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A Log book for the whaling bark Kathleen of New Bedford
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A Log book for the whaling bark Kathleen of New Bedford

CA. 1900

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A Log book for the whaling bark Kathleen of New Bedford
ca. 1900
detailing the second to last voyage of this ship under the command of Fed H. Smith. Departing New Bedford, Massachusettes on 19 June 1900, with numerous entries regarding course and weather conditions as well as numerous whale and tail stamps (some hand colored) many marked with the number of barrels of oil recovered from each whale. The voyage ended after the ship was partially dismasted in a gale off of Bermuda and returned home under jury rig. The last entry is on 27 September 1901 with the sighting of Block Island light. Also includes a list of her crew. Along with four other books: Jenkins, Thomas H. Bark Kathleen Sunk By A Whale; Russell, Benjamin Whale Ships and Whaling Scenes; State Street Bank, Boston Mass. [Publisher] Whale Fishery of New England; [St. Nicholas Illustrated Magazine] Booth, Frederick The Sinking of the Bark Kathleen. (5)

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The Kathleen departed on her final voyage bound for Bermuda, and was stove in by a large whale on 22 October 1901. The whale stamp used in this logbook is in the collection of Mystic Seaport Museum.
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