ODHS 18


Logbook of the Cicero (Bark)
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Machine-readable finding aid created by: Rachel Adler
Funds for this project were provided by the North Pacific Research
Bureau.

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Old Dartmouth Historical
Society
Machine-readable finding aid created by Rachel Adler 7 Aug
2013

Description is in English





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Cicero (Bark)

October 12, 1860 – May 26, 1865



ODHS 18

297 pages

Chadwick, William J., mate. Wrigley, Isaac.


Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by John R.
Stivers, on voyage October 9, 1860 – May 25, 1865 to the Cape Verde, coast of Brazil,
Falkland Island, coast of Chile, Japan Sea, Bering Sea, and Kamchatka Peninsula
whaling grounds.







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Cicero (Bark), ODHS
18




Provenance

Gift of Andrew Snow Jr.



Sponsor

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

Related Manuscript Collections and Logbooks Mss 70: Loum Snow Business Records
KWM 51, logbook of the 1854-1856 voyage
KWM 431A, logbook of the 1865-1869 voyage
KWM 507, logbook of the 1856-1857 voyage
KWM 840, logbook of the 1874-1875 voyage
ODHS 17, logbook of the 1856-1860 voyage
ODHS 678, logbook of the 1879-1881 voyage




Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by John R. Stivers, on voyage October 9, 1860 – May 25, 1865 to the Cape Verde, coast of Brazil, Falkland Island, coast of Chile, Japan Sea, Bering Sea, and Kamchatka Peninsula whaling grounds; owner-agent: Loum Snow & Son; built at Rochester, Mass., 1823.



Logbook Contents

Log, kept by first mate William J. Chadwick and mate Isaac Wrigley, relating to a
whaling voyage to the Sea of Okhotsk and South Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans.
It includes descriptions of whales seen or taken, accidents and death at sea,
passengers taken aboard, indigenous peoples, punishment on ship, rescues, accounts,
crew list, inventories of whale oil and bone, and lists of masters, agents, and
catch.

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

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 23, 1860 (caught 3) p. 14; Feb 23, 1861 p.
30; Mar 21, 1864 p. 229; Mar 31, 1865 p. 288; Apr 3 (caught 2), 4 (caught) & 8
p. 289; Apr 10 (caught) p. 290; May 10 p. 294.

Blue whales (seen): Apr 19, 1863 p. 158; Apr 6, 1864 p. 232.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 9, 1861 p. 51; Aug 8 (caught, 35
barrels) p. 55; Aug 22 (caught) p. 57; Apr 23, 1862 p. 96; Aug 22 (caught), 23
(caught) & 24 p. 114; Sep 1 (caught) p. 115; Sep 16 p. 117; Sep 19 p. 118; May
30, 1863 p. 166; Jul 28, 1864 p. 250; Jul 31 & Aug 3 p. 251; Aug 9 & 12 p.
252; Aug 13, 14, 15 & 17 p. 253; Aug 18, 20 (caught) & 21 p. 254; Aug 25, 26
& 27 p. 255; Sep 2, 3, 5 & 6 p. 257; Sep 12 p. 258.

Finback whales (seen): Jan 1, 1861 p. 21; Feb 20 p. 29; Apr 25,
1862 p. 97; May 3 p. 98; Jan 12, 1863 p. 138; Jan 16 p. 139; Jan 19 p. 140; Jan 28
p. 142; Apr 19 p. 158; Oct 13 p. 196; Jan 7, 1864 p. 214; Feb 6 p. 221; Mar 21 p.
229; Apr 9 p. 233; May 6 p. 238; Aug 30 & Sep 1 p. 256.

Gray whales (seen): Jun 17, 1863 p. 170; Jun 29, 1864 p. 246.

Humpback whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Mar 21, 1862 (caught) p. 91; Feb 20, 1863
(caught) p. 146; Feb 12, 1864 p. 222; Mar 1 p. 223; Apr 9 p. 233.

Killer whales (seen): Sep 1, 1864 p. 256.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 13, 1861 p. 47; Apr 23 & 24, 1862 p.
96; Apr 27 p. 97 May 6 (caught, 50 barrels) p. 98; Aug 12 (caught) & 13 (caught)
p. 112; Aug 15 (caught) & 16 (caught) p. 113; Apr 1, 1863 p. 153; Apr 6 p. 154;
Apr 10 p. 155; Apr 10 & 12, 1864 p. 233; May 4 p. 237; Sep 18 p. 259; Sep 19
& 21 p. 260; Sep 29 & Oct 1 p. 261.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Oct 28, 1860 (dead whale) p. 9; Dec 30 p.
20; Feb 24, 1861 p. 30; Mar 15 (caught, 93 barrels) p. 34; Dec 12 p. 74; Dec 21 p.
76; Feb 20, 1862 p. 86; Dec 30 p. 135; Jan 14, 1864 p. 215.

White whales (seen): Jun 27, 1863 p. 173.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 29, 1861 p. 54; Aug 19 & 20 p.
57; Aug 24 p. 58; Aug 31 p. 59; Sep 7 (caught) & 10 (caught) p. 60; Dec 24, 26
& 27 p. 77; Mar 20, p. 91; Jul 24 p. 110; Aug 21 p. 113; Jan 8, 1863 p. 137; Jan
18 (caught) p. 139; Feb 22 (caught) p. 146; Apr 16 p. 157; Jun 2 p. 167; Jul 10 p.
175; Jul 26 p. 179; Jul 29 (caught) p. 180; Aug 2 (caught) p. 181; Aug 8 (caught) p.
182; Aug 11 p. 183; Aug 14, 15, 16 & 17 p. 184; Aug 18 (caught) & 19 p. 185;
Sep 17 p. 191; Mar 2, 1864 (caught) p. 223; Jun 19 (caught, 150 barrels), 20 &
22 p. 244; Jun 23 & 25 p. 245; Sep 13 (dead whale) p. 259.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): porpoise (caught) Jan 23, 1861 p. 24;
porpoises Jan 16, 1863 p. 139; porpoises Jan 30 p. 142; albacore Jan 30 p. 142;
porpoises Feb 3 p. 143; porpoises Feb 10 p. 144; bone sharks Apr 8 p. 154; grampuses
Jan 27, 1864 p. 219; walruses (caught 14) Jul 11 p. 248.

Places represented: St. Antone Island, Cape Verde Nov 14,
1860 p. 13; Mocha Island, Chile Feb 26, 1861 p. 31; Juan Fernandez Mar 9 p. 31;
Saint Felix Island Mar 12 p. 34; Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Apr 12 p. 39; Jonas Island Jun
11 p. 47; N. East Harbor Jul 2 p. 50; Rocky Point Harbor Jul 6, 1861 p. 51, Jul 12,
1862 p. 108, Jul 7, 1863 p. 175; Striped Bluff Jul 31, 1861 p. 54, Jul 13, 1862 p.
109, Jul 31, 1863 p. 180; Elbow Island Jul 27, 1861 p. 56, Jul 14, 1862 p. 109;
Felixstorf Aug 19, 1861 p. 57, Aug 10, 1862 p. 112, Aug 31, 1863 p. 188; Eagle Point
Sep 6, 1861 p. 59, Aug 29, 1862 p. 114; Maui Oct 29, 1861 p. 68, Nov 9, 1862 p. 127;
Oahu Nov 6, 1861 p. 69; Jarvis Island Dec 3 p. 73; Mc. Keans? Island Dec 14, 1861 p.
75, Jan 4, 1864 p. 213; Hope Island Jan 6, 1862 p. 79,Jan 6, 1863 p. 137; Rotches
Island Jan 7 p. 79; Ocean Island Jan 10, 1862 p. 80, Jan 12, 1863 p. 138, Jan 21,
186 p. 217; New Ireland Island Jan 24, 1862 p. 82; Carolina Island Mar 8 p. 89;
Tinian Island Mar 12 p. 90; Saipan Mar 13, 1861 p. 90, Feb 8, 1864 p. 222; Gregan
Island Mar 28 p. 92; Ladrone Islands Mar 30 p. 92; Bowin Island Apr 4 p. 93; Korea
Straits Apr 20, 1862 p. 96, Apr 4, 1863 p. 153; Hakodate, Japan May 15, 1862 p. 100,
Apr 27, 1863 159; Shanters Bay Jul 28, 1862 p. 111; Mercury Bay Jul 30 p. 111;
Honolulu Nov 15, 1862 p. 128, Nov 13, 1863 p. 204, Oct 22, 1864 p. 265; Phoenix
Island Dec 27 p. 134; Pleasant Island Jan 17, 1863 p. 139; Strongs Island Feb 1 p.
143; Guam Feb 28 p. 147; Agañea Mar 9 p. 148; Bald Bluff Jul 26 p. 179; Ayan
Harbor Sep 30 p. 194; Kamchatka Coast May 9, 1864 p. 238; Cape Navarin Jun 22 p.
244; East Cape Jul 7 p. 247; Diomedes Sep 15 p. 259; Lahaina Oct 20 p. 265;
Rarotonga Dec 19 p. 273; Cape Horn Feb 3, 1865 p. 281; Trinidad Mar 13 p. 285.

Notable events: Jul 21, 1861 p. 53 A man who had run away
from the Cicero was found aboard the Massachusetts. He was returned to the Cicero, and put in irons. Nov 3 p. 68 the carpenter was
discharged for sickness, which came about some time ago when he fell on his head.
Nov 12 p. 70 two deserters were put in irons. Nov 15, 1862 p. 128 the first mate was
discharged for incompetence and neglecting his duties. Dec 28 p. 135 a crew member
died of consmption. Apr 10, 1863 the Cicero encountered
12 Japanese junk ships. Jan 29, 1865 p. 280 a crew member fell overboard but was
rescued by a boat. Mar 18 p. 286 the captain put the boatsteerer in irons to prevent
him from fighting with the second mate. Apr 14 p. 290 the ship’s steward died after
being sick for a few days.

Illustrations: drawing of ships p. 12, 30; land profiles
p. 13, 31, 33-34, 48, 134-135, 137, 139,, 143, 145, 153; drawings of whales p. 9,
14, 20, 30, 34, 55, 57, 60, 74, 76-77, 86, 91, 98, 112-115, 117, 135, 137, 139,
153-155, 156, 180-182, 185, 215, 244, 254; watercolors p. 39, 47.




Subject Entries

Clipper ships.
Commercial agents.
Indigenous peoples.
Marine accidents.
Masts and rigging.
Punishment.
Rescues.
Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Walrus.
Warships–Japan.
Whale oil.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)–Death.
Whales.
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford
Whaling masters.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Bonin Islands (Japan)–Description and travel.
Cape Verde–Description and travel.
Guam–Description and travel.
Honolulu (Hawaii)–Description and travel.
Lahaina (Hawaii)–Description and travel.
Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)–Description and
travel.

Maui (Hawaii)–Description and travel.
Okhotsk, Sea of–Description and travel.
Saipan–Description and travel.
South Atlantic Ocean–Description and travel.
South Pacific Ocean–Description and travel. Stivers, John R. Loum Snow & Son (New Bedford, Mass.)





Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:



Anida of England
(Schooner)

Bengal of England
(Bark)

California of New Bedford
(Ship)

Champion of Edgartown
(Ship)

Daniel Wood of New Bedford
(Ship)

Emily Morgan of New Bedford
(Ship)

Faith of England (Brig)
Florence of Warren
(Bark)

Gratitude of New
Bedford(Bark)

Janus of New Bedford
(Ship)

John Coggeshall of New Bedford
(Ship)

Kohola (Brig)
Louisa of Shelbourn
(Bark)

Margaret of Liverpool
(Ship)

Massachusetts of New Bedford
(Bark)

Milton of New Bedford
(Ship)

Merlin of New Bedford
(Bark)

Mount Wollaston of New Bedford
(Ship)

Ontario II of New
Bedford(Bark)

Richmond of Honolulu
(Bark)

Rose Pool of Edgartown
(Bark)

Strelsand of Prussia
(Ship)

Washington of New Bedford
(Bark)

William and Henry of Fairhaven
(Ship)

William C. Nye San Francisco
(Bark)



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