Allen, A. J.
A Whaler & Trader in the Arctic 1895 to 1944. Alaska
Northwest Publishing Co., Anchorage, AK 213 pp. (Paperback. A
rough and ready reminiscence of Allen's early life in the Artic hunting
bowheads from commercial whaling vessels and then with the Eskimos.)
Allen, E. S.
Children of the Light. The Rise and Fall of
Bedford Whaling and the Death of the Arctic Fleet. Little
Brown and Co., Boston. 302
American Cetacean Society
American Heritage Editors
The Story of Yankee Whaling. American Heritage Pub.
Co. Inc., NY. l53 pp., photographs. (For children.)
Andrews, R. C.
All About Whales. Random House, NY. l48 pp. (For
The Whaler's Eye. MacMillan Co., NY. l36 pp.,illus. (Good
account of modern whaling by a whaling chemist.)
Ashley, C. W. , 1881-1947
The Yankee Whaler; with an introduction by Robert Cushman
Murphy and a preface to the pictures by Zephaniah W. Pease. Dover
Publications, NY. 156 pp. (Originally published 1942, 2nd ed., Halcyon,
Garden City New York.)
l839 The Natural
History of the Sperm Whale, to which is added a sketch of a
South‑Sea Whaling Voyage in which the author was personally engaged. John
Van Voorst, London. 393 pp. l973 reprint by Holland Press,
(A classic account.)
Whaling in the Antarctic. William Blackwood & Sons, Ltd.,
Edinburgh and London. 229 pp.
Bennett, F. D.
Narrative of a Whaling Voyage round the Globe from the Year l833
to l836, Comprising Sketches of Polynesia, California, the Indian Archipelago,
etc., with an Account of Southern Whales, the Sperm Whale Fishery, and
the Natural History of the Climates Visited. 2 Vols. Richard
Bentley, London. l970 reprint by Da Capo Press, NY.
Birkeland, K. B.
The Whalers of Akutan; an Account of Modern Whaling in the
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. l7l pp.
International Regulation of Whaling: From Conservation of Whaling
to Conservation of Whales and Regulation of Whale‑Watching. Oceana
Publications, Inc., NY Vol. 1, 574 pp., Vol. 2, 1053 pp. (History
of the IWC and whaling regulations with reports of the Commission; review
new approaches to conservation.)
Bockstoce, J. R.
Steam Whaling in the Western Arctic. Old Dartmouth
Historical Society, New Bedford, MA. l27 pp., black and white photographs. (Use
of steam whaling particularly for catching Bowheads.)
"Battle of the Bowheads." Natural History, Vol.89,
No. 5, May l980, pp. 52‑6l. (History of Eskimo whaling and
rulings of the International Whaling Commission.)
Whales, Ice, and Men. The History of Whaling in the Western
Arctic. University of Washington Press, Seattle and London in
association with New Bedford Whaling Museum, MA 400 pp. (Comprehensive
history of commercial whaling.)
Bockstoce, J. R. and D. B. Botkin
The Historical Status and Reduction of the Western Arctic Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus) Population by the Pelagic Whaling Industry, l848‑l9l4.
Final Report to the National Marine Fisheries Service by the
Old Dartmouth Historical Society, National Marine Mammal Laboratory,
Seattle, Washington. l20 pp. (Available from New Bedford
Whaling Museum, l8 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA. 02740.)
People of the Ice: Eskimos, White Men and the Whale.
NY 285 pp
Braham, H. W., W. M. Marquette, T. W. Bray, and J.
S. Leatherwood (Editors)
"The Bowhead Whale, Whaling and Biological Research." A Special
Issue. Marine Fisheries Review, Vol. 42, No. 9‑l0,
Sept‑Oct, l980, pp. l‑96.
Bullen, F. T.
The Cruise of the Cachalot, Round the World after Sperm Whales. D.
Appleton and Co., NY. 379 pp., illus. (A classic.)
Chatterton, E. K.
Whalers and Whaling: The Story of the Whaling Ships up to the
Present Day. J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia,
PA. 248 pp. l975 reprint.
Cheever, H. T., 1814-1897
The Whale and His Captors, or, The Whaleman's Adventures
and the Whale Biography as Gathered on the Homeward Cruise of the "Commodore
Preble". Ye Galleon Press, Fairfield, Washington, 314 pp. (Reprint.
Originally published: New York,
Harper & Brothers, 1850)
The Hunting of the Whale . A tragedy that must end. Badley
Head, London. 239 pp. (Biology, history, control, IWC, Bowheads.)
Church, A. C.
Whale Ships and Whaling. Bonanza Books, NY. l79 pp. Reissued
l960. (Descriptive photographic history.)
"Open Boat Whaling in the Azores." The history and present
methods of a relic industry. Discovery Reports, Vol. XXVI,
pp. 28l‑354, plates XIII‑XVII.
Whaling around Australia. Lawrence Verry Inc., Mystic,
CT. l68 pp., photographs.
Nimrod of the Sea, or the American Whaleman
Christopher Pub., MA. 405 pp., illus. l972 reprint.
Decker, R. O.
Whaling Industry of New London. Liberty Cap Books,
York, PA. 202 pp., photographs, illus. In paper, l976, as Whaling
City: A History of New London. Pequot.
Whale Ships and Whaling. Argosy‑Antiquarian
Ltd., NY. 446 pp., pp. 43‑439 are a pictorial history. l967
reprint. (Includes account of New England
Du Pasquier, J. T.
Les Baleiniers Francais Au XIXème Siècle (1814‑1868).
Terre et Mer 4 Seigneurs, Grenoble. 256 pp. (French whaling and whalers.)
"The Catch of Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus)by Eskimos,
with Emphasis on the Western Arctic." Contributions in Science
of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Vol. 3l4,
Men and Whales. Lyons
Press, NY. 542 pp. (First commercial whalers, killing whales, whalewatching
, exhibits and whales in captivity)
"Whalers, Whales, and Tortoises." Oceanus, Vol.
30, No. 2, Summer 1987, pp. 86‑92.
A History of World Whaling. Viking Penguin, Canada, 288
pp. ( The story of whaling and whalers; includes chapters on the dilemmas
of whaling in the modern world.)
Friends of the Earth
Goode, G. B.
The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States. U.S.
to Commission of Fish and Fisheries,
5 Sections in 7 volumes,
Government Printing Office. (Chapters on the whale fishery, the blackfish
[Pilot Whale] and
The Perano Whalers of Cook Strait
1911‑1964. A.H.& A.W. Reed Ltd., Wellington. 238
Hagelund, W. A.
Whalers No More. A history of whaling on the West Coast.
Harbour Publishing, British Columbia, Canada. 211 pp., black and
Hart, Col. J.
Miriam Coffin or, The Whale-Fishermen. 2 Vols. Somerset
Pub., NY. 1972 reprint.
Hart, I. B.
Pesca- the History of Compania
Argentina de Pesca, Sociedad Anonima, of Buenos
Aires. (An account of the pioneer modern whaling and sealing
company in the Antarctic.) Revised edition. Aidan Ellis, Salcombe,
England. 548 pp.
Men & Whales at Scammon's Lagoon. Dawsons Book
Shop, Los Angeles. 3l3 pp. (An excellent and thorough account of the
Gray Whale fishery.)
Hofman, R.J. and W. N. Bonner
Hohman, E. P.
American Whale‑Man: A Study of Life and Labor in the Whaling
Industry. Longmans, Green and Co., NY 355 pp. l972
reprint by Augustus M. Kelley, Clifton, NJ.
International Whaling Commission
Gillnets and Cetaceans. Incorporating the Proceedings
of the Symposium and Workshop on the Mortality of Cetaceans in Passive
Fishing Nets and Traps. Special Issue 15. W.F. Perrin, G. P. Donovan
and J. Barlow, editors. Report of the International Whaling Commission.
The Red House, Station Rd.,
Histon, Cambridge. UK. 629 pp.
The British Whaling Trade. Archon Books, Hamden,
CT. 3l0 pp. (History from l604‑l963, new whaling techniques,
rise and decline of whaling industry.)
Jacob, H. K., K. Snoeijing, and R. Vaughan (Editors)
Arctic Whaling. Proceedings of the Symposium on Arctic Whaling.
Arctic Centre University of Groningen, Netherlands. 268 pp. (Collection
of 11 articles covering the arctic environment, evolution, biology and
ecology of arctic whales, and history of whaling including aboriginal
Jenkins, J. T.
A History of the Whale Fisheries from the Basque Fisheries
of the Tenth Century to the Hunting of the Finner Whale at the Present
Date. H.F. and G. Witherby, London. 336 pp. l97l reprint
by Kennikat Press, Port Washington,
Landauer, L. B.
Scammon. Beyond the Lagoon. A Biography
of Charles Melville Scammon. Pacific Maritime History Series,
Number one. Flying Cloud Press, Pasadena, California. 180
pp. ( The life of a sea captain, whaler, author, and naturalist.)
Leavitt, J. F.
The Charles W. Morgan. Marine Historical Association,
Mystic, CT. l3l pp., photographs,illus. (History of the l9th century
wooden‑hulled whaleship " Charles W. Morgan" now preserved
Lubbock, A. B.
The Arctic Whalers. Brown, Son, and Ferguson, Glasgow. 483
pp. (l9th century whaling.)
Mammal Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 1-73. (Issue devoted
to future of whales, commercial whaling, assessment of stocks, DNA fingerprinting,
IWC, and human/cetacean relations.)
Whalemen and Whaleships of Maine. Harpswell Press,
Brunswick, ME. 7l pp., illus. l976 paper reprint.
Mitchell, E. and R.R. Reeves
"The Alaska Bowhead Problem: A Commentary." Arctic,
Vol. 33, No. 4, December l980, pp. 686‑723. (History of problem;
biological, social and nutritional aspects of hunt; assessment of current
hunt methods and traditional values.)
The Whales Wake. South Pacific Books, Auckland. 396 pp.
(Whaling in New Zealand and South West Pacific in early 19th century.)
Incidents of a Whaling Voyage. D. Appleton &Co.,
NY. 360 pp., illus. l969 reprint by Charles Tuttle, Rutland, VT.
(Student account of a whaling voyage in the l800's)
South Latitude. Longmans, Green and Co., London. 308 pp.
l965 reprint. (An account of a biologist at an Antarctic whaling station
during the peak of Antarctic whaling.)
In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship
Essex. Viking, NY. 302 pp.
Reeves, R., and E. Mitchell
1988 History of Whaling In and Near
Carolina. NOAA Technical Report NMFS 65. National Marine Fisheries
Service, Washington, DC. 28 pp. (Available through NTIS,
Virginia. No. PB 88 222 146.)
Ross, W. G. B.
Whaling and Eskimos: Hudson Bay
l860‑l9l5. Publications in Ethnology, No. l0. National
Museum of Canada. l64 pp. (Effect of commercial whaling on the Eskimos.)
Arctic Whalers, Icy Seas: Narratives of the
Strait Whale Fisherey. Irwin Pub., Toronto, Canada.
263 pp. (Writings of 15 whaling men who describe their arctic experiences.)
Scammon, C. M.
The Marine Mammals of the Northwestern Coast of North America: together
with an Account of the American Whale‑fishery. John H. Carmany
and Co., San Francisco. 3l9 pp. l968 Dover reprint. (Excellent account.)
Schmidhauser, J. R. and G. O. Totten, III (Editors)
The Whaling Issue in U.S.‑Japan Relations. Westview
Press, Boulder, CO. 275 pp. (History of the whaling controversy,
whaling regulations, laws, future policy, and ocean management.)
Mark Well the Whale. Kennikat Press, Port Washington,
NY. l5l pp., illus. (History of the whaling ships and whalemen originating
from Cold Spring Harbor, NY.)
Schmitt, F.P., C. de Jong, and F. H. Winter
Thomas Welcome Roys, America's Pioneer of Modern Whaling. Mariners
Museum Publication No. 38. University Press of Virginia,
Charlottesville. 253 pp. (Life of a whaling captain who sailed the Arctic
whaling grounds and development of a rocket‑powered harpoon.)
An Account of the Arctic Regions. 2 Vols. Arnold Constable,
Edinburgh. l969 reprint with a new introduction, David & Charles,
Newton Abbot. (An excellent account of whaling for Greenland Right Whales;
written by a whaling captain.)
Journal of a Voyage to the Northern Whale‑Fishery, Including
Researches and Discoveries on the Eastern Coast of
in... l882. Arnold Constable and Co., Edinburgh. 472 pp. l980
reprint by Caedomon of Whitby, England.
The Voice of the Whaleman. With an account of the
Nicholson Whaling Collection. Providence
Public Library, Providence. 216 pp. (Describes logbooks and
whaling records from the years 1762‑1922.)
1986 (See Bibliographies)
The Blue Whale. Columbia University Press, NY. 248
pp. (Mainly a history of the International Whaling Commission and the
Blue Whale; reasons for whale's status up to l965.)
Stackpole, E. A.
The Sea Hunters: the New England
Whalemen during Two Centuries l635‑l835. J. B. Lippincott,
Philadelphia, and New York. 5l0 pp. l973 reprint by Greenwood Press, Westport,
CT (Chapter 23 recounts the story which probably formed the basis for
the climax to Herman Melville's whaling story, Moby Dick.)
Whales and Destiny; the Rivalry between America,
France and Britain
for Control of the Southern Whale Fishery l785‑l825.
Massachusetts Press. 427 pp.
History of the American Whale Fishery, from its Earliest Inception
to the Year l876. Report to the U.S.
Commission of Fish and Fisheries, Washington,
DC Part IV. 2 Vols. 779 pp. l964 reprint by Argosy‑Antiquarian,
Women's Tales of Whaling. Life stories of 11 Japanese
women who live with whaling. Japan Whaling Association, Tokyo. 131
pp. (In English and Japanese)
Tonneson, J.N., and A.D. Johnsen
The History of Modern Whaling. University of California
Press, Berkeley. 650 pp., illus. (Abridged and translated version
of a large Norwegian work on the history of the modern whaling industry.)
"The Distribution of Certain Whales as Shown by Logbook Records of
American Whaleships." Zoologica, Vol. l9, Pt. l, pp.
Vestergaard, E. (Editor)
North Atlantic Studies: Whaling Communities. Vol. 2, No.
1-2. Centre for North Atlantic Studies, Aarhus
University Press, Denmark. 217 pp. (Conference proceedings and excerpts
from hearings on Whaling Communities in the North Atlantic,
January 1990. Includes three sections: biological studies, policies and
regulations, and socio-cultural aspects.)
Waring, G. T., D.L. Palka, P. J. Clapham
U.W. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexicco Marine Mammal Stock Assessments- 1999.
NOAA Technical Memorandum, NMFS-NE-153
On the Northwest: Commercial Whaling in the
Northwest, 1790‑1967. University of British Columbia Press,
Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Accurate but unexciting; a picture of the North‑west
Yankee Whalers in the South Seas. Doubleday, NY. 304
pp. l973 reprint by Charles Tuttle, VT (Whaling stories of the l9th
Whipple, A.B.C. and Editors of Time‑Life Books
Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Whaling, Technical
The Whalers. Time‑Life Books, Alexandria, VA.
l76 pp. (History of whaling.)
- Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Whaling,
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