On the way back from our recent Martha's Vineyard trip, a stop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. New Bedford was a major New England seaport and still operates as one to some degree. Whaling was a major industry from the 18th century to the late 19th century, which some of it continuing in the 20th century.
More photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=12s7evvm.bzzow1yy&x=0&y=-wtzph5&localeid=en_US
1/2 scale model of a whaling ship, along with the cauldron's used to render the whale oil right on the ship.
Scrimshaw was a popular hobby amonst whaling seamen.
Some of the products made from whale oil into the 20th century ...
Left: Apparently this was from Manhattan Right: Also in the seaport area of New Bedford
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