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Dennis Wood Abstracts



This collection contains approximately 2,500 abstracts of voyages of whaleships (1831-1873) registered in the New Bedford Customs District, which extended from Westport to Wareham, Massachusetts.

Compiled by Dennis Wood, a merchant and whaling agent in New Bedford, and a director of the Mutual Marine Insurance Company, the abstracts were drawn from news reported in the Whalemen’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript, 1843-1914, and from letters, telegraphs, and reports brought back by vessels.

The abstracts are arranged by voyage and usually provide the following information: position of the vessel or port or whaling ground where it was located; catch in barrels of whale oil and pounds of whalebone; and incidents of the voyage.  An abstract is the primary source of information for an account of a whaling voyage where the logbook is missing.

See also, Mutual Marine Insurance Company Records.



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Dennis Wood Abstracts
by Wood, Dennis, approximately 1804-1878
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v. (36 x 23 x 6 cm) ; contains abstracts of approximately 915 whaling voyages, 1845-1853, with index.
Topics: Seafaring life, Voyages and travels, Whales, Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford, Whaling...
Dennis Wood Abstracts
by Wood, Dennis, approximately 1804-1878
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v. (34 x 22 x 6 cm) ; contains abstracts of approximately 400 whaling voyages, 1854-1861, with index.
Topics: Seafaring life, Voyages and travels, Whales, Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford, Whaling...
Dennis Wood Abstracts
by Wood, Dennis, approximately 1804-1878
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v. (34 x 23 x 6 cm) ; contains abstracts of approximately 765 whaling voyages, 1831-1847, with index.
Topics: Seafaring life, Voyages and travels, Whales, Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford, Whaling...
Dennis Wood Abstracts
by Wood, Dennis, approximately 1804-1878
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v. (36 x 22 x 4 cm) ; contains abstracts of approximately 481 whaling voyages, 1862-1873, with index.
Topics: Seafaring life, Voyages and travels, Whales, Whaling--Massachusetts--New Bedford, Whaling...