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In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by Hartson Hartlett Bodfish, on voyage from March 1, 1905 - November 3, 1905; owner-agent: William Lewis & Son; built at Bath, Maine in 1886.
Log, kept by Hartson Hartlett Bodfish, relating to a whaling voyage to the Arctic Ocean. It includes description of whales, seals, and walrus seen or taken, fire on ship; and pen and ink drawings of whales.
Note: the page numbers in this finding aid reflect those found in the physical logbook, not the PDF.
Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Apr 19 & 20 (caught), 1905 p. 8; Apr 21 (caught) & 22 p. 9; Apr 23 p. 10; Apr 25 (dead whale) p. 11; May 10 p. 17; May 19 & 20 p. 21; May 22 p. 22; May 28 (caught) p. 24; Jun 3 p. 28; Jun 5 & 6 (caught) p. 29; Jun 10 p. 31; Sep 7 & 8 p. 72; Sep 10 p. 73; Sep 11 & 12 (caught) p. 74; Sep 14 & 15 p. 75; Sep 17 p. 76; Sep 18 (caught) p. 77; Sep 22 (caught) & 23 (caught) p. 79; Sep 24 (caught) & 25 (caught) p. 80; Sep 26 (caught) & 27 p. 81; Sep 28 (caught) & 29 (caught) p. 82; Sep 30 (caught) p. 83; Oct 1 & 2 p. 84; Oct 3 (caught) p. 85.
Finback whales (seen): Jun 11, 1905 p. 32.
Gray whales (seen): May 7, 1905 p. 16; May 24 p. 23; Jun 7 p. 30; Jun 11 p. 32; Jun 23 p. 36; Jun 26 p. 37.
Killer whales (seen): Jun 15, 1905 p. 33.
White whales (seen): Sep 10, 1905 p. 73.
Seals (seen unless otherwise noted): Apr 26, 1905 p. 11; Apr 27 (caught 6) & 28 (caught) p. 12; May 2 (caught) p. 14; Aug 9 p. 59; Aug 20 p. 64; Aug 21 (caught) p. 65; Aug 26 (caught 2) p. 67.
Walruses (seen unless otherwise noted): May 5, 1905 (caught) p. 15; Jun 4 (caught) p. 28; Aug 30 (caught 4) p. 69; Sep 10 p. 73.
Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): ducks May 8, 1905 p. 17; ducks Jun 9 (caught 40) p. 31; ducks Jun 17 (caught 21) & 18 (caught 23) p. 34; grouse Jun 17 (caught 2) p. 34; plover Jun 21 (caught) p. 34; ducks Jul 29 (caught 7) p. 53; ducks Jul 30 (caught 4) p. 54; ducks Aug 18 p. 63; polar bear Aug 20 (caught) p. 64; polar bear Aug 21 (caught) p. 65; deer Aug 29 (caught 2) p. 68; polar bear Sep 3 (caught) p. 70.
Places represented: Dutch Harbor Apr 14, 1905 p. 6; St. Lawrence Island Apr 18 p. 7; Halls Island Apr 29 p. 13; Plover Bay May 17 p. 20; Marcus Bay May 18 p. 21; Indian Point May 19 p. 21; St. Lawrence Bay May 25 p. 23; Diomedes May 29 p. 25; East Cape May 29 p. 25; Cape Serdz Jun 22 p. 36; Kings Island Jun 26 p. 37; Cape Prince of Wales Jul 20 p. 49; Cape Lisburne Jul 24 p. 51; Blossom Shoals Jul 25 p. 51; Wainwright Inlet Jul 26 p. 52; Cape Smyth Jul 26 p. 52; Harrison Bay Jul 28 p. 53; Thetis Island Jul 29 p. 53; Belcher Point Jul 29 p. 53; Cross Island Jul 31 p. 54; Barter Island Aug 1 p. 55; Herschel Island Aug 3 p. 56; Pullen Island Aug 5 p. 57; Baillic Island Aug 6 p. 57; Lady Franklin Bay Aug 8 p. 58; Cape Perry Aug 9 p. 59; Liverpool Bay Aug 10 p. 59; Cape Brown Aug 10 p. 59; Sabine Point Aug 13 p. 61; Cape Halkett Aug 20 p. 64; Point Barrow Aug 23 p. 66; Sea Horse Island Aug 29 p. 68; Herald Shoals Sep 21 p. 78; Herald Island Sep 25 p. 80; Akutan Island Oct 11 p. 89.
Notable events: Apr 20, 1905 p. 8 A fire was discovered in the forecastle, but the crew was able to put it out with a hose. Jun 7 p. 30 Two men were fighting. One cut the other 8 times with a knife, and the man who got cut had to get his wounds stitched.
Illustrations: drawings of whale heads/tails p. 8-9, 11, 24, 29, 72, 74, 76-77, 79-83, 85.
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the William Baylies (Steam bark), ODHS 955
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Related Manuscript Collections
Mss 17: Hartson Hartlett Bodfish Papers
KWM 40B, logbook of the 1906 voyage
ODHS 205, logbook of the 1901 voyage
ODHS 225, logbook of the 1894-1895 voyage
ODHS 229, logbook of the 1900 voyage
ODHS 230, logbook of the 1899 voyage
ODHS 231, logbook of the 1896 voyage
ODHS 236, logbook of the 1892-1893 voyage
ODHS 651, logbook of the 1886-1887 voyage
ODHS 956A, logbook of the 1906 voyage
ODHS 956B, logbook of the 1907 voyage
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Bodfish.
Funds for digitization were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau.
Arctic Ocean--Description and travel.
Dutch Harbor (Alaska)--Description and travel.
Nome (Alaska)--Description and travel.
Point Barrow (Alaska)--Description and travel.
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)--Description and travel.
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