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

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Logbook of the Navy (Ship)

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Navy (Ship)
Date Span:
August 10, 1859 - August 30, 1863
Creator:
Dimond, John D.; Haley, Nelson Cole, 1832-1900.
Mss Number:
ODHS 749
Extent:
267 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by Andrew S. Sarvent, on voyage August 10, 1859 - April 18, 1864 to the Western Island, On the Line, Shanter Island, and Okhotsk Sea 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 Andrew S. Sarvent, on voyage August 10, 1859 - April 18, 1864 to the Western Island, On the Line, Shanter Island, and Okhotsk Sea whaling grounds; owner-agent: J. B. Wood & Company; built at Salisbury, Mass., 1824.

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Logbook Contents

Log, kept by Nelson C. Haley and John D. Dimond, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans, Okhotsk Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Gulf of Sakhalin. It includes descriptions of whales seen or taken, accidents and death at sea, punishment on ship, mutiny, indigenous people and daily activities of people aboard the ship including the making of yarn. It also contains whale stamps and list of provisions used.

Note: the page numbers in this finding aid reflect those written on the physical logbook, not the ones used in the PDF. Also note that pages 52-57 and 138-139 are missing.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 14, 1859 p. 2; Aug 22 p. 4; Aug 27 (caught) p. 5; Sep 16 p. 10; Sep 20, 21 & 23 p. 11; Sep 20 p. 12; Dec 11, 1860 p. 33; Jan 27 (caught), 28 & 30 1860 p. 36; Feb 1, 2 & 4 p. 37; Feb 7 p. 38; Feb 13 (caught 2) p. 39; Feb 22 p. 40; Mar 15 p. 44; Apr 19 p. 50; Feb 15, 1861 p. 114; Feb 26 & 27 (caught) p. 116; Jun 6 p. 133; Apr 2, 1862 p. 187; Apr 5 p. 188.

Blue whales (seen): Jan 19, 1860 p. 34; Feb 12, 13 & 14 p. 39; Jun 16, 1861 p. 135; Sep 26 p. 156; Sep 28, 29 & Oct 1 p. 157.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 16, 1860 (called Siberian whale) p. 61; Jun 8 p. 67; Aug 9 p. 80; Aug 13 & 14 p. 81; Aug 16 & 18 p. 82; Aug 19 (caught), 20 (caught) & 21 p. 83; Aug 23 p. 84; Aug 30 & 31 p. 85; Jun 27 & 28, 1861 p. 137; Jun 29, Jul 1 & 2 p. 140; Jul 22 p. 144; Jul 27, 29 & 30 p. 146; Aug 9 (dead whale) & 13 p. 148; Aug 16, 17 (caught) & 20 p. 149; Aug 21 (caught, 54 barrels) p. 150; Aug 27 (caught), 28 (caught) & 29 p. 151; Sep 1 & 4 p 152; Sep 5, 6, 7 & 8 p. 153; May 30 & 31 (caught), 1862 p. 198; Jun 4, 5 & 9 p. 199; Jun 18 p. 201; Jul 21, 22, 23 & 24 p. 206; Jul 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 p. 207; Aug 1 (caught), 2 (caught), 3 & 4 p. 208; Aug 7, 8 (caught) & 9 (caught) p. 209; Aug 14, 17 & 18 (caught) p. 210; Aug 28 (caught) p. 211; Sep 4 p. 212; Sep 7, 8 (caught), 9 & 10 p. 213; Sep 14 p. 214; May 23, 1863 p. 250; Jun 7, 8, 9 & 10 p. 253; Jul 15, 16 (caught), 17, 18 (caught), 19 & 20 p. 259; Jul 23 p. 260; Aug 2 p. 261; Aug 3 p. 262; Aug 14 p. 263; Aug 17 (dead whale) 18, 20, 21 (caught) & 22 p. 264; Aug 23 (caught) 25, (caught) & 30 p. 265.

Finback whales (seen): Aug 11 & 13, 1859 p. 1; Aug 28 p. 5; Sep 17 p. 10; Oct 4 p. 13; Nov 25 p. 24; Dec 6 & 10 p. 27; Dec 11 & 14 p. 28; Dec 18 p. 29; Jan 6, 1860 p. 32; Jan 10 & 12 p. 33; Jan 17 p. 34; Jan 22 & 23 p. 35; Jan 27, 28 & 29 p. 36; Jan 31 p. 37; Feb 7 p. 38; Apr 20 p. 50; Apr 21 p. 51; Apr 28, 30 & May 1 p. 58; May 18 p. 62; Oct 12 p. 94; Nov 29 p. 102; Dec 20 p. 105; Dec 23 p. 106; Apr 5, 1861 p. 123; May 17 p. 130; May 22 p. 131; Jun 14 p. 134; Jun 19 p. 135; Jun 23 p. 136; Sep 23 p. 156; Sep 29 p. 157; Oct 3 p. 158; Dec 12 p. 169; Dec 29 p. 173; Jan 17, 1862 p. 176; Jan 20 21 p. 177; Jun 16 p. 201.

Gray whales (seen): May 31, 1860 p. 65; Sep 14 p. 88; Sep 18 p. 89; Sep 22 p. 90; Jun 29, 1861 p. 140; Sep 19 p. 155; May 29, 1862 p. 198; Jun 13 p. 200; Aug 23 p. 211; Sep 13 p. 214; Sep 20 p. 215; Jul 15, 1863 p. 259; Aug 8 p. 262.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Sep 19, 1860 (caught) p. 89; Mar 16, 1861 p. 119; Apr 10 p. 124; Jan 24, 25 & 26, 1862 p. 178; Feb 6 p. 179; Feb 10 & 15 (caught) p. 180; Feb 11, 13 & 14 p. 180; Feb 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24 & 25 p. 181; Feb 26, 27, Mar 1, 2, 3 & 4 p. 182; Mar 6 (caught), 8, 9 13 & 14 p. 183; Mar 15, 16 ,17, 18 (caught), 21 & 22 p. 184; Mar 24 p. 185; Mar 14, 1863 p. 240; Apr 30 p. 247.

Killer whales (seen): Dec 3, 1859 p. 26; Apr 20 p. 50; May 1 p. 58; Dec 23 p. 106.

Right whales (seen): Apr 19, 1860 p. 50; Apr 26 p. 51; Sep 21 p. 89; Sep 21, 23 & 24 p. 90; Sep 25, 26, 27 & 29 p. 91; Oct 3 p. 92; Sep 23, 1861 p. 156; Sep 28 p. 157; Sep 25, 1862 p. 216; Apr 27, 1863 p. 246; May 6 p. 248.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 29, 30 & 31, 1859 p. 6; Oct 27 (caught 2) & 30 p. 18; Oct 31 p. 19; Nov 5, 6 & 7 p. 20; Nov 9 p. 21; Nov 13 & 14 p. 22; Nov 17 (caught 3) & 20 (dead whale) p. 23; Feb 2, 1860 p. 37; Feb 7 (caught) p. 38; Feb 15 (caught) p. 39; Nov 9 (caught) p. 98; Feb 27, 1861 p. 116; Mar 21 (caught) p. 120; Mar 23 p. 121; May 8 p. 129; Oct 21 p. 161; Dec 13 p. 170; Dec 22 (caught 2) p. 121; Jan 25 & 26 (caught), 1863 p. 232; Feb 1 & 2 (caught) p. 234; Mar 18 (caught 5) p. 241.

Unspecified whales (seen): Dec 1, 1859 p. 26; Dec 16 p. 28; Feb 13, 1861 p. 114; Mar 8 p. 118; May 7 p. 128; May 9 & 10 p. 129; Feb 7 & 8, 1862 p. 179; Mar 10, 11 & 12, 1863 p. 240.

Porpoises (seen): Aug 14, 1859 p. 2; Aug 22 & 23 p. 4; Sep 18 & 19 p. 10; Dec 3 p. 26; Dec 11 p. 28; Feb 6 & 8, 1860 p. 38; Feb 13 p. 39; Feb 19 & 21 p. 40; Feb 24 p. 41; Mar 11 p. 44; Apr 12 p. 49; Nov 30 p. 102; Dec 11 p. 104; Nov 16 p. 105; Feb 22, 26 & 27, 1861 p. 116; Apr 6 p. 123; May 3 & 5 p. 128; May 22 p. 131; May 29 p. 132.

Grampuses (seen): Nov 28, 1859 p. 25; Dec 2, 3 & 4 p. 26; Jan 21, 1860 p. 35; Feb 9 p. 38; May 1 p. 58; May 24 p. 63; Nov 3 p. 97; Mar 31 & Apr 2, 1861 p. 122; Apr 6 & 7 p. 123; Jun 20 & 23 p. 136.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): swordfish Jan 29, 1860 p. 36; bone shark Feb 8 p. 38; jumpers Dec 13 p. 104; walruses (caught 9) Jun 9, 1862 p. 199; walruses Jul 18 p. 206; walruses Sep 13 p. 214; walruses Sep 19 p. 215.

Places represented: Corvo Sep 2, 1859 p. 7; Flores Sep 2 p. 7; Faial Sep 5 p. 8; Trinidad Oct 23 p. 17; Diego Ramirez Islands Dec 23 p. 30; Elbow Island Dec 29 p. 31; Cape Horn Dec 29 p. 31; Mocha Island Jan 12, 1860 p. 33; Magdalena (Marquesas Islands) Feb 27 p. 41; Hawaii Mar 21 p. 45, Oct 23 p. 95; Cape Thaddeus Jun 17, 1860 p. 69, May 19 1862 p. 195, May 29, 1863 p. 251; St. Matthews Island Jul 1, 1860 p. 72; Plover Bay Jul 14, 1860 p. 74, June 17, 1863 p. 254; St. Lawrence Island Jul 14, 1860 p. 74, Jun 9, 1862 p. 199, Jun 30, 1863 p. 256; Point Barrow Aug 18, 1860 p. 82; Cape Lisburne Sep 3, 1860 p. 86, Aug 1, 1863 p. 261; Diomedes Sep 15, 1860 p. 88, Jul 15, 1862 p. 205, Jul 13, 1863 p. 258; Kings Island Sep 17, 1860 p. 89, Jul 13, 1862 p. 205; Oahu Oct 21, 1860 p. 95, Nov 9, 1862 p. 223; Goat Island Dec 2, 1860 p. 102; New Zealand Dec 17 p. 105; Mongamee Harbor Jan 13, 1861 p. 110; Sunday Island Mar 4 p. 117; Three Kings Island Apr 11 p. 124; Hope Island May 12, 1861 p. 129, Dec 21, 1861 p. 171; Jan 14, 1863 p. 230; Byron's Island May 13, 1861 p. 129 Dec 27 p. 174; Cape Elizabeth Jun 24 p. 136; Cape Maria p. 137; Shanter Island Jul 11 p. 142; Hilo Oct 26, 1861 p. 162, Oct 29, 1862 p. 222; Maui Nov 14, 1861 p. 164; Honolulu Nov 14 p. 164; Francis Island Dec 27 p. 172; Drummond Island Dec 28 p. 173; Ocean Island Jan 1, 1862 p. 173, Feb 1, 1863 p. 233; Bird Island Jan 23 p. 178; Alamagan Island Mar 24 p. 185; Bayley Island (Australia) Apr 3 p. 187; Peel Island (Australia) Apr 4 p. 187; Kanagawa Harbor Apr 13 p. 189; Cape Navarin May 28, 1862 p. 197, May 26, 1863 p. 251; East Cape Sep 21, 1862 p. 215; Wellington Island Feb 16 p. 236; Guam Feb 26 p. 238; St. Peter Island Mar 28 p. 242; Copper Island May 9 p. 248; Cape Bering Jun 15 p. 254.

Notable events: Nov 15, 1859 p. 22 a man fell overboard and was rescued. Jan 29, 1861 p. 111 three men who deserted were found and put in irons. Feb 4 p. 112 the men who had been put in irons refused to work, and one insulted the captain. The man who had insulted the captain was put in the rigging. Sep 26-27 p. 157 a man fell from the main topgallant down to the deck, and while he did not appear to have any broken bones he died the next day. Mar 1, 1862 p. 182 three men deserted and swam to the ship South Boston. One of the men drowned in the attempt and the other two were found, brought back to the Navy, and put in irons. Apr 13 p. 189 the Navy arrived in Kanagawa Harbor, Japan and were boarded by several junk ships. Nov 14 p. 223 the chief officer choked a man (only slightly, not fatally) for "giving impudent language" and refusing to work. It was then found that 6 men total had stopped performing their duties. They were all put in irons. Apr 13, 1863 p. 244 the boatsteerer got "helplessly intoxicated, giving the captain insolent langauage" and was put in irons with another man who had deserted. That same day one of the foremast hands died suddenly.

Illustrations: whale stamps p. 6, 18-23, 38-39, 50-51, 67, 83, 89-91, 98, 114; 120-121, 129, 137, 146, 149-151, 157, 161; sketch of a whale p. 211.

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Information for Researchers

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Navy (Ship), ODHS 749

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

KWM 155, logbook of the 1859-1863 voyage
KWM 156, logbook of the 1869-1871 voyage
KWM 823, logbook of the 1851-1855 voyage
KWM 973, logbook of the 1866-1869 voyage
KWM 1004-1, logbook of the 1869-1871 voyage
ODHS 536, logbook of the 1863-1864 voyage
ODHS 768B, logbook of the 1868-1869 voyage

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Edward T. Pierce, Jr., Collection.

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.
Blue whale.
Bowhead whale.
Chukchi Sea--Description and travel.
Faial Island (Azores)--Description and travel.
Fatu Hiva--Description and travel.
Finback whale.
Flores Island (Azores)--Description and travel.
Globicephala.
Gray whale.
Guam--Description and travel.
Hawaii--Description and travel.
Hilo (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Honolulu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Indigenous peoples.
J.B. Wood & Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Killer whale.
Marine accidents.
Mutiny.
Okhotsk, Sea of--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Punishment.
Right whales.
Saipan--Description and travel.
Sakhalin, Gulf of (Russia)--Description and travel.
Sarvent, Andrew S.
Seafaring life.
Ships--Equipment and supplies.
Sperm whale.
Voyages and travels.
Wake Island--Description and travel.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Yokohama-shi (Japan)--Description and travel.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

America of New Bedford (Ship)
Barnstable of New Bedford (Bark)
Bartholomew Gosnold of New Bedford (Ship)
Braganza of Ned Bedford (Bark)
Brunswick fo New Bedford (Ship)
Camelia of New Bedford (Bark)
Catharine of New London (Bark)
Champion of Edgartown (Ship)
Comet (Brig)
Congress of New Bedford (Ship)
Coral of New Bedford (Bark)
Corinthian of New Bedford (Ship)
Desdemona of New Bedford (Ship)
Electra of New London (Ship)
Eliza Adams of New Bedford (Ship)
Elizabeth of New Bedford (Ship)
Euphrates of New Bedford (Ship)
Europa of Edgartown (Ship)
Fabius of New Bedford (Ship)
Fanny of New Bedford (Bark)
Florence of Warren (Bark)
Florida of New Bedford (Ship)
Gennet (Bark)
George Washington of Wareham (Ship)
Germain of Oldenburg (Ship)
Harvest of Honolulu (Bark)
Henry Kneeland of New Bedford (Ship)
Hilliman of New Bedford (Ship)
Isabella of New Bedford (Bark)
James Allen of New Bedford (Bark)
Japan of New Bedford (Ship)
Jireh Swift of New Bedford (Bark)
Josephine of New Bedford (Ship)
Kadago of Boston (Ship)
Lagoda of New Bedford (Bark)
Magnolia of New Bedford (Ship)
Marcia of New Bedford (Ship)
Marengo of New Bedford (Ship)
Martha of New Bedford (Bark)
Massachusetts of New Bedford (Bark)
Metacom of New Bedford (Ship)
Millinoket of New Bedford (Bark)
Monmouth of Cold Spring (Ship)
Montezuma (unknown)
Noble of Sag Harbor (Bark)
Ocean of New Haven (Ship)
Oliver (Schooner)
Omega of New Bedford (Ship)
Rebecca Sims of Fairhaven (Ship)
Robert Edwards of New Bedford (Ship)
Romano (unknown)
Sarah A. Nickells of Searsport (Bark)
Seine of New Bedford (Bark)
South Boston of Fairhaven (Ship)
Spartan of Nantucket (Ship)
Statira of New Bedford (Bark)
Swift of New Bedford (Ship)
Tamerlane of New Bedford (Bark)
Thomas Dickason of New Bedford (Ship)
Thomas Pope of New Bedford (Bark)
Two Brothers of New Bedford (Bark)
Victoria of Honolulu (Brig)
William Gifford of New Bedford (Bark)
Zoe of Honolulu (Bark)

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