Monday, 3 October 2011, 1:00PM
Museum of London

The Greenlanders - Arctic whaleships and whalers

Dr Bernard Stonehouse

From 1750 to the early 20th century, fleets of ‘Greenlanders’ – specially strengthened sailing ships –  headed north each spring from Britain to the ice-filled Arctic seas between Canada, Greenland and Spitsbergen. Their business was whaling, their purpose to bring home oil and whalebone – raw materials for Britain’s growing industries. Arctic whaling involved more than 9000 voyages from 35 British ports: Rotherhith's ‘Greenland Dock’ is a reminder that London was a prominent whaling port. Each voyage involved dangers unique to the trade, demanding extraordinary measures of skills and seamanship. Dr Stonehouse tells of the ships, the men, and the profits and losses of a long-forgotten industry.

This is part of the Great Days of Sail  Mondays at One series. The other lectures in this series are as follows:

     ‘They live by Trade’: Britain’s global trade in the Great Days of Sail
     Why Conserve the Cutty Sark?
     Slavery, Ships and Sickness

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Dr. Bernard Stonehouse first visited Antarctica in 1946 as a Royal Navy pilot for the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (later the British Antarctic Survey). He studied penguins and seals on the Antarctic Peninsula, king penguins on South Georgia, and deer, Dall's sheep and other sub-polar species in the Yukon. He taught at universities in Britain, New Zealand and North America and was attached to the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, where, among other things, he edited the prestigious journal, Polar Record. His books include Animals of the Antarctic and Penguins and Sea Mammals of the World.

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3 October 2011

The Greenlanders - Arctic whaleships and whalers
Dr Bernard Stonehouse

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