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

A social history that uncovers the lives of maritime women in New England villages whose men were whalers during the 18th and 19th centuries. Norling draws from a variety of sources-including women's and men's letters and diaries, shipowners' records, church records, newspapers and magazines, censuses, and city directories to uncover the women's often poignant and painful stories.

Important places

New Bedford (17)
Nantucket (85)


Massachusetts (3,085)


United States (64,950)