Logbook of the Daniel Webster (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 Daniel Webster (Ship) In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Logbook of the Daniel Webster (Ship)

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Daniel Webster (Ship)
Date Span:
May 19, 1848 - May 18, 1852
Creator:
Mearn, G.B.
Identification:
ODHS 515
Extent:
307 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of Nantucket Mass., mastered by Henry C. Bunker on voyage 19 May 1848-18 May 1852 to the Cape Verde, Coast of Chile, Juan Fernandez, Callao, On Shore, Galapagos, On the Line, just south of Aleutian Island, Anadyr Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Sulu Sea, and False Banks whaling grounds.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Daniel Webster, ODHS 515

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Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of Nantucket Mass., mastered by Henry C. Bunker on voyage 19 May 1848-18 May 1852 to the Cape Verde, Coast of Chile, Juan Fernandez, Callao, On Shore, Galapagos, On the Line, just south of Aleutian Island, Anadyr Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Sulu Sea, and False Banks whaling grounds; owner-agent Benjamin Coffin; built at Rochester (Mattapoisett), Mass., 1838.

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Logbook Contents

Log, kept by G.B. Mearn, Mr. Bailey, and mate Mr. Cowles, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans and Sulu Sea. It includes descriptions of types of whales and manta rays (Mobulidae) seen or taken, death at sea, arctic disaster, desertions, punishment on ship, ship fired on by brig guarding Talcahuano, and rescue of a man overboard.

Note: page numbering follows the page numbers in the physical logbook.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): May 24, 1848 p. 2; Jul 9 p. 15; Jul 21 p. 18 (caught, 30 gallons); Jul 22 p. 19; Oct 29 p. 43 caught 6; Nov 3 p. 45; Dec 14 & 16 p. 55; Dec 25 p. 57; Dec 27 & 28 p. 58; Dec 20 p. 59; Jan 1, 1849 p. 59; Jan 8 p. 61; Jan 17, 20, & 21 p. 63; Jan 24 p. 64 caught; Jan 26 & 28 p. 65; Feb 5 p. 67; Mar 8 p. 74; Jun 8 p. 95; Jun 15 p. 97 caught 8/9 (8 written but 9 stamps); Jun 16 p. 97; Jun 19 p. 98; Jun 28 p. 101; Jul 27 p. 107; Aug 7 p. 111h; Aug 17 p. 114; Sep 28 p. 126; Oct 18 p. 131; Jan 13, 1850 p. 149; Jan 23 p. 151; Feb 6 p. 154 caught; May 5, p. 164; May 21 p. 167; Aug 23, 1851 p. 254; Sep 19 & 20 p. 259; Nov 12 p. 269; Dec 26 p. 277; Apr 3 & 5, 1852 p. 298.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Feb 27, 1849 p. 72; July 3, 1850 (caught); Jul 16 p. 178; May 30, 1851 p. 238 (2 seen); Jun 14 p. 241.

Finback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Oct 29 & 30, 1848 p. 43; Nov 8 p. 46; Dec 7 p. 53; Dec 11 p. 54; Dec 17 p. 56; Dec 25 p. 57; Jan 24, 1849 p. 64; Jan 28 p. 65; Feb 25 & 27 p. 72; Mar 3 p. 73; Mar 24 p. 77; Jun 5 p. 94; Jun 9 p. 95; Jun 17 p. 97; Jun 18, 19 & 20 p. 98; Jun 22 p. 99; Jun 28 p. 101; Jul 7 p. 104; Aug 4 p. 111; Aug 12 & 15 p. 113; Sep 14 & 15 p. 122; Sep 30 & Oct 1 p. 126; Oct 3, 4 & 5 p. 127; Oct 9 p. 128; Oct 19 & 20 p. 131; Oct 22 p. 132; Mar 29, 1850 p. 158; May 2 p. 164; May 31 p. 169; Jun 3 & 6 p. 170; Jun 8 & 9 p. 171; Jun 24, 26 & 27 p. 174; Jun 28, 29 & 30 p. 175; Jul 22 p. 179; Aug 22 p. 186; Mar 30 & 31, Apr 3, 1851 p. 226; May 14 p. 235; Aug 1, 2 & 4 p. 250; Aug 23 p. 254; Sep 21 p. 259; Nov 6 p. 268; Nov 22 p. 271; Jan 8, 1852 p. 280; Apr 19 p. 301.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 5, 1848 p. 45; Nov 8 & 9 p. 46; Dec 9 & 11 p. 54; Dec 13 p. 55; Dec 28 p. 58; Feb 15, 1849 p. 70; Mar 8, p. 74; Aug 19 p. 114; Jul 23, 1850 p. 179; Nov 30 & Dec 1, 1851 p. 273; Dec 29 & 30 p. 278.

Right whales (caught unless otherwise noted): Jun 2, 1850 p. 170 seen; Jun 12 p. 172 130 barrels; Jul 1 seen; Jul 9 & 11 p. 177; Jul 20 p. 179; Jul 31 p. 181; Aug 10 p. 183 (seen); Apr 5, 1851 p. 227 (seen); May 11 & 12 p. 234 (seen); Jun 24 p. 243; Jul 3 p. 244 140 barrels.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 7, 1848 p. 46 caught, 70 barrels; Dec 26 p. 78 2 caught, 15 and 20 barrels (possibly female or pygmy sperm whales); Jan 25, 1849 p. 65; Feb 3 p. 67 caught 3 25, 25, & 10 barrels; Feb 15 p. 69 fastened to and lost, saw it spouting blood, probably sunk; Apr 18 p. 83 caught, 80 barrels; Jun 9 p. 95; Jun 18 p. 98; Jun 30 p. 101; Sep 16, 1850 p. 192 caught 3; Dec 6 p. 205 caught 1; Jan 11, 1851 p. 212 caught 2; Feb 9, 1852 p. 287 caught 1.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 26, 1848 p. 11; Nov 10 p. 47; Jan 5, 1849 p. 60; Jan 6 p. 60; Feb 1 & 2 p. 66; Feb 13 p. 69; Feb 28 p. 72; Oct 15 p. 130; Oct 16 p. 130 struck 3, but they got away; Nov 15 p. 137; Nov 19 p. 137 caught; Jan 24, 1850 p. 151; Mar 27 p. 157 "long whale"; Jul 14 p. 178; Jul 20 p. 179; Nov 26 p. 203; Dec 4 & 5 p. 205; Jan 12, 1851 p. 214; Mar 27 p. 225; May 29, 30 & 31 p. 238; Jun 3 p. 239; Jun 5 p. 239 "long whale"; Jun 18 p. 241; Jun 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 p. 242; Jun 25, 26, 27 & 28 p. 243; Jul 5 p. 245; Jul 11 p. 246; Jul 16 p. 247; Jul 20, 21 & 23 p. 248; Jul 26, 27 & 28 p. 249; Sep 22 p. 260; Dec 31 p. 278; Feb 8, 1852 p. 287; Mar 17 p. 295.

Porpoises (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 21, 1848 p. 10; Jun 22 p. 10 caught; Dec 13 & 16 p. 55; Dec 30 p. 59; Feb 5 & 6, 1849 p. 67; Feb 25 p. 72; Mar 8 p. 74; Jan 26, 1850 p. 151; Sep 28, 1851 p. 261.

Fish caught: sunfish Nov 5, 1848 p. 45; Oct 21, 1851 p. 265 caught 200 fish in one day.

Additional Creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): grampuses Jun 2, 1848 p. 5; grampus Nov 8 p. 46; Manta ray (diamond head) Mar 1-2, 1849 p. 73; grampus Mar 4 p. 73; swordfish Jun 27 p. 100; whale birds May 23, 1850 p. 168; Jun 16 p. 172 grampuses; birds Apr 9, 1851 p. 228; ice bird Aug 19 p. 253; grampuses Sep 8 & 9 p. 257; grampuses Nov 24 p. 272; grampuses Feb 24, 1852 p. 290; grampuses Mar 3 & 4 p. 292; grampuses Mar 12 & 13 p. 294.

Places Represented: Holmes Hole May 19, 1848 p. 1; Quicks Hole May 21 p. 1; Azores Jun 20, 1848 p. 10 Flores Island Jun 24, 1848 p. 11; Cape Verde Jul 18, 1848 p. 18; Augustin Aug 4, 1848 p. 22; Rio de la Plata Basin Aug 13- Sep 6, 1848 p. 24-30; Cape Zubarro Aug 18, 1848 p. 25; Cape St. Johns Oct 1 (written as Sep 1), 1848 p. 36; "Off Cape Horn" Oct 7, 1848 p. 38; Coast of Chile Oct 15, 1848 p. 40; Mocha Island Oct 30, 1848 p. 43; Juan Fernandez Islands Nov 7, 1848 p. 46, Jan 28, 1850 p. 152 Nov 23, 1851 p. 271; Valparaiso Nov 13, 1848 p. 47 & p Dec 7, 1851 p. 274; Tongoy Bay Nov 23, 1848 p. 50; Callao Dec 26, 1848 p. 58; Tumbes Jan 24, 1849 p. 64; Galapagos Feb 3, 1849 p. 67; Talcahuano Apr 27, 1849 p. 86 & Dec 5, 1851 p. 274; Darwin Island (written as Charles) Jun 30, 1849 p. 101; Isle of Albamarl Jul 2, 1849 p. 102; Galapagos Islands Jul 23, 1849 p. 108; Abington Island Aug 10, 1849 p. 112; Paita Aug 20, 1849 p. 115; Culpeppers Islands Sep 10, 1849 p. 121 Oct 20, 1851 p. 265; Hiva Oa, Marquesas Nov 1, 1849 p. 134; Dominica Nov 2, 1849 p. 134; Vaitahu, Tahuata Nov 3, 1849 p. 134, Apr 17, 1850 p. 160; Dean's Island Nov 24, 1849 p. 138; Krusenstern Island Nov 26, 1849 p. 139; Otaheite (Tahiti) Nov 29, 1849 p. 140; Fox Islands (in the Aleutian Islands) June 8, 1850 p. 171; Cape Thaddeaus Jul 3, 1850 p. 176 May 19- Jun 8, 1851 p. 236-38; Bering Strait Jul 16 , 1850 p. 178; Kauai Sep 20, 1850 p. 192; Oahu Sep 21, 1850 p. 193; Sydenham Island Nov 26, 1850 p. 203; Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) Nov 26, 1850 p. 203; Ocean Island (Banaba) Dec 8, 1850 p. 206; Pleasant Island Dec 16, 1850 p. 207; Guam Jan 1, 1851 p. 210; Sulu Sea Jan 11, 1851 p. 212; China Sea Jan 22-30, 1851 p. 215; Monmouth Island Jan 24, 1851 p. 214; Hong Kong Feb 6, 1851 p. 217; Arctic Ocean Mar 30-Apr 7, 1851 p. 227; Japan Apr 3, 1851 p. 227; Caper Island & Bering Island May 9, 1851 p. 234; Mas Afuera Nov 22, 1851; Big Cape Dec 23, 1851 p. 277; Cape Horn Jan 24, 1852 p. 284; Falkland Islands Jan 25, 1852 p. 284; Martin Vas Islands Mar 23-4 p. 296; Island of Fernando de Noronha (off the coast of Brazil) Apr 2 p. 298; Long Island May 12, 1852 p. 306; Gay Head May 17, 1852 p. 307.

Notable Events: Jun 28-9, 1848 p. 12 interacted with natives; Oct 23 p. 42 Man Smith was put in the rigging and flogged with a dozen lashes for grumbling and disobedience; Nov 13 p. 47 captain went ashore; Mar 26, 1849 p. 78 [the captain?] put 3 men in the rigging and flogged them for disobedience; Apr 22 p. 74 Matthews died after being sick for 2 weeks; May 17 p. 89 John Peter Shipeer deserted; Jun 5 p. 94 possible death (text mostly illegible); Aug 20 p. 115 3 men had plans to steal a boat and run away. They were landed with their belongings.; Nov 5 p. 135 Mr. Bailey died after 2 weeks of illness; Dec 3 p. 141 Mr. Lawson taken on shore to hospital with spinal disease; Dec 7 p. 142 2 natives and 3 Americans discharged from duty; Jan 4, 1850 p. 147 man fell overboard but was saved; Apr 12 p. 160 3rd Mate James W. Davis died; Jul 6 p. 176 2 men flogged for disobedience; Sep 3 p. 189 Berny died at sea; Oct 9 p. 196 Antone (Anthony?) Silva deserted; Nov 27 p. 203 traded with natives at Sydenham Island (Nonouti, Gilberto); Dec 17 p. 207 a man was put in the rigging and flogged with a cat-o-9-tails, given 6 cuts; Feb 6, 1851 p.217 pilot from Hong Kong came on board; Feb 18 p. 219 3 men were punished for refusing duty; Jul 29 p. 249 heard reports that the Mary Mitchell was stuck in ice on the straits; Dec 5 p. 274 the ship was fired upon by a brig that was blockading the port, and they were told they could not go in; Feb 24, 1852 p. 290 man flogged with 12 lashes; May 13, 1852 p. 306 took on a pilot.

Illustrations: small color illustration of porpoise Jun 21, 1848 p. 10; illustration of a whale with glitter-like substance, thought to be made with iron filings Jul 21 p. 18; 3 blackfish Oct 29 p. 43; Sperm whale Nov 7 p. 46; whale tail Dec 7 p. 53; 2 whales Dec 27 p. 58; Whale heads Jan 6, 1849 p. 60; Whale tails Feb 1 & 2 p. 66; 3 whales Feb 3 p. 67; Whale head Feb 14 p. 69; Sperm whale drawing April 18, p. 83; Drawing of American flag Aug 12 p. 115; Jul 1950 p. 176-7 small drawings of horned animal (or whale tail).

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Charles H. Taylor, 1932.

Sponsor

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

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Subject Entries

Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Bunker, Henry C.--b. 1797.
Coffin, Benjamin F.--1813-1889.
Cowles, Mr.
Darwin Island (Galapagos Islands)--Description and travel.
Deserters, Naval.
Flores Island (Azores)--Description and travel.
Guam--Description and travel.
Hong Kong (China)--Description and travel.
Ice--Arctic regions.
Juan Fernn'dez Islands--Description and travel.
Kauai (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Kiribati--Description and travel.
Luzon (Philippines)--Description and travel.
Mobulidae.
Oahu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Paita (Peru)--Description and travel.
Punishment.
Rescues.
Seafaring life.
Tahuata (French Polynesia)--Description and travel.
Talacshuano (Chile)--Description and travel.
Tumbes (Peru)--Description and travel.
Valparas'o (Chile)--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Masachusetts--Nantucket.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

(name unknown) English schooner from Panama(?)
(name unknown) English ship from Liverpool
(name unknown) brig from Esli Bonner
Abigail(Ship)
Abraham Barker (Ship) of New Bedford
Alfred Tyler (Bark) of Edgartown
Amora Ship
Atkins Adams (Ship) of New Bedford
Barclay (Bark) of Westport
Caravan of Fall River
Caroline of New Bedford
Catawba (Ship) of Nantucket
Columbia (Bark) of Sag Harbor
Columbia (Ship) of Nantucket
Constitution (Ship) of Nantucket
Coral (Ship) of New Bedford
Enterprise (Ship) of Nantucket
Franklin (Ship) of New Bedford
George (Ship) of New Bedford
George and Mary (Ship) of New London
Gladiator (Ship)
Golconda (Ship) of New Bedford
Good Return II (Ship of New Bedford
Harrald of Fairhaven
Harrison (Ship) of New Bedford
Harvest (Ship) of Nantucket
Hecla of New Bedford
Hector (Ship) of New Bedford
Hero (Ship) of Nantucket
Hobomok of Falmouth
J.E. Donnell (Bark) of New Bedford
Jacob Ann Maria (Schooner) of New York
La Grange (Bark)
Lafayette (Ship) of New Bedford
Lexington (Ship) of Nantucket
Lexington of New Bedford
Luminary of Warren (Ship)
Mary Ann (Ship) of Fairhaven
Mary Frances (Bark) of Warren
Mary of Nantucket (Ship)
Mount Vernon (Ship) of New Bedford
Nauticon (Ship) of Nantucket
Ocean (Ship)
Pavillion (Brig)
Peri (Bark) of New Bedford
Rambler (Ship) of Nantucket
Reason of New Bedford
Robert Edwards (Ship) of New Bedford
Roscoe (Ship) of New Bedford
Rose (Ship) of Nantucket
Sappho (Bark) of New Bedford
Seine (Ship) of New Bedford
Sharon (Ship) of Fairhaven
Spartan (Ship) of Nantucket
Thomas Coffin
Timor (Ship) of Sag Harbor
Triton (Bark) of New Bedford
Willam Rotch (Ship) of New Bedford
William Hamilton (Ship)

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Related Materials

ODHS 192: Logbook for the 1863-1864 voyage
ODHS 540: Logbook for the 1860-1863 voyage

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