KWM 122B


Logbook of the Josephine (Ship:
1856-1876)

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 1 October
2013

Description is in English





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Josephine (Ship: 1856-1876)

July 14, 1859 – July 27, 1862.



KWM 122B

98 pages


Chapman, James L.



Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by James L.
Chapman, on voyage from July 1859 – July 1862.







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Josephine (Ship:
1856-1876), KWM 122B




Provenance

Purchased from George Considine.



Sponsor

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

Related Manuscript Collections KWM 122A, logbook of the 1856-1859 voyage
KWM 122C, logbook of the 1863-1867 voyage
KWM 123, logbook of the 1859-1863 voyage




Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by James L. Chapman, on voyage
from July 1859 – July 1862; owner-agent: Swift & Perry; built at Fairhaven, Massachusetts,
1856; abandoned 1876.



Logbook Contents

Partial log, kept by James L. Chapman, relating to a whaling voyage to the Pacific
Ocean.

Note: the page numbers in this finding aid reflect those found in the physical
logbook, not the PDF. The log starts on page 45.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 17, 1859
(caught) p. 35; Feb 4, 1862 p. 126.

Blue whales (seen): Nov 19, 1859 p. 40; Dec 13 p. 42; Jan
1, 1860 p. 45; Jun 4 & 5, 1861 p. 105; Jun 24 p. 109;=.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted: Apr 23, 1860
p. 53; Apr 27 & 28 p. 54; Apr 29 & May 1 p. 55; May 7 p. 57; May 15 p. 58;
Jun 2 p. 59; Jun 14 p. 61; Jun 16 p. 62; Jun 29 p. 65; Jun 18, 1861 p. 108; Jun 30
(caught) p. 110; Jul 2, 3 & 4 p. 111; Jul 9 p. 112.

Finback whales (seen): Jul 17, 1859 p. 35; Nov 4 p. 38;
Nov 8, 11, 14 & 15 p. 39; Nov 18, 23 & 24 p. 40; Nov 27, Dec 2 & 6 p.
41; Dec 13, 18 & 20 p. 42; Dec 26 p. 43; Jan 1, 8 & 19, 1860 p. 45; Apr 8 p.
50; Jan 7, 1861 p. 88; Apr 1 p. 97; Nov 3 p. 125; May 9 & Jun 9 p. 130.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted: Jun 2 7& 28,
1860 p. 65; Jul 1 p. 66; Oct 19 p. 85; Jan 8, 1861 (caught) p. 88; Jan 15 p. 90; Jan
18 p. 91; Jan 19, 20, 21 & 22 p. 92; Jan 23, 24 (dead whale, killed a few days
prior), 25, 26, 27 (caught) & 28 p. 93; Jan 29 (caught), 30, 31 (caught) &
Feb 1 p. 94; Feb 2 (caught), 3 (dead whale, killed the previous day), 4 (caught 2),
5 & 19 (caught) p. 95; Jun 27 (caught) & 28 (caught) p. 110; Oct 10 (caught)
p. 124.

Humpback whales (seen): Nov 9 & 14, 1859 p. 39; Mar
14, 1860 p. 48; Oct 14 p. 85; Jul 13, 1861 p. 113; May 9, 1862.

Killer whales: Jan 22, 1861 (caught) p. 92.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted: Nov 18 &
19, 1859 p. 40; Dec 1 (caught) p. 41; Dec 30 p. 43.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted: Jul 27
(caught), Aug 1 (caught) & Aug 2-21 (caught 8), 1859 p. 35; Sep 5 (caught 2)
& 7 (caught 2) p. 36; Nov 21 p. 40; Dec 24 (caught) p. 42; Feb 21, 1862 (caught)
p. 127; Mar 24 (caught) p. 128; Mar 31 (caught) Apr 1 (caught) p. 129; Jul 27
(caught 3) p. 131.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted: Jul 3,
1860 p. 67; Jul 21 p. 70; Jul 24 & 27 p. 71; Jul 31 (caught) & Aug 1 p. 73;
Aug 7 (caught) p. 74; Aug 16 (caught) p. 75; Aug 17, 18 & 19 p. 76; Aug 25, 27,
28, 29, 30 (caught), 31 & Sep 1 p. 77; Sep 6 & 8 (caught) p. 78; Sep 11, 12,
13, 14 (caught), 15, 16 & 17 p. 79; Sep 18, 19 & 20 p. 80; Sep 24 (caught),
26, 27 & 28 p. 81; Sep 29, 30, Oct 1 & 2 p. 82; Oct 10 p. 84; Oct 16 p. 85;
Jul 14, 15 (caught) & 16, 1861 p. 113; Jul 21, 22 & 23 p. 114; Jul 26, 27,
28, 29 (caught) & 30 p. 115; Jul 31 (caught) & Aug 3 p. 116; Aug 9 p. 117;
Aug 12, 13 & 14 (caught) p. 118; Aug 18 (caught), 21 (caught), 24 & 26 p.
119; Aug 27 (caught) p. 120; Sep 4, 5 & 6 p. 121; Sep 11, 13, 14, 15 (dead whale
& caught 1) & 16 (caught) p. 122; Sep 30 p. 124; Jan 29, 1862 p. 126; Feb 9
p. 127.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted: grampuses
Jul 17, 1859 p. 35; grampuses Nov 3 & 4 p. 38; porpoises Nov 18 p. 40; grampuses
Jan 19, 1860 p. 45; turtle (caught) Feb 25 p. 47; seals Apr 11 p. 51; grampuses Apr
16 p. 52; seals Apr 25 (caught 5 or 6) & 26 p. 54; grampuses Apr 26 p. 54; geese
Apr 26 p. 54; seals May 2 & 4 p. 56; grampuses Jul 5 p. 67; sunfish Jan 7, 1861
p. 88; white fish Jul 11 p. 112; jumpers Jan 12, 1862 p. 126.

Places represented: Flores Sep 13, 1859 p. 36; Fayal Sep
15 p. 36; Western Islands Oct 6 p. 36; Indian Ocean Nov 18 p. 40; Amsterdam Island
Dec 14 p. 42; New Holland Jan 1, 1860 p. 45; Wellington Island Feb 6 p. 47; Okhotsk
Sea Apr 3 p. 49; Jonas Island May 2, 1860 p. 56, Jun 23, 1861 p. 109; Cape Maria Jun
2, 1860 p. 67, Jul 13, 1861 p. 113; Rocky Point Jul 13, 1860 p. 69; Sugar Loaf
Island Jul 20, 1860 p. 70, Sep 4, 1861 p. 121; Elbow Island Aug 12, 1860 p. 75;
Horshoe Bay Oct 15 p. 85; Hilo Nov 22, 1860 p. 87, Nov 11, 1861 p. 125; Honolulu Dec
8, 1860 p. 87, Nov 28, 1861 p. 125; Guadalupe Island Jan 7, 1861 p. 88; Turtle Bay
Jan 14 p. 90; Margarite Island Jan 18 p. 91; Waikiki Mar 23, p. 96; Cape Elizabeth
Jun 8 p. 106; Duck Island Jun 29 p. 110; Silas Richards Bluff Aug 9 p. 117; Great
Shanter Passage Aug 26 p. 119; Shanter Bay Sep 16 p. 122; Aitutaki Atoll Jan 4, 1862
p. 126; Mongami Harbor Feb 25 p. 127; St. Helena Jun 12 p. 130.

Notable events: Jan 18, 1861 p. 91 a boat capsized while
hunting a whale. Another boat was able to rescue the crew, though they made no
attempt to save either the boat or the gear. Jan 20 p. 92 two boats shot whales, but
the lines went afoul of each other such that neither boat could lance their
whale.




Subject Entries

Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford.
Whaling masters.
Pacific Ocean–Description and travel. Chapman, James L. Swift & Perry.





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(Bark)

Alice of Cold Spring
(Bark)

Alice Frazier of New Bedford
(Bark)

Camilla of New Bedford
(Bark)

Carnavore of Sydney
(Bark)

Congress of New Bedford
(Ship)

Emily Morgan of New Bedford
(Ship)

Favorite of Fairhaven
(Bark)

Governor Troup of New Bedford
(Ship)

Isaac Howland of New Bedford
(Ship)

James Maury of New Bedford
(Ship)

Jeanette of New Bedford
(Ship)

John Howland of New Bedford
(Bark)

John P. West of New Bedford
(Bark)

Marengo of New Bedford
(Ship)

Milo of New Bedford
(Ship)

Monmouth of Cold Spring
(Bark)

Napoleon of New Bedford
(Ship)

Navy of New Bedford
(Ship)

Oliver Crocker of New Bedford
(Ship)

Ontario of New Bedford
(Bark)

Onward of New Bedford
(Ship)

Pacific of New Bedford
(Bark)

Polar Star of New Bedford
(Ship)

William C. Nye of New Bedford
(Ship)



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