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In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Saratoga, ODHS 436B
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Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by Ephraim Harding, on voyage September 5, 1849 - May 26, 1852 to the Southeast Atlantic, Southwest Atlantic, Japan Sea, Bering Sea, and Chukchi whaling grounds; owner-agent: Abraham Ashley; built at New York, N.Y. in 1832.
Log, kept by D.F. Worth, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Okhotsk Sea. Includes descriptions of whales seen or taken and of death at sea.
Blackfish (caught unless otherwise noted): Oct 14, 1849 p. 132; Oct 19 p. 133; March 8, 1852 (seen) p. 256.
Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 24, 1850 p. 163; Aug 18 & 19 p. 174; Sep 7 p. 178 (caught); May 30, 1851 p. 212; Jul 9 & 11 p. 220; Jul 17 p. 222; Jul 29 p. 223; Aug 10 p. 224; Aug 13 (struck & lost) p. 225.
Finback whales (seen unless otherswise noted): Oct 9, 1849 p. 131; Apr 25 & 26 1850 p. 152; Apr 28 p. 153; May 20 p. 157; Jun 20, 1851 p. 216; Feb 27, 1852 p. 254.
Gray whales: Jul 7, 1851 p. 219.
Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 7, 1850 p. 154; May 16, 1851 p. 209; May 17 p. 210; Jun 20 p. 216; Jun 24 & 26 p. 217; July 13 p. 221; Mar 20, p. 258.
Right whales (caught unless otherwise noted): Dec 2, 1849 p. 140; Apr 30, 1850 p. 153; May 5 p. 154 (seen); May 9 (killed and sank) p. 155; May 16, p. 156 (seen); Apr 29, 1851.
Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 22, 1849 (caught) p. 138; Dec 25, 1850 p. 188; Jan 3, 1851 p. 190; Jan 5, 1852 (killed) p. 245; Mar 6 p. 255; Apr 4 p. 260.
Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 9, 10, 11 & 12 (caught), 1850 p. 155; May 13, 14 & 15 (caught) p. 156; May 20 p. 157; Jun 8 (dead), 9 (caught) & 10 (caught 2) p. 160; Jun 11 (drowned), 12 (caught) & 13 p. 161; Jun 17 (caught) & 18 (caught) p. 162; Jun 25 (caught one, took in one dead one, saw live ones) p. 163; Jun 27 (caught), 28 & 29 p. 164; Jul 1 & 3 (caught) p. 165; Jul 7 (killed and sunk) & 10 (drowned) p. 166; Jul 12, 13, 14 (one caught & one drowned) & 16 p. 167; Jul 17 & 22 p. 168; Jul 25 (dead) p. 169; Jul 30 (caught) p. 170; Aug 1 (caught), 2 & 3 p. 171; Aug 5 & 9 p. 172; Aug 13 & 15 p. 173; Aug 16, 17 (missed), 18 & 21 (caught) p. 174; Aug 22, 23 (caught), 24, 25 (caught) & 26 (caught) p. 175; Sep 8 (caught) & 9 (caught) p. 178; Dec 26 (caught) p. 188; May 4, 1851 & 5 (struck) p. 207; Jul 15 p. 221; Aug 14 (caught) & 15 p. 225; Aug 18, 19 (caught) & 20 (caught) p. 226; Aug 21 (struck 2 and lost them), 23 (caught) & 25 (caught) p. 227; Aug 26 & 29 p. 228; Aug 30 (caught), 31 (caught) & Sept 1 p. 229; Sep 7 (caught), 8, 9 & 10 p. 231; Sep 13 & 15 (saw theCaravan take a dead whale) p. 232; Sep 16 (caught & lost) & 18 p. 233; Sep 19 (caught), 21 (lost) & 22 (lost) p. 234; Sep 23 (caught one and lost one) & 24 (caught 2) p. 235.
Porpoises (caught): Feb 7 & 8, 1852 p. 250; Feb 14 (caught 3) p. 251.
Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 8, 1849 p. 135 albatross; May 2, 1851 p. 207 wild geese; Jun 21 p. 216 codfish (caught); Apr 3, 1852 p. 260 sperm whale birds.
Places visited: Fago and Brava islands, Cape Verde Oct 5, 1849 p. 131; So~Tiago (São Tiago) Island Oct 6, p. 131; Patagonia Dec 5 p. 140; Terra Del Fuego Dec 8 p. 141; Cape St. Diego Dec 9 p. 141; Straits of Le Mare Dec 9 p. 141; Cape Horn Dec 10, p. 141; O?iloe Island Dec 25 p. 144; Valparas'o Dec 26 p. 145; Island of Oi?hee Feb 6, 1850 p. 148; Byron's Bay Feb 7 p. 149; Island of Ataoi(?) Apr 3 p. 149; Kamtschatka May 3, 1850 p. 154 Apr 27, 1851 p. 206; St. Lawrence Island Jul 19, 1850 p. 168, Sep 13, 1850 p. 179, Jun 30, 1851 p. 218; East Coast of Asia Jul 23 p. 169; Maui Oct 9 p. 183; Hope Island Jan 3, 1851 p. 190; Rotoki Island Jan 4 p. 190; Ocean Island Jan 9 p. 191; Pagan Island & Guagan Island (Ladrones Islands) Jan 25 p. 193; Pedra Branca Rock Feb 10, p. 196 Mar 16 p. 197; Hong Kong Feb 11 p. 196; Island of Formosa (Taiwan) Mar 23 p. 198; Cape Thaddeus Jun 7 p. 214; Pinnacle Island Jun 18, p. 216; Alaska Jun 20 p. 216; Cape Newenham (Alaska) Jun 24 p. 217; Nunivak Island Jun 27 p. 217; Plover Bay Jul 10 p. 220; St. Lawrence Bay Jul 30 p. 223; Diomede Island Aug 8 p. 224; Cape Lisburne Aug 11 p. 224; Icy Cape Sep 4 p. 230; Bering Straits Oct 1 p. 237; Copper Island (Medny Island) Oct 9 p. 238; Rarotonga Jan 10, 1852 p. 246; Hermit Island Feb 25 p. 253; Trinidad Apr 19 p. 262; Brazil Apr 26, p. 263.
Notable events: Sept 20, 1849 p. 128 a man working on the deck had a fatal accident, falling and breaking his neck; Jul 12, 1850 p. 167 traded with the native people; Jul 27-8 p. 169-170 the log keeper met up with his brother, who was on board the Cambria; Jan 3, 1851 p. 190 "natives came on board but had nothing to trade with"; Jan 4 p. 190 "Natives came on board with fowl[;] purchased them with tobacco"; Feb 11 p. 196 took a Chinese pilot on board; Sep 16 p. 233 the crew had killed a whale and brought it back to the ship, but when they took it on board it slipped, wounding two men and "nearly crippling" the log keeper; Sep 19 p. 234 saw the Aurora Borealis; Jan 31, 1852 p. 249 flogged the blacksmith; Mar 4 p. 255 a man fell from the topsail and died an hour later; May 16 p. 267 a crew member (age 19) died of a lingering illness.
Illustrations: p. 178 painting of three whales spouting blood being pursued by a whaling boat.
Gift from Ella H. Smith and Rudolphus H. Holmes.
Funds for digitization were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau.
Agrihan Island (North Mariana Islands)--Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean--Description and travel.
Harding, Ephraim, 1814-1858.
Hong Kong (China)--Description and travel.
Honolulu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
King Island (Tas.)--Description and travel.
Lahaina (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Okhotsk, Sea of--Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Rarotonga (Cook Islands)--Description and travel.
So~Tiago Island (Cape Verde)--Description and travel.
Valparas'o (Chile)--Description and travel.
Aeronaut of Mystic (Ship)
Albatross of Boston (Ship)
Alexander Barclay of Bremen (unknown)
America of New Bedford (Ship)
Arab of Fair Haven (Bark)
Arabian of London (Bark)
Armataof New London (Ship)
Atlantic of Nantucket (Ship)
Australian of Sydney (Bark)
Awashonks of Falmouth (Ship)
Bayard of Green Port (Bark)
Betsey Williams of Stonington, CT (Ship)
Bowditch of Warren (Ship)
Brunswick of New Bedford (Ship)
California of New Bedford (Ship)
Cambria of New Bedford (Ship)
Canton Packet of New Bedford (Bark)
Caravan of Fall River (Ship)
Championof New Bedford (Ship)
Chandler Price of New Bedford (Ship)
Chariot of Warren, RI (Ship)
Charles of New Bedford (Ship)
Cherokee of New Bedford (Bark)
China of New Bedford (Ship)
Cincinnati of Stonington, CT (Ship)
Columbus of Fairhaven (Ship)
Copia of New Bedford
Cortes of New Bedford (Ship)
Cosmopolite of Havre (Ship)
Covington of Warren, RI (Bark)
Eagle of New Bedford (Ship)
Edwards of New Bedford (Bark)
Emma of New Bedford (Bark)
Enterprise of Nantucket (Ship)
Enterprise of New Bedford (Ship)
Flying Chi???ers of Hobart Town (unknown)
George Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
Herald of Fair Haven (Ship)
James Allen of New Bedford (Ship)
Jefferson of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Julian of New Bedford (Ship)
Lamar of Baltimore (Bark)
Liverpool of New Bedford (Ship)
Luminary of Warren, RI (Ship)
Margaret Scott of New Bedford (Ship)
Mary Ann of Fair Haven (Ship)
Moctezuma of New Bedford (Ship)
Monongahela of New Bedford (Ship)
Mt. Wollastob of New Bedford (Ship)
Napoleon of Nantucket (Ship)
Newton of New Bedford (Bark)
Ocmulgee of Tisbury (Ship)
Officer Mitchell of London (Ship)
Offley Capt. Gay of Hobart Town (Bark)
Ontario of New Bedford (Ship)
Ontario of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Phillipe de la Noye (Ship)
Roscius of New Bedford (Ship)
Sheffield of Cold Spring Harbor (Ship)
South America of Providence (Ship)
St. Andrew (Brig)
St. Lawrence of Providence (Ship)
Tamerlane of New Bedford (Ship)
Two Brothers (Schooner)
Tybee of Stonington, CT (Ship)
Uncas of New Bedford (Ship)
W. Hamilton of New Bedford (Ship)
Washington of New Bedford (Ship)
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KWM 180, logbook of the 1857-1858 voyage
KWM 181, logbook of the 1858-1860 voyage
KWM 806, logbook of the 1858-1859 voyage
KWM 819, logbook of the 1852-1856 voyage
ODHS 161, logbook of the 1851-1852 voyage
ODHS 447, logbook of the 1849-1852 voyage