Ahab's Trade

Mawer provides an (at times overly) exhaustive account of South Sea whaling, a lucrative commercial enterprise that had its heyday in the early 19th century. Readers will learn everything they ever wanted to know about whaling: the tools of the trade; the techniques for tracking & hunting whales; the methods for extracting whale oil; the difficult relationships among shipowners, captains & crewmen; the fluctuating economics of the whaling trade & its long decline into the 20th century. Nantucket & New Bedford were the twin thrones of America's whaling fleet during the 19th century.

Author: Mawer, Granville
Pages: 393
Book format: paperback

Product code: 60.60.118

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