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

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Logbook of the Rousseau (Bark)

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Title:
Rousseau (Bark)
Date Span:
October 17, 1853 - July 3, 1857
Creator:
Selby, Edward J. R.
Identification:
ODHS 284
Extent:
1 volume
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by Charles S. Pope, on voyge 17 Oct. 1853-5 July 1857 to the Line, Bering Sea, Coast of Kamchatka, Okhotsk Sea, South China Sea, Hawaii, Japan Sea, Vasquez, and French Rock whaling grounds.
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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 Rousseau (Bark), ODHS 284

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Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by Charles S. Pope, on voyge 17 Oct. 1853-5 July 1857 to the Line, Bering Sea, Coast of Kamchatka, Okhotsk Sea, South China Sea, Hawaii, Japan Sea, Vasquez, and French Rock whaling grounds; owner-agent: G. & M. Howland; built at Philadelphia, Pa., 1801; rerigged from ship to bark in 163; broken up at New Bedford, 1891.

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Logbook Contents

Log, kept by Edward J.R. Selby, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans, and Okhotsk Sea; 1853 Oct. 17-1857 July 3; It includes descriptions of types of whales seen or taken, accidents and death at sea, indigenous people, punishment, rescues, and children on ship; and whale stamps and accounts. Other places represented include Tumbes, Maui, Hawaii Island, Lahaina, and Guam.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 1, 1853 p. 4; Feb 15, 1854 p. 22; Feb 21 & 22 p. 23; Mar 9 p. 25; Mar 12 p. 26; Apr 22 p. 33; Nov 11, 13 & 15 p. 67; Nov 16 p. 68; Dec 1 p. 70; Dec 17 & 21 (caught 2) p. 73; Jan 25, 1855 p. 79; Mar 16 & 17 p. 88; Dec 23 p. 135; Jan 3, 1856 p. 137; Oct 11 p. 184; Dec 20 p. 196; Feb 10, 1857 p. 205; May 29 p. 223.

Blue whales (seen): Jan 29, 1854 p. 19.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 22, 1854 p. 43; Jun 26, 29 & 30 p. 44; Jul 2 p. 45; Aug 20 & 22 p. 53; Aug 27 (caught) p. 54; May 30 & 31, 1855 p. 100; Jun 7 p. 102; Jun 29 (caught) p. 105; Aug 29 p. 115; Jun 8 & 9 (caught), 1856 p. 163.

Finback whales (seen): Nov 3, 1853 p. 4; Nov 19, 22 & 23 p. 7; Dec 17 p. 11; Dec 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 p. 12; Dec 31, 1853, Jan 2 & 4, 1854 p. 14; Jan 26 p. 18; Feb 10 & 13 p. 21; Feb 15, 19 & 20 p. 22; Feb 25 p. 23; Feb 27 p. 24; Mar 9 p. 25; Mar 14 p. 26; May 5 & 6 p. 35; May 9, 10, 12 & 13 p. 36; May 20 p. 37; May 30 p. 39; Jun 3 & 6 p. 40; Jun 9, 10 & 11 p. 41; Jun 17 p. 42; Jul 20 & 22 p. 48; Jul 27 p. 49; Jul 31 & Aug 1 p. 50; Aug 8 p. 51; Aug 13 p. 52; Sep 17, 18, 19 & 21 p. 58; Oct 14 p. 62; Oct 23, 25 & 26 p. 64; Oct 31 & Nov 1 p. 65; Nov 9 p. 66; Dec 31, 1854 & Jan 1, 1855 p. 75; Jan 3 & 5 p. 76; Jan 27 p. 80; Feb 2 p. 81; Feb 7 & 10 p. 82; Mar 8 p. 86; Mar 9 p. 87; Mar 21 & 24 p. 89; Apr 5, 6 & 7 p. 91; Apr 9, 10, 11 & 12 p. 92; Apr 20 & 21 p. 94; Apr 29 p. 95; May 2 p. 96; Jun 3 p. 101; Dec 22 p. 135; Jan 1, 1856 p. 136; Jan 5 p. 137; Mar 10 & 11 p. 148; Apr 6 p. 152; Apr 10 p. 153; May 14 p. 159; May 28, 29 & 30 p. 161; Sep 5 & 8 p. 178; Oct 1 p. 182; Oct 9 p. 184; Oct 25 p. 186; May 11, 1857 p. 220.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted: May 16, 1854 p. 37; May 23 p. 38; Jun 22 (caught) & 24, 1855 p. 104; Jun 25 (caught) p. 105.

Humpback whales (seen): Jul 5, 1854 p. 45; Sep 18 p. 58; Oct 16 p. 62; Feb 26, 1856 p. 146; Apr 4 p. 152; Apr 9 p. 153; May 17 p. 159; Jul 24 p. 171.

Killer whales (seen): Jun 7, 1855 p. 102; Sep 6 p. 117.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Sep 12, 1854 p. 57; Sep 26 & 28 (caught), 1855 p. 120; Apr 29, 1856 p. 156; Sep 18 p. 180.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Oct 23, 1853 p. 2; Feb 19, 1854 (caught) p. 22; Nov 1 (caught 4) p. 65; Dec 25 p. 74; Dec 30 (caught) p. 75; Dec 9, 1856 (caught) p. 194; Dec 31 p. 198.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 10 & 11, 1853 p. 5; Jul 23, 1854 p. 48; Aug 23 p. 53; Aug 24, 25 (caught) & 29 p. 54; Oct 30 p. 65; Jan 8, 1855 p. 76; Jan 9 p. 77; May 7 p. 96; May 9 (caught), 10, 11, 12 & 13 p. 97; May 17 & 18 p. 98; May 24 & 25 p. 99; Jun 1 p. 101; Jun 30 p. 105; Jul 1 p. 106; Jul 9 & 10 p. 107; Jul 18 (dead whales) p. 108; Jul 20 (caught) p. 109; Jul 29 & 30 p. 110; Aug 1, 2, 4 & 5 p. 111; Aug 11 p. 112; Aug 12, 13 (caught) & 14 p. 113; Aug 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 p. 114; Aug 25 p. 115; Sep 1 (caught) p. 116; Sep 8 & 9 p. 117; Sep 13, 14, 15 & 16 p. 118; Oct 1 p. 121; Dec 9 p. 132; Apr 5, 1856 p. 152; Apr 7, 11 & 12 p. 153; Apr 13, 14, (caught) 17 & 18 p. 154; Apr 19, 20 & 24 p. 155; Apr 30 p. 156; May 2, 3, 4 & 6 p. 157; May 7, 8 & 9 p. 158; May 17 & 18 p. 159; May 19, 21 & 22 p. 160; May 25 p. 161; Jun 11 p. 163; Jun 13, 14 & 16 p. 164; Jun 20 (caught) p. 165; Jun 28 (dead whale) p. 166; Jul 5 p. 167; Jul 6, 7, 8 & 9 p. 168; Jul 21 (caught) p. 170; Jul 27 p. 171; Sep 4, 5, 6 & 7 p. 178; Sep 13 p. 179; Sep 17, 19 & 20 p. 180; Sep 22 p. 181; Jan 1, 1857 p. 199; Feb 15 p. 206.

Misc. creatures (seen): grampuses Nov 7, 1853 p. 5; grampuses Dec 16 p. 11; "jumpers" (cuscuses?) Jan 24 & 25, 1857 p. 202.

Places represented: Straits of Le Maire Jan 6, 1854 p. 15; Cape Horn Jan 13 p. 16; Juan Fernandez Island Feb 4 p. 20; Maui Mar 30, 1854 p. 29, Oct 30, 1856 p. 187; Cape Thaddeus Jun 14, 1854 p. 42; St. Lawrence Island Jul 15 p. 47; East Cape Jul 24 p. 48, Sep 9 p. 56; Cape Lisburne Jul 31 p. 50; Cape Smith Aug 22 p. 53; Point Barrow Aug 31 p. 55; Island of Seven Mountains Sep 23 p. 59; Cocos Island Nov 24 p. 69; Pilot(?) Island Nov 30 p. 70; Tumbes Dec 6 p. 71; Hawaii Island Feb 12, 1855 p. 82; Oahu Mar 5 p. 86; Onekotan Island Apr 28 p. 95, Oct 6 p. 121; Kharimkotan Island Apr 28 p. 95; Jonas Island May 17 p. 98; Cape Elizabeth Jun 12 p. 102; Lahaina Nov 12, 1855 p. 128, Oct 30, 1856 p. 187; Strong's Island Feb 2, 1856 p. 142; Guam Feb 28 p. 146; Monmouth Island Mar 19 p. 148; Straits of Korea Apr 3 p. 152; Palmerston Island Dec 10 p. 195; Sunday Island Dec 29 p. 197, Jan 14, 1857 p. 200, Jan 19 p. 201, Feb 16 p. 206; French Rock Jan 21 p. 202; Rocus Islands May 20 p. 221.

Notable events: Apr 8, 1854 p. 30 the ship William Rock drove into the Rousseau. Jul 24 p. 48 two men were put in irons for taking a barrel of spirits. Aug 25 p. 54 a boat capsized while in pursuit of a whale. Mar 11, 1856 p. 148 lost the bow boat due to strong gales. Apr 14 p. 154 a boat capsized after catching a whale. Jul 1 p. 167 a crew member died of consumption; Aug 2 p. 172 came across a piece of a shipwreck. Nov 3 p. 188 two men in prison. Nov 11 p. 189 ship got afoul of the Washington. Jan 21, 1857 a crew member died of a stroke. Apr 4 p. 214 a crew member fell from the topsail and died.

Illustrations: drawing of a whale tail p. 2; whale stamps: p. 5, 22-24, 65, 75, 194; drawing of an anchor p. 128, 187; drawing of a book p. 167; drawing of a coffin p. 203, 214. Jul 1 p. 229 encountered black ooze.

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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

Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Children and the sea.
G. & M. Howland (New Bedford, Mass.)
Guam--Description and travel.
Hawaii Island (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Indigenous peoples.
Lahaina (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Marine accidents.
Maui (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Okhotsk, Sea of--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Pope, Charles S.
Punishment.
Rescues.
Seafaring life.
Tumbes (Peru)--Description and travel.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Abraham Barker of New Bedford (Ship)
American (Clipper Ship)
American of Edgartown (Ship)
Arab of New Bedford (Bark)
Caroline [Middleton?] of England (Ship)
Champion of New Bedford (Ship)
Charles Carroll of San Francisco (Ship)
Cicero of New Bedford (Ship)
Commodore Morris of Falmouth (Ship)
Coral of New Bedford (Ship)
Corinthian of New Bedford (Ship)
Cornelius Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
Cortes of New Bedford (Ship)
Courier of New Bedford (Ship)
Danish brig, name unknown
Desdemona of New Bedford (Ship)
Dorchester (Bark)
E. L. Frost of Oahu (Schooner)
Eliza Adams of New Bedford (Ship)
Empire of New Bedford (Ship)
Endeavor of New Bedford (Ship)
Enterprise of England (Explorer Ship)
Europa of Edgartown (Ship)
Fabius of New Bedford (Ship)
Frances Henrietta of New Bedford (Bark)
Franklin of New Bedford (Ship)
French ship, name unknown
George Howland (Ship)
George Washington of Wareham (Ship)
George of New Bedford (Ship)
Harmony of Oahu (Bark)
Harvest of Fairhaven (Bark)
Hector of New Bedford (Ship)
Hobomok of Falmouth (Ship)
Humphrey(?) of England (Ship)
Illinois of New Bedford (Ship)
James Andrews of New Bedford (Bark)
Janet of New Bedford (Bark)
John Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
Joseph Meigs of New Bedford (Ship)
Junior of New Bedford (Ship)
Kutusoff of New Bedford (Ship)
Louisa of New Bedford (Bark)
Magnolia of London (Brig)
Maria Theresa of New Bedford (Ship)
Mary Frazier of New Bedford (Ship)
Massachusetts of Nantucket (Ship)
Minvera of New Bedford (Ship)
Montreal of New Bedford (Ship)
N. F. Palmer (Ship)
Niger of New Bedford (Ship)
Nimrod of New Beford (Ship)
Omega of Nantucket (Ship)
Onward of New Bedford (Ship)
Othello of New Bedford (Ship)
Peak of England (Frigate)
Plover of New Bedford (Ship)
Roman of New Bedford (Ship)
Sappho of New Bedford (Bark)
Sheffield of Cold Spring (Ship)
Sophia of New Bedford (Ship)
Splendid of Edgartown (Ship)
Superior of New Bedford (Bark)
Tamerlane of New Bedford (Ship)
Thomas Nye of New Bedford (Ship)
Valparaiso of New Bedford (Bark)
Vauquelien of Dun, France (Ship)
Wavelet of New Bedford (Bark)
William Badger of New Bedford (Ship)
William C. Nye of New Bedford (Ship)
William Thompson of New Bedford (Ship)
Young Hector of New Bedford (Ship)
Young Phenix[Phoenix] of New Bedford (Ship)

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

KWM 178, logbook of the 1849-1853 voyage
KWM 248, logbook of the 1837-1838 voyage
KWM 963, logbook of the 1875-1878 voyage
ODHS 283, logbook of the 1866-1870 voyage
ODHS 1009B, logbook of the 1860-1862 voyage
ODHS 1087, logbook of the 1845-1848 voyage

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