Hunting the Essex, A Journal of the Voyage of HMS Phoebe 1813-1814

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This book falls within the excellent series of Authentic Voices. Editing has been sensitive and a useful foreword is provided by Professor Andrew Lambert, but the real author is a Midshipman writing his journal at the time of the epic chase. Many will be familiar with the story in its dramatized form by O’Brian in “The Far Side of the World” and the film that was draw from his book “Master and Commander”.

This book is equal to the finest novel, shows the many points where O’Brian blended historic fact with his fictional characters in “The Far Side of the World”, and has all of the excitement of the chase.

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Mystic Seaport Launches Historic Whaleship Charles W. Morgan

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Ready for launching – awaiting the crowds

Ship Floats for the First Time Since 2008

Mystic, Conn.—After a nearly five-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan was launched into the waters of the Mystic River today. The ship, a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest commercial vessel, was carefully lowered into the water in a public ceremony to float on her own bottom for the first time since 2008.

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British Whaling Fleet is Shrinking

Serving the British Empire

1835

The number of British whaleships is reducing. Demand for whale products continues but British and other European ship owners are less enthusiastic in maintaining whaling fleets. This coincides with a continuing expansion of the American whaling fleet. One British shipping source believes that decline of British whaling will continue and the pace of decline will increase. He believes that this is due to the increasing profitability of other maritime trade for British vessels. The demand for manufactured goods in the British colonies and the demand in Britain from raw materials from those colonies is producing a profitable trade that lacks the risks long associated with whaling.

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British Whale Fleet Stronger Than Ever

1809

British whaleship numbers in the South Seas continue to grow. During the last two years, the fleet has almost doubled in size to meet the demand for high quality whale products. Even during the recent conflicts with France, the whaling fleet has continued to bring home these valuable cargoes. The Royal Navy has increased patrols to the protect the whaling fleet, particularly from the attentions of privateers.

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British South Seas Whale Fleet Thrives

South Seas Whale Fisheries

1790

The expeditions of Captain Cook have brought back new charts of the South Seas including his recent discoveries. Captain Cook encountered many British ships sailing the South Seas and an artist with his expedition has captured the scene of British whalers engaged in this most important industry.

There are now more than 80 British whaleships operating in the South Seas. London alone has a fleet of sixty vessels. The South Seas are becoming more important than the Northern Seas for the hunting of whales. Demand for whale products has never been higher.

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New Nation For New World

Benjamin West’s painting of the delegations at the Treaty of Paris: John Jay, John Adams,

Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin. The British delegation

refused to pose, and the painting was never completed.

May 12, 1784

The Treaty of Paris came into force today on the exchange of ratified versions between the signatory nations. This marks the recognition by Great Britain of the independence of the United States of America.

The American Central East Coast British colonies had been engaged in a bitter revolt. The Northern colonies, the Caribbean and the Southern colonies remained loyal to Britain and contributed troops to fight the rebels.

The consequence of the Treaty of Paris is that the New World now has a new nation, formed from the revolting colonies. This will bring many changes for all concerned.

In the conflict now building within the European nations, the newly independent United States will be courted by France to fight again against Britain.

Within the new nation it will be necessary to develop industry to replace the dependence on Britain for manufactured goods. One new industry set to expand is the shipbuilding industry which will have to construct warships and commercial vessels to establish the independent economy of the new nation.

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