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

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Logbook of the Splendid (Ship)

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Splendid (Ship)
Date Span:
August 11, 1862 - April 10, 1867
Mss Number:
ODHS 993
Extent:
322 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of Edgartown, Massachusetts, mastered by James B. Huxford, on voyage from August 11, 1862 - April 11, 1867 to the Western, River Platte, 30/44, coast of Africa, Tuamatos, On the Line, Northwest coast, off Guam, Anadyr Sea, Coast of California, near French Rock, and Coast of Chile 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 Edgartown, Massachusetts, mastered by James B. Huxford, on voyage from August 11, 1862 - April 11, 1867 to the Western, River Platte, 30/44, coast of Africa, Tuamatos, On the Line, Northwest coast, off Guam, Anadyr Sea, Coast of California, near French Rock, and Coast of Chile whaling grounds; owner-agent: Abraham Osborn; built at Mattapoisett Mass., 1835.

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Logbook Contents

Log, keeper unknown, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. It includes description of whales and walrus seen and taken, death at sea, indigenous people, the making of yarn, piracy, punishment on ship, and shipboard medicine; and whale stamps and profile views.

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

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 13, 1862 (caught 2) p. 1; Jun 22, 1863 p. 64; Oct 29, 1864 p. 157; Feb 23, 1865 p. 181; Mar 7, 1866 (caught 2) p. 249; Mar 21, 1867 p. 319; Mar 27 p. 320.

Blue whales: Dec 2, 1865 (dead whale) p. 235.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 14, 1864 p. 139; Jul 19 p. 140; Jul 24 p. 141; May 20, 1865 p. 198; May 25 p. 199; May 26, 27 & 29 p. 200; May 30, 31, Jun 1, 3 & 4 p. 201; Jun 5 p. 202; Jun 13 p. 203; Jun 14 p. 204; July 29 p. 213; Aug 18 p. 216; Jun 4, 5 & 6, 1866 p. 264; Jun 8, 9, 10 & 11 p. 265; Jun 15 (caught) & 16 p. 266; Jun 18 (caught 2), 19, 20, 21 & 22 p. 267; Jun 24 & 26 (caught) p. 268; Jul 31 & Aug 1 p. 273; Aug 2 (caught) & 6 p. 274; Aug 8 (dead whale) p. 275; Aug 17 & 18 p. 276; Aug 23 (caught), 24 & 25 p. 277; Aug 29 (caught) & 31 p. 278; Sep 1, 4 & 6 p. 279; Sep 13, 16 & 17 (caught) p. 281; Sep 18 (caught), 20 (caught 2) & 22 (caught) p. 282.

Finback whales (seen): May 31, 1864 p. 131; Jun 3 & 5 p. 132; Jun 8, 9 & 10 p. 133; Aug 1 p. 142; Aug 13 p. 144; Aug 16 p. 145; Aug 25 p. 146; Jul 2, 1865 p. 207; Jul 3 p. 208; Aug 29 p. 218; Nov 22, 1866 p. 294; Dec 21 & 22 p. 302; Jan 6, 1867 p. 305.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 2, 1864 p. 132; Jul 13, 14 & 17 p. 139; Jul 18 & 20 p. 140; Jul 25 & 28 (dead whale) p. 141; Aug 24 p. 146; May 3, 1865 p. 195; Jul 17 p. 210; Aug 27 & 29 p. 218; Sep 8 p. 220; Dec 26 (caught) p. 239.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 24, 1862 p. 22; Jun 20, 1863 p. 65; Mar 9, 1865 p. 184; Jul 2 p. 207; Feb 13, 1866 p. 245; Feb 21 (caught) p. 247.

Killer whales (seen): Jan 17, 1865 p. 173.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Dec 3, 1862 p. 24; Jun 5, 1864 p. 132; Jun 7 p. 133; Jun 14 p. 134; Jun 27 (caught) & 29 p. 136; Sep 24, 1865 p. 223; Jan 9, 1866 p. 241; Feb 1 p. 244.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 22 & 23 (caught), 1862 p. 3; Aug 25 (caught) & 27 (caught) p. 4; Sep 9 (caught) & 10 p. 7; Jan 6 & 7 (caught, 80 barrels), 1863 p. 31; Feb 17 (caught 2, 20 barrels each) p. 39; Feb 20 (caught 2) p. 40; Feb 28 (caught, 30 barrels) p. 41; Apr 12 p. 50; Jun 26 (caught, 25 barrels) p. 65; Mar 27, 1864 p. 118; Feb 11 (caught 4) & 12, 1865 p. 178; Feb 13 p. 179.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Aug 31 & Sep 1, 1865 p. 219; Dec 24 p. 239; Dec 31, 1865, Jan 2, 3 (caught) & 4, 1866 p. 240; Jan 15, 16, 17, 18 (caught) & 19 p. 242; Jan 22 (caught), 26 & 28 p. 243; Jan 31 & Feb 5 p. 244; Feb 7 (caught), 8, 10 & 12 p. 245; Feb 14 & 18 (caught) p. 246; Jan 15, 1867 p. 307.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): walruses Jul 21 & 22, 1864 p. 140; Jul 23 & 25 p. 141; seals Aug 3 p. 142; grampus (dead) Aug 18 p. 145; porpoise (caught) Dec 22 p. 168; grampuses Jan 3, 1865 p. 170; walruses Mar 10 p. 184; walrus (caught) May 2 p. 195; walrus (caught) May 24 p. 199; grampuses Jun 11 p. 203; walruses Jul 20 p. 211.

Places represented: Maio Oct 7, 1862 p. 12; Brava Oct 9 p. 13; St. Catherine Nov 12 p. 20; St. Helena Jul 10, 1863 p. 67; Seguam Island Jul 2, 1864 p. 137; Plover Bay Jul 12, 1864 p. 138, Jul 22, 1866 p. 272; Indian Point and St. Lawrence Bay Jul 15, 1864 p. 139, Sep 8, 1865 p. 220; Cape Bering Jul 19, 1864 p. 140; Cape Lisburne Jul 24 p. 141; Cape East Jul 27, 1864 p. 141, Sep 8, 1865 p. 220, Sep 25, 1866 p. 283; Hawaii Sep 28, 1864 p. 152, Mar 16, 1866 p. 250; Oahu Sep 30, 1864 p. 152; Honolulu Sep 30, 1864 p. 152, Oct 25, 1865 p. 230, Mar 23, 1866 p. 252, Oct 28 p. 289; Suwarrow Island Nov 9, 1864 p. 159; Sunday Island Dec 3 p. 165; French Rock Dec 11 p. 166; New Zealand Dec 26 p. 169; Guam Mar 5, 1865 p. 183; Bering Island May 4 p. 195 Cape Thaddeus Jun 10 p. 203; St. Matthew Island Jun 28 p. 207; St. Lawrence Island Jul 12 p. 209; Diomedes Sep 8, 1865 p. 220, Sep 26, 1866 p. 283; Jonas Isalnd Sep 13, 1865 p. 221, Sep 28, 1866 p. 284; Cape Aleutian May 11, 1866 p. 260; Bering Sea Jun 18 p. 267; Rarotonga Dec 13 p. 300.

Notable events: Sep 17, 1862 p. 7 the bark Osceola reported that a pirate ship (the Shenandoah)off the island had burnt 9 ships in the last 10 days. Jun 24, 1865 p. 206 the crew of the Splendid heard that the Shenandoah burned the Okhotsk fleet of whalers and several ships near them. The pirate ship came close to the Splendid but did not attack. Sep 8 p. 220 a crew member who was a native Hawaiian died and was buried at sea. Oct 24 p. 229 another crew member died and was buried. Jan 28, 1866 p. 243 one of the boatsteers was demoted for missing too many whales. Apr 27 p. 257 another crew member died and was buried at sea the next day.

Illustrations: whale stamps p. 3-4, 7, 31, 39-41, 65, 235, 239-240, 242-247, 249, 265-268, 274-275, 277-278, 281-282; land profiles p. 13, 238, 272; drawings of whale tails p. 118, 121.

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Information for Researchers

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Splendid (Ship), ODHS 993

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

KWM 187, logbook of the 1854-1858 voyage
KWM 1008, logbook of the 1848-1851 voyage
ODHS 448B, logbook of the 1866-1867 voyage
ODHS 469, logbook of the 1849-1850 voyage

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Laurance B. Rand.

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.
Baja California (Mexico: Peninsula)--Description and travel.
Blue whale.
Bowhead whale.
Finback whale.
Globicephala.
Gray whale.
Guam--Description and travel.
Honolulu (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Humpback whale.
Huxford, James B.
Indigenous people.
Killer whale.
Koloa (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Lahaina (Hawaii)--Description and travel.
Maio Island (Cape Verde)--Description and travel.
Medicine, Naval.
Norfolk Island--Description and travel.
Osborn, Abraham b. ca. 1799.
Pacific Ocean--Description and travel.
Pohnpei Island (Micronesia)--Description and travel.
Punishment.
Rarotonga (Cook Islands)--Description and travel.
Right whales.
Santa Catarina Island (Brazil)--Description and travel.
Seafaring life.
Sperm whale.
Voyages and travels.
Walrus.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)--Death.
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Massachusetts--Edgartown.

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Addison of New Bedford (Bark)
Alert of New London (Bark)
Almira of Edgartown (Ship)
America of Holmes' Hole (Bark)
Benjamin Tucker of New Bedford (Bark)
California of New Bedford (Ship)
Camilla of New Bedford (Bark)
Cape Horn Pigeon of Dartmouth (Ship)
Congress of New Bedford (Ship)
Corinthian of New Bedford (Ship)
Covington of Warren (Bark)
Eliza (Schooner)
Emma C. Jones of New Bedford (Ship)
Europa of New Bedford (Ship)
Falcon of New Bedford (Bark)
Florida of New Bedford (Ship)
General Scott of Fairhaven (Ship)
George Howland of New Bedford (Ship)
Gratitude of New Bedford (Bark)
Greyhound of Westport (Bark)
Gypsy of New Bedford (Bark)
Hae Hawaii (unknown)
Henry Edwards of Auckland, New Zealand (Brig)
Hillman of New Bedford (Ship)
Islander of Nantucket (Ship)
James Maury of New Bedford (Ship)
John Dawson of New Bedford (Bark)
Julian of New Bedford (Ship)
Merlin of New Bedford (Bark)
Morning Star of New Bedford (Bark)
Oliver Crocker of New Bedford (Bark)
Oriole of New Bedford (Bark)
Osceola of New Bedford (Bark)
Pern of New London (Bark)
Richmond II of New Bedford (Bark)
Smyrna of New Bedford (Bark)
Sophia Thornton of New Bedford (Ship)
Thomas Winslow of New Bedford (Bark)
Triton of New Bedford (Bark)
Victoria of San Francisco (Brig)
Vineyard of Edgartown (Ship)
Waverly of New Bedford (Bark)
William and Henry of Fairhaven (Ship)

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