lwhitehead

18th Century Whaling for Oil

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Hi I need info on Whaling for Oil in the 18th Century, Moby Dick is 19th Century Whaling for Oil,

 

 

LW

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What are you looking for specifically?  In the later 18th Century, the south sea fisheries was beginning to be used for the whalers, though plenty of whaling was still done in the north Atlantic.  So, while Moby Dick is set later in the early to mid 19th Century, Melville's experience on a whaler dates a couple of decades earlier, and the real life ship, Essex, which was sunk by a whale went down in the 1820's.  Essex was small for a whaling ship of that time, and was in fact launched in 1799.  So the experience was probably not a whole lot different than in the latter 18th Century.  However, for more specifics I would recommend contacting Mystic Seaport, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, or the New Bedford Whaling Museum (at least for American whaling history-and I'm sure they can point you in the right direction if you're looking for other nationalities).  Hope I helped.

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Whaling from 1720 to 1750 timeframe,

 

 

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