KWM 143


Logbook of the Mermaid
(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 21 November
2013

Description is in English





New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Mermaid (Bark)

March 17, 1896 – November 9, 1896



KWM 143

94 pages

Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by David
F. Devol, on voyage from March 17, 1896 – Novemebr 10, 1896.







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Mermaid (Bark), KWM
143




Provenance

Purchased from H.J. Harper.



Sponsor

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

Related Manuscript Collections KWM 117, logbook of the 1880-1882 voyage
KWM 142A, logbook of the 1883-1885 voyage
KWM 142B, logbook of the 1885-1887 voyage
KWM 142C, logbook of the 1887-1890 voyage
KWM 876, logbook of the 1880-1882 voyage
KWM 878A, logbook of the 1885-1887 voyage
KWM 878B, logbook of the 1887-1890 voyage
KWM 950A, logbook of the 1884-1885 voyage
KWM 950B, logbook of the 1886-1887 and 1887-1889 voyage
ODHS 724, logbook of the 1869-1873 voyage




Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by David F. Devol, on voyage
from March 17, 1896 – November 10, 1896; owner-agent: L. & F.R. Brightman; built at
Westport in 1855.



Logbook Contents

Log, keeper unknown, relating to a whaling voyage to the North Pacific Ocean.

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

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 7, 1896
p. 23; May 12 & 13 p. 26; Sep (caught) p. 70; Sep 7, 8 & 9 p. 72; Sep 11 p.
73; Sep 27 p. 78; Oct 3 p. 81.

Finback whales (seen): Jun 14, 1896 p. 38; Jun 17 & 18
p. 39; Jun 23 p. 41; Jun 28 p. 43.

Humpback whales (seen): Jun 28, 1896 p. 43.

Killer whales (seen): Jun 20 p. 40; Jun 28 p. 43.

Grampuses (seen): May 18, 1896 p. 28.

Seals (seen unless otherwise noted): May 28 (caught) &
29 (caught), 1896 p. 32; Jun 20 p. 40; Sep 20 p. 76.

Misc. creatures: ducks Aug 24, 1896 (caught) p. 67.

Places represented: Fox Islands Apr 25, 1896 p. 16; Cape
Navarin May 3 p. 20; St. Paul Island Jun 9 p. 36; St. George’s Island Jun 9 p. 36;
St. Matthew’s Osland Jul 18 p. 52; Indian Point Jul 21 p. 53; Point Hope Jul 27 p.
56; Cape Smyth Aug 23 p. 67.

Notable events: Oct 29, 1896 p. 90 A crewman died and was
buried at sea.

Scrimshaw: Jul 14 p. 51 mentions saving timber for
scrimshaw purposes.




Subject Entries

Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling–California–San Francisco.
Whaling masters.
North Pacific Ocean–Description and travel. Devoll, David F. L. & F.R. Brightman (San Francisco, Calif.)





Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:



Alice Knowles of San Francisco
(Bark)

Gay Headof San Francisco
(Bark)

Hidalgo of San Francisco
(Brig)

Horatio of San Francisco
(Bark)

Jeannette of San Francisco (Steam
brigantine)

Rosario of San Francisco
(Schooner)

Thrasher of San Francisco (Steam
bark)



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Last modified: February 12, 2014