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O’er the Wide and Trackless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt.

Friday, Sept 15th
5:30-6:30 pm

with Michael P. Dyer of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Please join us as author, curator and historian Michael P. Dyer shares the imagery and history of the beautiful artwork found in the logbooks of American whaling voyages - including voyages from Long Island.  Lecture is approximately 45 minutes, followed by questions and answers.

Space is limited, call (631) 725-0770 or email to reserve a seat.

From the 1750s through the first years of the 20th century, American whaling voyages ranged farther off shore, and ultimately around the world, in a pursuit that produced oil and baleen for the growing population & industrialization of the US. The dangerous pursuit of whales has been justly studied and chronicled, but many writers have overlooked a significant cultural aspect of multiyear voyages wherein day-to-day events were pictorially recorded. Buried deep within the logbooks, journals, and manuscripts of America’s whaling heritage are paintings, drawings, and representations of the whale hunt rarely, if ever, seen by the public. Michael P. Dyer’s “O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt” highlights those unique artworks that capture the essence of whaling and its culture. This comprehensive examination of whalemen’s art will be the standard reference text for years to come. The author’s meticulous research is based upon a study of marine history and art spanning two decades. This handsome book features 327 illustrations of whaling scenes, scrimshaw, prints, and paintings. It is unique in its structure, detailed in its study, and enlightening in its discoveries.