Category Archives: 19th Century American Maritime

Whaling: Hunters & Hunted

We can’t talk about historical whaling without talking about the the hunt. A whale ship and crew often made a lengthy voyage, searching for whale pods. What happened when they sighted their prey and their fortune? Today, we’ll explore the … Continue reading

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A Whaling Voyage

We’re launching into our blog feature on American whaling during the 19th Century. (Catch the introduction here, if you missed it!) And it seems the best place to begin is at the beginning of a voyage. Whale hunting was an … Continue reading

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Whaling: An Introduction & A Statement

We’re transitioning into the next three month subject in our series on 19th Century American Maritime. Whaling. Realizing this can be a debatable subject, I thought it might be good to clarify why I’m choosing to write about it, explain … Continue reading

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Maps & Charts: Works Of Art?

Maps and charts were necessary tools for navigation during the 19th Century. Without radios, GPS locators, and other location tracking devices, captains and crews relied on mathematical calculations, shore or celestial observations, and prepared maps and charts to help determine … Continue reading

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5 Things You Should Know About California’s 19th Century Maritime History

California is my home state. (Ironic, that I study the history of Virginia for Civil War studies, eh?) California played a significant role in 19th Century American Maritime History. Part of California’s role had to do with its location. West … Continue reading

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Bowditch’s “The New American Practical Navigator”

In 1802, an American sea captain published a book which changed the maritime world. More than just a sea captain, the author had taught himself math, sciences, and languages…and he wanted to make the world of sailing and voyaging safer … Continue reading

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