Ujifusa lecture to feature remarkable characters and incredible stories

Delano and Grinnell – A Tale of Two Clippers
July 19 at Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Author Steven Ujifusa will discuss the lives of two remarkable men born near New Bedford, Massachusetts during the age of sail, the revolutionary ships they owned, and New Bedford’s crucial role in the development of the American clipper ship, during a lecture on July 19 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. During his lecture, called “Delano and Grinnell – A Tale of Two Clippers,” Ujifusa will draw on material from his 2018 book Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship. The author will sign copies of his book during the event.  The Whaling Museum will host a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 7:00 pm. Cost to attend is $10 for Museum members; $15 for non-members. To reserve call 508-997-0046 or visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

Barons of the Sea presents the sweeping story of nineteenth-century American dynasties who battled for dominance of the tea and opium trades. Fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business—one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade. The journey by sea to New York from Canton could take six agonizing months, and so the most pressing technological challenge of the day became ensuring one’s goods arrived first to market, so they might fetch the highest price.

Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, described Barons of the Sea as, “Full of remarkable characters and incredible stories, Steven Ujifusa’s Barons of the Sea is a fascinating, fast-paced history of America’s clipper ship era.”

Steven Ujifusa received his BA in history from Harvard University and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, A Man and His Ship, was named as one of the best nonfiction titles of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal.  Ujifusa has given presentations across the country and on the high seas, and has appeared as guest on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR. A recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s Literary Award, he lives with his wife, a pediatric emergency room physician, in Philadelphia.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


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