New Bedford Whaleship Crew List

Every whaling voyage began with assembling a crew from whatever labor pool was available in a port city at a particular time. In New Bedford in late May 1876, 31 men signed to work aboard the 106-foot bark Bartholomew Gosnold for its next voyage. Less than half were from the United States; the rest were from Portugal, England, Ireland, Germany, France and Scotland. The two Frenchmen and one of the eight Portuguese were listed as blacks; the remaining men were of light or brown complexion. Four each of the crew were in their forties and thirties; 16 were in their twenties, and six were in their teens. Three of these teenagers, all from the New Bedford area, were only 16 years old when they shipped out.
Object Name
crew list
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 5/8 in x 18 in; 29.5275 cm x 45.72 cm
crew list recorded
United States: Massachusetts, New Bedford
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catalog number
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Natural Resources
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. T. Brown
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
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