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

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Logbook of the Newport (Steam Bark)

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Title:
Newport (Steam Bark)
Date Span:
August 21, 1893 - September 4, 1896
Creator:
Bodfish, Hartson H. (Hartson Hartlett)
Mss Number:
ODHS 950
Extent:
356 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by William P. Porter, James Tilton, Hartson H. Bodfish and G.B. Levitt, on whaling voyaged from June 1, 1892 - September 26, 1898, to the Herschel Island, 20/24, and Fathom whaling grounds.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
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Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, Calif., mastered by William P. Porter, James Tilton, Hartson H. Bodfish and G.B. Levitt, on whaling voyaged from 1 June 1892-26 Sept. 1898, to the Herschel Island, 20/24, and Fathom whaling grounds; owner-agent: Pacific Steam Whaling Co.; built at San Francisco, Calif., 1875.

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Logbook Contents

Partial log, kept by Hartson H. Bodfish, relating to whaling voyage to the Arctic Ocean. It includes descriptions of types of whales and fur seals seen or taken, accidents and death at sea, women and children on ship, indigenous people, recapture of deserters, punishment on ship, and shipboard medicine and treatment of wounded man; and ink sketches, poems, minutes of meetings and scores and statistics for a baseball league played at Herschel Island.

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

Bowhead whales: Aug 22, 1893 (caught) p. 1; Aug 29 (caught 2) & 20 (caught) p. 3; Aug 31 (caught 2) p. 4; Sep 1, 2 & 3 p. 5; Sep 4, 5 & 6 p. 6; Sep 7, 8 (caught 3) & 9 (caught) p. 7; Sep 10 (caught 2), 11 (caught) & 12 p. 8; Sep 13 (caught) & 15 (caught) p. 9; Sep 16 (caught) & 17 (caught) p. 10; Sep 18 & 19 p. 11; Aug 4, 1894 p. 94; Aug 8 p. 95; Aug 13 (caught) & 14 p. 97; Aug 16 (caught) & 17 (caught) p. 98; Aug 18 (caught) p. 99; Aug 21 (caught) p. 100; Sep 5 (caught) & 7 p. 104; Sep 9 (caught) & 10 (caught) p. 105; Sep 23 p. 109; Jul 14, 1895 (caught) p. 193; Jul 17 p. 194; Jul 18 p. 195; Jul 30 p. 199; Aug 2 & 3 p. 200; Aug 4, 5 & 6 p. 201; Aug 7 & 8 p. 202; Aug 14 p. 204; Aug 16 (caught) p. 205; Aug 18 (caught), 19 & 20 p. 206; Aug 21 & 23 p. 207; Aug 26 p. 208; Sep 6 (caught 2) p. 212; Sep 7 (caught) & 9 p. 213; Sep 10 (caught) p. 214; Sep 15 p. 215; Sep 19 (caught), 20 (caught) & 21 (caught) p. 217; Aug 16, 1896 (caught) p. 305; Aug 20 p. 306;

Seals: Nov 10, 1893 (caught 2) p. 26; Mar 23, 1894 (caught 2) p. 56; Nov 7 (caught 8) p. 122; Nov 8 (caught 4) p. 123; Aug 1, 1895 (called an "oogooroog") p. 200; Aug 24 (caught) p. 208; Oct 23 (caught 5) p. 226;

Misc. creatures: eider ducks Nov 2, 1893 (caught 10) p. 24; eider ducks Nov 6 (caught 87) p. 25; ducks Nov 10 (caught 2) p. 26; ptarmigan Feb 24, 1984 (caught 120) p. 50; deer Mar 20 (caught 3.5) p. 56; rabbits Mar 20 (caught 9) p. 56; white fox Mar 31 (caught) p. 59; white fox Apr 12 (caught) p. 62; deer Apr 21 (caught 7) p. 64; deer Apr 26 (caught 3) p. 65; bear Apr 28 (caught) p. 66; deer Apr 29 (caught 4) p. 66; geese May 26 p. 73; deer May 27 (caught 28) & 28 (caught 7) p. 73; deer May 30 (caught 8) p. 74; grouse May 31 (caught) p. 74; deer Jun 6 (caught 8) & 7 (caught 11) p. 76; deer Jul 12 (caught 38) p. 86; swan Jul 16 (caught) p. 87; deer Jul 16 & 17 (caught 6) p. 87; ducks Jul 30 (caught 14) p. 91; polar bear Aug 4 p. 94; polar bear Aug 8 p. 95; ducks Oct 22 (caught 4), 23 (caught 42) & 24 (caught 46) p. 118; ducks Nov 5 (caught 2) p. 122; fox Nov 20 (caught) p. 126; fox Nov 22 (caught) & 24 (caught) p. 127; fox Dec 11 (caught) p. 132; fox Dec 26 (caught) p. 136; fox Jan 19, 1895 (caught) p. 142; rabbits Feb 12 (caught 100) p. 149; fox Feb 12 (caught) p. 149; fox Feb 21 (caught) p. 151; fox Mar 5 (caught) p. 153; fox Mar 11 (caught) p. 155; grouse Mar 18 (caught 2) p. 156; fox Mar 19 (caught) p. 157; fox Mar 25 (caught) p. 158; foxes Mar 28 (caught 3) & 30 (caught 2) p. 159; foxes Mar 31 (caught 8) p. 160; foxes Apr 2 (caught), 4 (caught 2) & 5 (caught 3) p. 161; grouses Apr 4 (caught 2) p. 161; foxes Apr 6 (caught) & 9 (caught 2) p. 162; deer Apr 10 (caught) p. 163; foxes Apr 17 (caught 3) p. 165; duck Apr 30 p. 169 sparrows Apr 30 p. 169; geese May 21 p. 176; robin May 21 p. 176; deer (caught) Jun 4 p. 180; grouse (caught) Jun 4 p. 180; sandhill cranes Jun 7 p. 181; ducks Jun 7 (caught 3), 8 (caught 5) & 9 (caught 4) p. 181; grouse Jun 9 (caught 5) p. 181; duck Jun 10 (caught) p. 182; polar bears Aug 17 (caught 3) p. 205; ducks Oct 9 (caught 15) & 11 (caught 5) p. 223; duck Oct 21 (caught) p. 226; ducks Oct 24 p. 227; deer Dec 17 (caught 15) p. 239; deer Jan 21, 1896 (caught 31) p. 247; rabbits Jan 21 (caught 10) p. 247; rabbits Mar 7 (caught 30) p. 259; deer Mar 23 (caught 10) p. 263; deer Mar 29 (caught 3) p. 266; deer Apr 21 (caught) p. 273; ducks May 4 p. 276; ducks May 18 p. 280; geese May 18 p. 280; ducks May 26 (caught "a number") p. 282; deer May 31 (caught 9) p. 283; ducks Jun 21 (caught 20) p. 288;

Places represented: Herschel Island Aug 23, 1893 p. 1; King Point Sep 24 p. 13; Pauline Cove Sep 26 p. 13; Pelley Island Jul 13, 1894 p. 86; Warren Point Jul 28 p. 91; Russell Inlet July 30 p. 91; Cape Dalhousie Jul 31 p. 92; Baillic Island Jul 31 p. 92; Cape Bathurst Aug 1 p. 93; Garry Island Jul 9, 1895 p. 191; Cape Brown Jul 11 p. 192; Hooper Island Sep 13 p. 215; Sabine Point Aug 26, 1896 p. 308.

Notable events: Oct 23-28 p. 21-23 Two men deserted, broke into the warehouse and stole rifles, ammunition and tobacco. They were found the next day, but could not be captured because they were armed. They eventually returned (one man's feet were slightly frozen) and were put in irons. Nov 9 p. 25 A man dropped dead (reason unknown).

Feb 21, 1894 p. 49 A man from the Narwhal got lost and was found dead and frozen the next day. Mar 9 p. 59 The captain of the Newport, with the help of some of his crew and another captain, performed an amputation of part of the left foot and the right toes of a man from the Narwhal. Apr 17 p. 63 One of the crewmen died. May 5 p. 67 Bodfish slid down a cliff during a hunt and hurt his leg. He could not walk for a week. May 19 p. 71 The steerage boy accidentally shot and killed a native boy. Jul 23 p. 89 A cake of ice got under the ship and split the stock while they were ashore, but they were able to repair it. Dec 1 p. 130 The captain, surgeon and Bodfish anesthetized a man from the Thrasher and amputated six of his fingers and three of his toes. A man's child also died this day. Dec 17-18 p. 134 The chief engineer of the Jesse H. Freeman died and was given a Masonic burial.

Feb 8-12, 1895 p. 147-149 a man desertedand was found with frozen hands and feet. He died a few days later. Feb 11 p. 148 A man was "put...forward for sodomy and onanism." Feb 21 p. 151 A man aboard the Triton died. Mar 29 p. 159 The captain of the Thrasher fell down the main hatch and died an hour later. Apr 9 p. 162 a man from the Rosario died. Apr 11 p. 163 A man stabbed another man (from the Alexander) with a common sailor's knife. The attacker was put in irons. The victim ended up with a cut on his arm that required 10 stitches to close. May 8 p. 172 The wife of Captain Sherman of the Beluga gave birth to a baby girl. May 17 p. 174 a man from the Thrasher was put under chloroform and had amputations performed on both of his feet. May 27 p. 177 A cask fell on the 3rd mate. He broke his collarbone and cut his head in two places. Jun 9 p. 181 One of the men broke the ice, and went in to the water up to his neck because he wanted to. Jun 15 p. 183 A Jewish man from the Beluga drowned. Nov 5 p. 230 A man from the Northern Light died and was buried. Dec 3 p. 236 A man was given 100 lashes and was sent away and told never to return for murdering a captain's daughter while drunk. Dec 28 p. 242 a man from the Jeannette was put under chloroform and had some fingers partially amputated.

Jan 23-24, 1896 p. 274-248 Captain Tilton of the Newport got lost. The ship sent out a search party and found him alive and slightly frostbitten. Feb 3 p. 251 Captain Tilton had to have part of his right hand amputated because of the aforementioned frostbite. Feb 6 p. 252 Four men who had previously deserted were found with goods they had stolen. Feb 17 p. 254 A man from the Beluga had to have some of his toes amputated. Mar 17 p. 261 12 men deserted the various ships; they held up two sleds and stole all the dogs. Search parties were sent out and they were found the next day, but the search parties were unable to apprehend them since the runaways were armed. They were finally brought back on March 26. May 19 p. 280 The second mate from the John and Winthrop died. Jun 20 p. 288 A man from the Navarch shattered his arm and had to have it amputated. Aug 1 p. 300 the Newport was damaged and had to be towed to shore for repairs.

References to Baseball: Feb 19, 1894 p. 49; Mar 5 p. 52; Mar 15 p. 54; Mar 17 p. 55; Mar 22 & 23 p. 56; Mar 25 p. 57; Mar 28 & 29 p. 58; Apr 3 p. 60; Apr 7 p. 61; Apr 22 p. 64; Apr 23 p. 65; May 6 p. 68; Feb 25, 1895 p. 151; Apr 11 p. 163; Apr 27 p. 168; May 7 p. 171; Jul 4, 1896 p. 292; p. 322-325.

Illustrations: drawings of whale heads/tails p. 3-4, 7-10, 97-100, 104-105, 193, 195, 199, 201-202, 205-206. 212-214, 217, 305.

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Mss 17: Hartson Hartlett Bodfish Papers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Bodfish.

Sponsor

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

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Subject Entries

Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Baseball.
Bowhead whale.
Children and the sea.
Deserters, Naval.
Herschel Island (Yukon)--Description and travel.
Indigenous peoples.
Knowles, Josiah Nickerson, 1830-1896.
Leavitt, G. B.
Marine accidents.
Medicine, Naval.
Pacific Steam Whaling Co.
Porter, William P.S.
Seafaring life.
Tilton, James A.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--California--San Francisco.
Women and the sea.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Alexander of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Balaena of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Beluga of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Fearless of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Grampus of San Francisco (Steam barkentine)
Horatio of San Francisco (Bark)
Jeanie of San Francisco (Supply vessel)
Jeannette of San Francisco (Steam brigantine)
Jesse H. Freeman of San Francisco (Steam bark)
John and Winthrop of San Francisco (Bark)
Karluk of San Francisco (Steam brigantine)
Lakme of San Francisco (Schooner)
Mary D. Hume of San Francisco (Steam brigantine)
Narwhal of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Navarch of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Northern Light of San Francisco (Bark)
Orca of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Thrasher of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Triton of San Francisco (Bark)
Wanderer of San Francisco (Bark)

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