Images of America: Whaling in Massachusetts
By Gioia Dimock
In the early 1700s, Massachusetts residents caught whales from the shore, before embarking on offshore voyages that would last several weeks to several years. In teh Cotuit was the home to many whaling masters who sailed out of New Bedford or Nantucket during the 19th century. Many other Massachusetts communities sent out whalers, orbuilt or outfitted ships including Boston, Essex, Mattapoisett, Falmouth, Fairhaven, Provincetown, and Gloucester.