New Bedford Whaling Museum to Publish Long-Awaited Whaling Journal

whale-1NEW BEDFORD – On December 9, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will release the long-awaited publication, Around the World in Search of Whales: A Journey of the Lucy Ann Voyage. 

The hard-bound, non-fiction book is a recounting of a 31-month whaling voyage aboard the whaleship Lucy Ann.

The book presents, in its entirety, the personal account and illustrations of whaleman-artist John F. Martin, edited by Kenneth R. Martin.

Martin was at sea during the cultural heyday of American whaling.

Though thousands of logbooks, diaries, and journals have survived the days of Yankee whaling, none have matched Martin’s combination of droll narrative and evocative watercolors.

A book launch will be held on December 9, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Whaling Museum.

The event is free and open to the public.

The book can be purchased at the White Whale, the Museum’s gift store.

The detailed account of life aboard Lucy Ann includes dangerous encounters, shipboard shenanigans, faraway ports, good times, bad food, close scrapes, and dashed hopes, described in a rollicking comic style worthy of a professional author. His observations and illustrations are second to none in their historical, anthropological, and biological value.

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