Logbook of the Congress (Ship) In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryMachine-readable finding aid created by: Rachel AdlerFunds for this project were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau.Logbook of the Congress (Ship) In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Logbook of the Congress (Ship)

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Title:
Congress (Ship)
Date Span:
May 31, 1864 - May 15, 1867
Creator:
Sherman, James H. (James Henry)
Mss Number:
KWM 55
Extent:
194 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by John A. Castino, on voyage from May 31, 1864 - May 13, 1867.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by John A. Castino, on voyage from May 31, 1864 - May 13, 1867; owner-agent: Edward C. Jones; built at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, 1823; formerly of the Nantucket fleet; sold to New Bedford in 1843.

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Logbook Contents

Partial Log, kept by James H. Sherman, relating to a whaling voyage to the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Account includes whale stamps, account, and crew list.

Note: the page numbers in this finding aid reflect those found in the physical logbook, not the PDF.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 2 (caught 4) & 3 (caught 2), 1864 p. 1; Jun 29 p. 6; Jul 9 p. 8; Jul 17 (caught 2) p. 10; Aug 8 p. 14; Sep 11 p. 22; Oct 31 & Nov 2 p. 32; Nov 10, 11 & 13 p. 34; Feb 3 & 4, 1865 p. 51; Feb 14 p. 53; Oct 9 p. 100; Jan 2, 1866 p. 114; Feb 5 & 6 p. 119; Feb 11 p. 120.

Blue whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jan 25, 1865 (dead whale) p. 49; May 13 p. 69.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 2, 1865 p. 72; Jun 6 p. 73; Jun 13 & 14 p. 74; Jun 25 p. 76; Aug 13, 14 & 15 (caught) p. 87; Aug 16, 17 & 19 p. 88; Aug 23 & 24 p. 89; Aug 26 (caught), 27 (caught) & 29 (caught) p. 90; Aug 31, Sep 1 (caught) & 3 p. 91; Sep 8 p. 92; Sep 9, 10, 12 (caught) & 13 p. 93; Jun 4 & 6, 1866 p. 139; Jun 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 p. 140; Jun 18 (caught) p. 142; Jun 24 & 25 (caught) p. 143; Aug 8 & 11 p. 151; Aug 12, 13 & 15 p. 152; Aug 18, 19 & 20 (caught) p. 153; Aug 24, 27 (caught) & 29 p. 154; Aug 31, Sep 1, 2 & 3 p. 155; Sep 7 & 10 p. 156; Sep 13, 14, 17 & 18 p. 157; Sep 19 (caught) & 21 (caught) p. 158; Sep 25 & 26 (caught) p. 159.

Finback whales (seen): Jun 1, 1864 p. 1; Jun 27 & 29 p. 6; Jun 30 p. 7; Jul 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10 p. 8; Jul 16 p. 9; Jul 21 p. 10; Sep 27 p. 25; Oct 15 p. 29; Nov 20 p. 35; Nov 27 p. 37; Dec 4 & 5 p. 38; Dec 6 & 7 p. 39; Dec 12 p. 40; Dec 22 p. 42; Jan 16, 1865 p. 47; Jan 30 & 31 p. 50; Feb 7 p. 52; Mar 5 p. 57; Mar 13 p. 58; May 12 p. 68; May 17 p. 69; May 20 & 22 p. 70; Dec 3 p. 109; Jan 15 & 16, 1866 p. 116; Jan 31 p. 118; Feb 10 p. 120; May 4 & 8 p. 132; Oct 11 p. 162; May 9, 1867 p. 192.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 8 & 9, 1865 p. 73; Jun 29 p. 77; Jul 4, 5 (dead whale) & 6 (caught) p. 79; Jul 19 & 20 p. 82; Jul 30 (dead whale) p. 84; Dec 29 p. 113; Aug 3, 1866 p. 150; Dec 30 p. 172; Jan 12, 13 & 14, 1867 p. 174.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 1, 1864 p. 7; Jan 12, 1865 p. 47; Jan 31 p. 50; Feb 21 p. 54; Feb 23 p. 55; Apr 23 p. 65; Sep 22 (dead whale) p. 96; Dec 22 & 23 p. 112; Dec 24, 1866 p. 171; Jan 1 & 2, 1867 p. 172; Jan 7 p. 173; Feb 10 & 14 p. 179; Feb 16, 21 & 22 p. 180; Feb 23, 24 & 26 p. 181.

Killer whales (seen): Aug 9, 1864 p. 14; Jul 6, 1865 p. 79; Aug 22 p. 89; Jan 24, 1866 p. 117.

Right whales (seen): Dec 19, 1864 p. 41; Sep 30, 1865 p. 98.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 8, 1864 (caught 3) p. 2; Jun 9 p. 3; Aug 17 p. 16; Sep 4 & 5 p. 20; Sep 21 (caught) & 22 (caught) p. 24; Oct 1 p. 26; Oct 22 (caught) p. 30; Dec 27 (caught) p. 43; Feb 9, 1865 (caught 3) p. 52; Feb 16 p. 53; Feb 17 (caught) p. 54; Feb 27, 28 & Mar 1 p. 56; Mar 4 p. 57.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Sep 4, 1864 p. 20; Sep 17 p. 23; Nov 18 p. 35; Apr 24, 1866 p. 130; Jan 19, 20 & 21 (caught), 1867 p. 175; Jan 23, 24 & 27 p. 176; Jan 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 1, 2 (dead whale) & 3 p. 177; Feb 4 & 5 p. 178; Apr 6 (caught) p. 186.

Grampuses (seen): Jul 4, 1864 p. 8; Aug 8, 7 & 11 p. 14; Aug 15 p. 15; Jan 13, 1865 p. 47; Jan 21, 1866 p. 117; May 15 p. 133.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): turtle Aug 4, 1864 p. 13; jumpers Nov 17 p. 35; porpoises Jan 11, 1865 (caught 2) p. 46; porpoise (caught) May 11 p. 68; walruses (caught 10) Jul 16 p. 81; walruses (caught 7) Jul 17 p. 82; walruses (caught 7) Jul 25 p. 83; walruses Jul 18, 1866 p. 148.

Places represented: Flores Aug 12, 1864 p. 15; Corvo Aug 12 p. 15; Faial Aug 17 p. 16; Bravo Oct 27 p. 31; Staten Island (Isla de los Estados), Argentina Dec 19 p. 41; Cape Horn Dec 25 p. 43; Huafo Jan 12, 1865 p. 47; Juan Fernandez Island Jan 17 p. 48; St. Ambrose Island Jan 23 p. 49; St. Felix Island Jan 23 p. 49; Chincha Islands Feb 1 p. 51; Hawaii Mar 21, 1865 p. 60, Mar 29, 1866 p. 127; Hilo Mar 21, 1865 p. 60, Mar 10, 1866 p. 124, Mar 17, 1867 p. 184; Honolulu Mar 23, 1865 p. 60, Oct 25 p. 103, Apr 6, 1866 p. 128, Nov 2 p. 164, Apr 1, 1867 p. 186; Oahu Apr 29, 1865 p. 66, Oct 24 p. 102; Cape Navarin Jun 12, 1865 p. 74, May 25, 1866 p. 135; Cape Thaddeus Jun 15, 1865 p. 75, Jun 1, 1866 p. 138; Cape Bering Jun 22, 1865 p. 76, Jun 15, 1866 p. 141; Plover Bay Jun 23, 1865 p. 76; St. Lawrence Bay Jun 26, 1865 p. 77, Oct 3, 1866 p. 160; Diomedes Jun 28, 1865 p. 77, Oct 3, 1866 p. 160; Cape Lisburne Jul 13, 1865 p. 81, Sep 23, 1866 p. 158; Cape Prince of Wales Sep 24, 1865 p. 97; St. Lawrence Island Sep 24, 1865 p. 97, Jul 10, 1866 p. 146; St. Matthews Island Sep 26, 1865 p. 97; Pinnacle Island Sep 28 p. 98; Seguam Island Oct 3 p. 99; Maui Oct 23 p. 102; Guadalupe Island Dec 19 p. 112; Magdelena Bay Dec 22 p. 112; East Cape Oct 1, 1866 p. 160; Maria Bay Jan 6, 1867 p. 173; Margarita Bay Feb 5 p. 178.

Notable events: Mar 14, 1865 p. 59 a man fell overboard and thw crew lowered a boat and rescued him. Jun 15 p. 75 The crew of the Congress heard the news that President Lincoln was dead (Apr 15, 1865). Jul 2 p. 78 the Congress got news about activity of the Confederate cruiser Shenandoah in the area. Aug 29 p. 90 a man fell overboard and drowned while the Waist Boat was taking a whale. Feb 6, 1866 p. 119 the cook found that someone had put bread and beef bones on his bed. He told the captain, who called all the men up and asked who was responsible for this. The men refused to tell him, so the captain ordered them all to go scrape the outside bulwarks. They refused to do that as well, so the captain put them all in irons. May 14, 1867 p. 193 the Congress sprung a leak and was filling up with water. The crew sent out a distress signal and several ships came over to help them. Everyone tried to save the ship, but the crew had to abandon her.

Whale stamps: p. 43, 72-74, 76, 79, 84, 87-93, 98.

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Information for Researchers

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Related Materials

Related Logbooks

KWM 161, logbook of the 1861-1862 voyage
KWM 464, logbook of the 1857-1859 voyage
KWM 705, logbook of the 1851-1854 voyage
KWM 878, logbook of the 1854-1857 voyage
ODHS 230, logbook of the 1857-1858 voyage
ODHS 1068A, logbook of the 1842-1844 voyage
ODHS 1068B, logbook of the 1844-1846 voyage

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from William Tripp.

Sponsor

Funds for digitization were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau.

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Subject Entries

Anadyr, Gulf of (Russia)--Description and travel.
Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Castino, John A.
Ice--Arctic regions.
Jones, Edward Coffin, 1805-1880.
Marine accidents.
North Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Punishment.
Rescues.
Seafaring life.
Shipwrecks.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Acors Barns of New London (Bark)
Addison of New Bedford (Bark)
Adeline of New Bedford (Ship)
Alto of Fairhaven (Bark)
America (Steamship)
Anaconda of New Bedford (Bark)
Arnolda of New Bedford (Ship)
Asa Eldridge (Ship)
Aurora of New Bedford (Bark)
Bartholomew Gosnold of New Bedford (Ship)
Benjamin Cummings of New Bedford (Bark)
Brunswick of New Bedford (Ship)
Camilla of New Bedford (Bark)
Canton Packet of New Bedford (Bark)
Ceylon (Ship)
Champion of Edgartown (Ship)
Clara Bell of Mattapoisett (Bark)
Coral of New Bedford (Bark)
Corinthian of New Bedford (Ship)
Courser of New Bedford (Bark)
Daniel Wood of New Bedford (Bark)
Eliza Adams of New Bedford (Ship)
Elizabeth Swift of New Bedford (Bark)
Emma C. Jones of New Bedford (Ship)
Eugenia of New Bedford (Bark)
Europa of New Bedford (Ship)
Fanny of New Bedford (Bark)
Florence of Warren (Bark)
Florida of New Bedford (Ship)
Gayhead of New Bedford (Ship)
General Scott of Fairhaven (Ship)
George Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
George of New Bedford (Bark)
Governor Troup of New Bedford (Ship)
Graces (Ship)
Gustave (Ship)
Hae Hawaii (Bark)
Haw Hawze (Bark)
Helen Snow of New Bedford (Bark)
Illinois of New Bedford (Ship)
J.D. Thompson of New London (Bark)
James Maury of New Bedford (Ship)
Janus of New Bedford (Ship)
Jireh Perry of New Bedford (Ship)
John Dawson of New Bedford (Bark)
John Howland of New Bedford (Bark)
John P. West of New Bedford (Bark)
John Wells of New Bedford (Bark)
Joseph Maxwell of Fairhaven (Bark)
Kathleen of New Bedford (Bark)
Lagoda of New Bedfod (Bark)
Lancer of New Bedford (Ship)
Lydia of New Bedford (Bark)
Martha of New Bedford (Bark)
Massachusetts of New Bedford (Bark)
Matilda Sears of Dartmouth (Bark)
Mercury of New Bedford (Bark)
Minerva Smyth of New Bedford (Ship)
Napoleon of New Bedford (Bark)
Nautilus of New Bedford (Bark)
Nile of New London (Bark)
Northern Light of New Bedford (Ship)
Ocean of New Bedford (Ship)
Oliver Crocker of New Bedford (Bark)
Ontario of New Bedford (Bark)
Oriole of New Bedford (Bark)
Ospray of New Bedford (Bark)
Peru of New London (Bark)
Platina of Westport (Bark)
Reindeer of New Bedford (Ship)
Robert Towns of Sydney (Bark)
Roman of New Bedford (Ship)
Rosara of Prince Edward Island (Bark)
Roscoe of New Bedford (Bark)
Sarah of New Bedford (Bark)
Sea Breeze of New Bedford (Bark)
Shenandoah (Cruiser)
Sophia Thornton of New Bedford (Ship)
Splendid of Edgartown (Ship)
St. George of New Bedford(Ship)
Stephania of New Bedford (Bark)
Theodore (Brig)
Thomas Dickason of New Bedford (Ship)
Thomas Winslow of New Bedford (Bark)
Trident of New Bedford (Bark)
Victoria of San Francisco (Brig)
Washington of New Bedford (Bark)
William Gifford of New Bedford (Bark)
William Thompson of New Bedford (Ship)
Winslow (Ship)

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