Whaling Museum Curator and Author Wins Maritime Research Award

Awarded to Michael P. Dyer for book “O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea”

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –  Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, has received a prestigious award for his book O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt, which was published by the Whaling Museum to wide acclaim in 2017. The Fellows of the G. W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport Museum named Dyer as the Gardner Maritime Research Award winner, an annual award given to a person who has made a significant contribution in the maritime research field.

O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea highlights paintings, drawings, and artistic representations that capture the essence of historic American whaling and its culture. The cultural and historical significance of this day-to-day pictorial record of multiyear voyages had been largely overlooked by researchers in the past. Dyer’s comprehensive examination of whalemen’s art will be the standard reference text for years to come. His meticulous research is based upon a study of marine history and art spanning two decades.

The G.W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport Museum is the home to one of the most comprehensive maritime collections in America, and a major center of maritime research. The Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library is a group that was formed in 1980 to support the Library and its collections. The John Gardner Maritime Research Award is named for the late John Gardner: author, editor, curator, small-boat designer, builder and regular user of the G.W. Blunt White Library and a proponent of maritime research.

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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book cover O'er the Wide and Tractless Sea

Michael Dyer

Caption: Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History, New Bedford Whaling Museum and author of  O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt. Photo credit: Peter Pereira.