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Benjamin Russell (1804 - 1885)

History Benjamin Russell (1804-1886) rightly deserves the accolade of New Bedford’s definitive whaleman artist as only a few professional American artists ever went whaling and none documented...

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Capt. Benjamin Rodman Carpenter Wilson (1805 - 1869)

Capt. Benjamin Rodman Carpenter Wilson, the "King of Whalemen, and Prince of the Sea." Birth: May 25, 1805, South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island Death: Aug. 22, 1869 New Bedford, Mass...

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William Rotch Rodman (1786 - 1855)

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Benjamin Rotch (1764 - 1839)

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William Rotch (1734 - 1828)

He had a large whaling and shipping business in Nantucket. For William Rotch Sr.'s autobiography of the years 1775 to 1794, see [ ]. To read letters from William Rotch Sr. to his son Thomas Rotch, go...

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Reuben Bunker, Sr. MP (1710 - 1790)

Master of the whaling ship Brutus.

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Obed Bunker MP (1714 - 1743)

Links Master of the whaling ship Greyhound.

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Samuel Starbuck, Jr. (1762 - 1828)

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Daniel Starbuck (1751 - 1819)

Several whaleships initially transferred from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Milford, Wales. Samuel Starbuck Jr. wrote in his journal that his brother Daniel “Outfitted six valuable ships from 200...

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Samuel Starbuck, Sr. (1727 - d.)

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Abial Folger MP (1736 - 1816)

Abiel Folger’s diary, written between December 1806 and March 1811, has provided the most illuminating record of whaling activities in Milford to date. She often comments on the sailing or arr...

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Timothy Folger, Sr. MP (1732 - 1814)

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Capt. Owen Chase MP (1797 - 1869)

Owen Chase (1798 - 1869) of Nantucket sought a traditional career as a whaling captain. However, at age 22, while serving as first mate of the Essex, his ship was sunk in a horrific, unprecedented atta...

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Thomas Nickerson MP (c.1805 - 1883)

Added by Elwin C. Nickerson -"Whaling Ship Essex- Thomas was a member of the ill-fated ship the Essex, at age 15. There were twenty men in the crew aboard the whaleship, George Pollard, Master, when sh...

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Matthew P. Joy MP (1793 - 1820)

Matthew Joy This family was of Hudson. He was born on 10 February 1793. He married Nancy Slade, daughter of Benjamin Slade and Rhoda Coleman, in 1817. Matthew Joy died on 20 November 1820 at age 27; A....

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Owen Coffin (1802 - c.1821)

The true story that the book (Moby Dick) was partly based on was about two seperate events involving a Nantucket whale ship named the "Essex" and a white whale named Mocha Dick. The Essex was hunting w...

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Capt. George Pollard MP (1791 - 1870)

George Pollard, Jr. (1791–1870) was the captain of the whaleships Essex and Two Brothers , both of which sank. Pollard's life, including his encounter with the sperm whale that sank the Essex, s...

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Ichabod Paddock (c.1661 - 1748)

Ichabod Paddock, a Long Islander, is recruited by Nantucketers to help increase the efficiency of their shore whaling operations. Captain Ichabod Paddock was born 2 February 1661/62 at Yarmouth, Ba...

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Captain Preserved Fish (1766 - 1846)

BIOGRAPHY SKETCH OF THE LATE PRESERVED FISH This singular man, and distinguished merchant, was born in the village of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, on the third day of July, in the year 1766, and di...

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Joseph Russell, III (1719 - 1804)

History Joseph Russell, 3d, was a man of medium stature, and of rather slender figure. He wore the old-fashioned costume of the Society of Friends, of which he was a strict member: the long-skirted c...

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Isaac Howland, Jr. (1755 - 1834)

History Isaac Howland, Jr., (1755-1834), eminent whaling merchant and founder of a celebrated house, was a man of slight physique, weighing it is said, not more than ninety or one hundred pounds, but...

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Captain Isaac Howland, Sr (1726 - 1811)

History Captain Isaac Howland Sr ., made his fortune on the West Indies trade, and by having the foresight to invest in whaling when that industry was still in its infancy. The Captain settled in New...

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Capt. Gideon Howland, Jr. MP (1770 - 1847)

History Much has been written of Capt. Gideon Howland, Jr ., his father's fourth son. It was through his marriage with a relative, Mehitable, daughter of his partner and cousin, Isaac Howland, Jr., t...

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Sylvia Ann Howland MP (1806 - 1865)

History Sylvia Ann (daughter of Gideon, Jr.) made the famous will, leaving her fortune to Gideon Howland's heirs, after her niece had enjoyed the income from it during her lifetime. She died worth ov...

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Mayor George Howland, Jr (c.1806 - d.)

History George Howland Jr. was born in New Bedford in 1806, the son of George Howland and Elizabeth (Howland) Howland and died there in 1892. After leaving school at the age of fourteen, he entered t...

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Edward Howland (1807 - 1852)

The following is a letter from the George Howland Letterbook 1837-1856. 11 mo 30th 1839 To Edward Howland 2nd Master of Ship Golconda The ship Golconda is now ready to proceed to Sea unde...

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Edward Wing Howland, Esq. (1804 - 1879)

Edward W. Howland became keeper of the Clark's Point Light in early 1835, replacing his father, Capt. Cornelius Howland, who had recently died at 77. source: "Clark's Point Light" History EDWARD ...

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Captain Cornelius Howland (1758 - 1835)

History Capt. Cornelius Howland was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and was master of a vessel by the age of 18. He was taken prisoner during the Revolution and survived 15 months of captivity in E...

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George Howland (1781 - 1852)

History George Howland George Howland was born on November 7, 1781 in the Long Plain section of what is now Acushnet, Massachusetts. The Howlands had been among the earliest settlers in Old Dartmouth...

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