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. See sample pages, illustrations.
ISBN-10: 0-89646-089-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-089-8. Order #: VIST0089 paper$4.95.
by M. Jules Remy.
Account of interview with old Hawaiian in 1853 gives insights into traditions and cultures of native island people. Subjects range from history, government and society to the nobility, common people, and the ancient chants. Foreword is by park superintendent at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (once known as City of Refuge). Reproduced photos and drawings. 40 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
ISBN -10: 0-89646-056-8. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-056-0. Order #: VIST0056 paper$3.95
by Charles Nordhoff.
Hawaii-Nei is the name for the collective kingdom of Hawaii, and these two articles from over a century ago tell of the islands' history and people, rains, and volcanic eruptions. The islands were still relatively native and natural during our author's visit, and he tells of their traits and early religion. Foreword is by Russell Apple, Pacific Historian of the National Park Service. Engravings show the land, the seascapes, homes, public buildings, and the people--eating poi, dancing the hula, surfing. 40 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
ISBN -10: 0-89646-030-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-030-0. Order #: VIST0030 paper$3.95.
by Mark Twain.
The noted humorist's account of his 1866 trip to Hawaii, made at a time when the islands were still more for the natives than for the tourists. Yet Twain visits many of the sites and tries his hand at many of the activities that modern tourists do--he surfs, goes for an ocean canoe ride, sees the City of Refuge, visits the volcano, studies the nobility, and watches the hula. Twain the dreamer admired Hawaii, land of dreams, and he even writes seriously of the scenery, on occasion. Illustrations are from the original edition of the work, with others added from a similar time period from other sources. 96 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
ISBN-10: 0-89646-070-3. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-070-6. Reprinted 10/99. Order #: VIST0070 paper$6.95.
by Arthur Hewitt and John R. Spears.
The epic story of America's light-houses and life-savers, written at their heyday.
Two of the most romantic traditions of the sea are here combined to form the content of this book--light-houses and life-savers. Stories of the work of the keepers and savers span the range from daytime monotony, and even loneliness, between storms, to the thrill of daring sea rescues in raging winter surf. Through all, dedication of the men involved shines as brightly as the lights they tended and as steadily as their massive surfboats while heading through the breakers to sea. Reprinted from The Outlook for 1903 and 1904. Good reading for anyone intending to visit the many lighthouses and life-saving stations maintained as historic sites on all U.S. coasts. Period engravings. 24 pages. See sample pages, illustrations.
ISBN-10: 0-89646-088-6. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-088-1. Order #: VIST0088 paper$4.95.
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