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Diary of Henry DeForrest, on a whaling voyage from 3 January 1852 to 15 March 1853, while Second Officer (later First Officer) on board the William Rotch of Fairhaven, Massachusetts (Cromwell Morslander, Captain). A detailed, clearly written, and…

This journal of a voyage to the South Pacific was kept by Solomon Barstow in a standard blank daily journal published by Francis & Loutrel (New York City) in 1852. This is a virtually complete account of the voyage (Asa Hoxie was Master), which…

Kept by a particularly literate and colorful Petty Officer named Alden W. Tripp, the log contains illustrations as well as stamps of whales, dolphins, ships, pigs, turkeys, and angelfish. After an unpleasant encounter with the crew of another ship,…

The Mary Ann sailed out of New Bedford (Joseph Crocker, Master) on a voyage to the Indian Ocean from July 1832 to May 1833. This volume was probably kept by the Mate as a personal journal. He records daily events, shipboard evolutions, weather,…

A boatsteerer named Joseph Tucker kept this journal on two voyages: aboard the ship Lydia (1854-58) to the North Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska, and the bark Roscius (1858-61) to the Indian Ocean. The boatsteerer was one of the most responsible…

This journal was possibly kept by “A. J. Mosher,” whose name appears once in the margin, aboard the bark Louisa of New Bedford in the Indian Ocean from October 1869 to April 1872. Mosher describes the hunt in detail: "I struck a large…

This log was kept by the Mate, William H. Beetle, aboard the schooner Hattie E. Smith (Benjamin F. Nickerson, Master), originally hailing from Edgartown, Massachusetts. On this two-year voyage (1881-1883) she set sail from New Bedford, and took…

Under Captain Henry Smith, this voyage (1857–1861) from Fairhaven, MA to the Northern Pacific was rather unsuccessful, bringing home only 546 barrels of oil. The ship recruited sailors from the Sandwich Islands, and in January 1860, off the…

This is a partial journal for the same ship, same voyage as recorded in another logbook in the collection (Eliza, 1865-1869). At the front is inscribed “C. Eldridge,” indicating that this journal was probably kept by Cyrenius Eldridge,…