The Hull Whaling Trade

By T. Sheppard, published December 1919


Credit: NMM BHC1035

For almost two and a half centuries the whaling trade was important to the port of Hull, with a high proportion of the population associated with it. Eventually the trade evolved into the fishing and oil industries that dominated the port from the mid-nineteenth to the middle of the following century. The first whaler from Hull to the northern fishery appears to have left in 1598 and in 1821 no fewer than 61 ships sailed to the whaling grounds, with 32 proceeding to the Greenland Seas between Spitzbergen and Greenland, and 29 to Davis Straits.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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