Whaling's Final Days

Whaling's Final Days (HM1MKD)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
Country: United States of America
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N 41° 38.028', W 70° 55.257'

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During the war, we were getting a dollar and a half a gallon for sperm oil. And then around 1922 there was no more demand for sperm oil....The price of sending a ship to sea doubled and the price of oil dropped about 200 percent....And then we lost the Wanderer.
Morris Sederholm, former whaling outfitter, October 17, 1962

By 1924 the whaling industry had returned to the grounds of its infancy - the southern Atlantic - and only a few ships and barks remained in the trade. Schooners often shipped from this port with skeleton crews and recruited men in the Cape Verde and Caribbean Islands.

In late August 1924 the whale ship Wanderer, the last square-rigged, three-masted vessel to leave New Bedford on a whaling cruise, wrecked off Cuttyhunk Island in a fierce and unexpected gale. The ship's small crew could not keep the vessel from running aground just 14 miles south of New Bedford.

In August 1925 the schooner John R. Manta returned here with only 300 barrels of sperm oil. This cargo was the last return of whale oil or bone ever brought to the New Bedford customs district - and the end of whaling from this port.
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Placed ByNational Parks Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 10:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339999 N 4610901
Decimal Degrees41.63380000, -70.92095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.028', W 70° 55.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 1.68" N, 70° 55' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210-214 MacArthur Dr, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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