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

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Logbook of the Progress (Bark)

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Progress (Bark)
Date Span:
December 16, 1880 - May 28, 1881.
Creator:
Barker, Frederick A.
Mss Number:
ODHS 939
Extent:
162 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, to the Off Shore, On the Line, and Western Arctic whaling grounds, mastered by Frederick A. Barker.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, on voyage December 16, 1880 - May 28, 1881 to the Off Shore, On the Line, and Western Arctic whaling grounds, mastered by Frederick A. Barker; owner-agent: I.H. Bartlett & Sons.

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Logbook Contents

Partial log, kept by Frederick A. Barker, relating to a whaling voyage to the South Pacific and Arctic oceans and Chukchi seas. It includes descriptions of types of whales seen or taken, indigenous people, punishment on ship, shipboard medicine, and shipwrecks; and inventories of whale oil and bone and poems. The log's continuation can be found in ODHS 938B, starting on page 130.

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

Blackfish (seen): Jan 1, 1881 p. 19.

Blue whales (seen): Apr 25, 1881 p. 129.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 4, 1881 p. 138; May 6 p. 140; May 8 (caught 2) p. 142; May 9 (caught) p. 143; May 10 p. 144; May 11 (caught) p. 145; May 15 p. 149; May 17 p. 151; May 18 (caught) p. 152; May 28 p. 162.

Finback whales (seen): Dec 25, 1880 p. 12; Jan 2, 1881 p. 20; Jan 12 p. 30; Jan 15 p. 33; Jan 16 p. 34; Jan 25 p. 43; Jan 29 p. 46; Feb 1 p. 50; Feb 7 p. 56; Feb 15 p. 64; Feb 20 p. 69; Mar 17 p. 80; Apr 7 p. 111; Apr 24 p. 128; Apr 25 p. 129.

Gray whales (seen): Apr 23, 1881 p. 127; Apr 24 p. 128; May 26 p. 160.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jan 4, 1881 (caught) p. 22; Jan 5 p. 23; Jan 6 p. 24; Jan 10 p. 28.

Killer whales (seen): Apr 23, 1881 p. 127; Apr 24 p. 128.

Porpoises (seen unless otherwise noted): Dec 25, 1880 p. 12; Jan 8, 1881 p. 26; Jan 12 p. 30; Jan 15 (caught) p. 33; Jan 16 p. 34; Jan 18 p. 36; Jan 21 p. 39; Jan 22 p. 40; Jan 23 p. 41; Jan 24 p. 42; Jan 28 p. 46; Jan 30 p. 48; Feb 5 p. 54; Feb 6 p. 55; Feb 7 p. 56; Feb 10 p. 59; Feb 17 p. 66.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): albacore Jan 2, 1881 p. 20; skipjacks Jan 2 p. 20; fly fish Jan 2 p. 20; turtles Jan 7 p. 25; flying fish Jan 11 p. 29; albacore Jan 13 (caught) p. 31; flying fish Jan 13 p. 31; flying fish Jan 18 p. 36; turtle Jan 21 p. 39; "peculiar shaped jelly fish" Jan 21 p. 39; albacore Jan 22 p. 40; barracuda Jan 22 p. 40; turtle (caught) Jan 23 p. 41; albacore Jan 28 p. 46; billfish Jan 29 p. 47; turtles Jan 29 p. 47; sharks Jan 29 p. 47; flying fish Jan 29 p. 47; tropic birds Jan 29 p. 47; flying fish Jan 30 p. 48; tropic birds Jan 30 p. 48; flying fish Jan 31 p. 49; tropic birds Jan 31 p. 49; skipjacks (caught 3) Feb 1 p. 50; turtle (caught) Feb 5 p. 54; yellowtails Feb 5 p. 54; sharks Feb 5 p. 54; turtle Feb 7 p. 56; albacore Feb 7 p. 56; flying fish Feb 10 p. 59; tropic birds Feb 10 p. 59; flying fish Feb 14 p. 63; flying fish Feb 20 p. 69; tropic birds Feb 20 p. 69; barracuda Mar 17 p. 80; turtle Mar 21 p. 92; tropic birds Mar 21 p. 92; Hawaiian birds Mar 21 p. 92; Hawaiian birds Apr 1 p. 103; whale birds Apr 1 p. 103; Hawaiian birds Apr 7 p. 111; parrot bills Apr 11 p. 115; fur seals (caught 4) Apr 24 p. 128; fur seals Apr 25 p. 129; fur seal Apr 26 p. 130.

Places represented: Guadalupe Island Dec 28, 1880 p. 15; Socorro Islands Jan 11 p. 28; Hawaii Feb 23 p. 72; Honolulu Feb 27 p. 76; Maui Mar 1 p. 78; Molokai Mar 1 p. 78; Bering Sea Apr 12 p. 116; Cape Navarin May 7 p. 141; Plover Bay May 19 p. 153; St. Lawrence Bay May 21 p. 155.

Notable events: Dec 16, 1880 p. 3 Small Pox was prevalent in San Francisco at that time, so every man on the ship was vaccinated before they set out. Jan 23, 1881 p. 41 The cabin boy fell overboard while trying to catch a turtle. He was saved, as was the turtle. Feb 19 p. 68 The 4th mate accidentally let one of the sails fall onto the deck, on top of the captain's dog. The captain struck the 4th mate in response. By Feb 21 the dog was able to walk again. Apr 17 p. 121 One of the crewmen stole a cask of bread. He was charged $25 dollars for it. He was also sick the next two days because of "gluttony." May 25 p. 159 The natives reported 2 whaling vessels that were crushed by ice and appeared near them. The ships were full of bodies covered in ice.

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Information for Researchers

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Progress (Bark), ODHS 939

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

KWM 1024-2, logbook of the 1823 voyage
ODHS 523, logbook of the 1878 voyage
ODHS 938B, logbook of the 1881 voyage

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Col. Laurence Eliot Bunker.

Sponsor

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

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Subject Entries

Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Blue whale.
Bowhead whale.
Chukchi Sea--Description and travel.
Finback whale.
Globicephala.
Guadalupe Island (Mexico)--Description and travel.
Humpback whale.
I.H. Bartlett & Sons.
Indigenous people.
Killer whale.
Medicine, Naval
Punishment.
Right whales.
Seafaring life.
Shipwrecks.
South Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Whale oil.
Whalebone.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--California--San Francisco.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Abraham Barker of San Francisco (Bark)
Belvedere of San Francisco (Steam bark)
Coral of New Bedford (Bark)
Dawn of San Francisco (Bark)
Fleetwing of San Francisco (Bark)
Francis Palmer of San Francisco (Bark)
Helen Mar of New Bedford (Bark)
Hidalgo of San Francisco (Brig)
Huntress of San Francisco (unknwn)
John Howland of San Francisco (Bark)
Newbern (Steam vessel)
Pacific of New Bedford (Bark)
Rainbow of San Francisco (Bark)
Sea Breeze of San Francisco (Bark)
Thomas Pope of New Bedford (Bark)

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Last Modified: March 19, 2014