To Catch a Whale: A Whaling Voyage around the World

Saturday performances will return in 2020.
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12 pm Free for members and with Museum admission. Meet at the wheel of the whaleship Lagoda in the Bourne Building.

To Catch a Whale crew

All aboard! Museum volunteers will take you on a voyage aboard the whaleship Kutusoff in 1842, from start to finish. You’ll discover how crews were hired, trained, and spent their time on whaling journeys. Captain William Cox’s animated crew is a varied bunch of green hands and experts, including the whaleman/artist Benjamin Russell who spends much of his time sketching beautiful scenes from the deck, which serve as the foundation for his epic artwork the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World. You’ll learn all about the technical process of 19th century whaling as well as how we’ve now shifted our view of whales to helping and preserving these magnificent mammals.

Written by Diane Sullivan and performed by Michael Taylor, Janice Santos, Stanley Zalenski, David Sylvain, David Brownell, Cody Oliveira, and Diane Sullivan.