The New London Maritime Society has crowdsourced the transcription of a whaling journal from the 1840s and 1850s then built a rich online exhibit. Visitors can view the original Journal of the Ship Merrimac
, read transcripts (annotated with links to WhalingHistory.org), and learn more about the ship, the author and the history of the whaling industry.
Integrating map, census, and American Offshore Whaling Voyages data, Mattapoisett Data Stories invites exploration of life in the shipbuilding village of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, in the late 1700s and mid-1800s through interactive maps and visualizations.
This active map, from Mystic Seaport Museum for Educators, represents the journey of the whaler Neptune of New London, Connecticut, from October 1840 to April 1842. The map, created from the original logbook, provides insight into the monotonous and sometimes exciting life on a whaling vessel, while chronicling the weather patterns and the process of hunting whales that determine a voyage’s success.