ODHS 948B


Logbook of the Grampus (Steam
barkentine)

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 21 Aug
2013

Description is in English





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Grampus (Steam barkentine)

February 26, 1889 – November 12, 1889



ODHS 948B

112 pages


Bodfish, Hartson H. (Hartson Hartlett)



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.







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Grampus (Steam
barkentine), ODHS 948B




Provenance

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Bodfish



Sponsor

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

Related Manuscript Collections ODHS 948A, logbook of the 1888 voyage
ODHS 991C, logbook of the 1891 voyage




Vessel History

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.



Logbook Contents

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.

Bowhead whales (seen): May 7, 1889 p. 137; May 9 p. 138;
May 11 p. 39.

Finback whales (seen): Apr 21, 1889 p. 131.

Gray whales (seen): Apr 19, 1889 p. 130; Apr 21 p. 131;
Jun 13 p. 150; Jun 24 p. 154.

Killer whales (seen): May 2, 1889 p. 135.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 20,
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.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): codfish Apr
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.

Places represented: Unalaska Apr 10, 1889 p. 126; St. Paul
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.

Notable events: Mar 17, 1889 p. 114 Bodfish struck a man
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.




Subject Entries

Bowhead whale.
Finback whale.
Indigenous peoples.
Killer whale.
Punishment.
Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Walrus.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling–California–San Francisco.
Whaling masters.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Barrow Point (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Chhukchi Sea–Description and travel.
Harrison Bay (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Herschel Island (Yukon)–Description and travel.
Port Clarence–Description and travel.
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)–Description and
travel.

Smyth, Cape (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Unalaska (Alaska)–Description and travel. Dexter, Henry G. Pacific Steam Whaling Co.





Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:



Abraham Barker of San Francisco
(Bark)

Alton of San Francisco
(Schooner)

Balaena of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Beluga of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Belvedere of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Bounding Billow of San Francisco
(Bark)

Dora (unknown)
Eliza of San Francisco
(Bark)

Hunter of San Francisco
(Bark)

Jesse H. Freeman of San Francisco
(Steam bark)

La Ninfa of San Francisco
(Schooner)

Lucretia of San Francisco (Steam
barke)

Narwhal of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Northern Light (Bark)
Ocean of San Francisco
(Bark)

Orca of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Thrasher of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Wanderer of San Francisco
(Bark)

William Baylies of San Francisco
(Bark)

William Lewis of San Francisco
(Steam bark)



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