Yankee whaling, shore whaling, and modern whaling were sometimes occurring simultaneously. Each type of whaling went through periods of discovery, stability, and then a gradual decrease as the products lost their markets or the number of whales began to wane as some species moved toward commercial if not actual extinction due to over-fishing. Small whaling operations from California, called shore whaling, continued from the 1850s until Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans (1969–1972) whistled down the industry in 1971.
About the Author
Dale Vinnedge has studied the history of California whaling for more than 30 years, researching the subject through newspapers local to the whaling stations. He spent many hours looking at every page of the Alta California (San Francisco) newspaper (1850s–1890s), using microfilm records at the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. Vinnedge volunteers at the library and currently is a director and past president of the Friends of the National Maritime Museum Library. The library has an extensive collection of books and photographs relating to Pacific coast history.
Table of Contents
1 Yankee Whaling 9
2 California Shore Whaling 33
3 Long Beach Whaling 49
4 Exhibited Whales 57
5 California Whaling in the 1920s and 1930s 75
6 California Whaling in the 1940s 101
7 California Whaling from 1950 to 1971 117