Ladies' Logs

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Of the over 400 logbooks in the NHA’s ships’ logs collection, only 11 have been attributed to women. It was not unheard of for wives of whaling masters to accompany their husbands on voyages. Nantucket women were well educated and, whether at sea or home, often wrote letters and kept journals. Observances made in their letters and journals can offer unique outsiders’ perspectives and insight into life aboard a whaleship.
Almira Gibbs whaling journal, 1860-1964

Almira Gibbs whaling journal, 1860-1964

This journal was kept aboard the ship Norman by Almira Gibbs née Ames (1816-1864) as she accompanied her husband Master Richard C. Gibbs, Sr. (1811-1880) on a whaling voyage. While Gibbs had previously sailed with her husband and their son Richard C. Gibbs, Jr. (1842-?) aboard the whaleship...

250 pages: 2% indexed, 5% transcribed, 7% needs review
Elizabeth H. Morey whaling journal, 1853-1855

Elizabeth H. Morey whaling journal, 1853-1855

This journal was kept by Elizabeth H. Morey as she accompanied her husband Master Israel Morey whaling aboard the ship Phoenix during its 1853-1855 voyage. The journal describes life on board a whaling vessel, and features pencil sketches and stamps and poetry throughout. You can read...

152 pages: 1% indexed, 10% transcribed, 53% needs review
Log of the bark Amie Ann, 1869-1870

Log of the bark Amie Ann, 1869-1870

Log 350, previously titled as the log of the bark Annie Ann, was kept in 1869 by Mrs. John C. Pierce. In an obituary for her husband, Captain John C. Pierce, it was noted his last voyages were aboard a vessel called the Amie (not Annie) Ann. The obituary also revealed Mrs. Pierce's name as Amie...

30 pages: 10% indexed, 37% transcribed, 63% needs review
Richard C. Gibbs, Jr. & Almira Gibbs whaling journal, 1855, 1857-1859

Richard C. Gibbs, Jr. & Almira Gibbs whaling journal, 1855, 1857-1859

This journal was kept aboard the ship Nantucket by Richard C. Gibbs, Jr. (1842-?), a 13 year old boy, and his mother Almira Gibbs née Ames (1816-1864), as they accompanied their father/husband Master Richard C. Gibbs, Sr. (1811-1880) on a whaling voyage. Encouraged to keep a log of the...

222 pages: 18% indexed, 87% transcribed
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