ODHS 7


Logbook of the Seneca (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 03 October
2013

Description is in English





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Seneca (Bark)

October 16, 1869 – September 14, 1871



ODHS 7

173 pages


Duffy, George, first mate.



Whaling vessel (ca. 328 tons), out of New Bedford, Massachusetts,
mastered by Edmund Kelley, on voyage October 16, 1869 – September 14, 1871.







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Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library: Logbook of the Seneca (Bark), ODHS
7




Provenance

Gift of Andrew Snow, Jr.



Sponsor

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

Related Manuscript Collections and Logbooks Mss 70: Loum Snow Business Records
ODHS 312A, logbook of the 1869-1890 voyage




Vessel History

Whaling vessel (ca. 328 tons), out of New Bedford, Mass., mastered by Edmund Kelley,
on voyage October 16, 1869 – September 14, 1871; owner-agent: Loum Snow & Son, built at
Baltimore, Md., 1847, bought from Baltimore and rebuilt at New Bedford, 1869.



Logbook Contents

Log/journal, kept and signed by first mate George Duffy, relating to a whaling voyage
to the Okhotsk Sea and the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. It includes
detailed description of the loss and abandonment of this and 32 other ships and the
rescue of about 1200 persons without a loss of life. It also includes descriptions
of types of whales or walruses seen, accidents at sea, shipwrecks, women and
children on ships, indigenous peoples, punishment on ship, daily life on board, the
making of yarn, and rescues and a crew list.

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

Blackfish: Feb 1, 1871 (caught) p. 120.

Bowhead whales (seen unless otherwise noted): May 14 &
15, 1870 p. 55; May 16 p. 56; May 21 p. 57; Jun 3 p. 60; Aug 19 p. 79; Aug 21 &
22 (caught) p. 80; Aug 25 p. 81; Aug 30 p. 82; Aug 31 & Sep 2 (caught) p. 83;
Sep 3 (caught) & 5 (caught) p. 84; Sep 8 p. 85; Sep 10 (caught), 11 & 12 p.
86; Sep 13 (caught), 14 & 15 (caught 3) p. 87; Sep 18 (dead whale) p. 88; Sep 22
p. 89; Sep 25 (caught) p. 90; Sep 26 & 27 (caught) p. 91; Sep 29 (caught) p. 92;
Oct 2 (caught), 3 & 4 p. 93; Jul 8, 1871 p. 156; Aug 6 & 7 p. 163; Aug 9,
10, 11 (caught) & 12 p. 164; Aug 14 p. 165; Aug 17, 18 & 19 p. 166; Aug 22
(caught) p. 167; Aug 26 (caught) p. 168; Sep 4, 5 (caught) & 6 (caught)p.
170.

Finback whales (seen): Apr 22, 1871 p. 137; May 11 p. 142;
May 21 p. 144.

Gray whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Jun 23, 1871 p.
152; Jun 29 (caught) p. 154; Jul 3 p. 155.

Right whales (seen): May 11, 1871 p. 142; May 20 p.
144.

Sperm whales (seen unless otherwise noted): Oct 25 &
26 (caught 2), 1869 p. 9; Feb 27, 1871 (caught) p. 127.

Unspecified whales (seen): Feb 21, 1870 p. 37.

Walruses (seen unless otherwise noted): Jul 3 & 4
(caught 21), 1870 p. 68; Jul 6 (caught 10), 8 (caught 3) & 9 (caught 8) p. 69;
Jul 12 & 13 (caught 7) p. 70; Jul 16 (caught 11), 17 (caught 60) & 18
(caught 37) p. 71; Jul 24 p. 73; Jul 27, 28 (caught 23), 29 (caught 37) & 30 p.
74; Jul 31 (caught 70) p. 75; Jun 16, 1871 (caught 8) p. 153; Jul 1 (caught 17) p.
154; Jul 2 (caught 9), 4 (caught 24) & 5 (caught 25) p. 155; Jul 8 (caught 24)
& 9 (caught 4) p. 156; Jul 12 (caught 7), 14 (caught 3) & 15 (caught 26) p.
157.

Porpoises: Jan 26, 1870 (caught 5) p. 31.

Places represented: Fayal Nov 11, 1869 p. 13; St. Antone,
Cape Verde Nov 25 p. 16; Straists of Le Maire Jan 13, 1870 p. 28; Cape Horn Jan 14
p. 29; Juan Fernandez Jan 29 p. 32; Hilo Mar 15 p. 42; Hawaii Mar 16, 1870 p. 42,
Dec 14 p. 109, Mar 22, 1871 p. 132; Honolulu Mar 26, 1870 p. 43, Oct 31 p. 101, Mar
25, 1871 p. 133; Oahu Mar 27 p. 44, Oct 30 p. 100; Waimea Apr 3 p. 45; Fox Islands
Apr 24 p. 50; Cape Navarin May 18 p. 56; Cape Thaddeus Jun 14 p. 63; Plover Bay Jun
28 p. 66; St. Lawrence Island Jun 29, 1870 p. 67, Jun 8, 1871 p. 148; St. Lawrence
Bay Jun 30, 1870 p. 67, Jun 27, 1871 p. 153; Cape East Jun 30, 1870 p. 67, Jun 28,
1871 p. 154; Diomedes Jun 30, 1870 p. 67, Jun 27, 1871 p. 153; Bering Straits Jul 1,
1870 p. 67, Jul 27, 1871 p. 160; Point Hope Jul 20, 1870 p. 72, Jul 21, 1871 p. 159;
Cape Thompson Jul 21, 1870 p. 72; Cape Seppings Jul 21 p. 72; Cape Lisburne Aug 5,
1870 p. 76, Aug 2, 1871 p. 162; Icy Cape Aug 18, 1870 p. 79, Aug 3, 1871 p. 163;
Point Barrow Aug 24, 1870 p. 81; Cape Prince of Wales Oct 7, 1870 p. 94, Jun 26,
1871 p. 153; Molokai Oct 30 p. 100; Diamond Head Oct 31 p. 101; Dean’s Island Jan 1,
1871 p. 113; Wilson’s Island Jan 15 p. 116; Marquesas Islands Jan 22 p. 118;
Magdalena Island Jan 24 p. 118; Queen Charlotte Island Apr 22 p. 137; Cape Henry Apr
22 p. 137; Baranov Island Apr 30 p. 139; Mount St Elias May 5 p. 140; Kodiak Island
May 18 p. 143; Onimak Passage May 29 p. 146; St. Matthews Island Jun 9 p. 149; Cape
Nome Jun 25 p. 153; Kings Island Jun 27 p. 153; Point Belcher Aug 19 p. 166; Sea
Horse Islands Aug 21 p. 167; Wainwright Inlet Sep 9 p. 171.

Notable events: Apr 17, 1870 p. 48 a man fell from the
main topgallant. He cut his lip and was badly bruised, but he did not break any of
his bones. Apr 20 p. 49 the cook was demoted to an ordinary seaman on account of his
failure to keep the kitchen area clean. May 24 p. 58 one of the men was punished for
talking back to the fourth mate. Aug 29 p. 82 two ships sent out distress signals,
having been damaged by ice. Feb 18, 1871 p. 124 a man was put in irons for stealing
provisions and “having connection with w[o]men aboard the ship.” Aug 29-Sep 14 p.
168-173 33 ships, including the Seneca became grounded
in the ice, and had no way to return to the water. The ships were all abandoned, but
everyone survived.




Subject Entries

Indigenous peoples.
Marine accidents.
Punishment.
Rescues.
Seafaring life.
Ships, Abandoning of.
Shipwrecks.
Voyages and travels.
Walrus.
Whalers (Persons)
Whalers (Persons)–Death.
Whales.
Whaling–Massachusetts–New Bedford.
Whaling masters.
Women and the sea.
Arctic Ocean–Description and travel.
Atlantic Ocean–Description and travel.
Faial Island (Azores)–Description and travel.
Hawaii–Description and travel.
Okhotsk, Sea of–Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean–Description and travel.
Point Hope (Alaska)–Description and travel.
Prince of Wales, Cape (Alaska)–Description and
travel.
Kelley, Edmund. Loum Snow & Son (New Bedford, Mass.)





Ships Spoken or Gammed Include:



Acors Barns of New London
(Bark)

Active of New Bedford
(Bark)

Advance of Liverpool
(Ship)

Alaska of New Bedford
(Bark)

Almira of Edgartown
(Bark)

Anne Chesayre of Liverpool
(Ship)

Artic of New Bedford
(Bark)

Aurora of New Bedford
(Bark)

Benjamin Cummings of New Bedford
(Bark)

Carlotta of San Francisco
(Bark)

Champion of Edgartown
(Bark)

Christopher Colombo of Genoa
(Bark)

Concordia of New Bedford
(Bark)

Contest of New Bedford
(Ship)

Cornelius Howland of New Bedford
(Ship)

Count Bismark of Honolulu
(Bark)

Daniel Webster of New Bedford
(Ship)

Elizabeth Swift of New Bedford
(Bark)

Emily Morgan of New Bedford
(Bark)

Eugenia of New Bedford
(Bark)

Europa of Edgartown
(Ship)

Fanny of New Bedford
(Bark)

Florida of San Francisco
(Ship)

Gay Head of New Bedford
(Bark)

Helen Snow of New Bedford
(Bark)

Henry Taber of New Bedford
(Bark)

Hercules of New Bedford
(Bark)

Janus of New Bedford
(Ship)

John Anson of England
(Ship)

John Wells of New Bedford
(Bark)

Josephine of New Bedford
(Ship)

Julian of Honolulu
(Ship)

Kohola of Honolulu
(Brig)

Lagoda of New Bedford
(Bark)

Massachusetts of San Francisco
(Bark)

Midas of New Bedford
(Bark)

Minerva of New Bedford
(Bark)

Navy of New Bedford
(Bark)

Ohio of New Bedford
(Ship)

Oliver Crocker of New Bedford
(Bark)

Onward of New Bedford
(Ship)

Roman of New Bedford
(Bark)

Sea Breeze of New Bedford
(Bark)

Selah of Fairhaven
(Bark)

Tharos of Boston (Ship)
Thomas Dickason of New Bedford
(Bark)

Trident of New Bedford
(Bark)

Vineyard of Edgartown
(Bark)

William Roach of Honolulu
(Bark)

William the 1st or Honolulu
(Bark)

??ania of San Francisco (Trading
Schooner)

?inz (Bark)


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