Logbook of the Fortune (Bark) 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 Fortune (Bark) In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Logbook of the Fortune (Bark)

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Fortune (Bark)
Date Span:
October 21, 1850 - May 18, 1854
Creator:
Davis, William, shipmaster
Identification:
ODHS 385B
Extent:
161 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mas., mastered by David Evans Hathaway and then William Davis Jr., on voyage from October 19, 1850 - May 18, 1854 to the San Antonio, Brazil Banks, off North Coast of Chile, False Banks, Archer, Kamchatka Coast, Anadyr Sea, On the Line, China Sea, Tuamatos and Coast of Chile whaling grounds.
Repository:
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 Fortune, ODHS 385B

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Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mas., mastered by David Evans Hathaway and then William Davis Jr., on voyage from October 19, 1850 - May 18, 1854 to the San Antonio, Brazil Banks, off North Coast of Chile, False Banks, Archer, Kamchatka Coast, Anadyr Sea, On the Line, China Sea, Tuamatos and Coast of Chile whaling grounds; owner-agent: Gilbert Hathaway; built at Amesbury, Mass., 1822.

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Logbook Contents

Logbook, kept by William Davis Jr., relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Artic Oceans. Includes descriptions of types of whales and seals seen or taken, accidents and death at sea, death of Captain Hathaway, fire on ship, indigenous people, punishment on ship, shipwrecks, and inventories of whale oil and bone.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 22 (caught) & 26, 1850 p. 173; Nov 4, 1851 p. 215; Nov 28 p. 218; May 27 p. 231; Oct 6 p. 247; Oct 12 p. 248; Feb 25, 1853 p. 263.

Blue whales: Jul 15, 1851 p. 203 (caught); Sep 10, 1852 p. 244.

Bowhead whales (seen): May 27, 1851 p. 196; May 30 p. 231; Jun 19 p. 234; Jul 21 & 23 p. 238; Jul 26 p. 239; Aug 20 p. 242; Aug 27 p. 243.

Finback whales (seen): Jan 16, 1851 p. 181; Sep 9 p. 210; Sep 16 p. 211; May 31 & Jun 1 p. 231; Jun 4, 6, 7 & 8 p. 232; Oct 6 p. 247; Dec 31, 1852 & Jan 1, 1853 p. 257; Jan 25 p. 259; Jan 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 p. 260; Feb 28 p. 263; Mar 12 p. 264; Mar 23 p. 265; May 3 p. 270.

Gray whales (seen): Jul 20, 1852 p. 238; Jul 27 p. 239; Aug 6 p. 240; Sep 4 p. 244.

Humpback whales (seen): Aug 30 & 31 1851 p. 209; Sep 12 p. 211; Jun 22, 1852 p. 234; Jun 30 p. 235; Jul 15 p. 237.

Killer whales (seen): Jun 22, 1852 p. 234; Jan 25, 1853 p. 259; Apr 21 p. 269.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 7, 1851 (caught, 150 barrels) p. 198; Jun 20 (caught, 150 barrels) p. 200; Sep 4 p. 210; Jun 8 p. 232; Jun 12 p. 233.

Scamperdown whales (seen): Jul 15, 1852 p. 237; Jul 20 p. 238; Aug 19 p. 242; Aug 27 p. 243.

Sperm whales (caught): Dec 12, 1851 (caught 2, either calves or sick, 10 and 2 barrels) p. 220; Dec 14, 1852 p. 255; Apr 12, 1853 (40 barrels) p. 267.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Mar 10, 1851 p. 188 (caught); Mar 18 p. 189; May 28 p. 196; May 29, 30, 31 & Jun 1 p. 197; Jun 12, p. 198; Jun 17, 18 & 19 p. 199; Jun 21 & 22 p. 200; Jul 3 & 4 p. 201; Jul 7 p. 202; Jul 16 p. 203; Jul 27 p. 204; Aug 2 p. 205; Aug 6 & 10 p. 206; Aug 13 p. 207; Aug 21 p. 208; Dec 11 (caught) & 17 p. 220 ; Jun 20 (caught), 23 & 24, 1852 p. 234; Jul 1 (caught) p. 235; Jul 4, 5, 6 & 7 (caught) p. 236; Jul 17 p. 237; Jul 18, 19 p. 238; Aug 3 (dead whale), 8 & 9 p. 240; Aug 10, 11, 14 & 15 p. 241; Aug 20, 21, 22 (caught), 23, 24 & 25 p. 242; Aug 26, 29, 30, 31 & Sep 2 p. 243; Dec 15 (caught) p. 255; May 25 & 26, 1853 p. 273; May 28, 30 & 31 p. 274; Jun 1 (caught), 2, 3, 4 (caught) & 6 p. 275; Jun 7, 9, 11, 12 (caught) & 13 p. 276; Jun 14, 15 & 16 p. 277; Jun 20, 22, 23, 24 & 25 p. 278; Jun 26 & 29 p. 279; Jun 30, Jul 1, 3, 4 & 5 (caught) p. 280; Jul 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 p. 281; Jul 13, 14, 17 & 18 p. 282; Jul 20, 21, 23 & 24 p. 283; Jul 26, 27, 28, 29 (caught) & 30 (caught) p. 284; Aug 1 (caught), 3, 4 & 5 p. 285; Aug 7, 9 & 12 p. 286; Aug 14 (caught), 15, 16, 17 (caught 4) & 18 (dead whale) p. 287; Aug 19 (caught), 22, 23, 24 & 25 (caught) p. 288; Aug 27 (caught 3) & 30 p. 289; Sep 4 & 8 p. 290; Sep 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 p. 291; Sep 22 (caught), 25 (caught) p. 293.

Porpoises (seen unless otherwise noted):Jan 25, 1853 p. 259; Jan 28 p. 260; May 3 p. 270; Feb 8(caught) & 10 (caught 2), 1854 p. 314; Feb 16 (caught) p. 315.

Misc. creatures (seen): Seals Aug 1, 1852 p. 239; Grampuses Sep 22 p. 246.

Places represented: Masafuera Mar 4, 1851 p. 188; Bird(s) Island May 1 p. 193; Kamchatka Aug 29 p. 209 ; Cape Kronotsky Aug 30 p. 209; Fanning's Island Nov 10 p. 216; Mary's Island Nov 27 p. 218; New Nantucket Dec 1 p. 218; Hope Island Dec 7 p. 219; Simpson's Island Dec 20 p. 221; Ocean Island Dec 24 p. 221; Pleasant Island Dec 25 p. 221; Rota Island Jan 9, 1852 p. 223; Monmouth Island Jan 20 p. 224; Orange Islands Jan 20 p. 224; Leanna Island Feb 9 p. 225; Ladrone Islands Feb 19 p. 227; Northern Ba?heas Feb 29 p. 228; Pe?tropaulshi harbor May 26 p. 231; Kronotsky Mount May 27 p. 231; Cape Thaddeus July 1 p. 235; St. Lawrence Island Jul 21 p. 238, Sep 9 p. 244; Diomede Island Jul 25 p. 239, Sep 7 p. 244; Cape East Sep 1 p. 243; "Land of Strates" Sep 6 p. 244; Kiska Island Sep 16 p. 245; King's Place Oct 24 p. 249; Lahaina Oct 25 p. 249; Island of Oru?uta Dec 10 p. 254; Valparaiso Feb 1, 1853 p. 260; Jonas Island May 25 p. 273; Chanter Isle Jun 27 p. 278; Ice Bay Jul 2 p. 280; Wild Goose Bay Sep 26 p. 293; Cape Elizabeth Oct 10 p. 295; Island of Paramouchin Oct 17 p. 296; Maui Dec 6-13 p. 305-306; Bora Bora (written as "Bolabola") Jan 5, 1854 p. 309; Pernambuco Apr 10 p. 322; East Hampton May 15 p. 227; Block Island May 17 p. 227.

Notable events: Nov 18, 1850 p. 172 a man was put in the rigging for insulting the captain and first mate. 9 men refused duty and some were put in irons. Eventually the man in the rigging promised to behave and go back to duty. Nov 19 p. 172 the men put in irons were let out after asking for forgiveness and promising to behave. Apr 24, 1851 p. 193 man put in irons. April 30 p. 193 took the man out of irons. Aug 26 p. 208 may flogged and put into irons for attacking and threatening to stab the logbook keeper; Aug 27 p. 208 took the man out of irons. Dec 7 p. 219 found native people stowed away on the ship. Feb 17, 1852 p. 227 found 2 men stowed away. Mar 11 p. 230 a crew member died of Smallpox. Mar 13, p. 230/231- handwriting changes, presumably this is when David Evans Hathaway died and William Davis Jr. took over running the ship and keeping the logbook. Jul 3 p. 235 the Warren was burnt. Nov 18 p. 252 the cook fell down the hatch and hurt his back. Mar 14, 1853 a crew member died of illness. May 28 p. 274 7 men refused duty and were put in irons for 5 hours. All but one agreed to return to duty after being locked up, and were let go. Oct 23 p. 298 a man died after being sick with consumption for 2 months.

Whale stamps: 196-197 (tails), 198, 199 (tails), 200, 203, 220.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Charles M. Richmond

Sponsor

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

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Subject Entries

Aitutaki Atoll (Cook Islands)--Description and travel.
Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Banaba (Kiribati)--Description and travel.
Blue whale.
Bora-Bora (French Polynesia)--Description and travel.
Bowhead whale.
Fanning Island (Kiribati)--Description and travel.
Finback whale.
Globicephala.
Gray whale.
Gray's beaked whale.
Hathaway, David Evans, d. 1852.
Hathaway, Gilbert, 1813-1863.
Hawaii--Description and travel.
Humpback whale.
Indigenous peoples.
Killer whale.
Marine accidents.
Maui (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Nauru--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Pernambuco (Brazil)--Description and travel.
Punishment.
Right whales.
Rota Island (North Mariana Islands)--Description and travel.
Seafaring life.
Seals (Animals)
Ships--Fires and fire prevention.
Shipwrecks.
Sperm whale.
Valparas'o (Chile)--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Whale oil.
Whalebone.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters--Death.
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Alexander Coffin of New Bedford (Ship)
Almira of Edgartown (Ship)
America 2 of New Bedford (Ship)
Awashonks of Falmouth, MA (Ship)
Belle of Fairhaven (Bark)
Braganza of New Bedford (Ship)
Cambria of New Bedford (Ship)
Canton of New Bedford (Ship)
Catherine of New London (Ship)
Charles Phelps of Stonington (Ship)
China of New Bedford (Ship)
Coral of New Bedford (Ship)
Dartmouth of New Bedford (Ship)
Dromo of New London (Ship)
Endeavor of New Bedford (Ship)
Europa of New Bedford (Ship)
Florida of Fairhaven (Ship)
Francis Henrietta of New Bedford (Ship)
Ganiel Webster of Nantucket (Ship)
Gen Williams of New London (Ship)
Gen. Pike of New Bedford (Ship)
George & Mary of New London (Ship)
George & Susan of New Bedford (Ship)
Gideon Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
Globe of New Bedford (Ship)
Gov. Troup of New Bedford (Ship)
Greyhound of Westport (Bark)
Harrison of New Bedford (Ship)
Harvest of New Bedford (Bark)
Hellespont of Mystic, CT (Ship)
Hobomok of Falmouth, MA (Ship)
Hoogley of Warren, RI (Bark)
Janus of New Bedford (Ship)
Junior of New Bedford (Ship)
Lagoda of New Bedford (Ship)
Lark of New London (Bark)
Levant of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Levi Starbuck of New Bedford (Ship)
Lexington of Nantucket (Ship)
Liverpool 2 of New Bedford (Ship)
Marcia of New Bedford (Ship)
Mary & Susan of Stonington (Ship)
Mercury of New Bedford (Ship)
Midas of New Bedford (Ship)
Minerva of New Bedford (Ship)
Montpelier of New Bedford (Ship)
Montreal of New Bedford (Ship)
Morea of New Bedford (Ship)
Nassau of New Bedford (Ship)
Navy of New Bedford (Ship)
Newark of Stonington (Ship)
Niagara of Fairhaven (Ship)
Nil of France (Ship)
Nile of Greenport, NY (Ship)
Nile of San Francisco (Ship)
Oscar of Mattapoisett (Bark)
Philip 1st of Greenport, NY (Ship)
Phoenix of New Bedford (Ship)
Platina of Westport (Bark)
Prudent of Stonington (Bark)
Republic of Bremen, Germany (Whaleship)
Robert Edwards of New Bedford (Ship)
Roman 2 of New Bedford (Ship)
Roscius of New Bedford (Ship)
S.H. Waterman of Stonington (Ship)
Sally Ann of New Bedford (Ship)
Sheffield of Cold Springs, NY (Ship)
Silas Richards of New Bedford (Ship)
Sophia Thornton of New Bedford (Ship)
South America of New Bedford (Ship)
St. George of New Bedford (Ship)
Vernon of New Bedford (Bark)
Warren of Warren, RI (Ship)
Washington of New Bedford (Ship)
Washington of Sag Harbor (Ship)
William Hamilton of New Bedford (Ship)
William Thompson of New Bedford (Ship)
William Wert of Fairhaven (Ship)

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Related Materials

Related Logbooks

KWM 89, logbook of the 1854-1856 voyage
KWM 375, logbook of the 1844-1847 voyage
ODHS 385A, logbook of the 1847-1850 voyage
ODHS 1129B, logbook of the 1847 voyage
ODHS 1129C, logbook of the 1847-1848 voyage

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