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From: "Lonnie Chase" <>
Subject: [CHASE-L] Note from the chronicles
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 17:52:13 -0600




A Note from the Chase Chronicles - Oct. 1918


CHASE WHALING CAPTAINS OF NANTUCKET

"Capt. George B. Chase; ship - Minerva; sailed - July 17, 1815;
returned - Sept. 8, 1817; catch - 1400 bbls. sperm
Capt. Shubael Chase; ship - Gen. Lincoln; sailed - Sept. 20, 1817;
returned - Aug. 12, 1818; catch - 1206 bbls. whale
Capt. Shubael Chase; ship - Gen. Lincoln; sailed - Sept. 21, 1818;
lost at sea, Sept. 27, 1818
Capt. Shubael Chase; ship - Foster; sailed - July 23, 1819; returned
April 12, 1822; catch - 1624 bbls. sperm.
Mate Owen Chase; ship - Essex; sailed - Aug. 12, 1819; Stove by a
whale Nov. 1820 captain, mate and three men saved.
Capt. Isaac Chase; ship - States; sailed - Sept. 4, 1820; returned
April 8, 1823; catch 1100 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Geo. Brown Chase; ship - Alexander; sailed - Aug. 18, 1821;
returned May 2, 1824; catch - 2836 bbls. sperm
Capt. Franklin Chase; ship - Pacific; sailed - Dec. 16, 1820;
returned - Aug. 1823; catch 1637 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Benj. C. Chase; ship - Falcon; sailed - Feb. 21, 1823; Wrecked
on an island in the Pacific.
Capt. Benj.. C. Chase; ship - Fabius; sailed - Aug. 31, 1833;
returned - July 31, 1837; catch - 863 bbls. sperm.
Capt. William Chase; ship - Hesper; sailed Feb. 21, 1823; returned -
April 11, 1825; catch - 1087 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Franklin Chase; ship - North America; sailed - Sept. 2, 1824;
returned - Nov. 1827; catch - 2080 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Isaac Chase; ship - Constitution; sailed - July 24, 1824;
returned - May 15, 1826; catch - 2015 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Isaac Chase; ship - Constitution; sailed - Aug 1, 1826; returned
April 13, 1827; catch - 601 bbls. whale
Capt. Shubael Chase; ship - Japan; sailed Dec. 20, 1825; returned -
Mar. 18, 1829; catch 2134 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Nathan Chase; ship - Ploughby; sailed June 23, 1827; returned -
July 15, 1830; catch - 2522 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Nathan Chase; ship - Ploughby; sailed October 16, 1830; returned
Mar. 5, 1834; catch - 1741 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Peter F. Chase; ship - Lydia; sailed Oct. 13, 1827; returned
Sept 3, 1830; catch - 2367 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Fred'k. B. Chase; ship - Aurora; sailed - Dec. 6, 1827; returned
Dec. 22, 1829; catch - 2023 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Fred'k. B. Chase; ship - Omega; sailed - June 27, 1830; returned
Jan. 6, 1833; catch 2575 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Fred'k. B. Chase; ship Alpha; sailed - July 25, 1834; returned
Dec. 31, 1837; catch 1660 bbls. sperm
Capt. Fred.'k B. Chase; ship Fabius; sailed - July 12, 1840; returned
April 6, 1844; catch 2140 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph M. Chase; ship - Franklin; sailed - June 22. 1828;
returned - Oct. 21, 1830; catch - 2058 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph M. Chase; ship - Catharina; sailed - July 21, 1831;
returned - Jan. 17, 1835; catch - 2690 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph M. Chase; ship - Catharina; sailed - July 29, 1835;
returned - Oct 26, 1838; catch - 3016 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Owen Chase; ship - Charles Carroll; sailed - Oct. 10, 1832;
returned - Mar. 3, 1836; catch - 2610 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Owen Chase; ship - Charles Carroll; sailed - Aug. 30, 1836;
returned - Feb. 14, 1840; catch - 2678 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Alex M. Chase; ship - Elizabeth Stahbuck; sailed - Nov. 16,
1837; returned - May 2, 1841; catch - 1359 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph C. Chase; ship - Clarkson; sailed - July 16, 1838;
returned - April 17, 1842; catch - 1580 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph C. Chase; ship - Clarkson; sailed - Sept. 18, 1842;
returned - April 17, 1846; catch - 1825 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph C. Chase; ship - Columbia; sailed Aug. 7, 1846;
returned - June 12, 1850; catch - 1689 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Joseph C. Chase; ship - Norman; sailed - Oct. 21, 1851;
returned - Aug. 4, 1855; catch 1180 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Reuben Chase; ship - Montano; sailed - July 20, 1839; returned -
July 7, 1841; catch - 2156 bbls. whale.
Capt. William S. Chase; ship - Hero; sailed - Sept. 29, 1841;
returned - Feb. 22, 1846; catch - 830 bbls. sperm.
Capt. Charles H. Chase; ship - Apphia Maria; sailed - May 23, 1855;
condemned at Valparaiso, Mar. 1859.

Whaling, like many another industry had its beginning, its rise, its
culmination and its decline. Whaling first in boats from the shore,
was followed by the use of small vessels, and then at length by ships
which made long voyages for sperm whales to the warmer water of the
Atlantic and Pacific and Indian Oceans, and for right whales to the
colder waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the
Arctic Seas.

Its culmination came between 1840 and 1845 when Nantucket was the
greatest whaling port in the world, with a fleet of nearly a hundred
vessels, most of them ships.

Then came its decline, caused chiefly by the growing scarcity of
whales, the increasing expense of conducting the business with its
longer voyages, and smaller returns, the rise of other oils and the
establishment and competition of other whaling ports.

Ships were sold to New Bedford and other places, and smaller vessels
were again employed which made short voyages in the waters of the
Atlantic coasts of the United States and Canada, until finally the
last whaling vessel was sold and the business which had made Nantucket
well known throughout the world came to an end.

The last whaling voyage under a Chase as captain ended unhappily in
1859, but the record for previous years had been good and sometimes
brilliant. All through the whaling period, besides the Chases who rose
to be captains were others bearing the name who worthily filled
subordinate positions, and the record of the Chases as whalemen is one
of which the family may well be proud."

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Lonnie Chase



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