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In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Eliza Adams, ODHS 436A
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Whaling vessel, out of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, mastered by Ephraim Harding, on voyage June 12, 1846 - April 25, 1849 to Western Islands, Coast of Brazil (Abrolhas), near River Platte, False Banks, Pigeon, Tristan, and St. Paul's whalng grounds; owner-agent Atkins Adams; built at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, 1835.
Partial log (latter part of voyage; the first part is in ODHS 435A), kept by Harding, relating to a whaling voyage to the Okhotsk Sea.
It includes descriptions of types of whales seen or taken, ships spoken to, crew members illnesses, desertions, gale winds and damage to ship, repairs to ship, whale stamps, inventory of oil, and poems
Finback whales (seen): Jun 15, 1847 p. 23; Jul 11 p. 28; Jul 26 p. 31.
Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 17, 1847 p. 25; Jul 15 p. 29; Jul 20 & 22 (struck)p. 30; Jul 24 p. 31.
Right whales (seen): May 30, 1847 p. 20; Jul 10 p. 28; Aug 12 p. 34; Aug 16 & 17 p. 35; Apr 21 p. 66.
Sperm Whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Mar 13, 1847 p. 8; Jan 26, 1848 p. 56 (killed 3); Feb 9 & 11 p. 57; Apr 2 p. 62; Apr 4 p. 63; Oct 28 p. 96.
Unspecified Whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Apr 29, 1847 p. 15; May 30 (dead whale) & 31 p. 20; Jun 3, 4 & 5 p. 21; Jun 10 & 11 p. 22; Sun 28 p. 26; Jul 4 p. 27; Jul 16 & 17 (dead whale) p. 29; Aug 4, 1847 p. 33 (caught, 160 barrels); Aug 18 (caught, 175 barrels), 19, 20 & 21 p. 36; Aug 24, 25 & 26 p. 37; Aug 27, 28, 29 (caught, 100 barrels) & 30 (caught, 100 barrels) p. 38; Aug 31, Sep 1 (caught, 100 barrels), 2 (caught, 130 barrels) & 3 p. 39; Sep 6 (struck & sunk) p. 40; Sep 10, 11 & 12 p. 41; Sep 16 (caught) & 17 (caught) p. 42; Sep 22 (caught) p. 43; Sep 23 & 24 p. 44; Oct 1 p. 45; Apr 23, 1848 (caught) p. 66; Apr 24 (struck & sunk) & 25 (caught)p. 67; Apr 29, 30, May 1 (struck & sunk) & May 2 (struck & sunk) p. 68; May 3, 4 (caught), 5(caught) & 6 p. 69; May 9 (caught), 10 (struck & sunk) & 11 (caught) p. 70; May 17 (caught), 18 (caught) & 19 (dead whale) p. 72; May 29, 30 (caught) & 31 p. 74; Jue 2 (carcasses) & 3 (carcasses) p. 75; Jun 8 (struck & sunk), 9, 10 & 11 (struck and parted) p. 76; Jun 12 (caught), 13 (struck & parted), 14 & 16 (caught 2) p. 77; Jun 19, 20 (caught), 21 & 22 (caught) p. 78; Jun 28 p. 79; Jun 30, Jul 1 (caught) & 2 (caught) p. 80; Jul 5 (struck 4: caught 1 & lost 3) p. 81; Jul 10 & 14 (struck & lost 2) p. 82; Jul 15 (caught), 16 (caught) & 17 p. 83; Jul 20 (struck & lost), 21 (struck & lost) & 22 p. 84; Aug 5 (caught 2) p. 86; Aug 10 & 11 (struck & lost) p. 87; Aug 13, 14 & 15 p. 88; Aug 18 (caught) p. 89.
Porpoises: Jan 12, 1847 p. 2 (caught); Jan 31, 1849 p. 110 (seen).
Misc. creatures: grampuses Jun 15, 1847 p. 23.
Place represented: Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) Jan 15, 1847 p. 2; Bruny Island Jan 17, 1847 p. 3; Derwent River Jan 18, 1847 p. 3; Hobart Jan 18, 1847 p.3; Bariety Bay Feb 7, 1847 p. 3; Three Kings Island and North Cape on New Zealand Feb 22, 1847 p. 5; Mar 22, 1847 p. 10 Island of Paremo; Mar 24, 2847 p. 11 Apia; Upolu Apr 7, 1847 p. 12; Wallis Island Apr 14, 1847 p. 13; Hope Island Apr 22 p. 14; Rotches Island Apr 23 p. 14; Onekotan Island Jun 13 p. 23; Paramushir Island Jun 13 p. 23; Kunashir, Kuriles Jun 20 p. 24; ????lerg Island Jun 24 p. 25; Round Islands Oct 9 p. 46; Lahaina Nov 15 p. 53; Ocean Island Feb 7, 1848 p. 56; Ascension Island Feb 20 p. 58; Kiritimati (Christmas Islands) Feb 22 p. 59; Island of Saipan (in Ladrones) Feb 29 p. 60; Isle of Roth Mar 1 p. 60; Guam Mar 3 p. 61; Loo Chow Apr 6 p. 63; Homisang(?) Apr 7 p. 63; Japan Apr 15 p. 65; Quelpert Island Apr 16 p. 65; Korea Apr 19 p. 65; Tsumima(?) Apr 20 p. 66; Dagclet(?) Island Apr 21 p. 66; Japan Sea Apr 22 p. 66; Island of Sado May 27 p. 73; Island of Niphon (Japan) May 27 p. 73; La Perouse Strait Aug 4 p. 86; Sakhalin Aug 8-10 p. 87; Strait between Broutona and Karikan Islands Aug 19 p. 89; Maui Sep 22 p. 94; Oahu Sep 23 to Oct 19 p. 95; Penrhyn Island Nov 7 p. 97; Aitutaki (written as "Wytootake") Nov 12 p. 98; Island of Orutu Nov 13 p. 98; St. Mary, Chile Jan 1, 1849 p. 106; Talcahuano, Chile Jan 2 p. 106; Isle of Quinquina Jan 12 p. 107; Cape Horn Jan 24 p. 109.
Notable Events: Feb 4, 1847 p. 3 the ship sent a boat to town to apprehend deserters, but without success; Feb 20 p. 5 lost bow and waist boats due to gale winds; Mar 16 p. 9 encountered hurricane-force winds, lost larboard and waist boats, davits, and bearers, bulwark gone in many places; Apr 7 p 12 sent in boat for deserters; Apr 9 p. 12 picked up one deserter; Jul 23 p. 31 they struck and were fast to a whale, who took 3 lines 6 irons, 1 lance, and 2 drags; Sep 12 p. 41 lost a whale due to faulty gear; Oct 29 p. 50 3 men down with scurvy; Nov 15, 1848 p. 99 put a sick man ashore; Apr 23 p. 123 saw the Plymouth lose her jib boom in the heavy wind and supplied her with another.
Gift from Ella Smith and Rudolphus H. Holmes
Funds for digitization were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau.
Adams, Atkins, 1782-1849.
Apia (Samoa)--Description and travel.
Guam--Description and travel.
Hobart (Tas.)--Description and travel.
Kiritimati (Kiribati)--Description and travel.
Lahaina (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Oahu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Ships--Maintenance and repair.
Talcahuano (Chile)--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)--Health and hygeine.
Abraham H. Howland (Ship)
Alfred of New Bedford (Schooner)
America of New Bedford (Ship)
Armata of New London (Ship)
B of Hobart Town (unknown)
Bowditch of Warren, RI (Ship)
California of New Bedford (Ship)
Canada of New Bedford
Candace of New London (Ship)
Champion of New Bedford (Ship)
Cherokee of New Bedford (Bark)
Columbia of Sag Harbor (Bark)
Cosmopolitte of Havre (unknown)
Covington of Warren, RI (Ship)
Dromo of Warren, RI (Bark)
Elizabeth Frith of Sag Harbor (Bark)
Fanny of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Frances Henrietta of New Bedford (Ship)
Gem Sag Harbor (bark)
Globe of Mystic, CT (Ship)
Harrison of New Bedford (Ship)
Helen Nesmith of Thomaston (Ship)
Henry Kneeland of New Bedford (Ship)
Honqua of New Bedford (Ship)
Illinois of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Inez of New Bedford (Ship)
Isaac Hicks of New London (Ship)
J. E. Donald of New Bedford (Bark)
James Maury of New Bedford (Ship)
James Stewart of St. Johns (Ship)
Java of New Bedford (Ship)
Lalla Rookh of New Bedford (Ship)
Liverpool of New Bedford (Ship)
Mechanic of Newport, RI (Ship)
Mercator of New Bedford (Ship)
Milo of New Bedford (Ship)
Minerva of New Bedford (Bark)
Mozart of Bremen, Germany (Ship)
Mt. Vernon of New Bedford (Ship)
New England of New London (Ship)
Oscar of Sag Harbor (Bark)
Patriot of Bremen, Germany (unknown, but American-made)
Plymouth of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Potomac of Nantucket (Ship)
Rainbow of Boothbay Harbor (Brig)
Rhine of New Bedford (Bark)
Rowena of Fall River (Ship)
Samuel Robertson of Fairhaven (Ship)
Saratoga of New Bedford (Ship)
Sheffield of Cold Spring, NY (Ship)
South America of Providence (Ship)
St. Lawrence of Portland (bark)
Steiglitz of Bridgeport (Ship)
Uncas of New Bedford (Ship)
United States of Nantucket (Ship)
Wallaby of Hobart Town (Bark)
Washington of Greenport, NY (Bark)
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