Ganges (1809 whaler)
|Owner:||Gideon Gardner (reputedly), Nantucket, Massachusetts|
Ganges was a whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts, launched in 1809 in Massachusetts, that operated in the Pacific Ocean from 1815 to 1853. It was probably the vessel reported to have found Gardner Island in the Phoenix group. Although Barzillai Folger, the master of the ship during its voyage of 1835-39, is sometimes credited with being the first to discover the right whales of the Northwest coast, the Frenchman Narcisse Chaudiere, in Gange, preceded Folger. Chaudiere cruised on this ground during the summer of 1835, while Folger didn’t leave port until October 26 of the same year.
Discovery of Gardner Island
Capt. Joshua Gardner, reportedly on board the whaleship Ganges, discovered an island in 1825, located at , and named it "Gardner's Island". His discovery was reported in the Nantucket Enquirer, December 1827. However, contemporary Joshua Coffin (also reportedly on Ganges) is sometimes credited with the discovery, naming the island after his ship's owner, Gideon Gardner.
Between 1815 and 1858, Ganges made 11 whaling voyages:
|Departure||Return||Master||Sperm oil (barrels)||Whale oil (barrels)||Notes|
|1815, Aug||1817, Oct||Ray, Isaiah||1785||139|
|1818, Jun||1821, Jun||Ray, Isaiah||1616||0|
|1821, Aug||1824, Mar||Coffin, Joshua||1823||0|
|1825, Jun||1827, Nov||Coffin, Joshua||1665||0|
|1828, Aug||1831, May||Coffin, Joshua||1660||0||Visited Pitcairn Island (20 January 1829)|
|1832, Jun||1835, Aug||Bodfish, Russell S.||1467||0|
|1835, Oct||1839, May||Folger, Barzillai T.||1644||0|
|1841, Jul||1845, May||Pitman, George||732||476|
|1845, Jul||1849, Jun||Nichols, James||1910||0|
|1849, Sep||1853, Jul||Coffin, Thomas M., II||1813||0|
|1853, Oct||1857, Mar||Nicholson, John Beard||850||0|
Citations and references
- Laing (1971), p.181.
- Webb 1988, pp. 35-40
- Dunmore, p. 115.
- Stackpole, p
- National Maritime Digital Library: Ganges.
- Dunmore, John (1992); Who's Who in Pacific Navigation, Australia:Melbourne University Press, ISBN 0-522-84488-X
- Laing, Alexander (1971) American ships. (American Heritage Press).
- Mawer, Granville Allen; Ahab's Trade: The Saga of South Seas Whaling
- Stackpole, Edouard A.; The Sea Hunters: The New England Whalemen During Two Centuries, 1635-1835