British Southern Whale Fishery
The Voyage and Crew databases are the heart of the BSWF website. The Voyage database, which is primarily the work of A. G. E. Jones, documents the events of nearly 2,550 voyages to the south of Britain in over 900 different vessels. The Crew database, which is primarily the work of Dale Chatwin, contains nearly 14,000 entries for men who served in the British Southern Whale Fishery between 1775 and 1859.
National Maritime Digital Library
The Digital Library’s mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible maritime resources in electronic format, thereby promoting maritime cultural heritage scholarship.
- Whalemen’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript, 1843-1914
- Information is available for about 250 whaling voyages from San Francisco in the San Francisco Shanghaiers database
New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Logbooks, on Internet Archive
- Logbooks on Old Weather Whaling, a crowdsourced / citizen science transcription project
- Nautical charts, hosted on Digital Commonwealth
- Collections Overview
- The “Registers of Seamen’s Protection Certificates” issued at the custom houses of Fall River, Gloucester, New Haven, New London, Newport, Marblehead, and Salem from 1796–1871
- Whaling vessels and crew may have sailed on voyages that were not whaling voyages—the complete crew list databases for these ports are available: New London crew lists and Salem crew lists.
- Index of Ship Registers (1858-1900), containing annual information on commercial vessels
- Connecticut Ships, vessels registered in Connecticut (1789-1939)
- Collections & Online Resources