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19th Century Whaling
by James Temple Brown and Gustav Kobbe.
Pursuing the world's largest mammal in boats powered only by sail and oar.
Perhaps the sea's highest adventure was the
whaling chase, as great or greater than exploring uncharted waters. Why else
would men risk their lives and their families' securities? The money could be
good, too, and for some, there was the chance at freedom, for the industry was
mainly blind as to skin color at a time when opportunities for non-whites were
scarce. The whaling industry flourished for two centuries, and its traditions are recounted in
seaport museums and the stories here:
"Stray Leaves from a Whaleman's Log" is reprinted from Century
Magazine, 1893. It tells about chasing of whales on a cruise from the standpoint of
the individual whaleman.
"The Perils and Romance of Whaling" came out in Century
Magazine in 1890. It gives more of the detail of the subject and also includes
anecdotes of episodes from the early days.
A final section "Cutting in and Trying
Out" explains the butchering process.
Parks and museums now tell of this
period of history, for instance at New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park in
Massachusetts and Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.
Period illustrations. 48 pages.
Order #: VIST0089 paper$4.95
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