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A Brief History of American Whaling

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034799
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039688 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0001
A Brief History of American Whaling

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To discuss the subject of whales and whaling without including the history of early American whaling would be to omit an important epoch in America's history. The men who chose to earn a living by spending years away from their home ports, thrusting harpoons into whales at arm's length, left behind a proud and enduring American legend. Walsh's extensive commentary on the history behind the Ulysses expedition, and the way in which the ship was ostensibly owned by an American corporation but entirely run by Anders Jahre of Norway, are detailed in this chapter. A more general history and a description of similar elements from the original report are here combined into a history of American whaling. The book includes a discussion of seven species of whalebone whales. These whales were commercially hunted for the products that could be derived from them.

Keywords: whales; American whaling; Quentin Robert Walsh; Ulysses expedition; Anders Jahre

Chapter.  12586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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