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Notes:

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LOG BOOK – MAY 1st 1881 TO OCTOBER 22nd 1881


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LOGS FOR MAY 1881


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1 May 1881

san francisco bay

Lat 37.8, Long -122.4

Robert Welsford - seaman, transferred to Engineers dept and rated coal-passer


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2 May 1881

san francisco ca

Lat 37.8, Long -122.4

coal: 219810 - remaining


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3 May 1881

san francisco

Lat 37.8, Long -122.4

coal: 218015 - remaining


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4 May 1881


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4 May 1881

san francisco

Lat 37.8, Long -122.4

coal: 209770 - remaining

Edward Burke, 2nd Liuet. - Author?

W.E. Reynolds, 3rd Liuet. - Author

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5 May 1881

at sea

Lat 38.78, Long -125.52


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5 May 1881

at sea

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coal: 195510 - remaining


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5 May 1881

at sea

Lat 39.55, Long -129.42


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6 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

coal: 181550 - remaining


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7 May 1881

Lat 40.95, Long -132.27


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7 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

3am sea was rough and quantities of water was coming on board


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8 May 1881

Lat 42.60, Long -136.33

coal: -


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8 May 1881

at sea

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9 May 1881

Lat 44.02, Long -140.30


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9 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

coal: 16200 - Used

coal: 135990 - Remaining

coal: 152190 - On Hand


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10 May 1881

Lat 47.85, Long -147.70


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11 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

G.H. Doty, 3rd Lieut. -

coal: Remaining 102660 -

W.E. Reynolds, 3rd Lieut. -

O.D. Myrick, 3rd Lieut. -


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Lat 49.50, Long -151.87


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12 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

Edmund Burke, 2nd Lieut. -

coal: Remaining 85000 -

G.H. Doty, 3rd Lieut. -

W.E. Reynolds, 3rd Lieut. -


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Lat 51.02, Long -155.58


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13 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

Copy of the instructions to the Officer in command of the expedition

Letter of instruction to the officer in commands of the expedition.

Edmund Burke, 2nd Lieut. -

O.W. Myrick, 3rd Lieut. -

Albert Kranzler -

"The following is a copy of the instructions to the officer in command of the expedition. The "Corwin" will be at west end of Kolutchin Island, the point of ~, June 15, June30, & July 15. If not meeting the vessel at any of these dates, proceed to East Cape. Leave letters at settlements stopped at, addressed to this vessel in case this vessel does not reach East Cape by the 15th of August, go to Plover Bay. On the way, stop at St. Lawrence Bay, leave letter with natives to be put on board every whaling vessel to be delivered to the "Corwin", giving information of your whereabouts. Leave letter with natives at East Cape. In every instance of meeting natives, inform them of the object or you mission."

Albert Krangler - "Sick List -: Albert Krangler, Qu. Master"


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Lat 51.02, Long -155.58


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13 May 1881

at sea

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Lat 52.65, Long -159.83


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14 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long


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Lat 53.12, Long -163.82


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15 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long


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Lat 53.87, Long -166.05


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16 May 1881

at sea

Lat , Long

Sighted the land (Ounalaska Island) bearing W by N distant about 30 miles

Stood in for English Harbour


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Lat 53.87, Long -166.42


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17 May 1881

at anchor english harbor

Lat 60.3, Long -146.7

Ship's Surgeon visited several of the natives professionally

Hauled vessel on the beach preparitory to putting on sheathing.

Engineering repaired leak in boiler.

At meridian anchired in Ounalaska Harbor

Ship's Surgeon visited several of the natives professionally

Received from A C Comany 20 lbs of galvanized nails


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18 May 1881

ounalaska harbor

Lat 53.9, Long -166.5

Ship's surgeon visited several native families professionally

At high tide got vessel off the beach and made preperations to put her aground again to repair and refasten sheating on port side.

Put ship agoung for the purpose of repairing sheathing

Received fro Alaska Commercial Company 100 lbs cut nails

Ship's Surgeon visited several native families professionally


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19 May 1881

ounalaska harbor

Lat 53.9, Long -166.5

schooner Mathew Turner - arrived

St. Paul - arrived

Put vessel aground to fix sheathing.

Mathew Turner - A.C. Company's Schooner, arrived.

St Paul - A.C. Company's steamer arrived

Hau7.20 led the vessel from the beach.


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20 May 1881

ounalaska harbor

Lat 53.9, Long -166.5

All hands employed bagging and boating off coal.

Henry Fagin - Seaman, Sick list


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21 May 1881

ounalaska harbor

Lat 53.9, Long -166.5

coal: 207136 -

H. L. Tiernan - put mail on board

got ice breaker on board

coal: 92 1056/2240 tons -

coal: 92 tons -

Sick list: Michael Donohue, fireman; Henry Fagin, seaman, returned to duty.


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Lat 54.78, Long -166.92


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22 May 1881

ounalaska harbor

Lat 53.9, Long -166.5

Schr. H.L. Tiernan - ship towed out of harbor

The master of Sch'r H.L.Tiernan, desiring to go to sea, and being unable to do so, the wind being light and ahead, took her in tow and towed her clear of the harbor.

Schooner HL Tiernanr in tow to clear of the Harbor

Sick List: Michael Donohew, fireman, returned to duty


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Lat 57.10, Long -170.50


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23 May 1881

at sea

Lat 57.1, Long -170.3

Special Agent Otis -

Special Agent Otis came on board


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Lat 58.72, Long -171.43


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24 May 1881

at sea bering sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

At 12.45 sighted ice along starboard beam. At 1.50 rised scattered ice ahead; chaged courses to W by N1/2N

Sick list: Thomas De Sozie, Seaman


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Lat 60.42, Long -175.40


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25 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

5.15 (Am) fog very dense

Dense fog

Dense fog

Sick list: Thomas De Sozie, seaman; Albert Kranzler, quartermaster


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Lat 62.12, Long -175.90


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26 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

drift ice

heavy drift ice

blinding snow storm

Dense fog

At 7 fog lifting some

At 11.30 entered drift ice and changed course to NWxW

At 6 (pm) got rid of the ice

overcast with blinding snow storm

Sick list: Thomas De Sozie, fireman; Albert Kranzel, Quartermaster


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Lat 63.88, Long -175.68


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27 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

Ice pack


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Lat 63.83, Long -171.62


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28 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

dirft ice

Bark Rainbow - visited

Visited natives for purpose of securing dogs

8:25, anchored in Marcus Bay. Comd'g Officer visited the settlement for the purpose of securing dogs, sledges and interpreter. At 10 Comd'g officer returned onboard with 6 dogs, sledge and driver who is to act as interpreter.

A number of Indians came on board

at 12.20 Indians left vessel

Anchored in Marcus Bay

Comd'g officer visited the settlement for the purpose of securing dogs, sledges and intepreter. At 10 Comd'g Officer returned on board with six dogs, sledge and driver who is toa ct as interpreter


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Lat 65.42, Long -170.93


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29 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

drift ice

Comd'g officer returned, having failed to procure dogs and sledges.

quantities of drift ice passing the vessel

2.12 (pm) came to anchor in St Lawrence Bay

Quantities of drift ice passing the vessel

A number of Indians on board

Sick list: Thomas De Sozie, seaman, retuned to duty; Alber Kranzler, quartermaster


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Lat 60.78, Long -168.92


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30 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

entered drift ice

quantities of drift ice passing the vessel

A number of Indians came on board. Secured 14 dogs from Indians at Ratmanof Island, gve in payment 14 bags of flour (700 lbs); 2 dledges from Indians at Ratmanof Island, gave in payment 2 bags of flour (100 lbs); and 5 dogs from Indians at Krusenstern Isalnd, gave in payment 5 bags flour (250 lbs).

A number of Indians came on board. Secured 14 dogs from Indians at Ratmanof Island, gave in payment 14 bags of flour (700lbs): 2 sledges from Indians at ratmanof Island, gave in payment 2 bags flour (100lbs) and 5 dogs from Indians at Krusenstern Island, gave in payment 5 bags of flour (250lbs)

Thick storm of snow and sleet

Quantities of drift ice passing the vessel. Natives on board

Secured 14 dogs from Indians at ratmanof island, gave in payment 14 bags of flour (700 lbs), 2 sledges from Indians at Ratmanof Island, gave in payment 2 bags of flour (100 lbs) and 5 dogs for Indians at Krusenstern Island, gave in payment 5 bags of flour (250 lbs)


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Lat 67.28, Long -171.75


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31 May 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

Helen Mar - boarded bark

heavy drift ice

Secured the serives of an Indian for dog driving, guide and interpreter

At 4:10 Comdg officer left vessel to visit Indian village.

At 7:45 Cmd'g Officer returned on board vessel having bought one sledge, giving in payment 10 yards of calico. 1 axe and 1 knife.

A number of Indians came on board; secured the services of an Indian for dog driving, and interpreter.

Comd'g Officer went on board of Bark "Helen Mar"

Comd'g officer returned on board , having bought one sledge , giving in payment 10 yards calico, 1 axe and 1 knife



LOGS FOR JUNE 1881


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Lat 67.95, Long -175.17


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1 June 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 55.6, Long 13.3

standing along edge of ice pack

following western edge of ice

heavy drift ice


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Lat 67.97, Long -175.30


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2 June 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Heavy drift ice

stopped & landed on the ice 1st Lieut ~ and Lieut W. E. Reynolds cox ~ two indians 20 dogs & 3 sledges, 1 skin boat, and the following articles: 1 barometer, 1 boat compass, 1 lead & line 1 tent 2 rubber blankets 1 Hatchet - 12 dog sail needles, 15 yds cotton canvas, 1 chart 1 ~ glass 1 oil stove & furniture 5 skin coats, 2 prs. skin pants 5 prs skin boots 10 lbs Plug Tobacco, 10 lbs leaf Tobacco 145 lbs. Bread, 10 lbs coffee 50 lbs Potatoes. At the point where the party landed found three indians with dogs & sledges who came from the settlement on the islands.

12:35 whilst working engine to clear ice away, ice fowled rudder carring it away, breaking pi~~tals and broke rudder post completly off close above upper pi~~tal. Got rudder inboard, set about rigging jury rudder. Works vessel under jib, topsail through heavy drift ice 4 to 8 ~

Constructed a jury rudder of two stunsail booms & two swinging booms crossed with pieces of oak plank, all secured together with stout cross lashings. weighted the lower edge with 600lbs kentledge, fitted it with 4 guys, two at each side, got it overboard, passed the forward guys through the ~ and secured them; lashed top gallants yard & strong back of waist boat davits across tuffrail ring leaching blocks on outer ends; rove the after guys through them & led them forward to steam windlass.


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Lat 66.70, Long -170.77


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3 June 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 22.6, Long 59.5

steaming through drift ice

Whaling bark "Helen Mar" of New Bedford - stopped and spoke

Helen Mair - Whaling Bark, Stopped and spoke.


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Lat 66.12, Long -169.28


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4 June 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Disrated Lawrence Carey 1st class Boy, to mid class Boy for general worthlessness

Unable to find clear water between ice pack and shore stood back to the "edge?"

Lawrence Carey - disrated

Sick list Albert Kranzler, Quartermaster


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Lat 65.58, Long -170.75


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5 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

A number of natives on board

Whaling boat "Francia Palmer" - came into bay

Natives still on board

Fraincia Palmer - Whaling Bark came into the bay.

At 6.15 (pm) whaler "Francis Palmer" came into the bay

Sick list: Thomas Hollohan, Boatswain; Albert Kranzler, Quartermaster


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Lat 65.58, Long -170.75


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6 June 1881

st lawrence bay

Lat 65.7, Long -171.1

indians left the vessel

squalls with rain, hail, snow, sleet


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Lat 64.70, Long -171.58


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7 June 1881

st lawrence bay

Lat 65.7, Long -171.1

encountered field of drift ice off the Cape [St. Lawrence Island]

At 11.07 Slowed engine and entered field of drift ice off the Cape


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Lat 63.70, Long -172.30


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8 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long Behring Sea

Quantities of drift ice passing the vessel

broke gearing to steam windless

unable to proceed further to the ~ on account of ice.

At 11.25, broke gearing to steam windlass.

At 1.10, put vessel about, unable to proceed further to the (?) on account of ice.

Quantities of drift ice passing the vessel

Sick list: Thomas Hollahan Boatswaing; Albert Kranzler, Quartermaster


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Lat 63.87, Long 171.47


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9 June 1881

n w end st lawrence island

Lat 43.7, Long 7.2

Drift ice pressing the vessel

made repairs to steam windless

heavy drift ice coming down on vessel

quantities of drift ice passing vessel

Made repairs to steam windlass.

Quantities of drift ice passing vessel


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Lat 63.67, Long 171.33


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10 June 1881

at anchor st lawrence island

Lat 43.7, Long 7.2

working vessel to bell through drift ice

Shoved outside of shore ice outside off wreck of Schr. "Lolita"

Schr. Lolita - wreck of Schr. Lolita throughly stripped of everything of any value. Supposed to have been done by natives.

Schr Lolita. - Wreck mentioned.

10.40 anchored outside of shore ice outside of wreck of Schr 'Lolita'. Coms. officer went ashore send boat crew to wreck for the purpose of securing some material to repair ships rudder. Eng. (?) & carpenter employed fitting pintals to rudder. Cut up one boat anchor for (?) pintal made two others of two inch bar iron secured to rudder with 1/4 inch iron straps bolted this rudder fast.

Shipped rudder had hole cut in rudder below upper pintal, passed a lashing of 1 3/4 wire through it & around stearnpost bringing the (?) infor securing them on desk. Shipped and secured the tiller. found the rudder to work satisfactorily.

All hands employed unrigging jury anchor

Schr "Lolita" - found the wreck; stripped of every thing of any value; supposed to have been done by natives during the winter


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Lat 63.93, Long 171.42


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11 June 1881

st lawrence island

Lat 43.7, Long 7.2

Steering various courses around fields of drift ice

dense fog


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Lat 64.53, Long 173.32


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12 June 1881

plover bay

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

Watch employed in cutting passage thru the ice

crew endeavoring to start ice by lasting. Made three attpempts was finally successful.

4.10 got under way & endeavoured to force way into ice. At 4.30 unable to make any impresssion ~~ strained up the harbour & made fast to ice with ~


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13 June 1881

plover bay

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

Crew employed in dragging sleds loaded with empty bags to coal pile. Carpenter employed making sleds

crew employed hauling coal on sledges from coal pile to ship. 10 natives employed aiding crew ith sledge etc.

Whaling bark "Thomac Cpe" of New Bedford - came into harbour making fast to the ice

Stopped coaling for the day


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Lat 64.53, Long -173.32


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14 June 1881

plover bay

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

All hands assisted by 10 natives employed sledding coal over the ice. Ship Surgeon treated profesionnally ~ natives

All hands assisted by 10 natives employed sledding coal over the ice

stopped coaling for the day


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Lat 64.53, Long -173.32


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15 June 1881

plover bay

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

Overcast with snow. At 1.30, ice became so soft that the crew were unable to haul the sledges, stopped coaling

bark "Thomas Pope" -

At %.30, commenced coaling


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Lat 64.53, Long -173.37


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16 June 1881

plover bay

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

large quantities of drift ice about the vessel

Vessel surrounded by drift ice

got underway to pick up boats which had got fast in the ice. At 3.30 made fast at the stern of the batrk "Thomas Pope".


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Lat 64.78, Long -172.83


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17 June 1881

plover bay

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

got tow line to bark "Thomas Pople" Steamed down the harbour with bark in tow


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Lat 63.68, Long -167.60


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18 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

passed quantities of drift ice.

At midnight ice ahead


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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19 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

patches of drift ice on port bow

Schr. Flying Mist of San Francisco - signalled

Sent Officer, Boatswain and sea boats crew to search Schr. "Flying Mist" of San Francisco

At 6,45 (pm) Officer, Boatswain and sea boats crew returned on board


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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20 June 1881

st michael norton sound

Lat 63.5, Long -162.0

A large number of indians from Fort Yukon visited the vessel.

Fitted an outside steering gear to rudder by lashing the swinging booms on each quarter with leading blocks on outer end. Rove the wheel ropes through them & secured them to m(?) tiller fed the ends forward to pilot house.

A large numer of indians from Fort Yukon visited the vessel


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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21 June 1881

st michaels norton sound

Lat 63.5, Long -162.0

St Paul - came into the harbor

Rec'd from Gt. Alaska Commercial Co. 85 yds drilling.

Peter Nicolaus, 1st class Boy - shipped, as interpreter

Peter Nicolaus, 1st class boy - shipped as interpreter

Mr Nelson - came on board for passage


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Lat 63.83, Long -165.33


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22 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3


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Lat 63.08, Long -171.02


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23 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

Sick List Frank Brown, Seaman


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Lat 63.37, Long -171.53


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24 June 1881

nw cape st lawrence island

Lat 43.7, Long 7.2

Sick List; Frank Brown, Seaman


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Lat 63.40, Long -171.48


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25 June 1881

sw end st lawrence island

Lat 43.7, Long 7.2

The native taken on board at St. Lawrence Bay jumped overboard. got boat down and rescued him. Upon stripping him it was found that he had stabbed himself in the left breast before jumping overboard. Evidently an attempt to commit suicide. Ship's surgeon rendered necessary Medical assistance and made native as comfortable as possible.

At 2.30 pm while getting underway the native taken on board at St lawrence Bay jumped overboard. Got boat down and rescued him. Upon stripping him it was found that he had stabbed himself in the breast before jumping overboard. Evidently an (?) to commit suicide. ships surgeon rendered necessary medical assistance made native as comfortable as possible.

At 2.30 while getting underawy, the native taken on board at St Lawrence Bay jumped overboard, got boat down and rescued him. Upon shipping him it was found that he had stabbed himself in the left breast before jumping overboard. Evidently an attempt to commit suicide. Ship Surgeon rendered necessary medicla assistance and made native as comfortable as possible

Sick list: Frank Brown, Seaman


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Lat 64.53, Long -173.32


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26 June 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

~ in 9 fathoms near coal piles belonging to Russian government. At 5.40 commenced boating off coal

coal: 121660 lbs -

latter part of patrol passed through quantities of drift ice

coal: 54 700/2240 tons -

coal: 54 tons -

Sick list: Frank Brown, seaman


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Lat 65.43, Long -171.25


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27 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

Thick fog

frank Brown, seaman, returned to duty


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Lat 65.92, Long -169.27


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28 June 1881

behring sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

9.15 Bo'sun & Three men left vessel with cutter & supplies for 15 days, gun and ammunitions, apparatus for sounding & ascertaining current Set Buoy with stream anchor for their use. At 9.45 Buoy having run under caused by heavy tide sent spar, rope & piece of Kethledge on shore to construct new buoy.

overcast with fog

cloudy and misty


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29 June 1881

arctic ocean

Lat -10.0, Long -1.5

Lieut. Herring and party arrived on board, being unable to transport dogs, sledges, tent and some provisions over the ice, left them in charge of natives at the settlement of Taphan. Lieut. Herring obtained from natives the following articles, taken from the Bark "Vigilant", which had drifted ashore near Cape Quenam some time last fall: one whale iron, two table knives, spectacles and case, and one marine glass

Bark "Vigilant" - see previous event

At 1.25 sent boat to edge of ice for the purpose of picking up Lieut. Herring and party who were coming over the ice from shore. At 2 .45 Lieut Herring and party arrived on board, being unable to transport dogs, sledge, tent and some provisions over the ice, left them in charge of native at the settlement of Tapkan.

Lieut Herring obtained from natives the following articles, taken from the Bark "Vigilant" which had drifted ashore near Cape Quman some time last fall, one whale iron, two table knifes spectacles and case, and one marine glass.

At 11 saw flag signals on shore, but was unable to read them

at s.45 Lieut Herring and partya rrived on board, being unable to transport dogs, sledges, tent and some provisiones over the ice, left them in charge of natives at the settlement of Tapkan. Lieut Herring obtained from natives the following articles taken from the bark "Vigilant", which had drifted ashore near Cape Quenan some time last fall: one whale iron, two table knives, spectacles and case, and one marine glass.


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Lat 66.03, Long -169.62


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30 June 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 55.0, Long -168.9

Frank A. Dougherty, seaman - sick list



LOGS FOR JULY 1881


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Lat 66.03, Long -169.62


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1 July 1881

east cape

Lat 63.1, Long -168.9

Gave native (employed as dog driver etc) the following articles in payment for services: one musket, 2 1/2 lbs pwoder, 6 boxes caps, 1 lb of tobacco

Ratmanof Island. Boatswain and party came off with surf boat etc etc weather having been so unfavorable, had been unable to accomplish any satisfactory results.

dense fog


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Lat 64.37, Long -172.97


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2 July 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

native Joe - landed native Joe and gave him articles in payment for his services

At 6.40 stopped at Marcus Bay and landed native Joe, - gave him the following articles in payment for his services and for six dogs and one sledge. 10 boxes cups, 1 knife, 5 sacks flour, 6 lbs tobacco, i musket, 5 lbs powder, 1 bag shot, 12 yds calico and 1 hatchet. 250 lbs flour, 78 lbs bread, 5 galls molasses ( ships store)

Stopped at marcus bay and landed native Joe

Frank Dougherty, seaman - sick list


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3 July 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

dense fog


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4 July 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

Frank Enos, seaman - Sick list

Frank Doughurty, seaman - returned to duty


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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5 July 1881

st michaels

Lat 63.5, Long -162.0

Peter Nicholas - first class boy, was dishcharged

Schooner Czar - came into the harbor

Peter Nicholas ist class boy - Discharged.

Peter Nicholas, 1st calss boy - Discharged

Frank Enos, seaman - sick list


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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6 July 1881

st michaels

Lat 63.5, Long -162.0


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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7 July 1881

st michaels

Lat 63.5, Long -162.0

coal: 38160 lbs -

Frank Enos, seaman - sick list


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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8 July 1881

st michaels

Lat 63.5, Long -162.0

coal: 16440 lbs -

Received from the Alaska Commerical Company supplies in view of the possibility of being obliged to winter in the Arctic. [items are listed in the log]

These stores were taken on board with the understanding that ,if they were not used, they could be returned to the Company with out charge to the Government.

Received from the Alaska commercial Company the following articles of clothing and provisions, as winter supplies in view of a possibility of being obliged to winter in the Arctic: 5 doz Cant Flaw(?) undershirts and drawers, 2 1/4 doz. Cant Flaw.(?) undershirts, 2 doz Cant Flaw(?) drawers, 10/12 doz undershirts, 5/12 doz undershirts, 10 doz meus socks(?), 1 chinchilla caps, 2 doz blanket lined coats, 3 doz brown duck pants. 1 bag buck shot, 80 lbs navy tobaco, 5 bbls beef, 120 (1/4 bbl) sacks flour, 40-1/2 boxes raisins, 20 chests tea, 4 firkins butter, 15 kegs island sugar, 5 kegs syrup, 1 case tomatoes, 3 cases green corn, 1 case string beans, 1 case green beans, 1 box candles, 10 cases oil, 10 cases roast beef, 5 cases roast mutton, 5 cases asst'd meats, 2 cases selected oysters, 4 cases cherry stone oysters, 1 cask (~), 10 bbls beef, 3 bbls pork 1-1/2 bbl tongues, 25 mats rice, 3 cases roast beef, 1 case pickled tripe & 3 boxes (142 lbs) trist tobacco. These stores were taken on board with the understanding that if they were not used, they could be returned to the Company with out charge to the Government.

List of articles of clothing and provisions received from A C Co in view of the possibility of being obliged to winter in the Arctic


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Lat 63.47, Long -161.97


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9 July 1881

st michaels

Lat 63.5, Long St. Michael's

coal: 45720 lbs -

G. H. Doty - with two men, sent to Otter Island during the seal season.

St. Paul - A.C. Company steamer headed for Seal Islands.

Andrew, ordinary seaman - sent as interpreter to Otter Island

coal: 44 1640/2240 tons -

3rd Lieut G.H. Doty, and two seaman left the vessel and went on board a le company's steamer "St Paul" for passage to Seal Islands, with instructions to remain on the Island during the seal season. shipped Andrew ordinary seaman as interpreter.

coal: 44 tons -

received 1200 gallons water

3rd Lieut Doty - went on baord ACCo stemare St Paul for passage to the Seal island with instructions to remain on Otter Island during the seal season.

Andrew, ordinary seaman - shipped as interpreter


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Lat 64.35, Long -164.08


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10 July 1881

norton sound

Lat 15.5, Long 73.9

Schooner "W. F. March" of San Francisco - examined

W.F. March - Boarded. Gallagher master. From San Francisco.

Schr "WF March" of San Francisco - lying in the inner harbor

Sick list: Frank Enos, seaman; Thomas Holliha, Boatswain


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Lat 64.42, Long -164.03


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11 July 1881

golowin bay

Lat 22.4, Long 114.2

Schr "Czar" - stopped and spoke

Sch'r "Czar" - Spoke. From St Michael' for San Francisco

Schr "Czar" - spoke with


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Lat 65.20, Long -168.02


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12 July 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

a number of Indians came off to the ship.

Dense fog

Frank Enos, seaman - sick list


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Lat 66.80, Long -164.73


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13 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

O.S. Fowler of San Francisco - examined the vessel and found nothing contraband on board

Schr "Q.S. Fowler" - Boarded. Of San Francisco, Nye master. Trading, no contraband on board.

Sighted a schooner ahead

Schoner proved to be "OS Fowler" of San Francisco

Frank Enos, seaman - sick list


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Lat 66.08, Long -161.75


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14 July 1881

kotzebue sound

Lat 66.5, Long -162.8

Officer went on shore t make magnetic observations.

Officer went on shore to amke magnetic observations


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Lat 66.53, Long -162.13


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15 July 1881

kotzebue sound

Lat 66.5, Long -162.8

A number of natives came off to the ship


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Lat 67.02, Long -162.97


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16 July 1881

hotham inlet

Lat 22.5, Long 69.1

Indians left the vessel

Sick list: Frank Enos, seaman, returned to duty; J R Gissler, coxwain


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Lat 67.35, Long -163.92


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17 July 1881

hotham inlet

Lat 22.5, Long 69.1

J R Gissler, coxwain - sick list


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Lat 68.27, Long -166.47


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18 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 68.3, Long -166.8

Sea Breeze - on board whaling bark

A number of natives came on the vessel

J R Gissler, coxw. - sick list


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Lat 68.08, Long -161.62


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19 July 1881

off point hope

Lat 68.3, Long -166.8

J R Gissler, coxw. - sick list


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Lat 68.35, Long -166.47


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20 July 1881

off port hope

Lat 29.9, Long 32.6

J R grissler, coxw. - Sick list


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Lat 70.08, Long -162.48


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21 July 1881

at sea arctic ocean

Lat 55.0, Long -1.5


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Lat 70.07, Long -162.58


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22 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 70.3, Long -161.9

quantities of drift ice

dense fog

ice appearing closely packet


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Lat 70.23, Long -161.92


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23 July 1881

at anchor off icy cape

Lat 70.3, Long -161.9

At 10 three officers went on shore with instruments to take observations for latitude, longitude, variation of the ocmpass and dip of magnetic needle.

At 6.10 came up to the drift ice well in shore, got boat out and found ice drifting to the S'd.

Northern Light - stopped to board whaling Bark, "Northern Light" of New Bedford

R. B. Handy - stopped and boarded Am. Schr R. B. Handy of San Francisco, Winants master, whaling and walrusing

At 10 three officers went on shore with instruments to take observations for latitude, longitude variations of the compass and dip of magnetic needle.

Sch'r "R.B. hardy" of San Francisco. - Stopped and borded, Winants master, whaling and walrusing.

Norther Light, whaling bark - boarded

R B HAndy, American schr - boarded


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Lat 70.08, Long -162.17


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24 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 55.0, Long -1.5

Sea Breeze - Stopped and spoke whaling Bark "Sea Breeze", McKenna master.

Belvedere - vist whaling bark at anchor off shore of us. At 3.15 steam whaler Belvedere of NEw Bedford, Own master, ancorded off shore of us.

Indians left the vessel.

Bark "Sea Breeze" - Stopped and spoke, whaling, McKinna master

Steam whaler "Belvedere" of New Bedford. - Owen master

"Sea Breeze", whaling bark - spoke

Comd'g Officer left the vessel to visit whaling bark

"Belvedere", whaler - anchored


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Lat 69.97, Long -162.25


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25 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Crew employed fitting launch and 2nd cutter for boat expedition and getting stores ready

ice on the Cape and extending unbroken from NE to SSW leaving only a narrow passage along the shore which the vessel came though. 6.25 being unable to proceed further put the vessel about and stood to the Sd and W'd

found a channel of sufficient width to admit a vessel and a depth of two fathoms.

Prepared for a boat expedition to go up the coast but the conditions of the ice rendered it dangerous to proceed on the trip ... quantities of drift ice passing the vessel.

Merid to 4PM. Crew employed fitting launch and 2nd cutter for boat expadition, and getting stores ready.

Dense fog

ice extending unbroken from NE to SSW leaving only a narrow passage

Quantities of drift ice passed the vessel


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Lat 69.95, Long -162.63


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26 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long


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Lat 68.83, Long -165.17


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27 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

off Coal vein, Cape Lisburne bearing SW about 22 miles

coal: 29120 - from coal vein

Crew employed getting out and boating off coal.

coal: 29120 -

At 4.15 (AM) came to in 4 1/2 fathoms water, off coal vein, Cape Lisburn bearing SWxW.... All Hands emplyed mining coal


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Lat 68.83, Long -165.17


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28 July 1881

off coal mine arctic ocean

Lat 68.9, Long -165.1

all hands employed mining and boating off coal.

coal: 16740 - Hands are mining as well as loading off coal.

All hands employed mining and boating off coal.

coal: 16740 -

All hands employed mining and boating off coal

coal: 20 tons -

lost thermometer overboard in soundig


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Lat 69.63, Long -169.23


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29 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

At 4 stopped and sounded in 26 fathoms, temperature at bottom 39 degrees.

At meridian sounded in 27 fathoms, temperature at bottom 35 degrees.

At 4 sounded in 28 fatherms, temperature at bottom 41 degrees

At 8 sounded in 23 fathmos, temperature at bottom 36 degrees

At midnight temperature at bottom 40 degrees.

Ice in sight on starboard beam.

Ice in sight on starboard beam


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Lat 70.80, Long -174.68


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30 July 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 56.5, Long -132.4

entred drift ice

Working the vessle to bell through the heavy drift ice.

Officers left the vessel to explore the Island. Took observations to ascertain variation, dip and intensity.

heavy drift ice


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Lat 70.83, Long -175.67


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31 July 1881

herald island arctic ocean

Lat 71.4, Long -175.7

Exploring party returned on board, having made a thorough examination of the Island and found no evidence to indicate that the place had been visited by the crews of the Exploring Steamer "Jeannette" or the whalers "Mt. Wallaston" and "Vigilant. The exploring parties built on the north end of the Island, a cairn in which was placed a sealed bottle containing a record of the "Corwin's" visit and a copy of the New York Herald, of April 22, 1881. From the point where the cairn was built , an excellent view of the Wrangel's Land was had; it presented a bold, rugged shore of moderate height with several snow-clad mountains in the background. While at the Island secured a good specimen of the polar Bear. Saw a great number of the birds and a few blue foxes. At 3 cast off from the ice and steamed to the E'd through the drift ice, working vessel to bell.

stood to the W'd through drift ice. At 3.35 came up to the pack and stood to the S'd & W'd along the edge of it.

At 2.30 Exploring party returned on board, having made a thorough examination of the Islands and found no evidence to indicate that the place had been visited by the crews of the Exploring Steamer "Jeanette" or the whalers "Mt Wallastow" and "Vigilant". The exploring parties built on the north end of the island, a cairn in which was placed a sealed bottle containing a record of the "Corwin's" visit, and a copy of the New York Herald of April 22 1881. from the point where the cairn was built, an excellent view of Wrangel's Land was had; it presented a bold, rugged shore of moderate height with several snow-clad mountains in the background. while at the island secured a good speciman of the polar Bear. Saw a great number of birds and a few blue foxes.

The Exploring parties built a cairn in which was palced a sealed bottle containing a record of the "Corwin's" visit and a copy of the New York Herald of April 22, 1881

polar bear - 1

blue foxes - a few

birds - a number



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1881


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Lat 70.25, Long -178.33


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1 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Steamed ahead to S'd & W'd following the pack ice.

Standing to S'd & W'd around the ice pack, at times through drift ice.

pack ice

dense fog

dense fog


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Lat 70.58, Long -179.32


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2 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

steamed ahead to N'd and W'd through drift ice

At 7.45 ice becoming closely packed, stopped engine

At 11.50 ice opening some, cast off

At 12.45 saw several polar bears close to the ship, succeed in killing and securing two of them.

At 1.45 ice becoming so closely packed that we were unable to proceed nearer to the land. The weather being thick with indications of an easterly gale, and deeming our position anything but a secure one, there being twenty miles of heavy ice to windward of us, put the vessel about to the S'd and E'd Working to bell the remainder of the watch through the ice towards clear water.

drift ice

ice becoming closely packed

polar bears - several (succeded in killing 2)

dense fog

Ice in sight to windword


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Lat 70.38, Long -179.25


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3 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

fog lifted; got under way and stood in towards the land to N'd & W'd through drift ice

Unable to proceed nearer land on account of the heavy ice

reached clear water

heavy ice


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Lat 69.17, Long -179.08


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4 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

stopped and picked up a vessel's lower yard of Oregon fir ...

Standing to S'd & W'd along edge of ice pack.

Steered various courses to the Sd & Ed to avoid heavy ice. At 3.07 getting clear of ice, increased speed.

Steering various courses along the land to S'd & E'd through drift ice.


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Lat 68.05, Long -175.67


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5 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 67.8, Long -175.8

Standing to S'd & E'd around the ice, at times through quantities of drift ice.

Natives left the ship.


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Lat 67.87, Long -175.30


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6 August 1881

cape wanharem

Lat 67.8, Long -175.8

Natives came on board bringing a number of articles from the wrecked whaling bark "Vigilant" which were purchased by Comdg. officer. At 10 Comd'g officer went on shore to search for other articles at the native settlement.

At 1.30 Comd'g officer returned on board bringing a buck saw, whaling iron and several pieces of iron work supposed to have been taken from the whaling bark "Vigilant."

Vigilant - items from wreck of whaling bark acquired from natives

8 to mid. Natives called on board bringing a number of articles from the wrecked whaling bark "Vigilant" which were purchased by the Cmdg officer. At 10 Cmd'g officer went ashore to searck for other articles at the native settlement. At 1.30 Cmdg officer returned on board bringing a buck saw, whaling iron and several pieces of iron work supposed to have beeb taken from the whaling bark "Vigilant"

ANatives came on board bringing a number of articles from the wrecked whaling bark "Vigilant" which were purchased by Comd.g Officer

At 10 Comd.g Officer went on shore to search for other articles at the native settlement

At 1.30 Comd.g Officer returned on board bringing a buck saw, whaling iron, and several pieces of iron work supposed to have been taken from the whaling bark "Vigilant"


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Lat 67.87, Long -175.30


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7 August 1881

cape wankarem

Lat 67.8, Long -175.8

Weighted anchor to avoid contact with heavy ice.

drift ice

heavy ice


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Lat 68.20, Long -178.03


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8 August 1881

cape wankarem

Lat 67.8, Long -175.8

Masses of floating ice in sight o the N'd and W'd.

quantities of floating ice around the vessel.

Masses of floating ice in sight


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Lat 70.35, Long -178.38


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9 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

At 10.10 made drift ice ahead

set flying jib and filled away to clear drift ice close aboard to leeward.

made ice pack ahead, tacked vessel to S'd.

drift ice

ice pack


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Lat 70.35, Long -178.92


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10 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long


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Lat 70.55, Long -178.08


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11 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Standing to the M'd and Wd towards the land; working vessel to bell. At 4.30 finding the ice so heavy that it was impssible to force the vessel any farther, we were compleed to give up the attemp to reach the land;

At 3.40 found a lead in the ice opening to N'd and W'd;

AT 4.45 entered ice and slowed engine. At 4.55 in all sail. At 5.40 stopped at edge of heavy ice, fired one gun. At 6 weather became thick, put vessel about and steamed to the S'd and E'd., the land about 6 miles distant.

Ice drifiting into vessel.

drift ice

heavy ice

ice drifitng into vessel


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Lat 70.92, Long -177.27


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12 August 1881

at anchor se end of wrangels land

Lat 56.5, Long -132.4

worked th vessel to bell through th heavy ice, making slow progress until 6.10 when we reached a lead extending into the shore where the ice was much open and reduced in size (got boat out and measured the curren found ti setting NNE 1 14 knots per hour. Upon reachin the shore found the conditions of the ice to be caused by te waters of a river which empties into the sea at that point.

Comd'g officer went on shore and took formal possession of the land in the name of the Government of the United States of America; erected a flag staff on the bluff bearing N.E. by N. from the mouth of the river, and 1/2 mile distant and hosted the National Ensign; secured to the staff a sealed bottle containing a record of the "Corwin" visit and also a copy of the N.Y Herald of March 22, 1881, in which was published and account of the doing of the Relief Board at Washington DC.

This being the point referred to by the Comd'g officer of the Exploring Steamer "Jeanette" in his communication to the Navy Department as the proper place to seek for information regarding his vessel, should a relief vessel be sent to the Arctic, it being his intention to leave information at this point regarding his movements should he visit this land. Fired three guns.

At 9 ice closing in around the ship, got under way and made signals to the parties inshore to return to the ship. At 9.30 parties returned on board they reported that they found no evidence to indicate that the land was inhabited or that it had been visited by any human beings. Worked the vessel to bell through the ice. At 11.30 reached clear water.

4 to 8AM. Cmd'g officer went ashore and took formal possession of the land in the name of the Government of the United States of America; erected a flag staff on the bluff bearing NE by N from the mouth of the river, and 1/2 mile distant, and hoisted the National ensign; secured to the staff a sealed bottle containing a record of the "Corwin's" visit and also a copy of the NY Herald of march 22 1881. in which was published an account of the doings of the Relief Board at Washington DC.

4 to 8AM Officers and several of the crew went on shore to take observations and explore the land in the vacinity. The point of landing we found to be in th eeastern extremity of the land, its position being Latitude 71 04 N and Longitude 177 40 30 W the variation of the compass 23 56 E, dip of magnetic needle 79 35 ~. This being the point referred to by the Cmdg officer of the Exploring Steamer "Jeannette" in his communication to the Navy Department as the proper place to seek for information regarding his vessle should a relief vessel be sent to the Arctic, it being his intention to leave information at this point regarding his movements should he visit this land. Fired three guns.

8 to Merid. At 9.30 parties returned on board they reported that they found no evidence to indicated that the land was inhabited or that it had been visited by any human beings.

Comnd'g Officer went on shore and took formal possession of the land in the name of the Governament of the Umited States of America, erected a flag-staff on the bluff, bearing NExN from the mouth of the river and 1/2 mile distant and hoisted the National Ensign; secured to the staff a sealed bottle containing a record of the Corwin's visit and also a copy of the NY Herald of March 22, 1881, in which was published an account of of the doing of the relief Board at Washington DC. Officers and several of the crew went on shore to take observations and explore the alnd in the vicinity.


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Lat 69.77, Long -172.25


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13 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long


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Lat 69.17, Long -167.17


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14 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long


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Lat 70.17, Long -162.78


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15 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Pacific - stopped to see whaling bark "Pacific"

Rainbow - communicated with whaling bark

John Howland - communicated with whaling bark

Whaling bark "Pacific" - Spoke.

4 to 8PM. at 5.30 stopped to communicate with whaling barks "John Howland" and "Rainbow". ships surgeon visited the "rainbow" to treat proffesionally two of her crew. At 7. surgeon returned on board.

"PAcific", whaling bark - stopped to speak

"John Howland" and "Rainbow", whaling bark - stopped to communicate


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Lat 71.23, Long -156.70


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16 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 71.4, Long -156.5

Daniel Webster - Whaling bark supposedl "lost in the ice" at Point Barrow

an officer went on shore to get information concerning the portion of the crew of the whaling bark "Daniel Webster" lost in the ice) supposed to be at Point Barrow s

Standing along the coast to N'd and E'd passing much drift ice

Stopped 10 minutes and communicated with some indians

large quantities of heavy ice (grounded) around the vessel

a number of indians on board

mid to 4AM at 12.10 stopped off settlement at Point Belcher and an officer went on shore to get information concerning the portion of the crew of the whaling bark "Daniel Webster" lost in ice supposed to be at Point Barrow, At 12.45 officer returned on board..

"Daniel Webster" whaling bark - lost in the ice

drift ice


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Lat 71.43, Long -156.08


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17 August 1881

point barrow

Lat 71.4, Long -156.5

Received on board for passage to San Franciso the following rescued seamen of the American whaling bark "Daniel Webster" which was crushed by the ice of Point Barrow: Thomas Stanton, John Shehan, Nelson Adams, John Conway, William Hesling, James Dow, Louis De Acosta, Michael Shehan, and Manuel Lamberts.

Northern Light - The whale bark "Northern Light" being short of provisions furnished her with three (3) bbls beef.

Sea Breeze - Delivered to whaling bark Sea Breeze 40 saks flour and 2 sacks rice

Francis Palmer - spoke bark Francis Palmer

a number of indians visited the vessel

quantities of ice drifting past vessel

Atlantic - Surgeon when on board bark Atlantic and treated professtionally two of her crew.

The whaling bark "Northern Light" being short of provisions furnashed her with three (3) bbls beef.

4 to 8AM Received on board for passage to San Francisco the following rescued seamen of the american whaling bark "Daniel Webster" which was crushed by the ice off Point Barrow: Thomas Stantow, John Shehan, wilson Adams, John Conway, william Hesling, James Dow, Louis De Acosta, Michael shehan and Manuel Lamberts.

Surgeon went on board and treated proffesionally the master and one seaman of the whaling bark "Sea Breeze". Delivered to bark "Sea Breeze" 40 sacks flour and 2 sack rice from extra stores taken on board at St Michaels, also 2 sacks (140 lbs) beans from ships stores, taken receipt for them.

8 to Mid. Surgeon went on board bark "Atlantic" and treated proffesionally two of her crew.

"Danile Webster" whaling bark - rescued seamen on board of Corwin for passage to San Francisco

"Sea Breeze", whaling bark - surgeon treated professionally master and one seaman

"Atlantic" bark - surgeon treated rpofessionally two of the crew


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Lat 71.33, Long -156.28


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18 August 1881

point barrow

Lat 71.4, Long -156.5

Quantities of ice drifting by the vessel

Legal Tender - put ship's mail on board bark "Legal Tender"

Drift ice in sight during the watch

"Legal Tender", bark - put ship's mail on bark "Legal tender"

drift ice


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Lat 70.60, Long -160.95


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19 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 32.0, Long 120.4


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Lat 68.85, Long -164.92


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20 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 68.3, Long -166.8

Comd'g officer went on shore to examine the mouth of a small stream.


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Lat 66.55, Long -168.10


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21 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 55.0, Long -1.5

At 11 (PM) fog very dense


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Lat 65.23, Long -170.20


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22 August 1881

behrings strait

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3


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Lat 63.95, Long -171.90


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23 August 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

dense fog and mist


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Lat 64.38, Long -172.28


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24 August 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

Golden Fleece - met Schooner in Plover Bay, bound for Point Barrow.

Being short handed, sent William Hesling and Thomas Stanton, seaman of wrecked bark Daniel Webster on board of her [Golden Fleece] at their own request.

Delivered to Lieut. Ray, USA, 52 deer skins, 5 deer skin tents, and a quantity of fur clothing which was purchased from the natives at different points during the summer with a view of a possibility of being compelled to winter in the Arctic.

4 to 8PM. Found schooner "Golden Fleece" with lieut Ray USA and party on board bound for Point Barrow. Lieut ray visited the vessel.

8 to mid. Schr "Golden Fleece" being short handed, sent william Heslind and Thomas Stanton, seaman of wrecked bark "Danial Webster" on board of her at their own request. Delivered to Leiut Ray, USA, 52 deer skins, 5 deer skin tents, and a quantity of fur clothing which was purchased from the natives at different points during summer with the view of a possibility of being compelled to winter in the Arctic.

Lieut Ray - Visited Vessel

"Golden fleece", schooner - with Lieut. Ray, USA, and party on board bound for Point Barrow

William Hesling and Thomas Stanton, seaman of wreck bark "Daniel Webster" - sent on board of "Golden Fleece" at their own request


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Lat 64.50, Long -173.32


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25 August 1881

plover bay siberia

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

anchored in 10 fathoms water, in Plover Harbour, near coal pile; commenced receiving coal.

"Golden Fleece" schooner - in tow

At the entrance of the bay cast off from the schooner


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Lat 64.50, Long -173.32


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26 August 1881

plover bay siberia

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

coal: 156583 -

coal: 69 2023/2240 tons -

other: 1600 gallons - water

coal: 69 tons -

received 1600 gallons fresh water


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Lat 64.30, Long -172.43


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27 August 1881

plover bay siberia

Lat 64.4, Long -173.3

Charles Anderson - ,seaman, for insolence to Comd'g officer and 1st Lieutenant, confined in single irons and to bread and water diet.

Charles Anderson - released from irons to stand his watch; at 4 put him in irons again.

Charles Anderson, seaman, - 4 to 8AM. for insolence to Cmd'g officer and 1st leiutenan, confined in single irons and to bread and water diet.

Charles anderson, seaman - Merid to 4PM, released from irons to stand watch; at 4 put him in irons again.

Charles Anderson, seaman - confined in single irons and to bread and water diet for insoence to Comd'g Officer and 1st Lieut

Charles Anderson, seaman - At 1 (pm) released from irons to stand his watch; at 4 put him in irons again


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Lat 65.80, Long -168.75


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28 August 1881

behrings sea

Lat 55.0, Long -166.3

1.30 came to off Indian village on Ratmanoff Island

Charles Anderson - released from irons by order of Comd'g officer.

Charles Anderson - 8PM. Released from irons by order of Comd'g officer.

Charles Anderson, seaman - at 8 (pm) released from irons by order of Comd'g Officer


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Lat 67.40, Long -171.40


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29 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Vessel strearing badly.


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Lat 70.33, Long -176.40


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30 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8


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Lat 71.12, Long -175.95


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31 August 1881

arctic ocean

Lat 71.4, Long -175.7

Starboard plate of ice-breaker having carried away and lower portion of stern piece being badly broken, makin ti unfit for service, the weather being such that it could not be taken inboard and there being a posibility of it injuring the bows, cut the remaining guys and let it go.

8 to Mid. at 8.15 Put double reef in main sail. Starboard plate of ice breaker having carried away and leaving lower portion of stem piece being badly broken, making it unfit for service, the weather being such that it could not be taken inboard and there being a posibility of it injuring the bows, cut the remaining guys and let it go.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1881


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Lat 70.88, Long -174.83


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1 September 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Charles Johnson, seaman - sick list


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Lat 70.53, Long -174.75


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2 September 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Starboard rudder chain parted, secured the rudder and got wheel rope to rudder. At 2.50 having comleted repairs on rudder chain, started engine and steamed E by S 1/2 S. At 4 stopped engine on account of heated journal.

Merid to 4PM. At 1.30 starboard rudder chain parted, secured the rudder and got wheel rope to rudder. At 2.50 having completed repairs on rudder chain, started engine and steamed E by S1/2S. At 4 stopped engine on account of heated journal.

Charles Johnson, seman - Sick list


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Lat 69.20, Long -170.73


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3 September 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

At 3.30 found that the harp iron securing bobstay and jib boom-jumper-stay to stem had parted during the night. hauled down jib and brailed up fore-trysail.

Rigged temporary bobstay by hitching 5 inch hawser over bowsprit and bring the ends through hawsepipes to steam windlas, and hove taut. Secured jib-stay.

dense fog

Charles Johnson, seaman - sick list

S.A. Jansen, carpenter - sick list


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Lat 67.83, Long -166.22


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5 September 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Sick list: Charles Johnson, seaman; Charles Anderson, seaman; S A Johnson, carpenter


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Lat 66.97, Long -162.83


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6 September 1881

arctic ocean

Lat , Long

Stopped to allow a canoe to come alongside ... At 12.35 Indians left the vessel.

Sick LIst; Charles Johnson, seaman; Charles Anderson, seaman. S A Jansen, carpenter, retuned to duty


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Lat 68.30, Long -161.33


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7 September 1881

chamisso island kotzebue sound

Lat 66.5, Long -162.8

Canrles Johnson, seaman and Charles Anderson, seaman - returned to duty


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Lat 66.30, Long -161.42


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8 September 1881

eschscholtz bay

Lat 53.0, Long 173.2

Renewed lashing on rudder

Renewed lashings on rudder.


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Lat 66.32, Long -161.42


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9 September 1881

eschscholtz bay

Lat 53.0, Long 173.2

9.05 ship took the ground in 1 1/2 fatjp,s water; was unable to back her off. Run hedge to hold vessel when the tide made.

at 1.50 vessel floated; let go hedge line hove up port anchor and steamed into deep water

Mr Nelson with cutter and crew left the vessel

Crew employed washing coal sacks


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Lat 66.27, Long -161.77


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10 September 1881

choris peninsula

Lat -18.1, Long 178.4