About Daniel Starbuck
Several whaleships initially transferred from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Milford, Wales. Samuel Starbuck Jr. wrote in his journal that his brother Daniel “Outfitted six valuable ships from 200 tons upwards of 350 tons to the South Atlantic, North and South Pacific and Southern Oceans on whale voyages. Some of his ships were worth about £12,000 at sea.” It has been possible to identify five of these vessels (Sierra Leone, Aurora, Maitland, Adonis, and Duke of Kent) and trace their involvement in the fishery from Milford. The sixth was either Jefferson, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and later referred to as a Rotch ship, or one of six other vessels (Nancy, Harriet, Hibernia, Resource, Romulus, and Prince William) that went to Milford from Nova Scotia and made only token whaling voyages from there before being transferred to owners in London or returned to New England. The number of vessels increased with the arrival of the Rotch whaling business in 1800, which meant that at least five and up to eight more ships sailed to the Southern Fishery from Milford. (Ann, Hannah and Eliza, Wareham, Grand Sachem, Charles, Volunteer, New Zealander, and Montezuma). There is some question of transfer of ownership of certain vessels from members of the original settlers to Ben Rotch; as the Starbucks and Rotches were cousins, it would not be surprising. There is clear evidence that ships owned by the original settlers and led by the Starbuck and Folger families sailed regularly on whaling voyages from Milford to the Southern Fishery from 1792 until at least 1809 and that the ships belonging to Ben Rotch were whaling out of Milford from 1800 until at least 1813.