ODHS 6


Logbook of the Helen Snow
(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 16 October
2013

Description is in English





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Helen Snow (Bark)

October 17, 1871 – August 21, 1872



ODHS 6

52 pages

Whaling vessel (ca. 215 tons), out of New Bedford, Massachusetts,
mastered by George H. Macomber, on voyage October 17, 1871 – August 19, 1872 (abandoned
in Arctic).







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Helen Snow (Bark),
ODHS 6




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 239, logbook of the 1856-1857 voyage
ODHS 5, logbook of the 1854-1857 voyage
ODHS 971, logbook of the 1857-1861 voyage




Vessel History

Whaling vessel (ca. 215 tons), out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by George H.
Macomber, on voyage October 17, 1871 – August 19, 1872 (abandoned in Arctic); owner-agent:
Loum Snow & Son; built at Bath, Me., 1851.



Logbook Contents

Log/Journal, kept by two first mates, relating to a whaling voyage to the Atlantic,
Pacific, and Arctic oceans. It includes descriptions of types of whales and walruses
seen or taken, indigenous peoples, and the disaster and abandonment of their ship in
the Arctic; together with whale stamps, crew list, inventories of oil and bone, and
account of provisions used.

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

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Oct 31, 1871 p.
7; Nov 16 p. 9; Nov 20 & 23 p. 10; Apr 23 (caught) & 26 (caught 3), 1872 p.
32.

Blue whales (sen): Mar 6, 1872 p. 25.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 29, 1872
p. 47; Aug 5 p. 48; Aug 12, 14, 15 & 16 p. 50; Aug 17 (caught) p. 51.

Finback whales (seen): Oct 31, 1871 p. 7.

Gray whales (seen): Jul 3, 1872 p. 43.

Killer whales (seen): Nov 27, 1871 p. 11.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Dec 19, 1871
p. 14; Jan 8, 1871 (caught) p. 17; Mar 10 & 11 (caught) p. 26.

Unspecified whales: Apr 8 (caught) p. 30.

Walruses (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 6, 1872 p. 43;
Jul 10 (caught 24) p. 44;

Misc creatures: porpoises Feb 8, 1872 (caught 5) p. 22;
ducks (caught) Jul 28 p. 47.

Places represented: Island of Sol Nov 12, 1871 p. 8; St.
Iago Nov 13 p. 8; Cape Horn Jan 18, 1872 p. 19; Diego Ramirez Islands Jan 20 p. 19;
Mocha Feb 9 p. 22; Juan Fernandez Islands Feb 14 p. 22; Hawaii May 15 p. 35;
Karakakooa May 17 p. 35; Honolulu May 28 p. 36; Indian Point Jul 1 p. 42; Cape East
Jul 3 p. 43; Cape Lisburne Jul 17 p. 45.

Notable events: Aug 19-21, 1872 p. 51-52 the Helen Snow got stuck in the ice and was abandoned.

Whale Stamps: p. 14, 17, 26.




Subject Entries

Bone.
Indigenous peoples.
Seafaring life.
Ships–Abandoning of.
Voyages and travels.
Walrus.
Whale oil.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford.
Whaling masters.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean–Description and travel.
Barrow, Point (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Cape Verde–Description and travel.
Honolulu (Hawaii)–Description and travel.
Juan Fernn’dez Islands–Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean–Description and travel. Macomber, George H. Loum Snow & Son (New Bedford, Mass.)





Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:



Bartholomew Gosnold of New Bedford
(Bark)

Florence of San Francisco
(Bark)

Illinois of New Bedford
(Ship?)

Jireh Perry of New Bedford
(Ship)

John Carver of New Bedford
(Bark)

Kathleen of New Bedford
(Bark)

Lagoda of New Bedford
(Bark)

Live Oak (unknown)
Nautilus of New Bedford
(Bark)

Northern Light of New Bedford
(Bark)

Oceansteed of New Bedford
(Bark)

Progress of New Bedford
(Bark)

Roscoe of New Bedford
(Bark)

Sea Breeze of New Bedford
(Bark)



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