gltysk: The bark Wanderer before the wind. Built in 1878, she was the last ship ever launched from the shipyards at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Many shipyards suffered after petroleum was discovered and then the Civil War, as demand for whaleships fell. Scan from Albert Cook Church’s Whale Ships and Whaling. I would just like to reiterate that this was the last whaleship to leave New Bedford. In 1924.
Bark Wanderer of New Bedford ran aground on the rocks off Cuttyhunk in 1924. This was the last wooden ship to set sail on a whaling voyage, which ended rather spectacularly with this storm not even two days into the cruise. Scan from Albert Cook Church’s Whale Ships and Whaling.
Charles W. Morgan was a US whaling ship during the 19th and early 20th century. Ships of this type usually harvested the blubber of whales for whale oil, which was commonly used in lamps. The ship is an exhibit at the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, Connecticut, and is the world's oldest surviving merchant vessel. The ship is the only surviving wooden whaling ship from the 19th century American fleet.
Scrimshaw of the Essex, a scene of the French rescue ship arriving and the whale attacking, 8" long. Sale includes 'In the Heart of the Sea, the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex', the basis for Herman Melville's Moby Dick