Townsend’s Logbook Data
The data presented here are from Charles Haskins Townsend’s extractions from whaling logbooks. They include information on the location of whales based on a sample of logbooks from voyages made between 1784 and 19?? The data represent roughly half of those originally used by Townsend to create whaling charts.
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