ODHS 981


Logbook of the Orca (Steam
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 10 December
2013

Description is in English





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Orca (Steam bark)

March 30, 1897 – September 18, 1897



ODHS 981

56 pages


Sherman, Albert C.



Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by Albert
C. Sherman, on voyage from March 30 1897 – September 22, 1897 (crushed in ice and lost), to
the Herschel Island, Anadyr Sea, Northwest Coast, and Arctic Ocean whaling
grounds.







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Orca (Steam bark),
ODHS 981




Provenance

Gift of Albert C Sherman, Jr.



Sponsor

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

Related Manuscript Collections KWM 793, logbook of the 1883 voyage.




Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of San Francisco, California, mastered by Albert C. Sherman, on
voyage from March 30, 1897 – September 22, 1897 (crushed in ice and lost), to the Herschel Island,
Anadyr Sea, Northwest Coast, and Arctic Ocean whaling grounds; owner-agent: Edwin L.
Griffith; built at Bath, Me., 1882.



Logbook Contents

Log, kept by Albert C. Sherman, relating to a whaling voyage to the North Pacific and
Arctic oceans. It includes description of types of whales and walrus seen or taken,
arctic disaster, and indigenous people.

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 17, 1897
(caught) p. 13; May 18 (caught) & 20 p. 14; Jun 1 p. 18; Jun 3 (caught) p. 19;
Jun 4 & 5 p. 20; Jun 10 p. 22; Jun 11 & 12 p. 23; Jun 20 p. 26; Sep 4
(caught) p. 52.

Gray whales (seen): Jun 6, 1897 p. 21; Jun 19 p. 26.

Walruses (seen): May 15, 1897 p. 12; Jun 19 p. 26.

Places represented: Unalaska Apr 22, 1897 p. 6; Nunivak
Island May 9 p. 11; St. Lawrence Island May 10 p. 11; Indian Point May 22 p. 15;
Marcus Bay May 23 p. 15; Diomedes Jun 1 p. 18; Cape Prince of Wales Jun 6 p. 21;
Kings Island Jun 7 p. 21; Cape Serdz Jun 9 p. 22; East Cape Jun 15 p. 24; Cape
Thompson Jun 21 p. 26; St. Lawrence Bay Jun 27 p. 28; Port Clarence Jun 30 p. 30;
Pearl Bay Aug 5 p. 40; Point Barrow Aug 10 p. 42; Herschel Island Aug 15 p. 43;
Token Point Aug 16 p. 44; Pullen Island Aug 18 p. 45.

Notable events: Aug 20, 1897 p. 46 One of the men got
“intoxicated and troublesome” so the captain put him in irons. Sep 18 p. 56 After
being stuck in the ice for several days, the crew of the Orca took their supplies and abandoned the ship.




Subject Entries

Bowhead whale.
Indigenous people.
Seafaring life.
Voyages and travels.
Walrus.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling–California–San Francisco.
Whaling masters.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Arctic regions–Ice.
Barrow, Point–Description and travel.
Herschel Island (Yukon)–Description and travel.
North Pacific Ocean–Description and travel.
Port Clarence (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Saint Lawrence Island (Alaska)–Description and
travel.

Ukivok (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Unalaska (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Wainwright Inlet (Alaska)–Description and travel. Griffith, Edwin L.





Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:



Alexander of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Balaena of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Beluga of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Belvedere of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Fearless of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Grampus of San Francisco (Steam
barkentine)

J.D. Peters of San Francisco
(Supply schooner)

Jeanie of San Francisco (Supply
schooner)

Jeannette of San Francisco (Steam
brigantine)

Jesse H. Freeman of San Francisco
(Steam bark)

Karluk of San Francisco (Steam
brigantine)

Mary D. Hume of San Francisco
(Steam brigantine)

Narwhal of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Navarch of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

Newport of San Francisco (Steam
barkentine)

Rosario of San Francisco
(Schooner)

Thrasher of San Francisco (Steam
bark)

William Baylies of San Francisco
(Steam bark)

Wanderer of San Francisco
(Bark)



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