The Newcastle Whaling Trade 1752-1849

By Tony Barrow, published August 1989


Whaling was widespread and lucrative in UK Ports from the mid 1700s to the mid 1800s .The article comprehensively analyses the whaling industry founded in Newcastle and Tyneside showing how it flourished and the reasons for its decline. It examines the investment costs, the impact of the government bounty, the fleet sizes and their catches and the returns from processing the whaling products. It also considers individual whalers, their masters and crews and the dangers that they faced from the Arctic ice  and from sickness particularly scurvy.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Arctic
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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