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A log book containing the proceedings on board the WALLABY from the port of Hobarton on a whaling voyage commanded by Charles Bailey

Date: 31 December 1840 - 1 November 1842
Dimensions:
Overall: 335 x 263 x 25 mm, 1.05 kg
Medium: Paper, ink, canvas
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with the assistance of Dr Mervyn Cobcroft
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Logbook
Object No: 00029324
Related Place:New Zealand, Tasmania, Hobart, Lord Howe Island,

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    A log book containing the proceedings on board the WALLABY from the port of Hobart on a whaling voyage commanded by Charles Bailey. The log records the capture of thirty-six whales with a depiction a whale's tail with the name of the capturer inscribed on it. Places mentioned are Hobart, Tasmania, Lord Howe Island and Port Nicholson, New Zealand. The log was probably kept by Mr Young, the Chief Mate.

    SignificanceThis logbook is a rare surving examplre of a whaling vessel in Australian waters and gives a detailed look at daily life on board the vessel including equipment, crew and number of whales captured.
    HistoryThe WALLABY is said to be the second ship to be convict-built at Port Arthur. It was built in 1838 and used for whaling for thirteen years, before foundering on a coral reef at Fanning Island in the central Pacific on 21 September 1851. The vessel was refloated and acquired by Askiri Morrison, registered as CHARLOTTE OF SAMOA.

    The log covers a whaling voyage during which 36 whales were taken and the ship went to Lord Howe Island and Port Nicholson, New Zealand, for supplies.
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