KWM 132

Logbook of the Lydia (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

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Old Dartmouth Historical
Machine-readable finding aid created by Rachel Adler 3 October

Description is in English

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Lydia (Bark)

November 2, 1865 – November 22, 1866

KWM 132

107 pages

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by Thomas B.
Hathaway, on voyage from November 2, 1865 – May 1, 1869.

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New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Lydia (Bark), KWM


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

Related Manuscript Collections KWM 101, logbook of the 1855-1857 voyage
ODHS 541, logbook of the 1860-1864 voyage
ODHS 1048C, logbook of the 1884-1885 voyage

Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by Thomas B. Hathaway, on voyage
from November 2, 1865 – May 1, 1869; owner-agent: Edmund Maxfield; built at Rochester,
Mass., in 1840; sold to New London, Connecticut, and converted to Bark, 1864; added to New
Bedford fleet 1865.

Logbook Contents

Log, keeper unknown, relating to a whaling voyage to the North Pacific and Western
Arctic oceans. It includes a pen and ink drawing and accounts. It also includes
extensive description of the writer’s loneliness, homesickness, and dislike of

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

Blackfish (seen): Dec 6, 1865 p. 10.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 28, 1866
p. 60; Jul 1 (dead whale) & 2 p. 61; Jul 4 5 (caught) p. 62; Aug 2 (dead whale)
p. 72; Aug 5 p. 73; Aug 8 p. 74; Aug 12 p. 75; Aug 16 p. 76; Aug 20 & 22 p. 78;
Aug 24 & 25 p. 79; Aug 31 (caught) p. 81; Sep 2 p. 82; Sep 7 p. 83; Sep 13 p.
86; Sep. 14 p. 87; Sep 18 p. 88; Sep 21 (caught) p. 89.

Finback whales (seen): Jan 14, 1866 p. 21; Feb 13 p. 30;
Jun 18 p. 57.

Places represented: Staten Island (Isla de los Estados,
Argentina) Jan 21, 1866 p. 23; Cape Horn Jan 27 p. 25; Juan Fernandez Feb 19 p. 31;
Hilo Apr 2 p. 40; Honolulu Apr 21 p. 43; Copper Island May 29 p. 51; Cape Thaddeus
Jun 13 p. 55; Cape Bering Jun 19 p. 57; St. Lawrence Bay Jun 24 p. 59; Cape Lisburne
Jul 15 p. 65, Sep 19 p. 88; Diomedes Sep 29 p. 93; East Cape Sep. 29 p. 93; St.
Matthews Island Oct 3 p. 95; Pinnacle Rock Oct 4 p. 95; Fox Islands Oct 8 p. 96;
Hawaii Nov 4 p. 104.

Subject Entries

Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford.
Whaling masters.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Noth Pacific Ocean–Description and travel. Hathaway, Thomas B. Maxfield, Edmund.

Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:

Adeline of New Bedford

Arnolda of New Bedford

Aurora of New Bedford

Camilla of New Bedford

Canton Packet of New Bedford

Congress of New Bedford

Cornelius Howland of New Bedford

Courser of New Bedford

Dauntless of Ipswich

Eliza Adams of New Bedford

Europa of Edgartown

Florida of New Bedford

General Scott of Fairhaven

George of New Bedford

Governor Troup of New Bedford

Islander of New Bedford

James Maury of New Bedford

Janus of New Bedford

Jireh Perry of New Bedford

Joseph Maxwell of Fairhaven

Lagoda of New Bedford

Massachusetts of San Francisco

Midas of New Bedford

Milo of New Bedford

Monticello of New London

Mount Wollaston of New Bedford

Navy of New Bedford

Nile of New London

Ocean of New Bedford

Oliver Crocker of New Bedford

President of New Bedford

Roscoe of New Bedford

San Francisco of New Bedford

St. George of New Bedford

Thomas Dickason of New Bedford

Three Brothers of New Bedford

Portuguese Brig, name unknown

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