The Cruise of the Cachalot

Bullen was first mate on the Cachalot during its three year whaling expedition from New Bedford, Massachusetts, around the world by way of the Seychelles and Aldabra islands, Hong Kong, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Cape Horn This is the ultimate whaling narrative, superbly written.
The Cruise of the Cachalot Bullen was first mate on the Cachalot during its three year whaling expedition from New Bedford Massachusetts around the world by way of the Seychelles and Aldabra islands Hong Kong Hawaii New Ze

  • Title: The Cruise of the Cachalot
  • Author: Frank T. Bullen
  • ISBN: 9781589760219
  • Page: 309
  • Format: ebook
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    1. A good book about whaling in the late 1800's. It purports to be the author's actual experiences aboard a whaling ship hunting primarily sperm whales. I see some people regard it as primarily a work of fiction, but it is more of a description, of where they went, how the work was done, how the ship handled (evidently an outstanding little boat!), what it was like catching the whales and getting the oil out of them, along with brief descriptions of some of his fellow sailors.This was an easy book [...]

    2. An interesting book based on the author's experience on a whaler during the age of sail. He is quite detailed in how the whale is hunted after first sighting and then how the oil / spermaceti is extracted.The book was written in 1897 and the use of old English words and phrases made it a little difficult to read. The author's attempt to translate English accents into the text made certain passages almost unreadable (well, at least to me any way). Here is an example extracted from Chapter VIII:"S [...]

    3. Frank Bullen's account of a whaling voyage in the Pacific in the late 1800s is one of the whaling classics and a great look at life in the South Pacific at the end of the 19th century. I have to add a note here that most historians regard Bullen's story more as a work of embellished fiction than an actual straight account of his travels (think of Melville's "Typee") but there's no doubt that everything that Bullen experienced while whaling on a Yankee ship provided the foundation for his writing [...]

    4. Very interesting read, I enjoyed it. I'd warn other readers not to take all the incidents as true! Although the author attempts to keep his story interesting and not repetitive, and he's quite aware of his amateur style, I found it a bit of an arduous read towards the end as there is no structure or plot (of course!). Still a valuable account, I'd recommend to all Age of Sail whaling enthusiasts.

    5. A very interesting book.I read it after reading "In the heart of the sea" and it gave me more "first hand" information about the whaling industry. The descriptions and the authentic narrative facinated me.

    6. I loved this book. It was written in verbose victorian prose so was a tad hard to get the rhythm at first but what a tale! A nice find on one of my favorite subjects.

    7. Good narrative about life aboard a whaling ship in the late 1800s. Full of detailed information on how whalers went about their business. Not for the squeamish!

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