Voyages

The American Offshore Whaling Voyage (AOWV) database includes information about all known American offshore (or “pelagic”) whaling voyages from the 1700s to the 1920s, it does not include the modern factory ship voyages of the mid-20th century. Information is most complete for the 19th century. The voyages included in the database sailed from, or were under the registry of, what is now the United States.

Complete information about the content and structure of the database is available in the Database Description and the Column Definitions & Code Tables. We plan on updating the database annually. You are encouraged to submit additions and corrections through the submission form.

Click on any row to display voyage details, including links to crew lists and tracking charts when available. Small subsets of the data may be printed or downloaded directly from the table below. Read The Data Viewer Interface for instructions. For research purposes, the complete database may be downloaded for processing on your local computer.

Limit to one row per voyage

VoyageID Order Voyage Port Sailing From Ground Year Day Out Year In Day In Return code Agent Bone Sperm Oil Customs district Logbook repository Log data Crew list Source MasterID Master Fate Residence Birth Birth Location Death Death Location Wife Wife to Sea Wife 2 Wife 2 to Sea Vital Records Source Later Occupation VesselID Vessel Rig Tonnage Place built Date built Vessel End
VoyageID Order Voyage Port Sailing From Ground Year Day Out Year In Day In Return code Agent Bone Sperm Oil Customs district Logbook repository Log data Crew list Source MasterID Master Fate Residence Birth Birth Location Death Death Location Wife Wife to Sea Wife 2 Wife 2 to Sea Vital Records Source Later Occupation VesselID Vessel Rig Tonnage Place built Date built Vessel End
Voyage
Voyage
Port
Destination
Begin
End
Agent
Sperm oil
Whale oil
Whalebone
Logbook
Logbook data
Crew list
Source
Voyage ID
Vessel
Vessel
Rig
Tonnage
Built
Vessel End
Vessel ID
Master
Master
Residence
Birth
Death
Wife
Subsequent wives
Later occupation
Other
Vital Records Source
Master ID