The following logbooks represent an exciting and formidable chapter in Falmouth’s history. They preserve the stories of the Falmouth whalers and their daring captains, enlisted men and whaling wives. Copies of these logs are also available on microfilm at the Falmouth Public Library.
Consist of materials that relate to the following vessels: Addison (ship); Awashhonks (ship); Bazaar (boat); Betsey (schooner); Cape Horn Pigeon (bark); Commodore Morris (ship); Edward Cary (ship); Elizabeth (schooner); Eugenia (bark); Federal (sloop); Fleet Wing (bark); George (sloop); Hobomok (ship); Jane P. Glover (schooner); Polly (sloop); Rhoda (schooner); Sally (sloop); Superior (sloop); Susanna (sloop); Union (schooner); Urania (bark); and William Penn (ship).
Included are accounts and inventories; bills of lading and bills of sale of shares in vessels; agreements to charter and carry passengers; auction announcements; court papers arising from suits against owners; depositions and protests of ships’ masters and crew; customs papers; health certificates and identification papers of crew, insurance records; ships’ registers and whale men’s papers.
Included also are photographs, biographical data, journals, and reminiscences of ships’ captains. Also a volume of records (not dated; compiler unknown) of Falmouth ships’ captains. Entered are the names of the captains, the ships they commanded, whaling grounds they visited, and quantities of oil taken.
Included also is a list (1926, compiler unknown) of Falmouth boys who went to sea and became ship masters.
These papers deal primarily with vessels that were engaged in the whale fishery. Papers relating to the bark Orion, which commanded by Falmouth’s Captain Henry C. Bunker, and carrying a number of Falmouth Passengers, went from Boston to San Francisco in 1849. 3 Boxes, 7 vols.
The Falmouth Archives maintains genealogical files on Falmouth families as well as maintaining Falmouth family papers, deeds, records and photographs. Holdings in the Archives include but are not limited to the following families:
Aldrich, Allen, Aurelio, Bailey of S.C., Baird, Bassett, Bates, Bears, Beebe, Benedict, Bodfish, Bourne, Bowerman, Bowman, Bradford, Briggs, Brown, Bunce, Bunker, Burgess, Butler, Carter of Middlesex Co., Chadwick, Clark, Conant, Cornish, Crocker, Croswell, Crowell, Dandridge-Washington, Davis, Dean, Dewey, Dickens, Dillingham, Dimmick, Donaldson, Edwards, Eldred/Eldridge, Ellis, Emmons, Fenner, Fenno, Fish, Fisher, Forbes, Freeman, Gates, Gifford, Goff, Goodspeed, Goodlow of VA, Gorham, Gould, Green, Grinnell, Grinnell/Linnell, Hallett, Hamblin, Hamlin, Handy, Harding, Harris, Hatch, Hersey, Hewins, Hill, Hills, Hinckley, Hitch, Holland-Gardiner, Holmes, Hooker, Howe, Howland, Hoxie, Jackson, James, Jenkins, Jennings, Jones, Keith, Kendrick-Godfrey, Kennedy of SC, Kimball, Lake, Landers, Lawrence, Lee of VA, Lewis, Lincoln, Lincoln-Kittredge, Lilly, Lovell, Lufkin, Lumbeck, McComiskey, McLane, Malchman, Mann (Zipporah), Martin, Meigs, Mitchell, Moore, Nye, Olney, Palmer, Parker, Pattee, Perry, Phinney, Piper, Powers, Price, Proctor of VA, Redfield, Robinson, Robinson/Sanford, Rowley/Rowlee, Scott, Sherman, Shiverick, Smythe, Stone, Stoughton, Stratton, Swift, Thatcher, Thompson, Tobey, Tripp, Turner, Underwood, Warren, Watson, Weeks, Wicks, Wilbur, Wilcox, Wilson, Wing, Wiswall, Wood, Wright of VA, Yeager, Yost.
The Archives maintains a growing collection of vintage and contemporary images of Falmouth. Subjects include but are not limited to the following areas. (Note:The Falmouth Historical Society charges a fee for permission to reproduce their images. Contact the Archivist for additional information.)