Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (October 15, 2009)
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In 1871, a complete fleet of whaling ships used to be stuck in an arctic ice hurricane and destroyed. notwithstanding few lives have been misplaced, the wear might endlessly form certainly one of America's such a lot distinct commodities: oil.New Bedford, Massachusetts, was once fertile floor for this country's first multimillion-dollar undefined. based through assiduous Quaker retailers looking safe haven for his or her austere faith, town additionally lent extraordinary entry to the excessive seas. the mix might bring about what might develop into the main winning whaling in the US, and with it, the world's first oil hegemony. Oyl, or oil derived from whale blubber, revolutionized New England trade. And as intrepid New Bedford whalers ventured farther into uncharted waters looking for untapped assets, the city observed incomparable wealth. yet with all the town's assets tethered to this risky and the fickle sea, luck was once fragile.Final Voyage is the tale of 1 fateful whaling season that illuminates the unparalleled upward push and devastating fall of America's first oil undefined. Peter Nichols deftly captures what New Bedford lifestyles was once like for its Quaker population and, utilizing a wealth of basic assets, has created a brilliant photo of the evolution of whaling and the way its dying was once destined even ahead of that devastating voyage.