Digital Whales Take to the Open Waters

Last week I mentioned the kind of uses professional researchers and other curious people can make of collections like our whaling logs. Today I’m happy to announce that there’s more of our material online, waiting to be put to good use.

For some time now we’ve made available hundreds of whaling logs digitized from earlier microfilming done decades ago (you can find the list on our website). All told, that online cache of whaling logs represents more than 60,000 individual black and white images!

And now we’re adding 13 new logs (in full color) to the list, and you can find them online at *

The new logs include those of the Congress (complete with the taped-in lock of hair from a crewman who died of dysentery on the voyage), the Mary Ann (whose captain went overboard), the William Rotch (in which the keeper, Henry DeForrest, recounts his reading of Melville’s Typee and the newly-published Uncle Tom’s Cabin) and many more.

I hope you’ll take a look at these brand new additions to the digital landscape (or seascape, as it were).

*Note that the site itself is still in a beta state and may see some changes, but the whaling logs are ready to use. Feel free to contact me with comments or suggestions.

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