Whaling on Martha's Vineyard

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Martha's Vineyard became an integral part of the whaling industry at the beginning of the eighteenth century and inspired a lasting romantic enthusiasm for life on the open ocean. From shorewhaling to daring voyages into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, the insular whaling community offered a tempting path for many young Vineyarders to rise from cabin boy to captain. Local businesses were enticed by the potential profit from whaling voyages, and many reaped generous rewards from successful whale oil harvests. Through memoirs, music and memorabilia, author Thomas Dresser recounts this dramatic history of the bygone era of whaling on Martha's Vineyard.
ISBN: 9781625859037
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Images: 60
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
During his lengthy career, Thomas Dresser has held many titles, including elementary schoolteacher, nursing home administrator, bus driver, tour guide and freelance writer. He’s contributed articles to the local press and published numerous books on New England history. With this, his tenth book on Martha’s Vineyard with The History Press, some say he’s found his niche—a journey he’s found rewarding, inspiring and memorable. Now in his retirement, Tom is enjoying sharing his days with Joyce, his wife of twenty years, and finding inspiration in life around him.
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