Lubbock states that he has tried to give a complete history of the whaling trade, its ships and seamen, from the earliest days right down to the outbreak of the Great War.
This list has been compiled for the Whalers' Heritage Project by Yvonne Leck, and is not to be reproduced without her permission.
Also see Captains and Miscellaneous Notes (which includes some crew names) from this book.
LOST/WRECKED DATE HOME PORT COMMENTS VOLUNTEER 1746 Lost HURST 1746 Lost LEVIATHAN 1758 WHITBY Lost. Crew saved. PRINCE WILLIAM 1758 YARMOUTH Lost. Crew saved. BO'NESS 1758 BO'NESS Lost. Crew saved. CUNLIFFE 1758 LIVERPOOL Lost. Crew saved. ANSON 1758 LIVERPOOL Lost. Crew saved. EDINBURGH 1763 LEITH Lost. ST. PETER 1764 LONDON Wrecked. GOLDEN LYON 1765 LIVERPOOL Wrecked. SWALLOW 1766 NEWCASTLE Wrecked in ice. NEWCASTLE 1766 NEWCASTLE Caught fire in Howden Pans nr. Shields. Burnt PITT 1766 LONDON Crushed to pieces in 3 minutes, crew saved. ARTHUR 1768 LONDON Wrecked. Crew saved by neighbouring ships. ANNABELLA 1768 NEWCASTLE Wrecked. Crew saved. LITTLEHOPE LONDON Wrecked. Crew brought home by 'Royal Exchange' PORPOISE 1772 WHITBY Wrecked. Crew transfered to Dutch ship 'Hopall' 1774 A storm in the Greenland seas. 400 Dutch and 2 British seamen stated to have been lost. Practically all the British fleet received damage. 1774 A Dutch brig with 6 English boats' crews onboard, lost with all hands. PENNANT 1774 Lost with all hands. PERSEVERANCE 1774 Lost 5 boats, 5 men. 1774 A Dutch brig with 6 English boat-crews on board lost with all hands. BERRY 1778 HULL Lost. In transport during American war. WHALE FISHER 1785 LONDON Wrecked. Crew saved. BETSY 1787 LONDON CHANCE 1788 WHITBY Lost. LONDON 1788 LONDON NANCY 1788 LONDON MARY 1788 LONDON TRIAL 1788 NEWCASTLE ENDEAVOUR 1789 Wrecked. THOMPSON 1790 WHITEHAVEN Lost. FRIENDS 1790 HULL Lost whilst sealing. URANIA 1790 SUNDERLAND Lost whilst sealing. NEPTUNE 1791 LEITH BLESSING 1791 LONDON Lost. HARPOONER 1792 WHITBY PEGGY 1794 LONDON Lost in ice. BALAENA 1795 LYNN Wrecked GIBRALTER 1796 HULL Captured and burnt. ENTERPRISE 1798 Lost on trading voyage, crew saved. COUNT'S HOPETOWN 1798 Wrecked on trading voyage. PEGGY 1799 LIVERPOOL Cut in two by the ice. Crew saved. MARY ANN 1800 LONDON Lost. 49 crew saved. FANNY 1803 Wrecked DWINA 1804 HULL Wrecked. EAST LOTHIAN 1804 DUNBAR Wrecked MARIA 1805 HULL Lost. Crew picked up by 'Aurora' 2 killed by ac DINGWALL 1806 LONDON Captured by the French and burnt. Crew to Dani SIMES 1806 LEITH Captured by the French and burnt. Crew to Dani BOYNE 1806 YARMOUTH Captured by the French and burnt. Crew to Danish ship, which landed at Lerwick. BLENHEIM 1806 Captured by the French and destroyed. HOLDERNESS 1806 Captured and destroyed. OLIVE BRANCH 1807 Lost. Cpt Wilson not heard of since. MINERVA 1807 HULL Sunk. Some crew saved by the 'Henrietta'. NORTH STAR 1808 LEITH Burnt on the passage out March 1808. MARGARET 1809 LONDON Wrecked at Stromness. Crew saved. CATHERINE 1809 HULL Lost upon Whale Fish Island. OAKHALL 1809 HULL Lost in ice. RODNEY 1810 DUNDEE Lost. KONIGSBERG 1811 HULL Wrecked. Crushed by ice. LATONA 1812 ABERDEEN Crushed in Davis Straits. OSCAR 1813 ABERDEEN Wrecked within 200 yards of shore. 2 men drown LAUREL 1813 HULL Wrecked in ice at Greenland. BIRNIE 1813 GRIMSBY Wrecked in ice Davis Straits. LATONA 1813 ABERDEEN Lost in Davis Straits. AUGUSTA 1814 Wrecked. ROYALIST 1814 Sunk. 54 men and boys on board, Davis Straits. CLAPHAM 1815 HULL Caught fire and blew up in Greenland. Crew sav EARL OF FYFFE 1816 BANFF Wrecked. DAUNTLESS 1817 LONDON Wrecked. Crew saved. FORTITUDE 1817 LONDON Wrecked. Crew saved. LION 1817 LIVERPOOL Wrecked. Crew saved. LEVIATHAN 1817 NEWCASTLE Wrecked. Crew saved. THREE BROTHERS 1818 HULL Crushed in ice. Crew saved by 'Ingria'. ELBE 1818 ABERDEEN Lost DIAMOND 1819 ABERDEEN Wrecked. RAITH 1819 LEITH Wrecked. RATTLER 1819 LEITH Wrecked. MARY ANN 1819 Wrecked. ROYAL BOUNTY 1819 LEITH Wrecked. EQUESTRIS 1819 HULL Wrecked. SISTERS 1819 KIRKCALDY Wrecked. THOMAS & ANN 1819 LEITH Wrecked. MARY ANN 1819 DUNDEE TAY 1819 DUNDEE MAJESTIC 1819 LONDON Wrecked. CHERUB 1819 HULL Lost during the Autumn at Wingo. HOPE 1820 LONDON BROTHERS 1820 Lost in Davis Straits 29th June. HEBE 1821 Lost on outward bound 9 miles north of Aberdeen HIGH FLYER 1820 Lost in Greenland seas. THORNTON 1821 HULL AURORA 1821 Wrecked. EARL FAUCONBERG 1821 GRIMSBY Lost. HARMONY 1821 Lost. CERVANTES 1821 Lost LEVIATHAN 1821 JOHN 1821 HENRY 1821 SYMMETRY 1821 HULL ELIZABETH 1821 ABERDEEN LARKINS 1821 LEITH DEXTERITY 1821 DUNDEE KING GEORGE 1822 LONDON Lost with all hands off Greenland. LADY FORBES 1822 LIVERPOOL Wrecked. Crew saved. ELIZA 1822 N. SHIELDS VALIANT 1822 WHITBY INVINCIBLE 1822 PETERHEAD CALYPSO 1822 DUNDEE Lost BRITISH QUEEN 1822 NEWCASTLE HERO 1822 MONTROSE Wrecked. ELIZA 1822 NEWCASTLE FAME 1823 Destroyed by fire whilst anchored at Stromness. CYRUS 1823 HULL Wrecked. ALERT 1823 PETERHEAD Wrecked. AIMWELL 1824 WHITBY Sank. ESTRIDGE 1825 DUNDEE Wrecked. 7 crew transferred to the 'Brunswick' LIVELY 1825 BERWICK SUCCESS 1825 LEITH DON 1825 ABERDEEN HARLINGEN 1826 HARLINGEN Wrecked. Crew picked up by the 'Dundee'. JEAN 1826 PETERHEAD Wrecked. 46 crew transferred to the 'Dundee' LIVELY 1826 WHITBY Lost with all hands. HARPOONER 1826 BREMEN Lost with all hands. CICERO 1826 Lost. Crew rescued by 'Andrew Marvel'. DEXTERITY 1826 PETERHEAD Crushed in ice, crew spread amongst fleet. ESK 1826 WHITBY Broke in two off Redcar. Only 4 of the 227 crew reached the shore alive (3 sailors and Cpt DUNBAR Cpt Dunbar died after being carried back to the beach. MERCURY 1827 Crushed in Baffin Bay. BRUNSWICK 1827 Wrecked. 2 men drowned. ACTIVE 1828 8 crew drowned, survivors brought home on Danis ALPHEUS 1828 Wrecked 17/7/1828. ENTERPRISE 1828 PETERHEAD Crushed. ELIZABETH 1828 JANE 1829 ABERDEEN Wrecked. Crew rescued. DAUNTLESS 1829 HULL Wrecked. ROCKWOOD 1829 LONDON Wrecked. LAETITIA 1830 ABERDEEN Wrecked. Davis Straits. PRINCE OF WALES 1830 Wrecked, Davis Straits. RESOLUTION 1830 ABERDEEN Wrecked Davis Straits. WILLIAM & ANN 1830 WHITBY Wrecked, Davis Straits. Crew saved. WILLIAM 1830 HULL Wrecked Davis Straits. Cpt North died a few day NORTH BRITON 1830 HULL Wrecked, Davis Straits. ALEXANDER 1830 ABERDEEN Wrecked, Davis Straits. GILDER 1830 HULL Wrecked, Davis Straits. THREE BROTHERS 1830 DUNDEE Wrecked, Davis Straits. HOPE 1830 PETERHEAD Wrecked, Davis Straits. MIDDLETON 1830 DUNDEE Wrecked, Davis Straits. PROGRESS 1830 HULL Wrecked. Cpt transferred to the 'James'. JOHN 1830 GREENOCK Wrecked, Davis Straits. Cpt Coombe died. RESOLUTION 1830 PETERHEAD Wrecked. WILLIAM & ANN 1830 WHITBY Wrecked, Cpt TERRY transferred to the Eagle along with the carpenter and 12 seamen. ARCHILLES 1830 DUNDEE Wrecked, Davis Straits. BAFFIN 1830 LEITH Wrecked, Davis Straits. RATTLER 1830 LEITH Wrecked, Davis Striats. JAMES 1831 PETERHEAD Crushed in ice May 25th, Davis Straits. NEPTUNE 1831 LONDON Lost in ice at Melville Bay, Davis Straits. RAMBLER 1831 BURNTISLAND Lost in gale 1st September, Melville Bay. EGGINTON 1832 KIRKCALDY WILLIAM YOUNG 1832 LEITH ARIEL 1832 HULL JUNO 1832 LEITH INGRIA 1833 LORD WELLINGTON 1834 HULL LONDON 1834 MONTROSE Wrecked. HENRIETTA 1834 ABERDEEN Wrecked. ISABELLA 1835 Wrecked, crew badly frost bitten, rescued. LEE 1835 Wrecked. Crew saved. MARY FRANCIS 1835 Wrecked, crew saved. DORDON 1835 Wrecked. Some crew saved. MIDDLETON 1835 Wrecked. 47 crew saved. WILLIAM TORR 1835 Wrecked. Crew saved. ALFRED 1835 THOMAS 1836 Wrecked. 3 of the crew transferred to the 'Dee ADVICE 1836 DUNDEE Wrecked. 7 survivors out of 49 including Capt. MARGARET 1836 LONDON Wrecked. Crew saved. RIBY GROVE 1838 Lost in ice. HECLA 1840 PETERHEAD Lost in ice. RANGER 1843 PETERHEAD Wrecked. BON ACCORD 1847 Lost in ice. CALEDONIA 1847 Lost in ice. ALFRED 1847 Lost in ice. MARY 1849 ABERDEEN Lost with all hands. A sealer. SUPERIOR 1849 PETERHEAD Crushed. LADY JANE 1849 NEWCASTLE Crushed. PRINCE OF WALES 1849 Wrecked. JOSEPH GREEN 1852 PETERHEAD Wrecked. MACLELLAN 1852 American Wrecked. GERMANIA 1854 HULL Wrecked in ice. HEBE 1854 HULL Wrecked in ice. VIOLET 1854 HULL Wrecked in ice. SARAH & ELIZABETH 1857 GIPSY 1857 PETERHEAD UNDAUNTED 1857 PETERHEAD ECLIPSE 1858 PETERHEAD TRAVELLER 1858 PETERHEAD HEROINE 1858 DUNDEE JANE 1858 B0'NESS INNUIT 1858 PETERHEAD EMPRESS OF INDIA 1858 PETERHEAD CHASE 1860 HULL Wrecked. ST. ANDREW 1861 ABERDEEN Lost with all hands COMMERCE 1861 PETERHEAD Wrecked. ANNE 1861 HULL Wrecked. ABRAM 1862 KIRKCALDY Wrecked. LORD GAMBIER 1862 KIRKCALDY Wrecked, CHIEFTAIN 1862 KIRKCALDY Wrecked. ARCTIC 1862 ABERDEEN Wrecked. RESOLUTION 1862 PETERHEAD Wrecked PACIFIC 1863 ABERDEEN Lost AELUS 1865 HULL Wrecked. Crew saved. DIANA 1868 HULL Wrecked off the Humber on return home. Crew sa ARCTIC 1874 Wrecked. EIRA 1882 Crushed in ice. Crew saved. MAZINTHIEN 1883 DUNDEE Lost on rocks off Peterhead. 50 crew saved. PROTEUS 1883 Wrecked. Crew saved. RESOLUTE 1886 DUNDEE Lost at Newfoundland sealing. Crew saved. ARCTIC II 1887 Lost. POLYNIA 1891 Sunk. Crew of 37 picked up by 'Aurora'. HOPE 1901 Lost. 194 crew rescued. NOVA ZEMBLA 1902 Wrecked. 42 crew saved. ALERT 1902 Wrecked. Crew saved. WINDWARD 1907 DUNDEE Wrecked. Crew saved.