Final Voyage, A Story of Arctic Disaster and One Fateful Whaling Season

Final Voyage, A Story of Arctic Disaster and One Fateful Whaling Season

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Documents the 1871 decimation of a fleet of whaling ships in an Arctic ice storm and the event's irrevocable impact on oil, tracing the industry's founding by Quaker merchants and the role of oil derived from whale blubber in revolutionizing New England commerce.

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In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil. New Bedford, Massachusetts, was fertile ground for this country's first multimillion-dollar industry. Founded by assiduous Quaker merchants seeking refuge for their austere religion, the town also lent unparalleled access to the high seas. The combination would lead to what would become the most successful whaling industry in America, and with it, the world's first oil hegemony. Oyl, or oil derived from whale blubber, revolutionized New England commerce. And as intrepid New Bedford whalers ventured farther into uncharted waters in search of untapped resources, the town saw incomparable wealth. But with all of the town's resources tethered to this dangerous industry and the fickle sea, success was fragile. Final Voyage is the story of one fateful whaling season that illuminates the unprecedented rise and devastating fall of America's first oil industry. Peter Nichols deftly captures what New Bedford life was like for its Quaker inhabitants and, using a wealth of primary resources, has created a vivid picture of the evolution of whaling and how its demise was destined even before that devastating voyage.
A maritime adventure set against a lush historical backdrop, this is the story of one fateful whaling season that illuminates the unprecedented rise and devastating fall of America's first oil industry.

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the 1871 decimation of a fleet of whaling ships in an arctic ice storm and the event's irrevocable impact on oil, tracing the industry's founding by Quaker merchants and the role of blubber-derived oil in revolutionizing New England commerce. Simultaneous.

Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media Inc, [2009]
Copyright Date: ℗2009
ISBN: 9781400112548
1400112540
Branch Call Number: COMP DISC 338.3729 NICHO
Characteristics: digital,1.4 m/s
8 sound discs (9.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dietz, Norman
Notes: Compact discs
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de_grammont
Apr 19, 2017

Extremely in depth, but of the principle event that it purports to deal with, the loss of a whaling fleet in the Arctic Whaling Grounds in the mid-to-late 19th Century, there really isn't nearly as much information as I would have expected.

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