1847-1852

This part of the Journal begins on January 1, 1847. There is long gap of 5 years between the entries for February 28, 1847 and March 1, 1852 when the journal entries begin again.  At this point, the author is aboard a new ship, the General Williams.

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January 1- January 11, 1847

Friday January 1 st 1847

The weather light + pleasant – At 7 AM saw a shoal of Sperm whales at 8 gave chase - but did not strike them – At 2 PM lowered again + mised a good chance. at 3 – lowered again + got one Whale small one. got it cut in by sun set

Saturday Jan 2 nd

Have a strong breeze at N steering S-E + E S – E under short sail – at this day clearing away the Head which we took on deck whole – {com ed ?} to boil at 6 A-M near night some rain + fogg – with the wind at N W + W

Sunday Jan 3d

The weather moderate with a breeze at S – W and chilly . Afternoon got whole top {?} on the Ship – At Sun Set finished boiling and have about 25 bbls of oil –Lat at noon 39 – 30o

Sunday Jan 10th

The forenoon the weather fine with a light breeze at West steered E S E Employed repairing sails The afternoon the breeze freshend to the N-W. At Sun Set have a strong whole sail breeze – took in sail and

lay too heading W S W and modderate weather until 12 o clock at night Mr. Lyons off Duty Sick. Andy Holt off Duty

Monday Jan 11th

At 2 AM have a strong breeze. took in the foresail At 5 “ “ called all hands and {clost?} reefed the main top sail with a strong gale at North in squalls with rain – At 6 o clock the sea heavy – at 8 oclock all three boats gone on the larboard and some of the {Dabies?} – the fore [bottom line cut off]

M132

January 12 ?-17

Monday January 12 [crossed out]– 1847

We have this forenoon the heaviest gale that we have had the voyage – and – have done the most damage – [unclear] Sun Set moderated with the wind at west & cold. – By our Reckoning we are not far from New Zealand – and are carrieng Sail to Keft [unclear] off – and Standing Sea watched – on Friday [crossed out] Saturday night we Shortened Sail & let quarter watches intending to cruise But Since the gale – and- the [unclear] we have slood Sea watches – and carried Sail to get to the Southward of New Zealand with a Strong wind and – a heavy Sea at S-W & W-S-W.

Tuesday Jan 12th

[crossed out] A-M kreft [unclear] – E – by S – at 10-o clock hauled [unclear] – S-E under clost reefed top Sails – After noon – Repaired the foresail & Set it – This day – I lost my quadrant over board by the Ship’s [unclear]  very heavy – Thus loosing 161/2 dollars – At night – by our rechoning we have we have the land under our Lee distant 25 miles – and blowing a gale – at W-S-W with a very heavy Sea – Steering S-E by S under glost reefed fore & main top sails & foresail.  

Wednesday Jan 13th

In the morning at day light – moderated a little. [unclear] off – East at [unclear] [unclear] N-E with double reefed main top sail – and – at noon breeze freshens at N-W

Sunday Jan 17th

The weather fine – and a steady breeze – steering E N-E – Saw Some fin Backs - employed Repairing a boat – & c.- & c. This morning we have eight men off -Duty Sick – or lazy. Holt get – off – Duty.

[Note: There is a gap of a week between this and the next entry.]

M133

January 24-February 28

Sunday Jan 24th AD 1847

Since Sunday last we have had good weather and most of the week fine – and a steady breeze from North to West and from South to west – and have cruised to the Eastward – This day – fine & pleasant with a light breeze at the west. Steering E by N – have only two men sick – have not seen any wright whales yet. Lat at noon 46.38. Long at 2pm 167.29 West

Having crosted the opposite Maridian the last week – we loose a day in account yesterday and the day before.Saturday with [unclear]. This makes the Eighth time that we have crosted this meridian this voyage and it is to be hoped the last time. Put out the waist Boat this morning – er have now our three last Boats on the [unclear]

[Note: the text of the journal leaves a gap of several weeks between entries.]

Sunday Feb. 28th 1847

This day we are laying too in a strong gale from S-W – And we are between Staten Land and the Falhlgca Islands – Having doubled Cape Horn on Thursday last – Since which – we have had light – and head winds save a [unclear] of Staten Land on Friday and Saturday bound to the Northward – At Sun Set – quite moderate made sail and steered N.W – At 12 o clock main top [unclear] & Sail Set and steering N. from 12-to-4 nearly calm – 

Since we have passed N Zealand we have seen Whales but once & lowered once

M134

March 1, 1847; [July 30],1852

Monday March 1st AD1847

We have fine weather with a light breeze S-  [unclear] and W steering N under all sail ─ At noon I saw one of the  Falkland Islands one point off Lee Bow.

Since passing New Zealand we have seen 5 ships and the others only 2 one in Longitude 143 W the Henry Lee of Sag Harbour 2600 bbls. The other in Longitude 80 W the William [unclear] of  [unclear] Haven 4 mos  out 25 bbls sperm Same day saw another ship to the N & E.

1852

Ship Genl Williams Arctic Sea. July 30. Thick foggy weather spoke the ship [Hesper] and heard of the Loss of Capt House by a Whale in the Straits 10 days before ─ had not taken any whales since June  ─ same day spoke the Barque Clement-  employed sailing. Saw two Bowheads & chased  ─  also any quantity of [unclear] Jacks. Streaks of clear weather Saw 4 or 5  Ships one or two boiling. At 5½ pm got amongst the ice and in weareing ran slap into a large and very thick & heavy  cake of ice Ship going about 5 Knots which brought her to a dead stand Sll by the stupidity of Comstock─  the first officer is a [cunny] He ordered the ice line hard a starboard when he meaned to a port  ─ Capt [Forsyth] at the time on deck  ─ I believe the Ship did not receive a great injury ─ although she got a very heavy blow- which [unclear] I make ─ like a feather ─ and frightened a great part of the ship’s company  ─ many ships could not have stood it and floated after it  ─ But the good old General is good stuff

M135

July 31-August 4

Saturday July 31st 1852

Ship Genl Williams – Arctic July 30th 1852 Foggy weather- employed boiling – [unclear] Comstock in a jealous mad fit- Comcd a row with the third mate – a [unclear] to myself – & did not like my keeping the Ships journal and Capt Forsyth to gratify him took it from me and kept it himself –

Remarks Sunday July 31st 1852 should be August 1st (sic)

Fogg in streaks cruised N & E and S & E Saw several Ships and two boiling – continues very foggy to  end of this 24 hours

Remarks Monday August 1st  2nd (sic)1852

The weather light with thick Foggd Saw and chased 3 Bow- Heads with 3 hours clear weather in the first part. Saw the Barque Clement chaseing Whales – continued very foggy to end of these 24 hours. Plenty Rip Jacks in sight.

Remarks Tuesday August 2nd 3rd  (sic) 1852

Weather light & calm with thick foggd  came to anchor to reefs clear of the ice – light streaks Saw 6 Ships & one boiling  –  So ends this day.

Remarks Wednesday August 3rd 4th  (sic) 1852

This day foggd and light streaks saw one bow head in the fogg Employed stowing in the main hatch Last part got under weigh with a  light air and baffling. 13 Ships in sight  –  one boiling –  Saw the ice to the N and West Saw some Rip Jacks So ends this day quite clear.

Remarks Thursday August 4th  5th  (sic) 1852

First part quite clear weather half of the time – chocked off the main hatch  –   spoke the barque North America – had just burned up her main sail with a wad from a swivel gun Middle part foggy  –   spoke and gam with the Ship Rose of Sidney one whale – Last part stood in clost to the ice- at 9½ AM fogg clears off  – saw 3 bow heads & chased until noon –  saw 4 other Ships chasing whales  some fogg squalls –  so ends these 24 hours.

M136

August 5-10

                              6th

Remarks Friday, aug 5th1852

First part chased whales & struck one & drawed Some fogg. Last part chaseing whales and had two mised weather clear & very, fine – much Ice. about 20 Ship’s in sight and all whaleng – saw two Ships take & cut whales – So ends this day – plenty of bow heads –  Lat – 67-45 Long 1720-45’-7th

Remarks Saturday aug, 6th 1852

These 24 hours fine clear weather & plenty whales very shy chased all day but could not strike saw 3 Ships cutting & 5 a boiling – cruised in sight of the Ice  so ends this day. no fogg - & but little wind & some calm  670-50’ Long 173-10 8th

Remarks Sunday aug 7th 1852

This day being clear with a light breeze at the East to chaseing whales until 4’h J-ll-at 6 comes up thick fogg’-log aback. Last part some light Streaks saw 26 ships – 19’ boiling & two others cutting – ends with a calm – so ends these 24 hours. – Lat – 68- Long 173                          9th

Remarks. Monday aug 8th 1852

begins with a calm & Streaks of goff. chased one bow head. & . boarded the North America a hauling middle part clear cruised to the N & E – Saw one.  bow head & many Rip Jacks.  Last part cruised to The S & W & chased 3 bow heads – Speake the Ships Ezbee & Haniball. 9 & 10 whales – So ends this day.  Lat – 67-5’5 Long 173. 15 -10th

Remarks. Tuesday Aug 9th 1852

First part fine clear weather & a light breeze. at South Cruised to the westward & Saw the Ice & chased one whale Qery Ship – gamd with the Ezbee – and chased one whale weather very fine & a gentle breeze – to ends this day Last part chased several whales & could not strike

XXXXX Remarks – Wednsday Aug 10th 1852 – 11th

First part chased. Three times & no strike saw many Ships boiling – Last – part Saw the ice -grind shifts to WNW & blows fresh- Saw one- whale. So ends -

M137

August 11-16

     12th

Remarks. Thursday aug 11th 1852

First part light wind at W-N-W [unclear – Topsail [?] in sight and 5 boiling [?] Saw the Hanibal – + chased one whale – the Latter part have a fresh breeze from the South + East Steered N-W + NNW – spoke [?] the Barque Columbus of Sag Harbour – 7 [?] whales So ends this day – –

  13th 

Remarks Friday aug 12th 1852

First part fresh breeze with haze at west + NW Shortened sail + [unclear] too. Latter part quite moderate. Columbus + Bengall in sight – at 3 AM made sail + steered N-N-E by the wind. at 7 AM saw ice to the N+-E at 10 AM spoke [?] the Bengall of N London – 7 [?] Whales this season [unclear] – all day [?] + kept along the broken ice to the Eastward with a light breeze from N.W. and a smooth sea and no Whale les. So end this day – Gaming [?] – – – –

    14th 

Remarks Saturday aug. 13th 1852

First part light wind fog. Rain [?] + calm – the middle part – kept along the ice to the Eastward in Company with the Bengall. Latter part wind light from the southward at 11½ AM saw two Bow heads going quiet to the westward did not lower our boats but the Bengal did. ends with good weather –

    15th 

Remarks Sunday aug. 14th 1852

First part saw a dead whale and got two first rate [?] gig irons out of it – [unclear] – with the Bengall + kept on to the Eastward weather light + - cloudy latter part. Some fogg – no ice in sight So ends this day

Lat by obs – 70.27N Long 165.28W [?]

Remarks Monday aug 15th 1852 – 16th

First part light wind at S-E – Saw two Bow heads but once then going quick to the westward – the Last part good breeze at S + E. Steering to the Eastward at 6 AM Saw the Land near Icy Cape – Low and flat – stood in within [?] 10 miles + tacked to the S + West at [unclear] Some fogg – So ends this day

Lat by act 71N [?]

M138

August 16?-20?

Remarks. Tuesday Aug 16th 17th 1852

First part any quantity of rip backs + walruses Saw two bow heads – going to the Southward quick chased with one boat until lost sight of in the fogg [Sotter] port-steered to the S+W with a five knot breeze at NNW [Sonee Eain] pasp.d through many gams of Walrusfes + Some [Sip] Jack + So ends this day Lat by obs.  70 10’N   Long 165- 00 W

Remarks. Wednsday Aug. 17th1852—18th

First part good weather with a gentle whole sail breeze at N—steered S-W-by-W by comp[ass]..Latter part have a fresh breeze at N—steered to the S+W in sight of the Icy barrier.-Saw two ships—and spoke the ship James Maury of N-B—5 Whales gamd all the day weather cloudy and cold. So ends this day— Lat at noon 70 09’ Long. 

Remarks  Thursday Aug. 18th 1852—19th

First part fresh Northerly wind + cold—cruised to the N+W up to the ice +then to the Eastward in company with the Maury—parted company at 8 P.M—she going East + we west. Middle  + [Last] partd Steered Westward with a good breeze at noon clost up to the packed Ice streaching SS-E + N-N-W—weather fine but cool. So ends this day Lat by obs 70 06N   Long by chro 176 W

Remarks Friday Aug. 19th 1852—20th

First part fine clear weather + a gentle breeze at North cruised along the Ice—coast to the S+E—Saw no whales middle part got into a bay in the Ice—10 miles deep to the S+E which took us all of the last part to beat out of— Some fogg which freezes on the rigging. Lat at noon 69-04 Remarks [Friday crossed out] Saturday Aug. 20th1852—21st First part cleared the ice at 2 PM. + steered to the eastward with good weather at 9 PM Spoke a French Ship cutting A Stincker—Middle part—[lay] too while dark—Last [[part] light air + calm. So ends this 24 hours Lat 68 42’                                           Long 176 00’ W 

M139

August 21-26

Remarks Sunday Aug 21st 22nd 1852

First part comced a light breeze to the S-E steered to the N+E Saw [13] Ships to the S+W—Middle part fresh breeze at ESE headed NE under easy sail—Last part—breeze fresh—saw 8 or ten Ships Some headed N—Some W + others—E--Spoke the Ship India—10 Whales—Steering to the Westward—pasfed—near the Ship Gustave of Harve France—weather cold. So ends this day  Lat 69-17 Long 171-56

Remarks Monday Aug-22nd 23 1852

First part—breeze fresh at ESE heading N-E 5 Ships in Sight headed to the Eastward + N—at 9 PM Saw Ice to the N—tacked to the South—Last part Saw from ten to fifteen Ships + two a boiling most of them steering to the N+W—after [1] steered to the N+E with a fresh breeze + good weather but no Whales So ends this day ([Sent top galt yards])  Lat 69.27  Long 169 00

Remarks Tuesday Aug 24th 1852

First gaming with five Ships the JamesEdward [9]  of [wk] Monongahela [18] Republik of Bremen-J- Columbus of F Haven 6—Nile of San Francisco (Cal) 8 Whales—the Middle + Last parts fine weather + a gentle breeze at 6 AM. Tacked to the S+E—Saw two humpbacks—at 10 Saw the Land—the James Edward in Sight—So ends this day Lat at noon –69-40’ N Long 169 30’

Remarks Wednsday Aug. 25th 1852

 First part gam with the James Edward—Capt Luce—the Land near (Cape Lisburne) 15 miles to the South + East of us—Middle part light air steered S-W- Last part near the Cape to the N + W—light air—three Ships in Sight—Saw a canoe in shore—heading towards the Ship—a breeze sprong up + it did not come too us—So ends this day Lat 68-50’ N  Long. 170 00 W

Remarks. Thursday Aug. 26th 1852

Fine weather—employed repairing sails + bent a new fore top Sail—Steered S-W by S. with a five knot breeze in the Middle part—Last part at 6 AM Saw 3 Bow heads + lowered for them--could not get hold of them come on board at at [8] o clock. lowered again at 10—no [ser] [chesf] –about 15 Ships in Sight Some cutting + boiling—So ends this day.      Lat 68-16  Long. 170-10

M140

August 27-31

Remarks.  Friday Aug 27th 1852

First part fine weather.  Cruised to the N&W [uncertain] saw one or two Bow Heads & lowered at 5 PM.  Same time spoke the ship Navigator, 13 whales & boiling.  About 3 ships in sight, 4 cutting & [uncertain] a boiling.  The N [Navigator?] reports seeing thousands of Whales this day.  We have seen a great many Rip Jacks.  Middle part, fresh breeze.  Last part at 4 PM saw some bow heads, lowered our boats at 5 & chased [uncertain] could not strike.  Saw more going too quick to chase.  Breeze fresh at N [uncertain].  Cruised E&N? to End of these 24 hours.

Remarks.  Saturday Aug 28th 1852

First part thick fogg, Saw nothing.  Middle fresh breeze at N & NNE  Headed NW [uncertain]  under short sail.  Last strong breeze.  Saw some bow heads but did not lower for them.  Saw one Ship boiling.  So ends this day.

Remarks.  Sunday Aug 29th 1852

These 24  hours, Strong breeze at N.  cruised to the WNW & N [uncertain].  Saw many bow heads & Rip Jacks.  Chased but could not strike.  Sea quite [rugged?]  Spoke the Ship Levant & boats She [uncertain, boiled?] 11 whales .  The weather rather thick, can see two miles.  So ends these 24 hours.

Remarks.  Monday Aug 30th 1852

First part chased Bow Heads but could not Strike.  [uncertain] lost to the Ben Gal [uncertain].  Saw [8?] other Ships, one boiling  Middle & last parts foggy light wind.  So ends these 24 hours – Lat 68 5.

Remarks.  Tuesday Aug 31st 1852

First part foggy.  Saw no Whales & [but?] 2 Ships.  Middle part, foggy & light wind.  Last part but little fogg.  Saw plenty Whales Struck two & Saved one.  Saw 8 Ships one cutting & three boiling.  This day ends with fine weather and twelve Ships in Sight all casing Whales.  So ends this day with a dead whale.  Lat by obs 68 00 Long by obs 68 00  Long by [gbro?] 171  [50]30W

M141

September 1-5

Remarks.  Wednesday September 1st 1852

First part got the whale along side & com cutting at 1 PM & comed. [commenced?] cutting at 2 finished at 5 PM & comed [commenced?] boiling.  18 ships in sight 5 boiling and others chasing whales.  Weather fine clear light wind at NW and some whales in sight.  Middle part calm, boiling.  Last part some fogg.  Saw great many “Rip Jack” No Bow Heads also about 20 ships & 3 of them a boiling.  This day ends with clear & pleasant weather  Lat by obs 67[68] 39 [N]  Long by obro 171 40 W

Remarks.  Thursday Sept 2nd 1852

First part fine light weather.  Saw three or four “Bow Heads & chased once.  Saw several other Ships chasing but none take any.  The middle part a light breeze at N&NNE employed boiling.  Ship heading [uncertain East of West?] Middle part light air at N-E.  Last part light and [uncertain].  Cruised to the N.  Saw & boarded the Benj [Benjamin?] Morgan cutting a two hundred barrel whale.  Saw one other Ship cutting.  40 ships in sight & not more than 6 boiling.  We finished boiling at 10 AM turned up 110 bbls So ends this day.   Cloudy. 

Remarks.  Friday Sept 3rd 1852

First part have a moderate breeze at ENE.  Cruised to the North. Saw no bow heads, plenty Rip Jacks & Ships.  passed one ship [uncertain] flying fore and aft, boiling & [uncertain] off.  Middle part stood on to the N&E with a fresh breeze part of the time and quite clear.  The Moon and Stars shining quite bright, the first time for four months.  Also the northern lights quite bright.  Last part fresh breeze backing from the E to NE  cruised to the East Saw no Whales  Saw one ship cutting & one a boiling & 8 others.   employed stowing down in the fore hatch starboard Side.  Weather clear, dry.  So ends the day.  Lat 68 46 N  Long 171 00 W

Remarks. Saturday Sept 4th 1852

First part fresh breeze.  Finished stowing down at 5 PM 100 bbls.  Middle & last part fresh breeze vearing from SSE to SSW.  Cruised to the ESE & westward.  Saw 10 or 15 ships Some 4-5 boiling.  So ends the day.  

Sunday Sept 5th 1852

First part from 12 to 4 strong wind at SSW  [uncertain furled?] the for and [uncertain] top sails  some rain.  Saw 8 ships boiling.  Middle part moderate [uncertain] fine & clear the wind veering to SW  Last part to 5 AM [uncertain] calm.  Light breeze. At SE.  55 Ships in sight 18 boiling  At noon saw 3 bow heads? [uncertain, last line of the page cut off]. Lat by obs 65   Long by [uncertain] 171  00

M142

September 6-9

Remarks Monday Sept 6th 1852

“First part moderate wholesail breeze at S – saw great many Bow Heads going very quick. S-E chased all the afternoon and could not strike one.  plenty of ships all around us chasing but got

no whales. Saw some Rip Jacks Cruised to the S&W – Middle part fresh breeze at S stood to the westward until 12 o’clock and tacked to the Eastward – Saw whales after night fall a quarter

of a mile from the ship – middle part – Last part saw 3 ships cutting saw 3 bowheads and lowered and chased but once. Weather good and wind light - So ends this day. 30 ships in sight at noon. Lat 68o15’N  Long 171o13’W

“Remarks Tuesday Sept 7th 1852

begin with a fresh breeze at SE  saw 2 or 3 Bow Heads and Lowered once. About 40 Ships in sight but few a boiling at 6PM  Spoke the Ship New England – Capt Pendleton of NL  15 whales – was the Ship Ocean of Providence RI Capt Swift 27 whales – middle part moderate with some fogg, Ship headed NE until 12 – [unclear]  Ship & headed to the S&W Last part breeze light made all sail saw a barge cutting  - weather hazy. Saw lone Rip Jack at 11. Saw 3 or four Bow heads – breeze fresh and much sea. – Lowered our boats and struck about noon  So ends this day Lat 68o 00’N Long 141o 00’W

“Remarks Wednesday Sept 8th 1852

Begins with good whaling weather. Got our whale killed and [and] along side at 3PM got dinner and [woke?] around and began to cut about 4. Sea bad had to cut before the wind – finished about 8 o’clock.  Wind died away. I saw Ship Ocean with a whale along side – at 12 middle past

[commenced] boiling – Last part light wind at ESE made sail heading NE at 9 [unclear] to south. Saw several ships whaling but saw but one Bowhead So ends this day – boiling.

“Remarks Thursday Sept 9th 1852

First part saw 3 or four Bow heads & chased.  Wind light  at ESE & [???] & thick weather – at 7 the New England passed close too us. Middle past some rain and not much wind  Last part thick fogg {sic) with a moderate breeze at NNW  Cruised NE & WNW saw some  Rip Jacks, employed boiling  So ends this day

M143

September 10-13

“Remarks Friday Sept 10th 1852

Begins foggy and a stiff breeze at NNW. Saw some ships under double reef top sails – middle part furled the fore & mizzen top sails & lay under double reef  main & fore sail. boiling. cruised to the N& [unclear] N&E. Last part finished boiling at 4 AM & turned up 140 bbls – weather rather thick – several ships in sight & some chasing whales = saw one Bow head going quick to the North – cruised to the Eastward. So ends this day.

“Remarks Saturday Sept 11th 1852

begins with a stiff breeze at N heading ENE [unclear] & chased 3 Bow heads – sea rough & weather thick – plenty Rip Jacks around at 6PM Spoke Ship Albion of Fair Haven Capt Sorile 13 whales including 2 Rip Jacks & 2 Right whales = also at 7 spoke the Ship [Monorigahalia] Capt Seabury – Middle past head WNW until 12 & then to ENE. Last part clear weather and a strong breeze employed stowing down at 11. Spoke Ship Betsy Hill [unclear]   of Stonington Capt Pendleton 10 whales – also Philp Bramin of NB 10 whales  saw several other Ships. So ends this day headed to the N&E 

“Remarks Sunday Sept 12th 1852

Begins with strong breeze. The Ship under double reef top sails - heading to the Eastward. Spoke the Ship Theonix Capt Chas Brewster of N London 14 whales had picked up 8 dead ones. Lay aback & “Gamed” with the Betsy and Theonix until night the weatyher not fit to whale- finished stowing at 2PM – 120 bbls – saw no Bow heads this day – middle past at 12 headed to the westward breeze still strong  Last part saw some bow hears and lowered once wind strong and sea rough  spoke the Theonix at 10 AM & Capt Forsythe went on board & spend the day weather clear. so ends this day  gaming  Lat 67.58N Long 169.00W

“Remarks Monday Sept 13th, 1852

Begins with clear weather & modulating ship under double reef top sails – heading to the westward  several ships in sight – saw the Alexander - Capt Ryan if the NB  9 whales saw two ships boiling – middle past moderate & clear Northern Lights very bright – headed to the east after 12 o’clock. Last part thick fogg until 10AM then clears off 9 ships in sight – some chasing whales. Cruised to the westward - so ends this day

M144

September 14-17

 Remarks Tuesday Sept 14th 1852

Begins with good whaling weather –  Saw & chased one bow head saw one Ship take one just at night  - Spoke the Phoenix at sun set Capt Brewster came on board & got some potatoes - 20 Ships in sight and 5 boiling - breeze light - took in the light sails & hauled up the courses - at dark comes on thick again - at 1 Headed to the N&E in the middle part - Last part good weather With a good whole sail breeze at N made all sail & cruised westward until 11 o clock then to the Eastward saw no bow heads - 30 ships in sight & boiling - one cutting so ends this day  Lat 67 50 Long 168 35

Remarks Wednsday Sept 15th 1852

Begins with good weather saw & chased one bow head 3 hours saw several other ships chasing at sun set heading WNW took in the light sails & hauled up the courses - great many "Rip Jacks” abound this day - middle part quite moderate at 12 headed ENE - Last part fine light weather at 6 1/2 AM saw 3 bow heads and lowered our 3 boats and chase all day & could not strike saw plenty whales - about 20 Ships in sight and all chaseing did not see any take whales - several boiling and two cutting in the morning so ends this day -  Lat 67°45’ Long 16[7]°50’

Remarks Thursday Sept 16 th 1852

This day closes our first year out - weather fine and light - chasing whales until sun set Spoke the Ship Alexander Coffin’ boats reports 1700 bbls of oil this season middle part calm & clear - Last part fine light weather and a light breeze from Southward - saw number of Rip Jacks & and a few bow heads and lowered & chased at  11 1/2 o clock did not get near - about 30 ships in sight most all boiling  or cutting saw one Ship take  a whale the Otaheita of Bremen - so ends this day                Lat 67°49’ Long 171° 40’

Remarks Friday sept 17th  1852

First part fine weather and a light southerly breeze saw several bow heads & chased 3 hours - spoke the Ship Lagoda ‘ Boat who reports 18 whales & wants one to fill - middle part Lay aback   calm Last part - gentle breeze from the northward cruised to the Eastward saw 3 bow heads & chased one could not strike  boarded the [Bony]  Morgan 8 whales + boiling. Saw the Lagoda take her last whale. Saw 30 Ships

M145

September 18-22

Remarks Saturday Sept 18th 1852

Begins with light northerly winds & cloudy saw 3 bow heads & chased 2 hours spoke the Ship Isaac Hicks 14 whales & boiling had struck 39 this season - saw 3 Ship’ cutting (cruised to the Eastward) middle part - lay aback  light air’ calm’ fogg’ & rain several Ship’ in sight boiling Last part - weather rather hazey at times saw 3 bow heads got one along side of the ship at 11 o’clock & comed cutting - 11 1/2 oclock saw the Ship South Boston about full & cutting & boiling so ends this day cutting

Remarks Sunday Sept 19th 1852

Begins with very good weather & a light westerly wind & cloudy 20 Ships in sight & mostly boiling - finished cutting at 4 oclock cleared up the decks & comed boiling at 6 o clock- very large whale lay aback middle part with light baffling wind & hazey Last part light southerly wind & thick fogg lay aback - so ends this day boiling                                                                                                            

Remarks Monday Sept 20th 1852

Begins with thick fogg at one o clock began to break away saw 3 Ship’ cutting - at 2 lowered for a bow head chased untill sun set could not strike - gentle breeze at SS-E cruised to the Eastward - 30 Ship’ in sight all but 3 boiling - middle part lay aback heading to the E - with a clear star light night - Last part fine clear weather cruised to the N&E saw 3 ship’ take whale along side & comed to cut the chandler [Price] Barque Lark & Ship Scene so ends this day

Remarks Tuesday Sept 21st 1852

Begins with a fresh breeze at South cruised to the westward saw the Ship Orizimbo of N B take a whale & at 4 oclock saw one bow head the first to day - lowered two Boats went on to the whale and mised getting fast - Spoke the Ship Brookline of N London Capt Norie 19 whales  2500 bbls - middle part moderate lay aback - Last part light wind at (W&NW) 6 oclock saw 2 bow heads lowered the boats but saw them no more finished boiling at 9 o’clock turned up 200 bbls - weather clear but much swell from NW so ends this day

 Remarks Wednsday Sept 22nd 1852

Begins with a light breeze at SE saw 1 bow head & chased at sun set

                           19-W               12-W                             15-M                                     [    ] (full)

[gamd] with the Brookline - chandler [Price]  - Haniball  &  Nile of San Francisco middle part foggy lay aback Last part foggy stowing down wind light at SE heading ENE - Lat at noon 68 40 Long 170°14

M146

September 23-27

Remarks  Thursday Sept 23 1852

Begins with fine clear and dry light + smooth weather Finished stowing down 180 bbls (the last whale) at 5 PM and cleared up the decks – have not seen a whale this day of any Kind – Middle part quite good weather – [unclear] double reef top sails – I unclear] Ship John. Howland. N. Bedford 6 whales. - Last part – Blows strong from NE [unclear] too under clost reef main top sails – Saw 6 ships. one boiling – To end this day.

Remarks  Friday Sept 24th 1852

First part blows a strong NE gale. the ship [unclear] to heading East 5 ships in sight. Saw some unclear] – Middle part – the gale continues + strengthens with rain + snow – Last part thick snowstorm Sea very heavy. Ship [unclear] to heading East under clost reef [unclear] to sail only ship in sight + She heading to the [unclear]  So ends this day

Remarks  Saturday Sept 25th 1852

Begins with a strong NE gale – [unclear] to heading East Some snow + rain + thick at 6 PM [unclear] Ship + headed NW – Middle part the gale continues unabated – Last part Eather increases very heavy sea. 5 Ships in sight – [unclear] to weather Eather hazey So ends – no [unclear] this day – cloudy at noon –

Remarks  Sunday Sept 26th 1852

Beginning with a strong NE gale. at 6 PM [unclear] Ship and headed to the Eastward – Saw two Ships under clost reef top Sails + [unclear] foresail. [3] others [unclear] too – Middle part sleet + rain – the gale continuing – Last part – moderates with thick weather – So ends this 24 hours. Set clost reef top sails + fore sails.

Remarks  Monday Sept 27th 1852

Begins with thick weather with occational light streaks Saw two Ships – one a boiling – the has abated.  Set the fore sail + clost reef fore + mizen top sails – Middle part quite moderate + clear of fogg – Last part light breeze.  I [unclear] at NE – Set the jib + whole top sails - + headed to the S + E with very thick fogg.  after 10 o clock A.M. 2 ships in sight with morning – [unclear] + got 20 fathoms of water  so ends these 24 hours – with no observation --



M147

September 28-29

Remarks Tuesday Sept 28th 1852

Begins with a very thick fogg, and a light breeze at NE steering E & ESE at 4 ½ PM – mostly calm – clewed up the Sash & anchored with our small stream anchor – at 5 the fogg clears off – and we were only about 4 miles from the land under our lee – hove up & made sail  heading N-W with a light breeze at NNE – I had 20 fathoms of water hard bottom at 2 [crossed out] more to the East NE at 2 again more to the NW – breeze strong – reefed fore & mizen top sails – saw 2 ships at Sun Set to the westward heading to the Eastward – Last part at 4 ½ AM kept off to the S-W with a strong breeze at 7. Saw Land 6 miles off bearing WSW & low sounded. Got 16 fathoms weather thick – hauled to the westward by the wind – got up one chain cable & bent to the anchor – with wind direct on shore &  heavy sea – bent a new fore topmast stay sail - & put the ship under double [unclear] top sails & fore sail & main [unclear] with quite a gale – saw the land under out lee all the forenoon from 6 to 10 miles off at noon – got an observation which gave out Lat 6 [unclear] 0 —22’ N which brings us to the conclusion that we are off the Asiatic coast – where we supposed ourselves on the American – So ends these 24 hours  Lat 6/ o 22’

Remarks Wednsday Sept 29th 1852

Begins with a fresh gale & thick weather at 1 ½ PM [unclear] ship & headed East N East with the land under our lee & a heavy sea heaving [unclear] – at 4 ½ PM Saw a ship astern coming [unclear] with [unclear] – Sounded frequently and got from 15 to 18 fathoms of water – middle part kept by the wind heading ENE until 10 o clock – Saw the land under out lee – called all hands & [unclear] sails & headed NW by W with a very heavy sea. Set the main Sail at 1 o clock  Shipped a heavy sea which broke down the bow boat – called all hands and succeeded in sobering the boat – had to take in the main sail – at 5 called all hands and ship to the Eastward – saw a ship past us heading to the Eastward   - Last part have frequent squalls of Snow – the wind about North & get blowing  a Gale and the land in sight to leeward – Saw 4 Ships at noon – had moderat atad so that we have let the main sail & jib & we are off Cape [unclear] – Remain 58 miles NW of Cape East – 5 miles only from the shore – So ends these 24 hours -   Lat 6 ½  0 18’ Long 171 0 49’ W  

M148

September 30-October 3

Remarks Thursday, Sept. 30, 1852

Begins with a strong breeze at N at 2 O’clock we cleared Cape [Kamen?] and kept off East for cape. East. The Ship [Olizimbo?] 4 miles a stern steering Eastward - & one ship a head steering Eastward – at four set distant from the land. 15 miles. (Shortened sail) Middle part steered East until 12 – and hauled a back until 1 – saw East cape to the S & W – Kept off SSE and [sailed] into Bearing’s [sic] straits at 4 o’clock A.M. and steered S by SW under all sail – with a strong breeze at NNW with squalls of snow and freezing cold – [sail making?] on deck – Ship [Olizimbo] 6 miles ahead steering Southward under all sail – Last part have a fine steady fresh breeze at North - steering S by SW under all sail at noon – Set the fore top[sail] studding sail – weath cloudy at noon. Lat. 65 [degrees] 8 [minutes] Long: 170 [degrees] 40 [minutes]

Remarks Friday Oct. 1, 1852

Begins with good weather a steady Northerly wind – Steered southward with the land in plain sight 15 or 20 miles off – at 4 [degrees] spake the [Olizimbo] Capt. Johnson -  14 whales – [gamed] until 7 o’clock – Middle part kept in company – making a SSW course – breeze fresh – carried all sail [UNCLEAR] at 6 A.M. – cape [Nash?] – bear Northwest [to] St. Lawrence Island (South part) East. Breeze freshens at NNE – Ship [Olizimbo] 8 miles ahead – So end I. Some Snow Squalls.

Lat. by D.R. 62 [degrees] 49 [minutes] Long. 174-30

Remarks, Sat., Oct. 2 1852

Begins with a strong breeze and increasing to a gale at 3 P.M. Reef fore and mizzen topsail – furled jib – main sail and main top [gallant] sail – the [Olizimbo] 10 miles ahead – Middle part have a strong gale – ran under double reef topsails and foresail. Course S by W. – Last part the gale continues with squalls of rain and mist. So ends this day. Lat. by D.R. 60 [degrees] 02 minutes - Long 178 [degrees] 00 [minutes]

Remarks, Sun. Oct. 3 1852

Begins with strong NE gale & cloudy & rain squalls – Middle part the gale moderates with squalls of thin rain. Course SSW. Last part the wind continues to die away and cants to N and NNW with squalls of snow and hail – At 7 A.M. set jib & main sail & mizzen Topsail. So ends the day. 

Lat. by Obs. 57 [degrees] 51 [ minutes] Long. By Obs. 178 [degrees] East

[D.R. = Dead Reckoning; Obs. = Observation]

M149

October 4-8

Remarks, Monday, Oct. 4th, 1852

Begins with moderate weather, some light snow squalls from N.W. Course SW under triple reef top sails – Middle part, most of the time wind [drops?] light & moon and stars out – last part, wind light and baffling with some clear skys - one sail in sight to the Westward – employed splicing the jib [sheet?] and etc. So ends the day. Lat 55 40 - Long 175 

Remarks, Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 1852

Begins with strong gusts of wind and rain & hail squalls from westward. Kept by the wind to the [S.W.] Middle part, strong double-reef breeze from W to NW – Kept by the wind making a S-W course. Last part some strong squalls with rain, hail, and snow - and some clear weather to end this 24 hours.

Lat by obs. At noon 54 [degrees] 10 [minutes] Long. 173 [degrees] 18 [minutes]

Remarks, Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 1852

Begins with good moderate weather and a good steady breeze at N.W. Ship heading SW under double-reef topsails and courses – At [UNCLEAR] wind died away – made all sail – saw the westernmost of the Fox Islands bearing South, distant 50 miles – Middle part dies away to a calm  – Last part have a light breeze at N East – Steered S SW – 5 ships in sight. So ends these 24 hours. Fine weather. (Bent a New mizzen topsail.)

Lat. 5.3 – 0.7 (?) Long by obs. 171 

Remarks, Thursday, Oct. 7th, 1852

Begins with light weather and nearly calm - Steering to the Southward past the West end of the island of [UNCLEAR] of the Fox Chain distant 25 miles – 5 ships in sight – Middle part, light air until 12. After [UNCLEAR] a fresh breeze from SSE – Last part increases and squalls at East – single reef at 10 A.M. – 4 ships in sight at noon – took in the main top gall[ant] sail. So ends [sic] – Steering South by East. Lat at noon by obs. 62 N. 01 Long.172.00.

Remarks, Friday, Oct. 8th, 1852

Begins with a fresh gale in squalls at East at 1 o’clock – furled the main sail & jib & double-reefed the top sails & found the main top sail yard “sprung” - at 4 clost reefed fore & mizzen & furled the main top sail & main sail. Middle part blows a heavy gale with some rains – Last part the gale abates & at noon quite moderate but a thick fogg, so ends these 24 hours.

M150

October 9-14

Remarks, Saturday Oct 9th 1852

Begins with a moderate gale + a heavy swell the wind bearing to E-N-E made sail -+ heading SE – have a thick fogg -  middle part continues rather moderate Set the jib + let out one reef from the top sails – Last part strong breeze at N-N-E in squalls with fogg course S-E by E So ends this day

Remarks, Sunday Oct 10th 1852

Begins with a strong breeze at N + squalls of fogg we have a very ugly cross sea + swell – middle part – strong breeze at N and squally + we are making a fine run – some rain – Last part rather less wind but an ugly sea. – wind conts to NW. So ends this day with the Sun out  Lat by obs. 47o-17N Long – 174o 40E

Remarks Monday Oct 11th 1852

Begins with a strong breeze at NW course SE by E— rather squally – set the main top galt sail over double reefd main top sail – middle part – a good wholesail breeze at NW + clear weather Last part fine weather made all sail at 6AM Steering (sals te?) So ends— Lat by obs 44.57. 177o20 East

Remarks Tuesday Oct 12th 1852

Begins with good weather + a steady whole sail breeze at NW. Steering SE by E½E by compass. Middle part steady breeze at NW – Last part cloudy but good weather and a steady light NW wind – with a fine run Steering ESE So to end Lat by obs 43o07 Long. 174-30 East

Remarks Wednesday Oct 13th 1852

Begins with good and cloudy weather with a light + steady NW wind – middle part the wind cants to the Northward + increases Last part cants to the NN-E with a gentle breeze Steering ESE to end of this day cloudy // no obs. – 

Remarks Thursday Oct 14th 1852

Begins with a gentle breeze at NE. middle part increases to a strong breeze. at sun set took in flying jib + main top galt sail. reefat 2.AM. – double reefed at 7½.AM. + unbent the main top sail for repairs – Saw one sail to the Eastward – So to the end of day

M151

October 15-20

Remarks, Friday Oct 15th 1852

Begins with a moderate gale at E-N-E clost reefed the top sails at 1 PM + furled the main sail – some rain + thickened up middle part. moderate towards morning at 1 AM wore to NE last part quite moderate made sail at noon under single reefd = heading NE wind ESE – So ends this day

Remarks Saturday Oct 16th 1852

Begins with quite moderate + dry weather but cloudy sky wind ESE Ship heading NE – middle part wind light and bearing to the South + a clear sky – Last part fine light and clear + warm + pleasant – employed cleaning. Bone. So ends this day. Lat by obs at noon 39o11N Long by chro 173o-30W (173o overwritten with 172o45   172o 40

Remarks Sunday Oct 17th 1852

Begins with fine light wind and weather from the South course ESE – finished the main top sail yard at 6 PM – middle part wind light at South and a heavy damp air Last part ends with clear light weather with some haze Lat by obs at noon 38o24’ Long 170o38West

Remarks Monday Oct 18th 1852

Begins with light + clear weather – but air damp – wind  South – course ES-E by compass – middle part – clear sky + a new moon – with a six knot breeze at s by west last part fine weather and a fresh breeze employed the crew at scrapeing bone. Lat by obs 37-01 – Long 168o40’ by chro

Remarks Tuesday Oct 19th 1852

Begins with a fresh breeze at S by W + hazey + damp air – Middle part heavy. Rain – at 9 ½ the wind shifts suddenly to North + NN-E – Last part fresh breeze + fine clear weather + dry – employed cleaning Ship – course  ESE. So ends this day Lat by obs 35o16’ Long. 166o16’ by chro B Luner 166o00

Remarks Wednesday Oct 20th 1852

Begins with a fine fresh breeze + clear weather middle part wind cants to NE – Last part fine weather – one Ship to the south steering Eastward with us. – employed at sundry jobs in ship’s duty wind EN-E Lat 33o08’ Long. 164-04

M152

October 21-26

Remarks. Thursday Oct 21st 1852

Begins with good weather and a gentle whole sail breeze at—ENE—ship heading S.E. employed repairing Boats sails rigging +c -+c- one Ship to the S x East—Middle + Last part fine + light weather—wind bearing to EN-E+E—steered to the S + E—employed cleaning Bone + repairing the Bow Boat  So ends. Lat 31  20’   Long. 162 54’ W

Remarks. Friday Oct 22nd 1852

Begins with a light breeze at EN-E + clear + pleasant no-ships-in sight—middle part the wind cants to -ES-E at 12 o clock tacked ship + headed N East—Last part light and pleasant weather – Lat by obs 30 20’ Long . 162 18’ W

Remarks. Saturday Oct 23 1852

Begins with pleasant weather and a light air from S-E-- employed cleaning bone—middle and Last part much the same. The wind very unsteady + light—so ends these 24 hours.  Lat 31 09 by obs—Long 161- 25” by chro.

Remarks. Sunday Oct 24th 1852

Begins with light baffling. Easterly winds—Middle part fresh breeze headed SS-E + at 12 tacked to NN-E at 2 AM. furled the flying jib + main to galt sail—Last part more moderate wind veering to S-E—set the flying jib + main top galt Sail at 10 AM.—So ends this day—Lat 31-35’   By D-R- Long 160-20’

Remarks. Monday Oct. 25 1852

Begins with a moderate breeze at S-E-x. lovely weather Ship by the wind heading ENE—middle part the wind cants to SS_E—Last part light + pleasant weather got up the fore top galt yard + sail  employed drying Bone—So ends this day Lat by obs 31 45’  Long 158 25’

Remarks. Tuesday Oct 26th 1852

Begins with light air at SS-W + fine weather—Middle part the same—steering S-E from –2 PM to 2 AM—very clear and pleasant—Last part—weather very fine—saw a sail to the northward—Steering to the North+ East—so ends this day employed drying bone. Lat 30 39’  Long 157-52’W 

M153

October 27-November 1

Remarks. Wednsday Oct 27th 1852

Begins with fine light weather—breeze very light at South + South West—steered South East—Got the Bow Boat out Middle part light air + baffling to the Southward—Last part light and pleasant a ship in sight to the North steering Eastward so ends—course SE by S Lat by obs 29-59’  Long 155 56’ by chrom

Remarks. Thursday Oct 28th 1852

Beginning light air + calm—clear + very warm +drying finished drying + stowing away the Whale bone—Middle part light air + calm. Course SS-E—Last part calm—5 Ships in sight—So ends this day Lat by ob 29 32’  Long by chro 155 20’

Remarks. Friday Oct 29 1852

Begins with clear + calm weather and heavy swell from the westward—one Ship bearing E by N—6 miles off—heading to the S + E—Middle part—light air from S-S-E- kept by the wind to the Eastward—Last part spoke the Ship L. C. Richm[n] ond of N-B—Capt. Cohran form the Arctic 13 Whales—the season bound to [HiloOhohyhe]—gamed all say—breeze light at SSW    So ends Lat 29-00’

Remarks. Saturday Oct 30th 1852

Begins with fine light wind and weather steering SE gamming with the Richmond until 8 PM— Middle part breezes at S. Last part light breeze 3 sail in sight—made a tack to the S+W 3 hours—so ends this day—  Lat. By obs. 28[54]  Long 153 32’

Remarks—Sunday Oct 30th 1852

Begins with light southerly wind + pleasant painted the Boats on the house + the main mast—steering to the S+E Middle part—some squalls of rain—Last part fresh breeze at SS-E—tacked Ship st 7 AM—two Ships in sight—so ends this day. Lat by obs.  27 [29] 29  Long 153 00

Remarks. Monday Oct Nov 1st 1852

Begins with a moderate breeze at SS-E-- +  clear weather Ship under double reef—top Sails –5 Ships—in sight with all sail out—Middle part wind light—with a heavy swell from West—Last same to end. Lat 27 12 Long 134-22 employed repairing sails +c +c 3 Ships in sight Lat 27 08  Long 154 22 

M154

November 2-7

Remarks Tuesday Nov 2nd 1852

Begins with a fresh breeze at S-S-E  -  middle part Some light Squalls with rain    Last part wind conts [sic] to S - at 11½ tacked Ship + headed to the E –  Saw 2 Sails    Moderate breeze   So ends this day Lat 26° 20'   Long 155° 53'  W

Remarks Wednsday [sic] Nov 3d – 1852

Begins with good weather and a moderate breeze –  from the South     middle part fresh breeze + Squalls     tacked Ship at 3½ AM + headed S-W    Last part heads off to W S-W    tacked at 11 + headed E S-E    Saw 3 Ship at noon     rain with a stiff squall from S + W -  So ends this day  - No obs.

Remarks Thursday Nov 4th 1852

Begins with baffling southerly winds with Squall and rain -    employed washing Ship      Middle part the wind Shifts to W N-W + strong with rain -   the first fair wind for 14 days -    Course S by E by compass     Last part a moderate whole sail breeze      one Ship in sight a stern      weather   cloudy  -  So ends this day.                Lat by obs  24° 12'   Long. 154 56

Friday Nov 5th 1852

Begins with light westerly wind with clear + dry weather   3 Sail in Sight —   middle part light air —   Set the fore topng [gallant] Studding Sail -   Last part light air —   Saw a Brig Steering S [South]  fine weather   So ends this day   Course South —— Lat by obs 22° 40   Long 155° 06

Remarks Saturday Nov 6th 1852

Begins with light air – steering South – 5 Sail in Sight    Middle part light air + calms   Course S by W – Last part light   a Ship passed near us which we call +it+ the Columbus of Fair Haven  -  Steering S by W  –  Saw the Land at 10 AM bearing S-W distant by our obs 60 miles   So ends this day   Lat by obs 21-37   Long 155°–12' 

Remarks Sunday Nov 7th 1852

Begins light airs and calms  - The Island of Maui or Mowe [sic] in Sight  – Course S-W  – Middle - calm -  Last part steering S-W   wind very light + calm.  Hawaii Maui + Moloki [sic] in Sight  + 4 Ships - So ends this day.




1847-1852