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

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Logbook of the Stephania (Ship)

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Title:
Stephania (Ship)
Date Span:
September 15, 1847 - October 22, 1850
Creator:
Braley, Jason L.
Identification:
KWM 130A
Extent:
221 pages
Abstract:
Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by Warren N. Bourne, on voyage from September 15, 1847 - October 22, 1850.
Repository:
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 Stephania (Ship), KWM 130A

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Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by Warren N. Bourne, on voyage from September 15, 1847 - October 22, 1850; owner-agent: Jonathan Bourne Jr., built at New York, N.Y., 1819.

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Logbook Contents

Log, kept by Jason L. Braley, relating to a whaling voyage to the Indian Ocean. It includes whale stamps, verse, list of whales seen or taken, and ships spoken to.

Logbook also contains log (130B) of bark Louisa voyage (1851-1853).

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Sep 29 (caught) & 30, 1847 p. 7; Jan 19, 1848 p. 30; Mar 1 (caught 4) p. 40; Mar 4 (caught 4) p. 41; Apr 1 p. 46; May 3 p. 53; Sep 12 (caught 3) p. 80; Sep 22 p. 83; Oct 28 (caught) p. 91; Apr 5, 1849 (caught 5) p. 128; Apr 26 & 28 (caught 2) p. 132; Nov 22 (caught 2) p. 162; Feb 11, 1850 (caught 3) p. 176; Mar 17 (caught 1) p. 182; Apr 28 p. 190; Jul 21 (caught) p. 206; Sep 19 p. 215.

Blue whales (seen): Feb 23 & 24, 1849 p. 119; Feb 13, 1850 p. 177; Mar 4 p. 180; Mar 10 p. 181; Jun 16 p. 198; Jul 18 p. 205.

Finback whales (seen): Oct 21, 1847 p. 12; Nov 26, 27, 28 & 29 p. 19; Dec 4 & 5 p. 20; Dec 6, 8 & 10 p. 21; Dec 14 p. 22; Jan 10, 1848 p. 28; Apr 10 p. 49; Apr 27 & 28 p. 52; May 2 p. 53; May 6 p. 54; May 22 p. 57; Jun 9 p. 61; Jun 15 p. 62; Jun 24, 25 & 26 p. 64; Jul 8 p. 67; Sep 21 p. 82; Sep 22 p. 83; Oct 1, 3 & 4 p. 85; Oct 13, 14 & 15 p. 87; Oct 22 p. 89; Oct 24 p. 90; Nov 15, 16 & 17 p. 95; Nov 23 p. 97; Nov 26& 27 p. 98; Dec 11 p. 101; Dec 15 & 16 p. 102; Dec 18 p. 103; Jan 13, 1849 p. 110; Jan 23 p. 112; Feb 3 p. 114; Feb 22 & 24 p. 119; May 23 p. 136; Jul 17 p. 146; Dec 26 p. 168; Jan 1, 1850 p. 169; Jan 6 p. 170; Jan 8, 11, 12, 13 & 14 p. 171; Jan 15 p. 172; Jan 27 p. 174; Jan 31 & Feb 5 p. 175; Feb 9 p. 176; Feb 18 & 20 p. 178.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Dec 16, 1847 p. 22; Jan 15 & 16, 1848 p. 29; Jul 6 p. 66; Sep 1 p. 78; Pct 1 p. 85; Nov 17 p. 95; Jul 17, 1849 p. 146; Jul 21 p. 147; Jul 31 (caught), Aug 1 & 2 p. 148; Aug 6, 7 & 13 p. 149; Aug 14, 15 & 22 (caught) p. 150; Sep 13 & 14 p. 153; Nov 14 p. 162; Jun 17, 1850 p. 198; Jun 18 (caught), 19, 20, 21 & 22 p. 199; Jun 30 (caught) p. 201; Jul 1, 2, 3 & 5 p. 202; Jul 7, (caught) 8, & 9 (dead whale) p. 203; Jul 12, 13 & 14 p. 204; Aug 3, 5 & 6 p. 208; Aug 7, 8, 9, 10 (caught), 11, 12 & 13 p. 209; Aug 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 p. 210; Aug 25 (caught 2), 26 & 27 p. 211.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jan 13 (caught), 14, 15 (caught) & 16, 1849 p. 110; Feb 11 (caught) & 12 p. 116; Feb 27 (caught) & Mar 1 p. 120; Mar 3 (caught), 6 & 7 p. 121; Mar 8 & 10 (caught) p. 122; Mar 18 (caught) p. 124; Sep 1 p. 152; Sep 23 p. 154; Oct 14 (caught 2) & 15 (caught) p. 157; Oct 26 (caught) p. 159; Jan 15 (caught) & 16 (caught), 1850 p. 172; Mar 3 p. 180.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Sep 30, 1847 p. 7; Dec 21 p. 23; Feb 22, 1848 p. 38; Apr 28 (caught 2, 12 barrels each) & 29 p. 52; May 16 & 18 p. 56; Jun 2 p. 59; Jun 4 (caught) & 7 p. 60; Jun 15 & 17 p. 62; Jun 28 (caught) p. 64; Nov 14 p. 95; Dec 9 p. 101; May 21 (caught) & 22, 1849 p. 136; Jun 29 p. 143; Jul 4 & 8 p. 144.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 26, 27 & 29, 1847 p. 19; Dec 12, 13, 14 & 15 p. 22; Dec 18 p. 23; Jun 3, 1848 p. 60; Nov 16 p. 95; Nov 18 & 19 p. 96; Dec 13, 14, 15 & 16 p. 102; Dec 17 & 18 p. 103; Jan 3, 1849 p. 107; Jan 5 & 6 p. 108; Jan 9, 10 & 12 p. 109;Jan 18 & 20 (dead whale) p. 111; Jan 22 p. 112; Jan 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29 p. 113; Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 2 & 3 p. 114; Feb 4, 5, 7 & 8 p. 115;Feb 13 p. 117; Feb 21 p. 118; Mar 16 p. 123; Sep 21 p. 154; Oct 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9 p. 156; Oct 10, 11, 12 & 13 p. 157; Nov 3 p. 160; Jan 6 & 7, 1850 p. 170; Jan 20, 22 & 24 p. 173; Jan 27, 28 & 30 p. 174; Feb 5 p. 175.

Porpoises (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 2, 1847 (caught) p. 14; Dec 6 (caught) p. 21; Jan 1, 1848 (caught) p. 26; Jul 17 p. 68; Jul 18 (caught) p. 69; Oct 1 p. 85; Nov 20 (caught) p. 96; Dec 3 p. 99; Jan 31, 1849 (caught 2) p. 114; Apr 22 (caught) p. 131; Jan 5 (caught) & 6, 1850 p. 170.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): grampuses Mar 17, 1848 p. 43; sunfish Dec 6 p. 100; grampuses Jul 11, 1849 p. 145; kangaroos (caught 2) Aug 5 p. 149.

Places represented: Fogo and Brava, Cape Verde Oct 17, 1854 p. 11; Martin Vas Rocks Nov 17 p. 17; Tristan da Cunha Dec 6 p. 21; Island of Desolation Jan 12, 1848 p. 28; Madagascar Feb 3 p. 34, Sep 3 p. 78; St. Pauls Amsterdam Island Mar 7, 1848 p. 41, Apr 8, 1849 p. 128; New Holland Mar 23, 1848 p. 45; Leschenault Mar 25 p. 45; Java Jul 19 p. 69; New Bay Jul 21 p. 69; Strait of Sunda Aug 2 p. 71; Prince William's Island Aug 4 p. 72; Christmas Island Aug 6 p. 72; Bourbon Island Aug 24 p. 76; Crozete Islands Mar 18, 1849 p. 126; King George's Island May 7 p. 134, Jul 24 p. 147; Doubtful Island Bay Jul 26 p. 147, Oct 31 p. 159; swans (caught 8) Sep 19 p. 154; kangaroo (caught) Sep 19 p. 154; kangaroo (caught) Sep 27 p. 155; Hog Island Feb 9, 1850 p. 176; Coast of Africa Jun 16 p. 198; Walwich Bay Jul 15 p. 205; Amahona Island Aug 3 p. 206.

Notable events: Nov 14, 1847 p. 16 the ship caught fire but was quickly put out by buckets of water. Mar 24, 1849 p. 125 some of the men refused to eat pork. Jun 27, 1850 p. 200 amany of the men grumbled about the quality of the food and were put to work splitting fish as punishment. Sep 13 p. 214 one of the crewmen died of a fever.

Illustrations: whale stamps p. 1, 7, 14, 19-20, 22-23, 30, 38, 40-41, 46, 52-53, 56, 59-60, 62, 64, 68-69, 80, 83, 91-92, 95-96, 101-103, 107-118, 120-124, 128, 143-144, 148, 150, 152, 154, 156-157, 159, 163, 169-170, 172-176, 180, 182, 199, 201-204, 206, 208-209, 211, 215; boat stamps p. 1, 11, 23, 25, 29, 46, 50-53, 55-56, 58-63, 78, 91, 93, 97, 107, 109-110, 118, 120-121, 129, 138, 140-141, 171; drawing of ship p. 2.

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Administrative Information

Sponsor

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

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Subject Entries

Bourne, Jonathan, 1811-1889.
Bourne, Warren N.
Indian Ocean--Description and travel.
Seafaring life.
Ships--Fires and fire prevention.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling masters.
Whaling--Massachusett--New Bedford

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Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Alice of Greenport (Bark)
Ann Smith of Aberdeen (Bark)
Badger of Lynn (Ship)
Brunswick of New Bedford (Ship)
Cadmus of Sag Harbor (Bark)
Canton of New Bedford (Ship)
Charleston Packet of New Bedford (Bark)
Congress of New Bedford (Ship)
Corinthian of New London (Ship)
D.C. Smith of Provincetown (Schooner)
Draco of New Bedford (Bark)
Drydi of Hobarttown (Brig)
Endeavor of New Bedford (Bark)
Enterprise of New Bedford (Ship)
Franklin of Sag Harbor (Bark)
French bark, name unknown
Gold Hunter of Fall River (Ship)
Harvest of New Bedford (Bark)
Henry of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Hibernia of New Bedford (Ship)
Inga of New Bedford (Brig)
Iris of New Bedford (Ship)
Isabella of Sag Harbor (Ship)
Julius Caesar of New London (Ship)
Kingston of England (Bark)
Lancaster of New Bedford (Ship)
Land Cakes of Liverpool (Merchant Ship)
Leander of Mystic (Bark)
Mary of New Bedford (Ship)
Nimrod of Sag Harbor (Bark)
Oriental of New York (Brig)
Orinoko of Greenport (Bark)
Pearl of London (Ship)
Philip I of Greenport (Bark)
South Carolina of New Bedford (Ship)
Superior of New London (Bark)
Susan of New Bedford (Ship)
United States (Bark)
Young Phoenix of New Bedford (Ship)

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Related Materials

Related Logbooks and Manuscript Collections

ODHS 405, logbook of the 1841-1844 voyage
ODHS 406, logbook of the 1844-1847 voyage
ODHS 1049B, logbook of the 1854-1855 voyage
Mss 18, Jonathan Bourne Jr. Business Records

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