Rarotonga (Cook Islands)--Description and travel.
Right whales.
Santa Cruz de Graciosa (Azores)--Description and travel.
Seafaring life.
Society Islands (French Polynesia)--Description and travel.
Sperm whale.
Tahiti--Description and travel.
Valparas'o (Chile)--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Whale oil.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death
Whales.
Whaling masters--Health and hygiene.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Connecticut--Stonington.
Williams, Charles P. (Charles Phelps)

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Alexander of New Bedford (Ship)
Arctic of New Bedford (Ship)
Asia of Havre (Bark)
Bengal of New London (Ship)
Benjmain Tuckerof New Bedford (Ship)
Black Warrior of New London (Bark)
Braganza of New Bedford (Ship)
Bramin of New Bedford (Ship)
Canada of New Bedford (Ship)
Candace of New London (Ship)
Chariot of Honolulu (Ship)
Cincinatti of Stonington (Ship)
Clarice of New Bedford (Bark)
Coriolanus of Mystic (Ship)
Courieren of Russia (Brig)
Eagle of New Bedford (Ship)
Emily Morgan of New Bedford (Ship)
Enterprise of New Bedford (Ship)
Europa of New Bedford (Ship)
Forrester (Ship)
George and Mary of New London (Ship)
Gladiator of New Bedford (Ship)
Harrison of New Bedford (Ship)
Herald of New Bedford (Ship)
Hunter (Clipper Ship)
Huntsville of Cold Spring (Ship)
John Dawson of New Bedford (Bark)
Latour de Piw of Havre (Ship)
Magnolia of New Bedford (Ship)
Milo of New Bedford (Ship)
Moctezuma of New Bedford (Ship)
Monticello of Nantucket (Ship)
Montreal of New Bedford (Ship)
Mount Vernon of New Bedford (Ship)
Natchez of New Bedford (Ship)
Nathaniel P. Tallmadge of Cold Spring (Ship)
Newark of Stonington (Ship)
Nile of San Francisco (Ship)
Northern Light of Fairhaven (Ship)
Ocmulgee of Holmes Hole (Ship)
Orion of Nantes (Ship)
Otahite of Bremen (Ship)
Pacific of New Bedford (Ship)
Pallas of Havre (Ship)
Phenix[Phoenix] of New London (Ship)
Prudent of Stonington (Bark)
Republic of Bremen (Ship)
Rodman of New Bedford (Ship)
Sea of Warren (Ship)
Señora of New York (Steam Ship)
South Carolina of New Bedford (Ship)
Splendid of Cold Spring (Ship)
Stephania of New Bedford (Ship)
Three Brothers of Nantucket (Ship)
Timor of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Two Brothers of New Bedford (Ship)
Tybee of Stonington (Ship)

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KWM 370, logbook of the 1851-1854 voyage

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