Adventure, Discovery and Disaster: The New London Whaling Fleet in the Eastern Arctic

with Fred Calabretta, Mystic Seaport Curator of Collections

In 1846, the men and ships of New London’s whaling fleet began 70 years of extensive whaling in the eastern Arctic. With one of the earth’s most inhospitable regions serving as a stage, they played key roles in a series of dramatic adventures, including the greatest whaling “catch” of all – the discovery and salvage of the abandoned British exploring ship Resolute. Drawing from Mystic Seaport’s rich collections of rare photographs, artifacts, books, and documents, Curator of Collections Fred Calabretta will share the stories and adventures of colorful whaling captains, Inuit visitors to New London, arctic explorers, and other fascinating characters.  


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
4-6 pm
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Light refreshments will be provided.

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