A book describing every day life among people who went to sea to hunt the world's largest creatures -- the whales.
Pictures and text describe the things the whalers did, the ships they sailed, and the tools and weapons of their trade.
Life on a whaling ship could be exciting, but when days passed without any whales being sighted, the crew members had to find ways to overcome the boredom. The book describes the stories they told, the songs they sang, and "scrimshaw" they made for wives and girlfriends back in old New England. It even includes recipes for "plum duff" and other things the whalers ate at sea.
"An introduction to whaling in New England paints a vivid portrait of the dangerous, adventurous life the whalers led. Double-page spreads consider particular aspects of whaling, such as how the ships were designed, how the whales were killed, and how the seamen otherwise passed the time. The accompanying color sketches convey information as well as a sense of the harsh environment on board." -- Horn Book
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