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By Roger Chartier

 

New Bedford
Whaling Ships and Oil Casks

Whaling Ships and oil on a wharf at
New Bedford.

Photo by Stephen F. Adams,1870

In the hey-day of whaling sources say that there were as many as 400 whaling ships that plied the trade out of New Bedford. Another source states that some 329 whaling ships were registered in New Bedford in 1857.

Both statements are probably true depending on the year. Inevitably, if too many were in port at once, there would be a problem accessing and unloading and
loading at the wharfs.

 

 
 
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