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G. Dexter, on voyage February 26, 1889 – November 12, 1889 to the Arctic Ocean whaling
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Grampus (Steam
barkentine), ODHS 948B
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 Henry G. Dexter, on voyage
February 26, 1889 – November 12, 1889 to the Arctic Ocean whaling grounds; owner-agent: Pacific Steam
Whaling Co.; built at East Boston, Massachusetts, 1874.
Log, kept by Hartson H. Bodfish, relating to a whaling voyage to the Arctic Ocean and
Chickchi Sea. It includes descriptions of types of whales and walrus seen or taken,
indigenous people, punishment on ship, and navigation data.
Note: the page numbers in this finding aid reflect those found in the physical
logbook, not the PDF. The log starts on page 106.
May 11 p. 39.
Jun 13 p. 150; Jun 24 p. 154.
1889 p. 142; May 23 & 24 p. 144; Jun 19 p. 152; Sep 11 p. 178; Sep 17 p. 181;
Sep 30 & Oct 1 (caught) p. 185; Oct 2 & 3 p. 186; Oct 4, 5 & 6 p. 187;
Oct 7 (caught) p. 188; Oct 11 p. 189.
13, 1889 (caught 80) p. 127; codfish Apr 15 (caught 267) & 16 (caught 174) p.
128; grampuses Apr 25 p. 133; seals Apr 30 (caught 3) p. 134; seal May 15 (caught)
p. 140; ducks May 26 (caught 18) p. 145; ducks May 28 (caught 34) p. 146; ducks Jun
5 (caught 58) p. 148; beavers Jul 20 (caught 4) p. 162; bear Aug 23 p. 173; polar
bear Sep 2 p. 175; white fish Sep 6 p. 176; polar bears Sep 10 (caught 2) p. 178;
walruses Sep 29 p. 184.
Island Apr 19 p. 130; Cape Navarin Apr 26 p. 133; Cape Thaddeus May 17 p. 141;
Plover Bay May 22 p. 143; Marcus Bay May 25 p. 145; Indian Point May 28 p. 146; St.
Lawrence Bay May 30 p. 146; Kings Island May 31 p. 147; Diomedes Jun 20 p. 153; Port
Clarence Jun 25 p. 154; Harrison Bay Aug 2 p. 166; Herschel Island Aug 13 p. 170;
Malcolm River Aug 14 p. 170; Camden Bay Aug 17 p. 171; Point Barrow Aug 25 p. 173;
Cape Halkett Sep 9 p. 177; Return Reef Sep 10 p. 178; Flaxman Island Sep 12 p. 179;
Cape Smyth Sep 15 p. 180; East Cape Oct 17 p. 191; Pinnacle Rock Oct 19 p. 192;
Point Reyes Nov 11 p. 202.
with his fist 4 times for working too slowly. Apr 5 p. 124 Bodfish kicked a man and
put him in irons for insulting him and the captain.
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