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Hartson H. Bodfish, on voyage from April 2, 1902 – November 8, 1902 to the Arctic Ocean
and Herschel Island whaling grounds.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Beluga (Steam bark),
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Bodfish.
Funds for digitization were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau.
Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by Hartson H. Bodfish, on
voyage from April 2, 1902 – Novemebr 8, 1902 to the Arctic Ocean and Herschel Island whaling
grounds; owner-agent: Edwin L. Griffith; built at Bath, Maine, 1882.
Log, kept by Hartson H. Bodfish, relating to a whaling voyage to the Arctic Ocean and
Beaufort and Chukchi seas. It includes description of types of whales, seals, and
walrus seen or taken, death at sea, fire on ship, indigenous people, and shipboard
medicine; and pencil sketches of whales.
Note: the page numbers in this finding aid reflect those found in the physical
logbook, not the PDF.
p. 14; Jun 3 p. 22; Jun 4, 5 & 6 p. 23; Jun 7 & 8 p. 24; Aug 9 p. 46; Aug 11
& 13 p. 47; Aug 14 p. 48; Aug 22 p. 50; Sep 11 p. 57; Sep 14 & 15 p. 58; Sep
16 (caught) & 17 p. 59; Sep 18 & 19 p. 60; Sep 20 & 21 p. 61; Sep 22
& 23 p. 62; Sep 29 (caught) p. 64; Oct 3 & 4 p. 67; Oct 5 (caught) & 6
p. 68; Oct 8 (caught) p. 69; Oct 11 p. 70.
20; Jul 20 (caught) p. 39; Aug 29 p. 53.
May 6 (caught 4) p. 12; May 7 (caught 3) p. 13; Oct 20 p. 74.
“bottle-nosed grampus” May 10, 1902 p. 14; ducks Jun 22 (caught 36) p. 28; duck Jul
12 (caught) p. 36; ducks Jul 19 (caught 24) p. 38; polar bear Aug 31 p. 53; sparrow
Sep 21 p. 61; polar bear Sep 30 (caught) p. 65.
Harbor Apr 25 p. 8; Hall Island May 20 p. 17; Sledge Island May 27 p. 19; St.
Lawrence Island May 29 p. 20; Plover Bay Jun 1 p. 22; Indian Point Jun 2 p. 22;
Diomedes Jun 5 p. 23; Cape Prince of Wales Jun 10 p. 25; East Cape Jun 10 p. 25; St.
Lawrence Bay Jun 20 p. 28; St. George Island Jun 27 p. 31; Cape Cheerful Jun 28 p.
30; Unalaska Jun 29 p. 31; Point Hope Jul 16 p. 37; Cape Beaufort Jul 18 p. 38; Icy
Cape Jul 22 p. 39; Blossom Shoals Jul 24 p. 40; Wainwright Inlet Jul 26 p. 41; Point
Belcher Jul 27 p. 41; Cape Smyth Jul 28 p. 41; Point Barrow Jul 31 p. 42; Flaxman
Island Aug 4 p. 44; Cape Dalhousie Aug 8 p. 45; Cape Bathurst Aug 8 p. 45; Nelson
Head Aug 17 p. 49; Herald Island Oct 13 p. 71.
try to save any items from her. Apr 21 p. 7 A man fell overboard off the jib boom.
Though others threw him a life buoy within 6 feet of him, he drowned. Jul 18 p. 38
Two men got into a fight. One fell on a chain and dislocated his shoulder, but was
able to get it back into place. Aug 24 p. 51 A crewman’s young son died.
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