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


The discovery of the whaler Nova Zembla
In August 2018, researchers found the wreckage of the ship which got hung up on a reef off the east coast of Baffin Island and sank in 1902.

Basque Whaling in Red Bay, 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
The history of Nye Lubricants, whose main products during the late 1800s and early 1900s were produced from whale oil.

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
Information on over 13,000 ships and boats of all kinds, from the Tacoma Public Library.


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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