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Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870

Captain Ahab Had a Wife During the 18th and 19th centuries, the whaling industry of New England sent thousands of men to distant seas. This work examines letters and diaries, shipowners' records, church records, newspapers and city directories, to reconstruct the lives of the "Cape Horn widows" left behind onshore.

Important places

Nantucket (85)
New Bedford (17)


Bristol (75)
Nantucket (94)


Massachusetts (3,085)


United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

New England (5,830)