Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

For a specific ship search, make your selections below. For an alphabetical ship listing select Alphabetical Ship Search. Search is NOT case-sensitive.

1. ship name - match exact ship name
2. any reference to - finds any word match i.e. bark will find all barks in text.
3. text containing - finds any partial match i.e. rig will ALSO find frigate.

Alphabetical Ship Search | All Entries
Advanced Ship Search divider
Search result for any reference to: whaler
Charles W. Morgan: Whaling Ship; Length: 114 ft; 314 tons; Crew: 26; New Bedford, United States; 1841

The Charles W. Morgan had a remarkable 80-year career in whaling and she is the only intact wooden whaler in the USA. Originally ship-rigged with square sails on all masts, she was re-rigged as a bark in 1880 with fore-and-aft sails on the mizzenmast

hover over
Eliza Swan: Whaling Ship; 306 tons; Crew: 48; Montrose, Scotland; 1801

A very successful whaler, the Eliza Swan was captured and subsequently ransomed by the USS President on July 24th, 1813. The Eliza Swan was fully laden with 146 tuns or about 37,000 gallons of whale blubber from a good catch of 8 whales. She was on her way home. The USS President deceived the Eliza Swan by flying British colors at distance and only raising the American flag when capture had been assured, an often used practice in the privateering business. It's were the expression 'showing your true colors' originates from.
Esquimaux: 70 Hp Steam Whaler; bark-rigged; Length: 157 ft; Beam: 30 ft; Depth of hold: 19 ft; 465 tons; St. Johns, Newfoundland; 1865

Initially built as a ship-rigged three-masted steam whaler, she was converted to a bark in 1883, as were so many whalers and merchant vessels of her time. Sold in 1900 to Evelyn B. Baldwin for the Baldwin-Ziegler arctic expedition and renamed America.
William Badger: Whaling Ship; Length: 106 ft; Beam: 26 ft ; Depth of hold: 13 ft; 334 tons; Crew: 25; Armament: 1x32pdr.

Originally intended as a whaler she was purchased by the Union Navy in 1861 and served as a stationary Union supply ship until sold in 1865.

– Top –


Concept, content & Design: The Art of Age of Sail