Whaling Log of Thomas Knowles, 1859

Whaling logbooks like this one kept by Thomas Knowles helped to keep track of the ship’s progress, and detailed the experience of whaling.  

What are the physical risks of whaling noted by Knowles? What are other difficulties of the voyage? How might these risks shape the way whalers related to their prey?

What kinds of details does the log book contain? What sorts of information seemed important to the whalers in the document, and what is left out?


Knowles, Thomas Henry. Whaling with Captain Penniman: Log of Thomas Knowles. 11-14. Orleans, MA: Self Published, 1859.