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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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Gladiator one minute, galley slave the next. Danger, abuse, excitement and tedium, these were the lot of open boat whalemen in the South Seas for two centuries. The Nantucketers, the first and the best, taught the world how whaling should be done. Ahab's Trade tracks the rise and fall of this first global industry and tells the story of the men who made it. Although they whaled in American, British, French, Australian and New Zealand ships, their calling made them citizens of a closed and isolated world unlike that of other seamen. The good, the mad and the ugly: they are all here to tell their stories and describe a way of life so strange that its survival into our century is almost incomprehensible.

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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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