July 08, 2007

Pages 1182
Whole Number 63

WHALING MASTERS NAMED SPARKS



In the American Guide Series, there is a volume entitled Whaling Masters, prepared by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration of Massachusetts, published by the Old Dartmouth Historical Society of New Bedford, Mass., in 1939.

According to the preface of this work: "In the early days of whaling such an entry as ‘Captain Abbott of the S. R. Soper’ was considered sufficient identification and few given names were recorded. Even United States Customs records contain, In most instances, only the master’s surname. Research through age yellowed newspaper files and musty log books by Federal Writers’ Project Works provided most of the given names included in this listing."

On page 261 of this book, appear the following records of whaling ships that were commanded by captains named SPARKS.

Captain

Year

Name of Ship

Port

Sparks, - - - - - 1841 Stranger Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, - - - - - 1845 Targuin Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, - - - - - 1850 A. Nickerson Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, - - - - - 1886 Sarah B. Lewis Boston, Mass.
Sparks, - - - - - 1891 B. F. Herriman San Francisco, California.
Sparks, - - - - - 1891 Stamboul San Francisco, California.
Sparks, - - - - - 1893 B. F. Herriman San Francisco, California.
Sparks, - - - - - 1894 Rising Sun Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Charles 1880 Edward Lee Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Charles 1881 Edward Lee Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Charles A. 1910 Volkyria New Bedford, Mass.
Sparks, Charles H. 1868 Mary E. Nason Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1842 Carter Braxton Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1843 Carter Braxton Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1862 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1866 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1872 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1874 C. L. Sparks New Bedford, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1876 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1878 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1879 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Harvey 1880 C. L. Sparks Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Herman 1858 N. S. Knight Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Herman 1859 N. S. Knight Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Herman 1860 N. S. Knight Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Herman 1861 N. S. Knight Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Herman 1866 Olive Clark Provincetown, Mass.
Sparks, Herman 1867 Olive Clark Provincetown, Mass.

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