The Whalers' Heritage Project

Were any of your ancestors members of whaling ship crews? Come and talk to us - free information and services for your genealogy research.

    We are in the process of compiling an extensive online information source to make it easier for you to discover the conditions under which your ancestors worked. Included will be a list of whalers and whaling ships, detailed biographies, a whaling bibliography, book indexes and artwork, as well as any other related material that appears.

Whalers' Heritage Forum - post your searches and information here!

Crew Lists

Ship Lists


Basque Whaling in Labrador

Development of Small-Type Coastal Whaling in Japan

Dictionary of Shipbuilding Terminology
A huge listing of shipbuilding terms as used in Canada in the 1800s.

The History of Whaling in Alaska and the Yukon

The last American whale oil company
This article by Doug Gelbert describes Nye Lubricants' main product during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Maritime History of Whitby
Among the material posted by Bob Sanders is "Arctic Whalers of Whitby," indexes to Cardiff Crew Agreements and other related documentation.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford whaling database

New Bedford Whaling National Park

Observations on the Whale-Fishery by Thomas Jefferson

Pacific Northwest Historic Shipping Database

Sapphire Coast Whaling History - Australia

Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore

Whaling Images from Tasmania
This searchable image database includes dozens of whaling photos and paintings from the Heritage Collections of the State Library of Tasmania.

Whaling in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia
Information and photos by Richard Harrington, from a 1975 trip to Antarctica.


Ahab's Trade : The Saga of South Sea Whaling
by Granville Allen Mawer (St. Martins, 2000)

Enoch's Voyage : Life on a Whaleship 1851-1854
by Enoch Carter Cloud (Moyer Bell, 1994)

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
by Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin, 1999)

Whales, Ice & Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic
by John R. Bockstoce (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1995)

When the Whalers Were Up North : Inuit Memories from the Eastern Arctic
by Dorothy Harley Eber (McGill-Queens University Press, 1989)

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