The Old Whaler, Charles W. Morgan
Vineyard Gazette

On another page is printed a poem by J. C. A. about the old whaler, Charles W. Morgan, who in her last days is serving the movies in a local color capacity. The following facts about the famous old craft may be of interest:

Built at New Bedford 1840.

Length - 105.6 ft., breadth 27.7, depth 17.6, tonnage 351.

Sailed on her first voyage, to Pacific Ocean, Sept. 4, 1840, Thomas Adams Norton, Edgartown, Master. Arrived home Jan. 1. 1845: 1500 sp., 800 wh., 10,000 lbs bone.

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Vineyarders in the San Francisco Whaling Fleet
Vineyard Gazette

The following named Vineyarders are officers of the whaling fleet for the season of 1901 sailing out of San Francisco:

Steamer Narwhal - Alonzo M. Ripley, second mate.

Steamer Balaena - Ward P. Vineen, first mate.

Steamer Beluga - H. H. Bodfish, master; Andrew W. Look, first mate; Thomas G. Fisher, fourth mate.

Bark Gay Head - Charles W. Fisher, master; Tisdale S. Pease, first mate; Abram L. Joab, fourth mate.

Steamer Alexandr - B. T. Tilton, master.

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For Whaling Captains, Diversity Flourished
Skip Finley
Men of color were full participants in the whaling industry, a business so difficult and dangerous that most people only went out once.
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Vineyard Bookshelf: Whaling on Martha's Vineyard
Steve Donoghue
It’s a testament to Tom Dresser’s storytelling gifts that a subject as big as whaling on the Vineyard can be told so well in only 150 pages.
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Our Wharves
Vineyard Gazette
Last season Osborn’s wharf, at the foot of Main street, which had for some time been much out of repair, was rebuilt in a very substantial manner. This summer the wharf belonging to Messrs. Daniel Fisher & Co., and directly below their extensive Oil and Candle Factory, has been entirely re-built in a superior style. The piles upon which the wharf stands are pine, the bark perfectly whole and secured by copper nails, which will keep the worms from the wood for a great length of time.*
 
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The Smith Arrives with a Good Voyage
Vineyard Gazette
Whaling schooner Hattie E. Smith, Capt. John E. Johnson, Jr., arrived at Edgartown late Saturday evening, with a catch of 450 barrels sperm oil to Samuel Osborn, Jr. The Smith sailed May 21st, 1894, therefore absent less than six months. The vessel was in all the severe October gales, and was blown off, sustaining some damage to rigging and sails, and was running short of provisions. Sunday morning at about 11 o’clock the Smith sailed for New Bedford, where she will discharge her oil.
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Famous Whaleboat is Presented to the Historical Society
Vineyard Gazette
The whaleboat in which Vineyarders out-pulled all others who met them here and elsewhere, has been presented to the Dukes County Historical Society by Captain Isaac Norton of Vineyard Haven, commander of the craft, George Smith of Oak Bluffs, the only surviving member of the crew, and Captain Norton’s nephews, Benjamin, Frank, Orrin and James Norton. The historic craft has been stored in the barn of Cyrus Norton, brother of Captain Isaac, for more than thirty years. It was last used in an historical pageant at Lake Tashmoo.
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Black Whaling Captains Found Liberty at Sea
Louisa Hufstader
Of the 2,500 masters who captained whaling ships during three centuries of whaling, at least 63 were men of color, five with Martha’s Vineyard ties, Skip Finley told a rapt audience Wednesday night.
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Connecting the Vineyard to the Arctic, Whaling Family Tree Is Familiar
Alex Elvin
Next week Alaskans and New Englanders will gather for a conference about whaling in the Arctic, with events in New Bedford, Nantucket, and on the Vineyard.
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Early Whaling Voyages: Outfit of a Vessel in 1765
Vineyard Gazette
An antiquarian friend has furnished us with the following list of stores places on board the schooner Lydia, Peter Pease, master, which vessel left Edgartown for Davis’ Straits, on a whaling cruise, in the year 1765: -
 
5 barrels beef, 6 bbls. pork, 4 bbls. flour, 2 bbls. rum, 1200 pounds bread, 60 lbs. butter, 100 lbs. rice, 4 lbs. tea, 4 lbs. chocolate, 15 lbs. coffee, 100 lbs. sugar, 50 lbs. hogsfat, 1 lbs. pepper, 20 lbs. candles, 3 small cheeses, 12 bushels corn, 14 bush. meal, 5 bush.
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