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Connecting All Things Whaling. This data-driven site will be useful to a wide range of people, from family historians searching for ancestors, to scholars of the whaling industry, to teachers and their students.
Learn which whales were hunted and why; how they captured and processed them; how technology changed the industry.
Learn the early beginnings of North American whaling through to the Great Age of Yankee Whaling. Get a sense of the challenges and changes that spelled the decline of the whaling fleet.
Learn about the isolated society and daily life aboard a whaleship. Look at the holidays and festivities at sea and look at family life at sea.
Learn about scrimshaw, the most well-known whaler’s art. Look at the most famous of all whaling literature, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.
An introduction to the essential tools – the vessels – and terminology used aboard a whaling voyage.
By Rachel Adler, Intern, New Bedford Whaling Museum - Whaling logbooks and journals give a unique perspective as to what life was like aboard a whaling vessel.
Funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
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