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Bulletin from Johnny Cake Hill - New Bedford Whaling Museum

The Story of Eg1909:How Two Right Whale Skeletons Came to New Bedford(left) Courtney Vashro, of Whales & Nails, applies some touch-up paint to metal framing, whilestanding on a scissor lift 25' in the air.(above) Daniel DenDanto, of Whales & Nails, attaching a line to the fetus so she can be lifted toher final position.This exhibition made possible in part by The Island Foundation, The Howard Bayne Fund, andthe members of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.Visitors to the galleries during theweek of November 10 to 17, 2008 weretreated to a sight seen in few othermuseums. They witnessed the long,careful process of assembling andhanging the skeleton of an adult whale.More specifically, they watched thevertebrae, in three sections, and skullof a right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)get lifted by crane out of the BourneBuilding, secured to a flatbed truck,driven north on Johnny Cake Hill to ElmStreet, then south on Water Street outsideof the Jacobs Family Gallery and finallyget moved through a Gallery windowby crane, forklifts and manpower. Byweek’s end, the ceiling panels hadbeen taken down, fitted with holes andgrommets for cables, and replaced, newsteel supports secured to the roof trusses,and the skull, complete with mandibles,and vertebrae had been hauled up andattached to their new cables. Then, ina feat of both skill and daring, the ribs,sternum, flippers, shoulder blades andchevrons were attached to the vertebraeand frame by a crew working twenty-fivefeet in the air.The final, and perhaps most important,piece to this osteological puzzle wasput into place in December 2008, whenthe fetal skeleton was attached to theabdomen of its mother’s skeleton. Thiswhale was ten months into a twelvemonthpregnancy when she was killedby a ship’s propeller in November 2004.By displaying both mother and fetus wehave an opportunity, and a responsibility,to use the visceral connections inspiredby these skeletons as education andconservation tools for the benefit of thiscritically endangered species.This whale, Eg1909 as she was knownin the catalog of the North AtlanticRight Whale Consortium, was a fifteenyear-oldfemale, pregnant with her firstcalf. She was swimming south alongthe western shore of the Atlantic Oceantoward the right whale calving groundsof Georgia and Florida. She got as faras the southern Virginia coast before herleft fluke was severed by contact witha ship’s propeller, causing her to bleedto death. She washed ashore in NorthCarolina a week later.Trustee Michael Moore was partof the necropsy team for this whale.Through his efforts the WhalingMuseum was offered custody of theskeleton by the National Oceanic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA).Dozens of talented and civic-mindedindividuals participated in getting her toMassachusetts, cleaned, articulated anddisplayed.The job of articulating (joining) thecleaned bones was begun by Andrew andJean Konnerth, the husband and wifeteam who led the articulations of ourblue and sperm whales. Working in theBourne Room, with assistance from staffand volunteers, they got the whale’s skulland vertebrae assembled. The task ofcreating prosthetic ribs to use in place ofthose that were missing, and suspendingthe complete skeleton in the JacobsFamily Gallery, fell to Whales and Nailsfrom Maine. Led by Daniel DenDanto,Continued on page 203


Prescott Collection:Small Region, Wide World4Dr. Henry Dudley Prescott(1875-1945) was an avid amateurphotographer. Forced, for healthreasons, to forgo a promising careeras a surgeon, he focused considerableenergies on photographing life’severyday occurrences. His imagesdepict a life shared in and aroundthe “local waters” of Dartmouth,Massachusetts, with his wife, HesterSwift Prescott (1882-1962), their manydogs, and their friends and family.Photography, from the late 1880sto the early 1890s, was a changingmedium. Formally composed largeformat negatives, while still the choiceof most professional photographers,became yesterday’s news with theintroduction of the “Kodak” camera byThe Eastman Company of Rochester,New York. A new picture-takingspontaneity sprang from Eastman’s easyto use, and relatively inexpensive, rollfilm camera. Prescott was one amongmany who embraced this remarkablenew technology; photography hadbecome part of the very fabric ofeveryday existence.The gift of this photographiccollection to the Whaling Museum,made by Hester in her later years,was encouraged and facilitated byauthor and Museum friend WaldoHowland. Rescued, as they were, fromthe unfavorable conditions of atticstorage, all 188 photographic albumsand 1,300 plus negatives, ranging in datefrom 1892 to 1945, are now comfortablyhoused in the climate controlledenvironment of the Photo Archive,located within the Whaling Museum’slibrary at 791 Purchase Street. Fromthis massive collection we have selectedjust under 500 photographs; the resultis our online exhibit entitled PrescottCollection: Small Region, Wide World,available now for viewing. Please visitthe Whaling Museum home page,www.whalingmuseum.org, and thenselect “Online Exhibits” and “PrescottCollection” for online access. Maryand Keith Kauppila have generouslyprovided support for this undertaking.The exhibit is a hybrid of sorts; itexists exclusively online, and includes“print on demand” functionality forpurchasing reproductions as well aseasy to use social networking andbookmarking tools for sharing orsaving your favorite images. It alsoincludes the Whaling Museum’sfirst electronic comment box. Pleaseshare with us, and other viewers,your reaction to the photographsand presentation. Comments sharedcould be the basis for improvingour records, which could theninform a subsequent exhibit update.Researchers might also be interestedin our related library manuscriptcollections: the Swift Family Papers(Mss B84-22; Mss B99-3; and Mss64, Series S, Sub-series 82), and thePrescott papers (Mss 92; and MssB98-16).August 31, 1931. Gazing at a solar eclipse: Fred Welsh; T. C., Josephine, and E. M. Knowles; andHester Swift Prescott. 1981.80.142.33.aJuly 16, 1920. Wharfinger (takes custody of and is responsible for goods delivered to the wharf).1981.80.85.28.a


Recent AcquisitionLacquer work box, ca. 1850Chinese, for the export market. Painted and lacquered woodwith carved bone and elephant ivory fittings2008.29 Donated by Paul L. Vienin honor of Henry and Ruth (Shirley Maxfield) VienLacquer ware furniture was made inlarge numbers for the export trade fromChina, from the eighteenth into the latenineteenth centuries. Of the many formsmade in lacquer, the small boxes orchests made as tea caddies, workboxes,and game boxes are the most common.Examples such as the one pictured, withits well-preserved lacquer and almostcomplete outfit of original needleworkimplements and tools, are rare survivals.Although lacquer furniture wasoccasionally imported by Americanmerchants as speculative cargo,sewing or workboxes were more oftencommissioned as a special order, eitheras a family gift or for a well-to-do client.While New Bedford was not one of theimportant American ports involved inthe China Trade, some captains andmerchants did participate. This box maynot have been brought from China by aNew Bedford sailor, however. Severalnearby Rhode Island and Massachusettsports sent many ships to China, and thecargoes they carried were advertised andsold to merchants up and down the coastfrom Maine to Maryland.The box form was usually made ofa softwood, clear of knots or otherimperfections. Rectangles and octagonsare common, and were copied fromfashionable western shapes. Sap wasgathered from Lacquer trees (the Rhusspecies, indigenous to China) andheated, filtered and strained to removeimpurities. After a base coat of clearlacquer was applied, as many as thirtycoats of pigmented lacquer, usuallyblack but sometimes red, were added.The lacquer surface was polishedperiodically to make a very smooth, hardsurface. The decoration was painted onwith pigmented lacquer (here in red andgold) and covered with a final coat ofclear lacquer. It took several specialistartisans to make each box. The Chinesecraftsmen who carved the ivory tools didnot always have access to the Europeanand American originals to copy, butrelied on sketches or verbal descriptionsgiven by men who may not have reallyknown how the tools were used. Sofittings can be found that are not fullyfunctional; the thimble in this box, forexample, has straight sides instead ofangled ones, and barely fits on the tipof the appropriate finger—it could notactually be used when sewing.5


W. J. Huggins, North and South;and New Bedford’s GreatestWhaling PrintWWhen the star-studdedcollaboration of New Bedfordartists R. Swain Gifford, AlbertVan Beest, and Benjamin Russellproduced “Sperm Whaling Nº 2 —The Capture” [Fig. 1] in 1862, mostNew Bedforders would have agreedthat it was probably the greatestYankee whaling print of all time.More than any of its precursors, itseemed to embody New Bedford’smost romantic vision of itself, and toepitomize the mythic drama of thesustaining industry that had madethe city and its indomitable seafarersknown and admired worldwide. Thesame trio had produced “SpermWhaling Nº 1 — The Chase” a“Classic Whaling Prints” opens at the Whaling Museum on February 27,2009, and runs through the end of the year. The exhibition, organized andwritten by Dr. Stuart M. Frank, traces the most important and most influentialpictorial images of whaling through four centuries, from one highlight to thenext. It also runs some of their origins to ground by showing, along with theprints themselves, the original oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings onwhich the prints are based, and some of the decorative arts, ceramics, andscrimshaw that, in turn, are based on the prints.couple of years before. In fact, “SpermWhaling Nº 2 — The Capture” wasactually a replacement for the originalcompanion piece, a lithograph entitled“Sperm Whaling Nº 2 — The Conflict”[Fig. 2]. That one evidently met withdisfavor among the whale hunters and thecitizenry as soon as it appeared, becauseit showed a sperm whale smashing awhaleboat, casting the whalemen-crewinto a roiling sea. Surely the dauntlessmariners deserved to be depicted inan attitude of victory? For it was thesuccessful hunt, not broken bits offrail cedar watercraft, upon which theprosperity and renown of the city werefounded.The replacement Nº 2 was apopular success but was not exactlyoriginal. It must have been as a kindof an insurance policy that – theirearlier effort having been rejected bya disappointed public – Gifford, VanBeest, and Russell reverted to an earlier6This exhibition made possible in part by The William M. Wood Foundation, Sovereign Bank, ECHO (Education through Cultural and HistoricalOrganizations) and the members of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.FIG. 1


FIG. 2Fig. 1. “Sperm Whaling Nº 2 — The Capture” byR. Swain Gifford (1840-1905) and Albert Van Beest(1820-1860), “corrected by” Benjamin Russell(1804-1885). Lithograph by Endicott of New York;published by Charles Taber & Co., New Bedford,1862. 16 1/2 x 25 3/8 inches.Fig. 2. “Sperm Whaling Nº 2 — The Conflict” byR. Swain Gifford and Albert Van Beest, with additionsby Benjamin Russell. Lithograph by Prang& Meyers, Boston; published by Charles Taber &Co., New Bedford, 1858. 17 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches.image that was already tried and true.They based the new print on “South SeaWhale Fishery,” which was painted bythe English artist W. J. Huggins, and hadbeen engraved by Huggins’s own son-inlaw,Edward Duncan, and published asa print in London in 1834 [Fig. 3]. Thisspectacular scene was a phenomenonin its time, widely touted as the mostaccurate portrait of a sperm whale everproduced. It was adopted in simplified,outline form by Dr. Thomas Beale inhis seminal, first-ever scientific treatiseon the sperm whale (London, 1835;expanded 1837); and Beale’s reductionwas printed side-by-side with the outlineof a sperm whale drawn by the Frenchacademician Georges Cuvier, to illustratethe superiority of the Huggins version.Huggins’s original was re-engraved forthe Illustrated London News in 1847[Fig. 4] and was favorably mentionedin Moby Dick (1851). And sometimewhaleman Robert W. Weir, Jr., usedit as the model for his own picture of“Taking a Whale,” engraved for Harper’sWeekly in 1866. Later generations ofNew Bedford cognoscenti must haveagreed with these high opinions, for itis Russell et al’s latter-day New Bedfordrendition of the Huggins whale thatmore often than any other appearson the commemorative ceramics andmiscellaneous decorative arts thatcelebrate the city’s unique whalingprowess [Figs. 5, 6]. Such borrowings,even among the most accomplishedartists, were neither exceptional nor new.William John Huggins (1788-1845)had an interesting background that,coincidentally, had a few essentials incommon with Benjamin Russell (1804-FIG. 31885). Originally a sailor by trade, theEnglish artist spent several years ondeepwater voyages in merchant ships,and in that capacity may have visitedthe Arctic. He is said to have learnedto draw ships while in the crew of theEast India Company ship Perseverance.He then worked as a lowly painter in ashipyard, and gradually emerged as aship portraitist and painter of ships andnautical scenes. Though, unlike Russell,Huggins came from humble origins, heeventually won honor from the monarch:in 1834 William IV, “the Sailor King,”appointed Huggins his official MarinePainter, a cherished designation thatClassic Whaling Prints continued on page 8Fig. 3. “South Sea Whale Fishery” [spermwhale], drawn by English W[illiam] J[ohn] Huggins(1788-1845), engraved by Edward Duncan(1803-1882). Colored aquatint, published by theartist, London, 1834. 16 x 25 inches.Fig. 4. “South Sea Whale Fishery” [spermwhale], engraved by W[illiam] J[ames] Linton(1812-1898) after W. J. Huggins and Edward Duncanfor the Illustrated London News, 1847. Woodengraving, 6 x 8 1/2 inches on a larger sheet.Which painting produced circa1620 is the earliest oil paintingknown depicting whaling inDutch Bay?Visit the Museum to find out!FIG. 47


appears on all of his worksprinted thereafter. Russell, onthe other hand, came from aprosperous, educated, whitecollarNew Bedford bankingfamily and was intendedfor a professional career as abanker/financier. But after thefamily was ruined in the financialPanic of 1837, the young bankclerk went to sea; and, like Huggins,Russell’s seafaring experience – in hiscase, a three-year whaling voyage inthe Kutusoff of New Bedford – shapedand informed his entire adult career.Like Huggins, he was self-taughtas an artist and, by reason of innategenius, extensive practical experienceat sea, and tremendous technicalsophistication, influenced even formallytrained practitioners (like Gifford andVan Beest), blurring the lines betweenacademic art and folk art, and winningthe admiration of a loyal following.Huggins produced three classic whalingscenes. Unfortunately, he entitled twoof them “South Sea Whale Fishery.”The one already mentioned [Fig. 3] wasactually the second of the two, publishedin 1834. An earlier effort, publishedin 1825 [Fig. 7], has the same title butis quite a different affair. Rather thanbeing an up-close encounter with aFIG. 5fighting-mad spermwhale, it is a moreexpansive, encyclopedicscene of spouting whales,whaleboats giving chase,and a ship cutting-inblubber with tryworks afire.He also produced “NorthernWhale Fishery,” published in 1829(and hence the second in chronologicalsequence) [Fig. 8], which, because of thewealth of materials surrounding it thatsurvive, is the most revealing of how theartist’s original image was transformedinto a commercially-viable print forpopular consumption.In his original oil painting for whatbecame the “Northern Whale Fishery”print, produced sometime during 1828-FIG. 629 [Fig. 9], Huggins depicts the Englishand Scottish whaling fleet on the DavisStrait whaling ground between Canadaand Greenland, where the 1828 season“was one of the most successful inthe annals of Arctic fishing” (BasilLubbock, The Arctic Whalers, 1937, 274).Note the brilliant naval architectural8FIG. 7


draftsmanship that delineates theprincipal ship at a difficult angle todraw, but which accurately portrays itweighed down with blanket-pieces ofblubber being hauled aboard; the pinkishtones in the Arctic sky, which mostveteran Arctic mariners report as oftenseen,authentic colors, but which theuninitiated tyro seldom associates withthe Arctic; the ship-shaped weathervanemounted aloft on the mainmast forestays;and the variety of Arctic animals beingpursued and hunted – and specificallywhere and how they are being pursuedand hunted here. Note also that thecrewmen are miscellaneously attired inwhat amounts to civilian work clothes.A watercolor showing a portion of“Northern Whale Fishery” [Fig. 10] isFig. 5. Ceramic pitcher inscribed “THE WHAL-ING CITY - SOUVENIR OF NEW BEDFORD,MASS.,” featuring on one side an image of “SpermWhaling Nº 2 — The Capture,” and on the otherside the portrait of a ship under sail, labeled “TheNiger – The Last of the Famous Full Rigged ShipsFormerly Engaged in Whaling.” Manufactured byBuffalo Pottery, Buffalo, N.Y., 1907, and producedin several colors. 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.FIG. 8Fig. 6. Ceramic plate featuring in the center“New Bedford Fifty Years Ago,” from an 1858print after William Allen Wall, and around theedges all three of the Sperm Whaling prints by Gifford,Van Beest, and Russell: “The Chase,” “TheConflict,” and “The Capture.” It was manufacturedin several colors by Buffalo Pottery, Buffalo,N.Y., in 1907. Diameter 10 1/2 inches.Fig. 7. “South Sea Whale Fishery” panorama,drawn by W. J. Huggins, engraved by Thomas(circa 1785-1825). Colored aquatint, published bythe artist, London, 1825. 13 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches.Fig. 8. “Northern Whale Fishery,” drawn by W.J.Huggins, engraved by Edward Duncan. Coloredaquatint, published by the artist, London, 1829. 173/4 x 26 1/2 inches.Fig. 9. “Northern Whale Fishery: The Harmony,Margaret, Eliza Swan, and Industry, Whaling inthe Davis Strait.” Oil on canvas by W. J. Huggins,circa 1828. 27 1/4 x 45 inches. This is the artist’soriginal oil painting for the famous print of thesame title published in London in 1829. He laterpainted another, slightly larger version of the samescene, now in a private collection.Fig. 10. This watercolor, showing a portion ofwhat became the print “Northern Whale Fishery,”is attributed to engraver Edward Duncan, W. J.Huggins’s son-in-law, and is a transitional step inthe engraver’s process of translating Huggins’soriginal painting [Fig. 9] into a saleable print forthe popular market [Fig. 11]. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.Reproduction of the original watercolor in thecollection of the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem,Mass., where it is attributed to Huggins himself.Gift of Mary Malloy.FIG. 10FIG. 9attributed to the man who was engagedto convert Huggins’s painting into aprint: Edward Duncan, the artist’s sonin-law.It rehearses many of the featuresthat appear in the much-transformedArctic scene that became the “NorthernWhale Fishery” lithograph [Fig. 8]. Inthe process of popularization, someof the most distinctive and realisticfeatures were changed or removed.In the watercolor and the resultinglithograph the ship itself is depicted at aless difficult angle than in the painting.The pinkish cast of the sky is gone: theprevailing color of sky and water is nowblue, in contrast with the whiteness of theice – a popular Arctic stereotype (wouldthe ordinary consumer believe a pinkishArctic sky?). The miscellaneousnessof the sailors’ clothing is also gone: thecrewmen here are mostly dressed alike,wearing something that looks a lot likea uniform (which actual whalemenClassic Whaling Prints continued on page 169


ECHO HEARD AROUND THE GLOBE: ArtConservator Alexandra Allardt, principal of ArtCareResources in Newport, Rhode Island, is cleaning and treatinga trio of rare nineteenth century native Alaskan kayaks fromthe Whaling Museum’s collection. Visitors who encounterAllardt at her workspace near the Lagoda are encouraged toask questions and return often to see her progress as she cleansthe kayaks of layers of airborne grime attracted to the surfacesover the years by the oil-based dressings that preserve theanimal skins (primarily walrus, seal and caribou) used to makethe boats. Two of the kayaks also require stabilization andsupport in areas where shrinkage over the decades has crackedand curled the leather, creating gaps through which the interiorstructure of the kayaks can be seen.The Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, and the AlaskaNative Heritage Center in Anchorage, are our Alaskanpartners under the Education through Cultural and HistoricalOrganizations (ECHO) grant. The National Park Service alsohas a partnership arrangement with the North Slope Boroughof Alaska, and through ECHO and the National Park Service,three members of Barrow’s Inupiat community visited NewBedford in June 2008 to view the kayaks and discuss theconservation plans before any work was started. Among thevisitors were Ronald Brower, an Inupiaq language and culturalpractitioner who has used skin boats, and Priscilla Sage, askilled skin boat maker engaged in training young people inher community in the traditional techniques. Brower and Sageconcurred with Allardt’s assessment that the kayaks shouldbe preserved as they are, and that restoration to a state closerto the original not be attempted. The goal is to stabilize thekayaks’ condition and preserve as much as possible of theoriginal construction materials and methods for the benefit offuture generations.ECHO INTERNS: Three students spent the summer of2008 under the auspices of the ECHO grant doing an inventoryof the Whaling Museum’s collection of textiles and clothing.Rose Horton (History), Jodi Stevens (MA-Fibers), and AmandaTexeira (History), all from UMass-Dartmouth, spent eightweeks working with Registrar Jean Banker, taking inventoryof several boxes of uncataloged objects, creating databaserecords with basic descriptions, and taking record photographs.Fascinated by the collection of nineteenth and early twentiethcentury handheld fans that they found, Horton and Stevensspent additional time researching the history of fans, both asdecorative objects and as evidence of everyday life and tradepatterns, and prepared the text for an online exhibition ofhighlights from the fan collection. Check the online exhibitspage of the Whaling Museum’s Web sitewww.whalingmuseum.org for this engaging look at a smallpart of American social and economic history.10LOCAL HISTORY MANUSCRIPTS: Friends of theWhaling Museum alerted Maritime Curator Michael P. Dyerto the existence of an extensive collection of business recordsfrom the Merchants National Bank, leading to the acquisitionof the collection by the Whaling Museum in September 2008.Merchants Bank was established in 1825 by John AveryParker, Samuel Borden, Job Eddy, Abraham Barker, JosephBourne, William H. Allen, David R. Greene, John CoggeshallJr., and Alfred Gibbs. After 1835 the bank occupied the southhalf of the Double Bank Building on Water Street at the foot ofWilliam Street. Reorganized as the Merchants National Bankof New Bedford in 1865, it moved to more spacious quarters atthe northwest corner of Purchase and William Streets in 1894.The bank continued in New Bedford until 1988.The business records, which date from 1825 until the 1930s,offer an unparalleled look at the daily operations of a bankintimately involved in both New Bedford’s whaling enterpriseand the growth of the city’s manufacturing infrastructure.The records comprise approximately 1800 volumes weighingperhaps five tons in all. Volunteers presently involved inmoving, cleaning and itemizing the collection are MariaSoscia, Christine Fallo, Grace Liang, Jim and Kelly Pereira,Antonio Ribeiro, and Jalien Hollister. Interim storage forthe collection was generously contributed by New EnglandDemolition and Salvage.


PLEASE MARK YOURCALENDARScrimshaw Weekend: 15th-17th May, 2009The annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’s only regularforum in which collectors, curators, antiques dealers, historybuffs, and folk art enthusiasts from all over the country gatherto share insights about the whalers’ distinctive and evocativeoccupational art form. This year’s program begins on Fridayafternoon, May 15th, with what we call “Scrimshaw 101” – anintroduction for newcomers and refresher course for seasonedhands. Friday evening and Saturday are devoted to sessionsabout the history of scrimshaw, sources, physical properties,and surface characteristics, standards of forensic examinationand authentication, detection of fakes and forgeries, recent discoveriesabout Old Master scrimshaw artists, and current markettrends. We’ll have a buffet luncheon on Saturday, a reception,gala banquet, and after-dinner program Saturday evening,and on Sunday there’s an optional add-on field trip to visit threelittle-known collections in Rhode Island. Our objective is to encourageenlightened appreciation of scrimshaw as an art form,as a historical phenomenon, and as a genre of collecting – andto have fun and enjoy one another’s company in the process.Newcomers are especially welcome! You can register for theentire weekend or for Scrimshaw 101 only. Northeast Auctionsis sponsoring scholarships for students, and anyone who signsup for the weekend is invited to attend Scrimshaw 101 gratis.To receive the full schedule of events or to register, click onScrimshaw Weekend at the museum website www.whalingmuseum.org,or contact the Reception Desk by telephone at (508)997-0046 x100 or by email at frontdesk@whalingmuseum.org$315 for entire program, $275 for Museum members.Sailors’ SeriesSERIES (Member).............................................................. $50SERIES (Non-Member)...................................................... $65INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM (Member) .............................. $15INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM (Non-Member) ...................... $18Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 to register.All programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and are followed by lightreception in the Jacobs Family Gallery.FEBRUARY 24Southern Seahawk: A Novel of the Civil War at SeaLecture and book signing with Randall S. Peffer. Come hear RandallPeffer speak about this compelling and colorful read, an excitingfirst of a projected trilogy featuring real-life Confederate naval heroCmdr. Rafael Semmes.MARCH 24And Only She Remains: The Past, Present and Future of theCharles W. MorganThe Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship inthe world, is undergoing a three-year, $5 million restoration projectat Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea. Built in1841 in New Bedford, MA, the Morgan completed 37 voyages inher 80 years of service. After being on display in South Dartmouth,MA until 1941, she arrived at Mystic Seaport and was designated aNational Historic Landmark in 1966. Matthew Stackpole will presentan illustrated talk about the Charles W. Morgan’s rich history andgive updates on her major restoration project being done at the HenryB. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. Matthew grewup in Nantucket and Mystic and was the Director of the Martha’sVineyard Museum before leaving to work at Mystic Seaport.Sailors' Series 2009 sponsored by Citizen's Union Savings Bank and C. E. Beckman Co.APRIL 28Coronet: The Long Life and Rebirth of aGrand Schooner YachtDuring her first five years, Coronet earned fame as a trans-Atlanticrace winner and circumnavigated the globe as one of the first U.S.registered yachts to round Cape Horn. A series of owners have usedCoronet for different ends: for pleasure cruising, racing, scientificexploration, and even as global voyager for a missionary cause. Sheexists today as a symbol of the gilded age, an exuberant time inAmerican history when a grand yacht was a symbol of great fortuneand success. Curator of the Museum of Yachting, Jay Picotte willtell the story of Coronet's life and restoration. Jay is a lifelong sailorand a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School inNewport, Rhode Island.MAY 12Herreshoff and the Design of Fast Military Vessels 1875-1915In 1878, John Brown Herreshoff, a blind boat builder from Bristol,Rhode Island, who had been in business since 1863, went intopartnership with his younger brother, Nathanael Greene Herreshoff,a naval architect and steam engineer, to form the HerreshoffManufacturing Company. From 1863 to 1945, the HerreshoffManufacturing Company produced the world's finest yachts on thecutting edge of design and engineering. The genius of naval architectCaptain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff along with the businessacumen of his blind older brother, John Brown Herreshoff, truly builtthe "better mouse trap" for which the world beat a path to Bristol.Curator John Palmieri will discuss Herreshoff and the design of fastmilitary vessels between development of the first US Navy militaryboat in 1875 to the dissolution of the Herreshoff brothers' partnershipin 1915.11


NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUMWINTER/SPRING 2009 CALENDARFamily Programs Adult Programs Community Programs12FEBRUARYWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4Man & Whales: ChangingViews through Time6:30 p.m. Museum Theater“Whaling to Watching” Michael Dyer, NBWMMaritime Curator, and Regina Asmutis-Silvia,Whale & Dolphin conservation Society SeniorBiologist.Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12AHA! : Lincoln 2005:00 – 9:00 p.m.Museum and programs open free to the public,made possible by the Kenneth T. & Mildred S.Gammons Charitable Foundation.Research Library Reading Room- “Lincoln’sJohn Hancock,” view maritime documents withMuseum librarian Laura Pereira.FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13Community Film Series:Frederick Douglass: Profile inCourage7:00 p.m. Museum TheaterThis 1960’s film, starring Robert Hooks, coversmany issues of Douglass’s time includingthe myth of racial inferiority, abolitionists vs.secessionists, and prejudice in the North. Cosponsoredwith the New Bedford HistoricalSociety and Independent Lens Film. Formore information, go to www.pbs.org/independentlens. FreeSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14Science Saturdays:10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.ECHO Resource CenterWhales and You!Whales and humans do in fact share somecommon characteristics. Come compare andcontrast whale and human anatomy, habitat,characteristics, and behaviors. Do we measureup? FreeFEBRUARY 16-20School Vacation WeekPrograms are from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and arefree to the public.Monday February 16- Knot Tying WorkshopTuesday February 17- Research activity:Simulated dolphin necropsyWednesday February 18- Scrimshaw WorkshopThursday February 19- Build a Snow Whale(weather permitting)Friday February 20- Right Whale CelebrationDay: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. -Be a Curator Activity1:00 – 2:00 p.m. -Concert 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.- Whale naming contest and t-shirt designactivity, make a whale hat. Vacation weekactivities sponsored by Bank of America and theHelen E. Ellis Charitable FundWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18Man & Whales: ChangingViews through Time6:30 p.m. Museum Theater“Who They Are” Whaling Historian Judy Lund,and New England Aquarium’s Philip Hamilton.Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24Sailors’ Series7:00 p.m. Museum TheaterSouthern Seahawk: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea:Lecture and book signing with author Randall S.Peffer. First in series.Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 to registerTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26Members’ Preview andCurator’s tour: ClassicWhaling Prints6:00 – 8:00 p.m.RSVP to (508) 997-0046 ext. 188Open to New Bedford Whaling Museum members.FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27Classic Whaling Prints opensto the public.9:00 a.m.FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27After Hours6:00 – 9:00* p.m. Jacobs Family GalleryMarch Mania kickoff sponsored bySouthCoasttoday.com: Wear your favoritebasketball gear! Music by Hillblock and DJ- SoundProductions. Catered by Catwalk Bar and Grille$5 for Museum members and Cardoza’s Rewardcardholders. $10 for all others. Open to those 21and older. *Note: time changeSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 – SUNDAY, MARCH 1Salt Water Studies: A coursefor Teachers of grades 6-9This weekend workshop will include information,lessons, practice of math and science activitiesfor students, and take-home resources so you canbring salt water studies into your classroom. Costis $60.00 payable at first class to New BedfordWhaling Museum. Graduate credit available. Formore information contact Bob Rocha at (508) 997-0046 x 149 rrocha@whalingmuseum.org or PatHarcourt at (508) 457-0495 x 106 pat.harcourt@state.ma.us.MARCHWEDNESDAY, MARCH 4Man & Whales: ChangingViews through Time6:30 p.m. Museum Theater“Whale-Hunter and Whale Songs” Stuart Frank,Senior Curator of NBWM, Mary Malloy of theWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and LeilaHatch of the Stellwagen Bank National MarineSanctuary. Free for Museum members, $5 for nonmembers.SATURDAY, MARCH 7 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 14Adult Education: Knot TyingWorkshop10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. San Francisco RoomJoin Bob Dollar, member of the internationalguild of knot tiers, for two four-hour sessions andlearn various utilitarian and decorative knots.Participants will begin with smaller knots andmove on to larger projects. All materials will beprovided. Fee: $125/ $100 for members.Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 to register.THURSDAY, MARCH 12AHA! : It’s Elemental5:00 – 9:00 p.m.Museum and programs open free to the public,made possible by the Kenneth T. & Mildred S.Gammons Charitable Foundation.THURSDAY, MARCH 122009 ECHO Performing ArtsFestival7:00 p.m. Museum TheaterThis year’s festival will focus on the harvesting offood and the celebrations often associated withthat food. The performers from the ECHO partnerprograms in AK, HI, MA and MS, weave togetherstory, song and dance to both entertain and educateaudiences of all ages. New Bedford’s own CandidaRose will once again be a member of this verytalented group.FreeFRIDAY, MARCH 13Community Film Series:Taking Root7:00 p.m. Museum TheaterHow does the simple act of planting trees lead towinning the Nobel Peace Prize? In 1977, WangariMaathai of Kenya suggested rural women planttrees to address problems stemming from adegraded environment, leading to a nationwidemovement.Co-sponsored with the New Bedford HistoricalSociety and Independent Lens Film. For moreinformation, go to www.pbs.org/independentlens.FreeSATURDAY, MARCH 14Science Saturdays10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ECHO Resource CenterWhat Can You Do?Humans play a large role here on Earth. Ouractions affect thousands of species we never evenknew existed. Come explore the impact humanshave on the environment and how we can begin tomake changes in our lives to lessen our footprint.If you are unsure of how to make a difference inthis world, please come join us! Free


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18Man & Whales: ChangingViews through Time6:30 p.m. Museum Theater“Flensing/Rendering” Rob Ellis and Gare Reid,formerly of the Kendall Whaling Museum,and Michael Moore of the Woods HoleOceanographic Institution.Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.FRIDAY, MARCH 20*After Hours6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jacobs Family GalleryMusic by Neal McCarthy ProblemCatering by Cardoza’s Food Emporium$5 for Museum Members and Cardoza’s Rewardscardholders, $10 for all others. Open to those 21and older.*Note: March 20 th is the 3 rd Friday of the month.FRIDAY, MARCH 20 – SUNDAY, MARCH 22Mixed Magic Theatre’sProduction of Moby Dick: Thenand NowFriday 8:00 p.m. - Saturday 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. -and Sunday 2:00 p.m. Museum TheaterTickets: General Admission $15. Students andSeniors with ID $10. Moby-Dick: Then and Nowtells two interlocking tales of Herman Melville’sCaptain Ahab and his diverse crew on a questto find and kill the white whale that woundedAhab, and a crew of inner city youth led by ayoung girl undertaking a voyage through thecity to track down and kill WhiteThing – theembodiment of the power of cocaine and thedrug culture surrounding it. Ahab and his crewspeak the language of Melville’s novel, while theurban crew speaks a blend of hip-hop and streetslang, carrying the actions and motivations ofMelville’s dramatic and colorful characters intoour modern world. Call 508 997-0046 ext. 100 toreserve tickets.TUESDAY, MARCH 24Sailors’ Series7:00 p.m. Museum Theater"And Only She Remains: The Past, Present andFuture of the Charles W, Morgan:" MatthewStackpole of Mystic Seaport. Second in Series.Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 to registerAPRILWEDNESDAY, APRIL 1Man & Whales: ChangingViews through Time6:30 p.m. Museum Theater“Right Whales” Michael Dyer, NBWM MaritimeCurator, and Scott Krauss of the New EnglandAquarium.Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.FRIDAY, APRIL 3Museum Members’ Tripto Wadsworth Athenaeum,Hartford, CTBus departs from the Museum at 9:00 a.m. andreturns approximately 6:00 p.m.$65 per person. Includes transportation, Museumadmission and tour, and three course lunch atThe Russell museum café. Call (508) 997-0046ext. 115 for more details.THURSDAY, APRIL 9AHA! : Emergence5:00 – 9:00 p.m.Museum and programs open free to the public,made possible by the Kenneth T. & Mildred S.Gammons Charitable Foundation.Research Library Reading Room- “The MysteriousCase of the Obscure Son-in-Law or Where JamesArnold Really Came From,” with Peggi Medeiros,historian.FRIDAY, APRIL 10Community Film Series: ArusiPersian WeddingSet against the turbulent relationship between theU.S. and Iran, Iranian-American filmmaker MarjanTehrani captures the struggle and excitement ofAlex and Heather as they plan a Persian Islamicwedding in Iran.Co-sponsored with the New Bedford HistoricalSociety and Independent Lens Film. For moreinformation, go to www.pbs.org/independentlens.FreeSATURDAY, APRIL 11Science Saturdays10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ECHO Resource CenterOne Fish, Two Fish...There are more than 2,000 species of fish on Earthtoday and more being discovered yearly! Comeexplore the wide range of colors and sizes anddiscover the huge role fish play in the environment.FreeAPRIL 20-24School Vacation WeekPrograms are from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in theJacobs Family Gallery and are free to the public.Monday April 20- Classic Whaling Prints ActivityTuesday April 21- Cloud Finder ActivityWednesday April 22- Whaling Origami ActivityThursday April 23- Classic Whaling Prints ActivityFriday April 24- Cloud Finder ActivityFriday, April 24 -1:00 p.m. Jacobs Family GalleryMusical PerformanceVacation week activities sponsored by Bank ofAmerica and the Helen E. Ellis Charitable FundTUESDAY, APRIL 21 THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 24ROV Workshop9:00 am – 12:30 pm ECHO Resource CenterThis popular, hands-on workshop for studentsin grades 6 – 9 will provide participants theopportunity to create their own underwaterRemotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). These ROVswill be able to swim, dive and turn. The ROV willbe yours to keep at the end of the week. Only 8openings available.Cost- $90 per student. Student should providehis/her own snack.To register or to get moreinformation contact:Bob Rocha, Science Programs Manager(508) 997-0046 ext 149rrocha@whalingmuseum.orgFRIDAY, APRIL 24After Hours6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jacobs Family GalleryMusic by Columbia FieldsCatering by Fine Catering by Russell Morin$5 for Museum members and Cardoza’s Rewardcardholders, $10 for all others. Open to those 21and older.TUESDAY, APRIL 28Sailors’ Series7:00 p.m. Museum Theater"Coronet: The Long Life and Rebirth of a GrandSchooner Yacht": Jay Picotte, Curator of theMuseum of YachtingCall (508) 997-0046 ext.100 to registerMAYSATURDAY, MAY 9Science Saturdays10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ECHO Resource CenterIt's Dark Down Here!Where sunlight doesn't reach there is a worldteaming with life that is largely unknown tohumans. Join us as we delve into the deep,exploring how animals, including those who visitfrom above, survive in a world so dark.FreeTUESDAY, MAY 12Sailors’ Series7:00 p.m. Museum Theater"Herreshoff and the Design of Fast MilitaryVessels 1875-1915" by John Palmieri. Fourth inseries.Call (508) 997-0046 ext.100 to registerFRIDAY, MAY 15 – SUNDAY, MAY 17Scrimshaw WeekendThe annual Scrimshaw Weekend is the world’sonly regular forum in which collectors, curators,antiques dealers, history buffs, and folk artenthusiasts from all over the country gather toshare insights about the whalers’ distinctive andevocative occupational art form. $315 for entireprogram, $275 for NBWM Museum members.Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 to registerFRIDAY, MAY 29Old Dartmouth HistoricalSociety- New Bedford WhalingMuseum Annual Meeting4:00 p.m. Museum TheaterReception to follow business meeting from5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments, cash bar.FRIDAY, MAY 29After Hours6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jacobs Family GalleryMusic by New Bedford Symphony trioCatered by Cardoza’s Food Emporium$5 for Members and Cardoza’s Rewardcardholders, $10 for all others. Open to those 21and older.SUNDAY, MAY 31Sovereign Sundays: "The Prints inMoby-Dick: The Good Ones and the Bad Ones"3:00 p.m. Museum TheaterLecture with Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator ofthe NBWM. Following the lecture, an afternoontea will be served in the Jacobs Family Gallery.RSVP to (508) 997-0046 ext. 100. Sponsored bySovereign Bank.FreeWhat three species of whalehang in the gallery at theMuseum?Visit the Museum to find out!13


IN THECOMMUNITY14New Bedford Symphony Orchestrawww.nbsymphony.org508-999-NBSO (6276)Valentine's Concert: "Aspects of Love"February 7, 2009 8:00 p.m.Eva León, ViolinDebussy : Prelude to the Afternoon of a FaunBernstein : Serenade for Violin (after Plato)Mussorgksy : Pictures at an ExhibitionPre-concert Prelude at the Z - 6:45 - 7:15 pm(free with evening ticket purchase)Spring Concert: "An Orchestral Showcase"March 28, 2009 8:00 p.m.Liszt : Les PreludesRimsky-Korsakov : Capriccio EspagnolSibelius : Symphony No 2Pre-concert Prelude at the Z - 6:45 - 7:15 pm(free with evening ticket purchase)Season Finale: "Effervescent Artistry"May 2, 2009 8:00 p.m.Richard Stoltzman, ClarinetWagner : Overture to Die MeistersingerGordon Jenkins : Goodbye,"In Memory of Benny"Copland : Concerto for ClarinetStravinsky : Petrushka Suite (1947 version)Pre-concert Prelude at the Z - 6:45 - 7:15 pm(free with evening ticket purchase)New Bedford Art Museum608 Pleasant St.www.newbedfordartmuseum.org(508) 961-3072Winter Hours: 12pm - 5pm Wednesday throughSunday. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, and majorholidays. Admission $3 adults, $2 students &seniors, children under 17 are free and must beaccompanied by an adult.Ocean Explorium atNew Bedford Seaport174 Union Streetwww.oceanexplorium.org(508) 994-5400Ocean Voice Speaker SeriesTuesday Evenings, 7 p.m.! All are invitedto dynamic lectures that make you think!See the SphereSaturdays 10-4 p.m.See the world like never before. See theSphere! This spectacular marble, floatingin space, takes you on a journey aroundthe world and beyond. Understandscientific issues on a global scale.New Bedford HistoricalSociety: Black HistoryMonth Eventswww.newbedfordhistory.org(508) 979-8828Tenth Annual Frederick DouglassRead-a-thonSunday, February 8, 20092:00 – 6:00 p.m.The First Unitarian ChurchJoin us in celebrating Black HistoryMonth with a community reading ofthe Narrative of the Life of FrederickDouglass. This event is an annualhighlight with its participation bycommunity members and schoolagedyouth.Traces of the Trade: Massachusetts andthe Economy of SlaveryThursday, February 12, 20097:00 – 9:00 p.m.SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:The Whaling Museum now provides a Passportto Discover New Bedford!Now when visitors come to the Whaling Museum, they can purchasea passport that is valid for admission to the Art Museum, the Buttonwood Zoo,the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and the Ocean Explorium.Stop by the Museum and get your passport today!New Bedford Whaling MuseumIn commemoration of the 200 thanniversary of the abolition ofthe slave trade, MA Humanitiespresents Massachusetts and theEconomy of Slavery, featuring ascreening of Katrina Browne’sdocumentary, Traces of the Trade,which follows a Rhode Islandfamily as members discover theirfamily legacy and connections tothe Rhode Island slave trade.Book Signing and Talk:JohnStauffer, author of Giants: TheParallel Lives of FrederickDouglass and Abraham LincolnSaturday, February 21, 20093:00 – 5:00 p.m.Stauffer’s collective biographyof Douglass and Lincoln tellsa moving story of the two menwho dominated 19 th centuryAmerican life- as allies across theracial divide, friends who drewa common inspiration from hardscrabble beginnings and fellowtravelers on the road of Americanself-making. Join us for a greatdiscussion. Co-sponsored byBaker Books.New Bedford WhalingNational Historical Park33 William St., www.nps.gov(508) 996-4095The National Park will be holdingtwice weekly volunteer trainingfrom February through April.Trainings will be held on Tuesdayevenings and Saturday mornings.All trainings open to any currentor potential volunteers. Fordetails, contact Emily atemily_prigot@nps.gov or call508-996-4095 x 6105.Dedication of theWhitfield-ManjiroFriendship HouseThursday, May 7, 2009Museum and Activity Centerin Fairhaven by Dr. ShigeakiHinohara of Japan. http://manjiro1.tripod.com/(508) 992-5342


DISPATCH FROM DOWN UNDER: MICHAEL P. DYERREPORTS ON HIS FINDINGS AS THE U.S.A. GALLERYFELLOW, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIMEMUSEUM. Just as Daniel Ricketson, author of The Historyof New Bedford (New Bedford, 1858), described the citizensof his community as “a maritime people like ourselves,”Charles Enderby, the English whaling entrepreneur, in 1847described whaling as “conducive to our national habits.”These statements resound as tenets of a historical perspectivefundamental to understanding the growth and development ofthe nations of Australia and the U.S.A.Both countries developed whaling industries when theywere English colonies, and both relied on the maritime tradesto build their economies as their hinterlands were opened.After the American Revolution, Great Britain could no longerrely upon importations of whale products directly into theLondon markets from the American colonies and began torely increasingly upon the products of its colonial Australianvessels. The first commercial cargo exported from NewSouth Wales in 1791 was sperm oil onboard the Britannia,and the first commercially manufactured products of theAmerican colonies were spermaceti candles. Arguably, thedevelopment of a whale fishery is the ultimate definition ofa maritime culture, and the ports of Sydney in New SouthWales and Hobart in Tasmania are testaments to that culturaldevelopment.Thomas Blythe, an oil dealer in London, wrote to thecolonists of Sydney in 1835, “The great sperm fishery isforever yours; and you who possess the best branch ofAustralian commerce may in time be the most distinguishedindividuals of your interesting colony.” He further predicted,quite accurately, “Your descendants may at a later periodbecome the legislators of an independent state that may dividewith the future republics of North America the considerationof the world.”LAGODA UPDATE: The final task in the first phase of theLagoda restoration was completed in December 2008 whenmaster rigger Marty Casey finished the decorative ropeworkon the new gangway. The new ladder is wider, longer, andmuch more stable. Welcome aboard!WHALING MUSEUM ON THE WEB: Curator ofPhotography Michael Lapides, together with project assistantKate Mello and intern Evan Price, have added to the WhalingMuseum’s presence on the Internet. Do you Flickr? Check outthe Whaling Museum’s page and links athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/nbwm/Bringing friends to see theLagoda this spring?Look over the Wikipedia article before youcome and astound them with a fact-filledguided tour.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagoda15


Classic Whale Prints continued from page 9certainly did not). A bleeding polar bearand cub in the foreground of the painting,with sailors pursuing them, are also gonefrom the print (perhaps as something notsuitable for display in a genteel livingroom or dining room ashore?). Instead, aman standing on the pack-ice is clubbinga seal, while another lances a whale thatis already spouting blood and is aboutto dash under the ice – where it wouldsurely be lost. Real nineteenth centurywhalers would not usually have beenhunting seals in the Arctic at any time,especially when whales were to be had;and real whalers would not have tried togo after a whale while actually standingon the ice. For even if their harpoonsbecame fast to the whale, then what?When the whale took off in a fury, howwould the men ever catch up with it?And if a whale were lanced where it is inthis picture, it would surely run or divebelow the ice to escape or to die, in eithercase likely being irretrievable forever.Duncan’s reworking is neither trivialnor always subtle, and seems directedtoward making the bloody scene a bitmore palatable to the general public, andbringing it more into conformity withwhat popular stereotypes might have ledthe ordinary consumer to expect.Huggins’s whaling lithographsFIG. 12remained in print for many years(there are even some twentieth centuryrestrikes from the surviving originalplates). Each specimen that was printedafter the artist’s elevation to royalpatronage not only gives the names of theartist and engraver but also designatesthat Huggins was official MarinePainter to His Majesty. Long beforeClassic Whaling Prints continued on page 20Fig. 11. An engraved banknote, circa 1830s-’40s.Hailing from the important whaling port of NewLondon, Conn., it has a vignette illustration miniaturizedfrom W. J. Huggins’s panoramic “SouthSea Whale Fishery.” Gift of John P. Kendall.Fig. 12. South Sea Whale Fishery. Adulterated,unauthorized popular version of W. J. Huggins’soriginal image by J[ames] Baillie (New York,circa 1845-47), produced as a companion piece toNorth Sea Whale Fishery, in the same size. 10 x14 inches.16FIG. 11When ships went to sea theyspent years hunting whales.To pass the time whalemenengraved and decorated spermwhale teeth. What are theycalled?Visit the Museum to find out!


Hollywood Blooper“Mr. Cage, Let Us Tell You About Our Desk”Queen Victoria receives the HMS Resolute (engraving; 1987.10.2)The Queen graciously accepted the salvaged Resolute with a characteristic “Ithank you, sir.” In 1879, the entire ship was dismantled, and its timbers werefashioned into a number of artifacts which the Queen presented to some of theparties involved with the ship’s exploits.Portrait of Henry Grinnell (cabinet card;1983.58.3.5)If you’ve watched the film NationalTreasure: Book of Secrets, then youprobably recall screen actor NicolasCage’s daring break-in to both the WhiteHouse and Buckingham Palace in orderto steal ancient Olmec rune stone mapssecreted away in hidden compartmentswithin what he refers to as the “twinResolute desks.” While Nicolas Cageis unarguably resourceful and clever inhis fanciful investigation, the WhalingMuseum would like you to know thatthere is more to this story than meets thebig screen.The HMS Resolute was a 600 tonBritish ship under the command of SirEdward Belcher specifically designed forexploring the freezing Arctic. The shipset out in 1852 with the goal of findingthe lost Franklin expedition, a team ofArctic explorers that had disappearedaround 1848 and had, by that point,already perished. Ironically, the HMSResolute promptly became ice-locked,and the crew was forced to abandon shipin 1854.A year later, the empty Resolute—having drifted some 1200 miles with theicepack—was found by Captain JamesBuddington of the whaleship GeorgeHenry. Daring harsh weather conditionsand forfeiting the whaling season,Captain Buddington and a skeletoncrew piloted the ghost ship back to NewLondon, Connecticut.Hollywood Blooper continued on page 1817


The Grinnell desk, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library (1983.58.1)18Hollywood Blooper continued from page 17The British magnanimously waivedtheir claim to the Resolute. HoweverCongress, goaded on by Henry Grinnell(a wealthy businessman with NewBedford ties who had funded severalrescue attempts for the Franklinexpedition), decided to buy the Resolutefrom Buddington for $40,000 andreturn it as a gift to Queen Victoria,symbolizing the friendship between thetwo countries.Buddington never received a pennyof that $40,000—by the time it wasdisbursed in 1857, the company whoowned the George Henry had beenbought up by Henry P. Haven, who leftBuddington completely out of the loop.The Queen graciously accepted thesalvaged Resolute with a characteristic“I thank you, sir.” In 1879, the entireship was dismantled, and its timberswere fashioned into a number of artifactswhich the Queen presented to someof the parties involved with the ship’sexploits.Back to Nicolas Cage, standingonscreen in front of the Eiffel Tower.After talking to a few French policemenand performing some impressiveacrobatics of free association, Cagesolves the latest riddle in the film’s plotand determines that the “twin Resolutedesks” contain his next clue.Cage correctly identifies the firstdesk—it’s in the Oval Office of theWhite House. The Queen gavethis large, robust desk to PresidentRutherford B. Hayes, and it has beenused by just about every President since(notable exceptions: Johnson, Ford andNixon).Cage figures that the second desk(containing the second half of the ancientOlmec treasure map) is located inBuckingham Palace. Not so, Mr. Cage!The second desk, which is considerablysmaller and modest in comparison tothe President’s desk, has been on loan tothe Royal Naval Museum (Portsmouth,England) since the 1980s. However Cagemakes a far greater mistake by assumingthat there are only two desks. What hefails to consider is that the HMS Resolutewas constructed from fine aged Englishoak—and a lot of it. Theoretically,there should be enough wooden artifactsto account for the entire ship, minussawdust and shavings.The third desk, a delicately fashionedlady’s desk known as the “QueenVictoria Desk” or the “Grinnell Desk”was a gift from the Queen to HenryGrinnell’s widow (Henry died in 1874),in gratitude for his contribution towardthe Franklin rescue attempts.And just where do such pricelesswhaling artifacts end up when they’verun their course?You guessed it: the Whaling Museum.In 1983, Peter S. Grinnell was kindenough to donate the Grinnell desk to thecollection.


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Classic Whaling Prints continued from page 16Gifford, Van Beest (posthumously, as it turned out), andBenjamin Russell came along to reprise Huggins’s iconicSouth Sea whale [Fig. 1], Huggins’s two panoramic whalingscenes, North and South, were already much emulated andwidely reproduced, including in the form of miniaturizedadaptations on American engraved banknotes [Fig. 11].Even more prevalent were the several simplified, cheaplyprinted, degenerate copies made for the popular Americanmarket. These were printed in smaller sizes but in largeruns, without any regard for copyrights or permissions, byAmerica’s three most prolific firms of popular printmakers,each “borrowing” from the intellectual property of others:James Baillie of New York, sometimes in partnership withSowle & Shaw of New Bedford [Figs. 12 and 13]; D.W.Kellogg & Company of Hartford, Conn.; and the Currier,and Currier & Ives firms in New York [Fig. 14].Perhaps the greatest tributes to Huggins’s prowessas a painter of whaling scenes was that two celebratedacademicians – the American-born R. Swain Gifford and theexpatriate Dutchman Albert Van Beest of Rotterdam – alongwith the Whaling Capital’s leading authority on whalingpictures, Benjamin Russell, chose Huggins’s “South SeaWhale Fishery” as the model for their own best effort; andthat the populace readily accepted it as paying appropriatepictorial tribute to the industry that put their city on the mapand created a cultural atmosphere in which such artisticendeavors could thrive.FIG. 13Fig. 13. North Sea Whale Fishery. Huggins’s images were widely copiedin adulterated popular versions, including this lithograph by J[ames]Baillie (New York, circa 1845-47). It has several important changes: theAmerican flag, a more modern type hull on the principal ship, and baleen(“whalebone”) set to dry in the rigging. 10 x 14 inches.Fig. 14. Northern Whale Fishery. Lithograph by C[harles] Currier (NewYork, circa 1850-55), one of Baillie’s chief competitors – another oversimplifiedAmerican reduction of Huggins’s original image of 1829. Withits companion piece, South Sea Whale Fishery, Currier’s images wereproduced in the same size as Baillie’s versions. 10 x 14 inches.FIG. 1420Right Whale continued from page 3the crew also included Frank DenDantoand Courtney Vashro.It is our hope that this new displaywill stimulate enhanced awareness of thenorthern right whale’s precarious existence.Estimates of the total population rangebetween 300 to 400 individuals. At least70 percent of these animals bear the scarsof negative interaction with commercialvessels, pleasure craft, and a variety ofcommercial seafood harvesting gear. Theloss of a breeding female and a femalefetus is a sharp blow to the recovery of thispopulation.Years of research have led to someimportant policy changes, includingthe shifting of shipping lanes, to avoidtraditional right whale feeding grounds.Continued examination of extantindividuals, and investigation of whalingrecords available here at the WhalingMuseum, will lead to a more complete understanding of the natural history of the species, which is critical for its survival. Weare proud to play a part in this process and honored to display these two right whales.


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From The Helm continued from page 1HERE IS A SMATTERING:• the ribbon-cutting for the recently installed and re-articulatedforty-nine-foot right whale skeleton;• a wholly redesigned sperm whale gallery complete withexciting new interactive elements;• fresh and new displays showcasing more of the fabulous itemsfrom our collection;• continued exhibit improvements in the Bourne Building;• an expanded slate of educational programs for grades K-12;• new ways to engage teachers and parents in context-basedlearning;• a summer roll-out of educational workshops for the adultenthusiast;• a determined focus on working with partner organizations tostrengthen the cultural fabric of the city;• a “passport” for visitors to purchase a combination ticket to allof the city’s paid attractions;• increased cross-marketing with partner organizations;• a keen awareness that we must do what we can to help those inour community who are economically distressed;• renewed recognition that we are part of the rich cultural fabricof this community;• attention on providing a superior visitor experience so thatlocal, national, and international visitors will enjoy theirexperience here and leave with a warm and positive impressionof our city.I hope you will partake in many of the activities planned.They are, after all, formulated withyou in mind. Perhaps the mantra for2009 is that spending time in yourcommunity is recognized once againas the best investment of all. James Russell, President22The thirteenth annual Moby-Dick Marathon, held at the Whaling Museum onJanuary 3 and 4, 2009, broke all previous records for attendance. There were1,332 visitors who dropped in to hear Melville’s great work. Twenty-two stalwartindividuals participated in all twenty-five hours of the event. As an award,each of them received a copy of Moby-Dick: A Pop-up Book by Sam Ita, signedby Whaling Museum President James Russell (who also stayed all twenty-fivehours), and by Melville’s great-great grandson, Peter Whittemore. Dan Mingeatraveled the farthest, coming from Wylie, Texas.The Whaling Museum thanks all who came to read and listen this year, as wellas the members of the Volunteer Council who serve as Watch officers duringthe marathon. More than thirty volunteers provide the infrastructure of themarathon: logging in the readers, calling them up to the podium, timing thereading slots, and most importantly serving the snacks! The museum shines dueto their significant efforts.


THE WHALINGMUSEUM NEEDSYOU TO JOIN ITSCREW!Are you looking forways to make worthwhilecontributions to yourcity and pass along itswonderful history to others?The New Bedford WhalingMuseum is looking forvolunteers. With your time,interest and energy, youcan serve as a guide to tellthe story of the Museum’sheritage to the visitors whocome through its doors. Thenext volunteer class startsFebruary 23, 2009, and willrun over ten weeks.AS A VOLUNTEER WEASK YOU TO:• Participate in a prescribedtraining program• Establish a regularschedule for volunteering• Serve as a "goodwillambassador" for theMuseum• Maintain a membershipwith the New BedfordWhaling Museum• Enjoy yourself!The Museum will provide• An opportunity for publicservice• A professional orientationand training program• An opportunity to meetnew and interesting people• A chance to promote thehistory of New BedfordFOR MORE INFORMATION CALLSara MeirowitzDirector of Education(508) 997-0046 x123smeirowitz@whalingmuseum.org23


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