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Whaling Ships - 1897

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Posted by Adrienne on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:46:45 :

Put In Leg Irons
Three Sailors Attempt to Burn a Whaling Bark...
San Francisco, Nov. 7. The whaling bark John N. Winthrope arrived to-day from the Bering sea. She reports a catch of several whales which yielded 10,200 pounds of bone and 900 barrels of oil. Early in July Winthrope spoke (to) the Whaler Gayhead and for the first time heard of the Klondike gold discoveries. The crew became greatly excited and three of the sailors, J.A. KRUEGER, O.W. DIGMAN and H. J. JONES, formed a plan to destroy the vessel and make their way to the Alaskan coast with a view of ultimately reaching the gold fields. The men stole tar and turpentine from the ships stores and with other inflammable material started a fire in the forehold. Fortunately the flames were extinguished before much damage was done. The three conspirators were at once put in irons. Digman made a written confession stating the Krueger was the originator of the plot. The Winthrope brought no news of the ice-bound whaling fleet.
Source: The Findlay Republican (Ohio), November 9, 1897, page 1

San Francisco, Nov. 6. According to the news from the Arctic brought by returning whalers eight vessels are now held fast in the ice. The steam whalers Belvedere, Orca, Jesse II, Freeman and steam whalers Newport, Fearless, Jennie and the bark Wanderer are off Return Reef. The latter four are in the open sea, 300 miles from a provision station.
Source: The Findlay Republican (Ohio), November 9, 1897, page 5

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