Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Regional Meeting at the New Bedford Whaling Museum a Success

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Regional Meeting at the New Bedford Whaling Museum a Success

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About sixty-five people attended the meeting jointly sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the EAIA on Saturday, September 13. Showers were predicted, but it was a fine fall New England day and tailgating began at seven across from the museum, which is in the shadow of the Seaman's Bethel Chapel. By nine, coffee and donuts were available in the museum under their new whale skeleton, and shortly after, all gathered in the museum's fine auditorium.

EAIA Executive Director Toby Hall spoke first, giving an excellent description of New Bedford toolmakers who were numerous and varied. This fact was noted by Michael Dyer of the museum's Kendall Institute, the second speaker. Dyer's focus was on the tools related to the hunting of whales. Before he began to speak specifically on that topic, he noted that without the toolmakers Toby had described, the whaling industry would not have lasted as long as it did in New Bedford. These toolmakers provided the tool infrastructure to support the whalers and those who supported the whaling industry. He also explained how different countries hunted different species of whales and that the design of the harpoons and other tools depended on the type of whale and its habitat. …

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