KWM 181


Logbook of the Saratoga
(Ship)

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 7 August
2013

Description is in English





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Saratoga (Ship)

December 13, 1858 – June 2, 1860



KWM 181

265 pages


Fosdick, Washington



Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by Frederick
Slocum, on voyage from November 3, 1856 – June 1, 1860







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Saratoga (Ship), KWM
181




Provenance

Purchased from George Considine



Sponsor

Funds for digitization were provided by the North Pacific Research Bureau

Related Logbooks KWM 180, logbook of the 1857-1858 voyage
KWM 806, logbook of the 1858-1859 voyage
KWM 819, logbook of the 1852-1856 voyage
ODHS 161, logbook of the 1851-1852 voyage
ODHS 436B, logbook of the 1849-1852 voyage
ODHS 447, logbook of the 1849-1852 voyage




Vessel History

Whaling vessel, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, mastered by Frederick Slocum, on voyage
from November 3, 1856 – June 1, 1860; owner-agent: Abraham Ashley; built at New York, N.Y.,
1832.



Logbook Contents

Partial log, kept by Washington Fosdick, relating to a whaling voyage to the North
Pacific Ocean. It includes descriptions of whales seen or taken, and the various
activities of the crew (including the making of yarn), and whaling stamnps. This log
is the continuation of KWM 180.

Note: the page numbers in this finding aid refer to the page numbers in the physical
logbook, not of the PDF. Also note that there is no page 114 in the logbook.

Blackfish (seen unless otherwise noted): Feb 19, 1859 p. 35; May 13 p. 76; Nov 23 p.
181; Apr 23, 1860 (caught 2) p. 246.

Blue whales (seen): May 9, 1859 p. 74; May 24 p. 80.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 3, 1859 (caught, 108 barrels) p. 85;
Jun 4 p. 86; Jun 6 p. 87; Jun 8 & 9 (caught, 200 barrels) p. 89; Jun 14 (caught,
115 barrels) p. 93; Jun 15 p. 94; Jun 16 p. 19; Jun 28 p. 102; Jun 28 (crossing the
international date line) p. 103; Jul 13 p. 112; Jul 20 p. 117; Jul 22 p. 119; Aug 10
p. 132; Aug 14 p. 135; Aug 15 p. 136; Aug 16 p. 137; Aug 18 p. 138; Aug 20 (caught,
138 barrels) & 21 p. 140; Aug 22 p. 141; Aug 23 p. 142; Aug 24 & 25 p. 143;
Aug 26 p. 144; Aug 27 & 28 p. 145; Sep 27 p. 159.

Finback whales (seen): Dec 13, 1858 p. 1; Dec 27 p. 8; Jan 11,
1859 p. 18; Jan 12 p. 19; Jan 25 p. 25; Feb 17 p. 34; Apr 17 p. 62; Apr 23 p. 65;
Apr 27 p. 67; May 1 p. 69; May 5 p. 72; May 9 p. 74; May 13 p. 76; May 16 & 18
p. 77; Jun 1 p. 83; Jun 10 p. 90; Jul 24 p. 120; Aug 12 p. 133; Dec 14 & 15 p.
190; Jan 7, 1860 p. 200; Jan 12 p. 202; Jan 15 p. 203; Feb 2 p. 211.

Gray whales (seen): Jun 27, 1859 p. 101; Jul 6 p. 108; Jul 18 p.
116; Jul 20 p. 118; Aug 5 p. 128; Aug 6 p. 129; Aug 28 p. 145.

Humpback whales (seen): Jun 6, 1859 p. 87.

Killer whales (seen): May 22, 1859 p. 79; May 24 p. 80; Jul 6 p.
107; Jul 19 p. 116; Sep 2 p. 148; Dec 12 p. 189.

Right whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Dec 22, 1858 p. 5; Dec 23 (caught, 84
barrels) p. 6; Dec 26 p. 8; Dec 28 p. 9; Dec 29 & 30 p. 10; Jan 1, 1859 p. 11;
Jan 4 p. 13; Jan 6 p. 14; Jan 7 p. 15; Jan 8 p. 16; Jan 11 p. 18; May 2 & 3 p.
70; May 4 p. 71; May 6 p. 72; May 7 p. 73; May 24 p. 80; Jun 5 p. 86; Jul 7 p. 108;
Dec 16 p. 191; Jan 26, 1860 p. 208.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jan 20, 1860 p. 205; Feb 7 (caught, 55
barrels) p. 213; Feb 8 p. 214; Feb 10 p. 215; Feb 11 p. 216; Feb 22 p. 220; Mar 7
& 8 (caught 3: 5, 10, & 15 barrels) p. 227; Mar 9 p. 228; Mar 10 p. 229; May
5 (caught 2: 10 & 17 barrels) p. 252.

Unspecified whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 12, 1859 (dead whale, 100 barrels)
p. 91; Jul 6 p. 107; Jul 29 p. 124; Dec 9 p. 188.

Misc. creatures (seen unless otherwise noted): porpoise (caught) Apr 17, 1859 p. 62;
walruses Jul 19 p. 116; ducks Jul 29 p. 124; porpoises (caught) Jan 7, 1860 p.
200.

Places represented: New Zealand Nov 3, 1858 p. 1, Dec 7 p.
187; Maui Mar 6, 1859 p. 42; Lahaina Mar 7 p. 42; Honolulu Mar 8 p. 43, Oct 6 p.
164; Diamond Head Mar 23 p. 48; the Equator Feb 20 p. 36; Kamchatka May 4 p. 71;
Bering Island May 29 p. 82; Cape Navarin Jun 25 p. 100; Cape Agehen Jun 28 p. 103;
Bear Island Jun 29 p. 104; Anadyr Sea Jul 5 p. 106; Arikamchechen Island Jul 12 p.
111; Diomede Islands Jul 15 p. 113; Kings Island Jul 18 p. 116; Cape Prince of Wales
Jul 19 p. 117; Cape East Jul 21 p. 118; Cape Lisburne Jul 27 p. 122; Copper Island
Sep 10 p. 152; Fox Islands Sep 10 p. 152; Farris Island Nov 8 p. 175; Aitutaki Nov
19 p. 179; Rarotonga Nov 20 p. 180; Diego Ramirez Island Jan 23, 1860 p. 208;
Trinidad Mar 27 p. 235; Pernambuco Apr 4 p. 238.

Notable events: Jun 20, 1859 p. 97 a man injured his foot
by dropping a cask of water on it. Oct 6 p. 164 the captain learned that his wife
had died in Honolulu since his previous visit.

Illustrations: whale stamps p. 6, p. 8-9, 11, 13-15, 18,
70-73, 80, 85-87, 89, 91, 93-95, 102-103, 112, 117, 119, 132, 135-138, 140-145, 191,
205, 208, 213, 216, 220, 227-229, 252; drawings of profiles of land p. 82, 100,
103-104, 111, 113-118, 122, 179-180, 207, 235; drawing of a ship houses on the shore
p. 175.




Subject Entries

Marine accidents.
Seafaring life.
Ship captains’ spouses.
Voyages and travels.
Whalers (Persons)
Whales.
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford.
Whaling masters.
Women and the sea.
North Pacific Ocean–Description and travel. Ashley, Abraham. Slocum, Frederick.






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America of New Bedford
(Ship)

Benjamin Cummings of Dartmouth
(Bark)

Braganza of New Bedford
(Bark)

Camilla of New Bedford
(Bark)

Caravan of New Bedford
(Ship)

Champion of Edgartown
(Ship)

Christiopher Mitchell of New
Bedford (Ship)

Desdemona of New Bedford
(Bark)

Eliza Adams of New Bedford
(Ship)

Emerald of New Bedford
(Bark)

Emerald of Sag Harbor
(Ship)

Erie of Fairhaven
(Ship)

Europa of Edgartown
(Ship)

Fanny Fern of Bath (Clipper
Ship)

Fortune of New Bedford
(Bark)

Gay Head of New Bedford
(Ship)

Herringer of Rotterdam
(Brig)

Kohola of Honolulu
(Brig)

Mary and Susan of New Bedford
(Ship)

Massasoitof Mattaspoisett
(Bark)

Ocmulgee of Edgartown
(Ship)

Omega of Fairhaven
(Ship)

Polar Star of New Bedford
(Ship)

Rebecca Sims of Fairhaven
(Ship)

Tybee of Stonington
(Bark)

William Sims of New York (Clipper
Ship)



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