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Bark Kathleen Sunk By A Whale by Thomas H. Jenkins

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[Illustration: ABANDONING BARK KATHLEEN IN MID OCEAN]

BARK KATHLEEN SUNK

BY A WHALE

AS RELATED BY THE CAPTAIN,

THOMAS H. JENKINS

To which is added an account of two like occurrences, the loss of SHIPS ANN ALEXANDER AND ESSEX

Published by H. S. HUTCHINSON & CO. New Bedford, Massachusetts

Copyrighted 1902 H. S. HUTCHINSON & CO. New Bedford, Mass.

BARK KATHLEEN

Rammed and Sunk by an Infuriated Bull Whale.

(New York Journal.)

The most thrilling episode ever known in the history of the American Whale Fisheries has just occurred.

It is full of the mystery and thrill and terror of the deep sea. It is even more wonderful than any of the stories told by Mr. Frank T. Bullen, author of the famous "Cruise of the Cachalot."

CREW LIST

Of Bark Kathleen when she sailed from New Bedford, Mass., October 22, 1901, for a whaling voyage in the South Atlantic:

Thomas H Jenkins, South Dartmouth, master; J. W. Nichols, first mate; Paul Gomes, second mate; Manuel Viera and Morris Murray, boat headers; Phillipe J. Viera, George Williams, Herbert R. Reynolds, Cecelia Manuel Delgardo, boatsteerers; J. A. Jensen, cooper, carpenter, and blacksmith; Alfred W. Ellis, steward; Benjamin J. Taber, cook; Julio Alves, Jocking Barrows, Manuel Fernandez, Manuel Fonseca, Charles H. Lutz, ordinary seamen; Manuel Teceira, preventer boatsteerer; Pedro Manuel Silva, seaman; Aurilla Lopez, seaman and preventer boatsteerer; Frank A. Bragg, green hand and carpenter; Antone Monterio, Arthur P. McPherson, Louis Sharp, J. A. H. Nickerson, Clarence W. Thwing, Rodney Morrison, William Glass, William H. Carr, green hands. Mrs. Jenkins accompanied her husband on the cruise.

[Illustration: READY TO SAIL]

INTRODUCTION

The Kathleen was about 195 tons and with outfits was valued at $20,000, being partially insured by her several owners. She also had on board at the time of the accident a small quantity of oil taken since leaving port.

The Kathleen had always been called a "lucky ship" and had made many good voyages.

She was built for the merchant service at Philadelphia in 1844, and after a year in the trade, was purchased by Captain James Slocum and fitted as a whaler. Her first master in the whaling industry was Captain William Allen, and she had in her day made many a good voyage. Among her masters have been Captain Charles Childs, Captain Daniel W. Gifford and Captain Samuel R. Howland. She had been almost entirely built over only a few years ago, and just before being fitted for a cruise to St. Helena in 1899, where she loaded oil, was thoroughly overhauled.

Last year, it will be remembered, the Kathleen arrived in port in a disabled condition. This was on Sept. 28th, 1901, when she was commanded by Captain Fred H. Smith. For three days that month on the 6th, 7th and 8th, while southeast of Barbados, she was on her beam ends and at the mercy of the sea. The crew lived on the quarter deck at the time, not daring to go below. In fitting her up for the last cruise she was newly sparred.

[Illustration: BARK KATHLEEN AT DOCK]

STORY OF THE LOSS OF BARK KATHLEEN

Told by the Captain,

THOMAS H. JENKINS

Having been requested to give an account of the sinking of the Bark Kathleen by a whale I will do the best I can, though I think that those who have read the papers know as much or more about it than I do.

We sailed from New Bedford the 22d October, 1901, and with the exception of three weeks of the worst weather I have ever had on leaving home, everything went fairly well till we arrived out on the 12 40 ground.[1]

[1] What is known by the whalers as the "12 40 Ground" is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 12° Latitude N., 40° Longitude W., approximately 1,000 miles off the coast of Brazil. (ED.)

The day we arrived there we raised a large whale and chased him most all day but could not seem to get any aim of him... Continue reading book >>




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