1948, 1st edition, 2nd printing; Ives Washburn publishers, New York; hardbound with navy blue boards and gilt design and lettering on cover and spine; maps on inside boards (see pic); quite good condition of book; one ding inside front cover on spine; lovely black and white illustrations; dust jacket has some repaired tears by previous owner.
The true story of a voyage to the South Pacific in search of sperm whales. The Charles W. Morgan was the last surviving whaler from the fleet sailing out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. She was retired in 1921, after 80 years of active service.
Whale Hunt is reading to stir the blook - an authentic tale of adventure in far places which recaptures the glories of seamanship in the great days of sail. This is a true story of a voyage to the South Pacific in search of sperm whales. Nelson Cole Haley, the author, sailed in the Charles W. Morgan, famous New Bedford whaler, as harpooner during a four-year's cruise, 1849-53. In many a furious chase his skill and daring were sternly tested; and later, while his experiences were still fresh, Haley set ehm down with pen as sharp as his harpoon...