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The spring 2013 One Book One Community selection is In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. This page provides resources for more information about the history of Nantucket, and whaling

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Search these databases to find out more about this period in Massachusetts history. A BSU login is required. Please ask a reference librarian if you need assistance. 

  • Massachusetts History Online
    Massachusetts History Online is a collection of full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.
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These links provide additional background information to the history of whaling, and the whaleship essex.


Whaling Museums

Whaling Museums in New Bedford and Nantucket provide visitors with more information on the history of whaling.

The Bridgewater Public Library  has a Family Pass to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Johnny Cake Hill. The pass admits 2 adults and 2 children at half-price.  To sign up to borrow the pass, call the library’s circulation desk at 508-697-3331.


Additional Reading


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Stove by a Whale - Owen Chase
Call Number: G545.C48 H43
Publication Date: 1981
Located in Maxwell Library - 2nd floor

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Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Call Number: PS2384 .M6 1988
Publication Date: 1988
Located in Maxwell Library - 3rd floor

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One Whaling Family - Williams, Harold
Call Number: G545 .W62
Publication Date: 1964
Located in Maxwell Library - 2nd floor

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The sea-hunters; the New England whalemen during two centuries, 1635-1835 - Stackpole, Edouard
Call Number: SH381 .S76
Publication Date: 1953
Located in Maxwell Library - 3rd floor

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Captain Ahab had a Wife: New England women & the whalefishery, 1720-1870 - Norling, Lisa
Call Number: SH383.2 .N67
Publication Date: 2000
Located in Maxwell Library - 3rd floor

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Enoch's Voyage: Life in a Whaleship - Cloud, Enoch Carter
Call Number: G545 .C52
Publication Date: 1994
Located in Maxwell Library - 2nd floor


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Lesson Plans

K-12 lesson plans created by Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan's students based on the whaleship Essex can be found here.


Children's Selections

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Whale port : a history of Tuckanucket - Foster, Mark
Call Number: Fic F7561w
Publication Date: 2007
Available in Maxwell Library Children's Fiction - 2nd floor

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You Wouldn't Want to Sail on a 19th Century Whaling Ship - Cook, Peter
Publication Date: 2007
Available through SAILS library network

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Revenge of the Whale - Philbrick, Nathaniel
Publication Date: 2004
Available through SAILS Library network

Life in a Whaling Town - Isaacs, Sally Senzell
Publication Date: 2002
Available through SAILS Library Network


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