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

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Logbook of the Henry Taber (Bark)

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Henry Taber (Bark)
Date Span:
October 22, 1868 - September 13, 1871
Creator:
Stivers, John R.
Mss Number:
ODHS 282
Extent:
215 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by Timothy C. Packard, on voyage October 23, 1868 - September 14, 1871 to the Western, Desolation, Coast of Kamchatka, Arctic Ocean, On the Line, and Hawaiian Islands whaling grounds.
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 Timothy C Packard, on voyage October, 1868 - September 14, 1871 to the Western, Desolation, Coast of Kamchatka, Arctic Ocean, On the Line, and Hawaiian Islands whaling grounds; owner-agent: Taber, Gordon & Co.; built at New Bedford, Mass., 1855.

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Logbook Contents

Log, kept by first mate J.R. Stivers, relating to a whaling voyage to the North Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans. It includes descriptions of types of whales and walrus seen or taken, accidents and death at sea, punishment on ship, shipwrecks, the making of yarn, women on ship; and blackfish stamps, profile portraits, anchor drawings, fluke drawings, coffin drawings, accounts, crew list, inventories of whale oil and bone, history of ship's voyages, captains, and results, and an advertisement.

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

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Oct 28, 1868 p. 2; Jan 20, 1869 (caught 2) p. 22; Dec 29 (caught 4) p. 94; Feb 5, 1871 p. 166; Feb 11 p. 167.

Blue whales (seen): Nov 23, 1868 p. 9; Apr 16, 1870 p. 114; Apr 13, 1871 p. 178.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 13, 1869 p. 60; Aug 5 & 7 p. 65; Sep 4 p. 71; Sep 7, 8, 9 (caught) & 10 (caught) p. 72; Sep 12, 13 & 14 (caught) p. 73; Sep 16, 17, 18 (caught), 19 & 20 (caught) p. 74; Sep 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25 (caught 2) p. 75; Sep 26 (caught) & 28 p. 76; Aug 16, 1870 (caught 2) p. 136; Aug 18 (caught) & 21 p. 137; Aug 23, 25 (caught) & 26 p. 138; Aug 30 p. 139; Aug 31 (caught), Sep 2 (caught) & Sep 3 (caught 2) p. 140; Sep 4 (caught) & 6 (caught)p. 141; Sep 11 (caught 2) & 13 (caught 2) p. 142; Sep 17 (caught), 19 (caught), 20 & 21 p. 143; Jun 5, 1871 p. 190; Jun 7 (dead whale), 9 & 10 p. 191; Jun 11 p. 192; Jun 16 p. 193; Jul 5 p. 196; Jul 13 p. 198; Aug 13, 15 & 16 p. 205; Aug 27 (caught) p. 207; Aug 28 (caught) p. 208.

Finback whales (seen): Nov 14, 1868 p. 7; Jan 4, 1869 p. 18; Jan 9 p. 20; Jan 14 p. 21; Feb 18, 1870 p. 103; Mar 1 p. 105; Apr 26 p. 116.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 22 & 23, 1869 p. 56; Jun 27 (caught) p. 57; Jul 20 p. 62; Jul 26 p. 63; Aug 10 p. 66; Aug 1, 1870 p. 133; Aug 2 p. 134; Jun 6, 1871 p. 190; Jun 17 p. 193; Jul 15 (caught) p. 198; Jul 16 & 17 p. 199; Jul 21, 23 & 24 p. 200.

Humpback whales (seen): Jan 9, 1869 p. 20; Mar 14, 1871 p. 172.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 8, 1869 p. 46; Jun 18 (caught, 80 barrels), 19 & 20 p. 55; Jun 21 p. 56; Jun 27 p. 57; Feb 11, 1870 p. 101; Feb 13 p. 102; May 15 p. 119; May 16, 18 & 20 p. 120; May 23 p. 121; Aug 10 p. 135.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): porpoise (caught) Dec 13, 1868 p. 14; porpoises Jan 14, 1869 p. 21; porpoises Feb 17 p. 26; fur seals May 1 p. 44; seal (caught) Jun 2 p. 51; grampuses May 31, 1870 p. 122; walruses Jul 2 (caught 11) & 3 (caught 20) p. 128; walruses Jul 5 (caught 4), 7, & 8 (caught 4) p. 129; polar bear (caught) Jul 5 p. 128; porpoises Dec 30 p. 159; walruses Jun 22, 23 (caught 4), 24 (caught 20), 25 (caught 28), 26 (caught 31) & 27 (caught 52), 1871 p. 194; Walruses Jun 28 (caught 30) p. 195; Jul 3 (caught 75) p. 196.

Places represented: Clark's Point Oct 22, 1868 p. 1; St. Antone Nov 27 p. 10; Brava Nov 28 p. 10; Trinidad Dec 14 p. 14; Tristan de Achina Dec 28 p. 17; Amsterdam Island Jan 24, 1869 p. 23; New Zealand Mar 4 p. 30; Hope Island Apr 6 p. 38; Kamchatka Sea May 20, 1869 p. 49, Apr 30, 1870 p. 117; Cape Navarin Jun 13, 1869 p. 54, Jun 3, 1870 p. 123, Jun 2, 1871 p. 189; Cape Thaddeus Jun 13, 1869 p. 54, Jun 2, 1871 p. 189; Cape Bering Jun 28 p. 57; Plover Bay Jun 29 p. 58; Indian Point Jun 30, 1869 p. 58, Jun 27, 1870 p. 127; St. Lawrence Bay Jul 2, 1869 p. 58, Jun 30, 1870 p. 128, Jul 9, 1871 p. 196; Marcus Bay Jul 7, 1869 p. 59; Diomedes Jul 24, 1869 p. 63, Jul 19, 1870 p. 131, Jun 14, 1871 p. 192; Point Barrow Aug 12, 1869 p. 66, Aug 29, 1870 p. 139; Cape Lisburne Sep 30, 1869 p. 76, Jul 24, 1870 p. 132, Jul 23, 1871 p. 200; East Cape Oct 4, 1869 p. 77, Jun 15, 1871 p. 192; Maui Nov 5, 1869 p. 84, Dec 11, 1870 p. 152; Oahu Nov 6, 1869 p. 84, Mar 17, 1870 p. 108, Oct 25 p. 150; Honolulu Nov 8, 1869 p. 84, Mar 22, 1870 p. 109; Marquesas Islands Jan 10, 1870 p. 96; Magdalena Island Feb 1 p. 99; Roberts Island Feb 20 p. 103; Hawaii Mar 11 p. 107, Dec 18 p. 157; Kaneohe Mar 12 p. 107; Fox Islands Apr 19 p. 114; Icy Cape Aug 9 p. 135; Seguam Oct 4 p. 146; Point Isle Dec 24 p. 158; Byron's Island Jan 28, 1871 p. 164; Guam Mar 22 p. 173.

Notable events: Jul 18, 1869 p. 61 one of the crew members refused duty and struck the first mate. He was sent to the mast head as punishment, and after he came down from there he jumped overboard. A boat picked him up, and he asked if he could be put ashore, so he was. Nov 19 p. 86 some of the crew members went to the consul in Honolulu to complain about ill treatment aboard the ship. Aug 28, 1870 p. 139 the Henry Taber saw both the Almira and the Hiberniawith distress signals. Both had hit the ice. The Almira already had 17 ships helping her by the time the Henry Taber came by, but the Henry Taber did aid the Hibernia. Dec 16 p. 157 the captain left to go ashore for a few weeks because he was seriously ill. Jan 14, 1871 p. 162 the captain went back to the ship. Feb 8, 1871 p. 166 a man injured his ankle while breaking out a cask of bread. Feb 27-28 p. 169 the cabin boy deserted the ship. When he was found the next day he was put in irons. Mar 1 p. 170 more men deserted the ship, were found and were put in irons. Mar 24 p. 174 one of the men got drunk and started a fight with another man. Both were put in irons. Aug 9 p. 204 one of the crew members died of scurvy.

Illustrations: land profiles p. 10, 23, 30, 84, 146; blackfish stamps p. 22; anchor drawings p. 30, 85, 96, 107, 150, 167, 174, 179; whale fluke drawings p. 46, 119-120; drawing of a coffin p. 204.

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Information for Researchers

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Henry Taber (Bark), ODHS 282

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

KWM 801, logbook of the 1868-1871 voyage
KWM 928, logbook of the 1866-1868 voyage
ODHS 281, logbook of the 1855-1859 voyage
ODHS 455, logbook of the 1871 voyage
ODHS 675, logbook of the 1866-1868 voyage

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Andrew Snow, Jr.

Sponsor

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

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Subject Entries

Anchors.
Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Brava (Cape Verde)--Description and travel.
Coffins.
Diplomatic and consular service--Hawaii--Honolulu.
Futuna Islands (Wallis and Futuna Islands)--Description and travel.
Globicephala.
Guam--Description and travel.
Honolulu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Ice--Alaska--Wainwright Inlet.
Ice--Arctic regions.
Kaneohe (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Marine accidents.
Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)--Description and travel.
Nauru--Description and travel.
North Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Packard, Timothy, C.
Pohnpei Island (Micronesia)--Description and travel.
Punishment.
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)--Description and travel.
Saipan--Description and travel.
Seafaring life.
Shipwrecks.
Taber, Gordon & Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
Voyages and travels.
Wainwright Inlet (Alaska)--Description and travel.
Walrus.
Whale oil.
Whalebone.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters--Health and hygiene.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford.
Women and the sea.
Yokohama-shi (Japan)--Description and travel.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Alaska of New Bedford (Bark)
Almira of Edgartown (Ship)
Arctic of Honolulu (Bark)
Awashonks of New Bedford (Bark)
Benjamin Cummings of New Bedford (Bark)
California of New Bedford (Ship)
Cashmere (Ship)
Comet of Honolulu (Brig)
Concordia of New Bedford (Bark)
Contest of New Bedford (Ship)
Cornelius Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
Daniel Webster of New Bedford (Ship)
Eagle of Honolulu (Bark)
Elizabeth Swift of New Bedford (Ship)
Ellen of London (Bark)
Eugenia of New Bedford (Bark)
Florida of San Francisco (Ship)
Gay Head of New Bedford (Ship)
Helen Snow of New Bedford (Bark)
Hibernia of New Bedford (Ship)
Ida Frye of San Francisco (Schooner)
Iolani of Hawaii (Ship)
Ivanhoe of New Zealand (Schooner)
J.D. Thompson of New London (Bark)
Japan of Melbourne (Ship)
John Howland of New Bedford (Bark)
John L. Dimmick (Ship)
John Wells of New Bedford (Bark)
Josephine of New Bedford (Ship)
Kohola of Honolulu (Brig)
Lagoda of New Bedford (Bark)
Marengo of New Bedford (Ship)
Martha Kopp of San Francisco (Bark)
Massachusetts of New Bedford (Ship)
Midas of New Bedford (Bark)
Minerva of New Bedford (Bark)
Navy of New Bedford (Bark)
Ohio of New Bedford (Bark)
Oliver Crocker of New Bedford (Bark)
Onward of New Bedford (Bark)
Oreole of New Bedford (Brk)
Pica (Bark)
Progress of New Bedford (Bark)
Reindeer of New Bedford (Ship)
Roman of New Bedford (Bark)
Sea Breeze of New Bedford (Bark)
Seneca of New Bedford (Bark)
Vineyard of Edgartown (Ship)
William Rotch of Honolulu (Ship)

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