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Ahab's Trade: The Saga of South Seas Whaling

Mawer, Granville Allen

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ISBN 10: 0312228090 / ISBN 13: 9780312228095
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0312228090 B/w, color photos & illus. A history of the whaling industry in British, French, Australian and New Zealand waters. Describes the world of whaling, its unique pressures, its difference from other seaman's trades, and the stories of those who survived the occupation. Nicely illustrated. *** 393pp. *** Index, bibl. *** 1st ed. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBP-13410

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Title: Ahab's Trade: The Saga of South Seas Whaling

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Australian maritime historian Mawer argues that though the whalers sailed on ships bearing American, British, French, Australian, and New Zealand flags, they were in fact citizens of a separate, closed, and isolated world quite unlike that even of other seamen. He traces the rise and fall of the trade, which in two centuries decimated the spermaceti whale but also charted much of the South Pacific. Captain Ahab's obsession with the white whale is a minor eccentricity, he says, compared to some of the real stories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Granville Allen Mawer is the author of many books including the critically acclaimed Most Perfectly Safe, the story of the British convict shipwreck disasters of the 1830s.

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