California's Whaling Coast

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Yankee whaling, shore whaling, and modern whaling were sometimes occurring simultaneously. Each type of whaling went through periods of discovery, stability, and then a gradual decrease as the products lost their markets or the number of whales began to wane as some species moved toward commercial if not actual extinction due to over-fishing. Small whaling operations from California, called shore whaling, continued from the 1850s until Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans (1969ā€“1972) whistled down the industry in 1971.
ISBN: 9781467131711
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dale Vinnedge has studied the history of California whaling for more than 30 years, researching the subject through newspapers local to the whaling stations. He spent many hours looking at every page of the Alta California (San Francisco) newspaper (1850sā€“1890s), using microfilm records at the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. Vinnedge volunteers at the library and currently is a director and past president of the Friends of the National Maritime Museum Library. The library has an extensive collection of books and photographs relating to Pacific coast history.
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