ODHS 994

Logbook of the Frances

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
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Funds for this project were provided by the North Pacific Research

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Frances (Ship)

September 2, 1850 – December 24, 1852

ODHS 994

112 pages

Shattuck, Orson, F.

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by William
Swain, Jr. on voyage from September 4, 1850 – December 24, 1852 to the San Antonio,
Tuamatos, Coast of Kamchatka, Briston Bay, Arctic Ocean, Japan, Anadyr Sea, and
On the Line whaling grounds.

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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Frances, ODHS 994


Gift of Robert C. Shattuck.


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

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KWM 91, logbook of the 1843-1847 voyage
KWM 602, logbook of the 1843-1845 voyage
KWM 831, logbook of the 1836-1839 voyage
ODHS 1188B, logbook of the 1840-1845 voyage

Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by William Swain, Jr. on voyage
from September 4, 1850 – December 24, 1852 to the San Antonio, Tuamatos, Coast of Kamchatka,
Briston Bay, Arctic Ocean, Japan, Anadyr Sea, and On the Line whaling grounds;
owner-agent: Henry Taber & Co.; built at Mattapoisett, Mass., 1826.

Logbook Contents

Log, kept by Orson F. Shattuck, relating to a whaling voyage to the South Atlantic,
Pacific, and Arctic oceans and Okhotsk Sea. It includes descriptions of whales and
walruses seen or taken, accidents and death at sea, cruelty and punishment on ship,
fire on ship, indigenous people, shipboard medicine, shipwreck, and women on

Blackfish (seen): Oct 17, 1850 p. 6; Nov 1 p. 14.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 15, 1851
(caught) p. 42; Jun 5 (caught) p. 45; Aug 13 p. 54; Aug 14 p. 55; May 4, 1852 p. 89;
May 6 p. 90; Jun 9 p. 92; Jun 12 p. 93; Aug 3 p. 101; Aug 25 p. 103.

Finback whales (seen): Nov 20, 1850 p. 17; Apr 5, 1851 p.
38; Apr 22 p. 40; Jun 2 p. 45; Apr 22, 1852 p. 86.

Gray whales [California whales] (seen): Jun 6 [“Devil
Whale”] p. 45; Jun 25 & 27 p. 48.

Humpback whales(seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 26, 1851
p. 48; May 11, 1852 (lost) p. 90.

Killer whales: Oct 7, 1850 (seen) p. 4.

Right whales: Nov 22, 1850 (seen) p. 17; Apr 28, 1851
(seen) p. 40; Jun 24, 1852 (caught) p. 95.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted: Dec 5 & 6
(caught, 125 barrels), 1850 p. 19; Feb 2, 1851 p. 27; Mar 14 (caught); Dec 25 p. 70;
Jan 11, 1852 p. 74.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Nov 26,
1850 (caught) p. 18; Dec 2 p. 19; May 2, 1851 p. 41; May 6 & 10 p. 42; May 11,
14, 18 (caught), 22 & 23 (caught) p. 43; Jun 1 (dead whale) & 8 (dead whale)
p. 45; Jun 13 (caught 2, 210 barrrels total), 15 & 18 p. 46; Jun 20 p. 47; Jul 3
(lost) p. 48; Aug 15 p. 55; Aug 18, 19, 20, 22, 24 (caught), 25, 26 & 27 p. 56;
Aug 28 (caught), 29, 30, Sep 3 (caught) & 5 (caught) p. 57; Sep 7 (caught) p.
58; Sep 12 & 15 p. 59; May 2, 1852 p. 89; Jun 13, 15 & 16 p. 93; Jun 19, 20,
21 (caught) & 23 (caught) p. 94; Jun 28 (lost), 30 (caught) & Jul 1 (lost)
p. 95; Jul 4 (lost), 5 (dead whale) p. 96; Jul 14 (caught) & 17 (caught) p. 99;
Jul 28 p. 100; Jul 30, 31 (caught) & Aug 1 (dead whale) p. 101; Aug 5 (caught)
& 7, p. 102; Aug 22 & 26 p. 103; Sep 7 (dead whale) p. 104.

Porpoises: Oct 16, 1850 (caught) p. 6.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): sharks Nov
1, 1850 p. 14; albatross Nov 18 p. 17; albatrosses Nov 23 p. 18; seals &
walruses Jul 1, 1851 p. 48; walrus (caught) Jul 12 p. 49; walruses Aug 3 p. 52;
sharks Jan 1, 1852 p. 71; walrus May 5 p. 8.

Places represented: Flores & “Habo” (Azores) Sep 27,
1850 p. 3; Fayal & Pico (Azores) Sep 28 p. 3; St. Jacques (Cape Verde) Oct 15 p.
5; Part Pray (Cape Verde) Oct 18 p. 6; Island of ?rustine Oct 21 p. 17; Amsterdam
Island Jan 1, 1851 p. 23; New Zealand Jan 7 p. 24; Three Kings Island Feb 3 p. 28;
Indian Ocean p. 29-33; Maujiers (Society Islands) Mar 18 p. 36; St. Lawrence Island
Jun 21 p. 47; Cape Elizabeth Sep 18 p. 59; Cape East Sep 23 p. 60; Oahu Nov 3-Dec 11
p. 67-69; Byron’s Island (King Mills) Jan 4, 1852 p. 71; S.W. Pacific p. 71; Hope
Island Jan 5 p. 72; Drummond’s Island Jan 7 p. 74; Ocean Island Jan 12 p. 74;
Pleasant Island Jan 16 p. 75; Ladrone Islands Jan 28 p. 76; Hong Kong Mar 4-6 p.
80-81; Bering Island Apr 28 p. 87; Kamchatka Peninsula May 5 p. 89; Cape St.
Thaddeus Jun 12 p. 93; King’s Island Jul 27, p. 100; Diomede Islands Jul 30 p. 101;
Northern shore of America Sep 6 p. 104; Northeast coast of Asia Sep 14 p. 105;
Oweroa (Mangea) Dec 24 p. 109.

Notable events: Sep 24-26, 1850 p. 3 Shattuck had a sore
hand which prevented him from working. The captain had a man lance it, which did not
do any good. Sep 28 p. 3 Shattuck broke his hand. Oct 15 p. 6 three men went missing
while the ship was docked, and the captain offered a reward for them. Oct 18 p. 7
the three men were found and brought back aboard. Oct 24 p. 9-10 a fistfight broke
out between the first mate and another crew member. The crew member was punished
with flogging. Nov 1 p. 14 while in pursuit of a blackfish, a man fell overboard. He
was able to get back in right before two sharks came along. Nov 11 p. 15 a man who
had been sick with a fever for several days succumbed to his illness and died. Feb
1, 1851 p. 27 the first mate struck a black crew member three or four times. Feb 9
p. 30 native people came on board to visit the crew. Jul 24 about 70-80 native
people came on board to visit. Aug 1 p. 52 the Armada
of New London had trouble with the native people, which resulted in the death of 15
native people and 2 crew members, and the wounding of several more crew members. Oct
17 p. 64-5 an accident befell a crew member, causing him to drown. Nov 5 p. 67 the
captain decided to send the oil home on other ships. Nov 10 p. 68 the ship caught
fire the previous night. It was quickly discovered and put out before much damge was
done. Dec 8 p. 69 two men from the Arab were stowed
away on the Frances and were found by the police. Jan
4, 1852 p. 71 about 50 native people came aboard the ship to barter with the crew.
May 4 p. 89 lowered for a bowhead whale, which got away because the [first?] mate
was too intoxicated to catch it. Sep 23 p. 106 a crewman died at sea due to an
accident. Dec 24 p. 109 the ship got damaged while it was trying to dock at

Subject Entries

Finback whale.
Gray whale.
Humpback whale.
Indigenous peoples/
Killer whale.
Marine accidents.
Medicine, Naval.
Right whales.
Seafaring life.
Ships–Fires and fire prevention.
Sperm whale.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)–Death.
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford.
Whaling masters.
Women and the sea.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Banaba (Kiribati)–Description and travel.
Faial Island (Azores)–Description and travel.
Hong Kong–Description and travel.
Oahu (Hawaii)–Description and travel.
Okhotsk, Sea of–Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean–Description and travel.
Praia (Cape Verde)–Description and travel.
South Atlantic Ocean–Description and travel. Swain, William, Jr. Henry Taber & Company (New Bedford, Mass.)

Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Abraham Barker of New Bedford

Alexander Barclay of Bremen,
Germany (Ship)

Alexander Coffin of New Bedford

Arab of Fairhaven

Benjamin Tucker of New Bedford

Brighton of New Bedford (Ship)
Candace of New London

Canton Packet of New Bedford

Catharine of New London

Challenge (Clipper

Charles Phelps of Stonington

Cherokee of New Bedford

Citizen of Nantucket

Columbus of Fairhaven

Commodore Preble of Lynn

Covington of Warren,
RI (Bark)

Elizabeth of New Bedford

Eugene (Bark)
Fellowes of Stonington

Franklin of New Bedford

Gen. Pike of New Bedford

George Washington of Wareham

Globe of New Bedford

Good Return of New Bedford

Gratitude of New
Bedford (Ship)

Hannibal of New London (Ship)
Harvest of New Bedford

Herald of New Bedford

Hibernia of New Bedford

Huntress of New Bedford

James of New Bedford

James Edwards of New Bedford

James Maury of New Bedford

Janus of New Bedford

Latour De Pinn

Logan of New Bedford

Liverpool of New Bedford

Lydia of Fairhaven

Marcia of New Bedford

Marcus of Fairhaven

Martha of New Bedford

Mary of England (Bark)
Mary Ann of Fairhaven

Mary Frasier of New Bedford

Metacom of New Bedford

Minerva of New Bedford

Minerva Smyth of New Bedford

Monongahela of New Bedford

Montpelier of New Bedford

Mount Vernon of New Bedford

Neptune of New Bedford

Newburyport of Stoningington

Nile of New Bedford

Nimrod of New Bedford

Orozimbo of New Bedford

Otaheite of Bremen, Germany

Pacific of Fairhaven

Phenix[Phoenix] of New London

Prudent of Stonington

Rhone of Sydney (Ship)
Sally Ann of Nantucket

South Boston of Fair Haven

Splendid of Edgartown
Stephania of New Bedford

Tamerlane of New Bedford

Two Brothers of New
Bedford (Ship)

Uncas of New Bedford

Virginia of Orleans

Washington of New Bedford

Washington of Sag Harbor

Waverly of New Bedford

William Hamilton of New Bedford

(Name Unknown) (Bark) from Stonington

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