The Charles W. Morgan
is the world's last remaining wooden whaleship. Her unusually long career included 37 whaling voyages between 1841 and 1921. Over the past few years, she's received a full restoration
by the skilled shipwrights
at the Mystic Seaport Museum Shipyard
, and is in the final stages of outfitting for her 38th voyage
, an ambituous plan to make her seaworthy enough
to sail her one final time and visit her original homeport of New Bedford
, MA, along with many of the ports
she frequented in her working days
, before she returns to her permanent berth. Among the crew will be one stowaway
, a crew member chosen via a selective process including a video application
, who'll use video
and social media to tell the stories of the voyage, the crew, the accompanying scholars and artists, and what it's like to make amends with whales.
posted by Miko
on Feb 15, 2014 -
The whale that inspired Greenpeace
The organization that would become Greenpeace
started off as an advocate for peace and as an anti-nuclear group. It expanded its activities into fighting whaling and had a major influence on the virtual cessation of the commercial fishing of whales which made Greenpeace a household name. That change in direction can be traced to a single whale. Allow me to introduce to you, Skana.
posted by 2manyusernames
on Sep 22, 2013 -
Swallowed by a whale. If, I’ll pretend for a moment, you were swallowed, it would happen like this: You would first be chewed. Sperm whales’ teeth are 8 inches long – longer than most blades in your knife drawer. Then you would be gulped to the fauces, the back of the mouth, and forced down. Here is where Bartley apparently touched the quivering sides of the throat. You would also touch the throat, perhaps claw at the sides of the throat like you would sliding down an icy slope. There would be no air, and you’d suffocate in acid and water, but, we’re saying, you somehow survive. Imagine a black and mucous-smothered tube sock slipping over you.
posted by From Bklyn
on Jan 18, 2012 -
Paul Watson's Sea Shepard
Crew is at again. On the 6th Jan 2010, the Ady Gill, a $2M dollar high speed catameran was sunk after a collision
(video + story) with a Japanese whaling ship in the antartic.
Now, the former captain of the Ady Gill is being detained
(video+story) on the exact same whaling ship after using a jet ski and cover of darkness to climb aboard and present the Japanese with a civilian arrest warrant and $2M dollar demand for damages.
Diplomatic crisis builds
as governments are unsure what will happen to Mr. Bethune. He may face piracy charges in Japan.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Feb 15, 2010 -
A complex situation has arisen in the Southern Ocean where the Japanese Whaling fleet run by The Institute of Cetacean Research is attempting to slaughter nearly a thousand whales for the much scoffed at purpose of scientific research. Greenpeace
located the fleet and claims to have chased the whalers
out of hunting grounds. An Australian Federal Court judgement meanwhile has ruled the expedition illegal and imposed an injunction against the illegal whaling in Australian waters. The Japanese do not recognise Australia's claim. The Japanese responded by ignoring the judgement. Now Sea Shephard
an activist group have put two of their members aboard a Japanese Ship and claims they were tied to the mast
. Despite the Japanese Government
saying the activists would be released the ships captain refuses to do so
. Recent related post
posted by dodialog
on Jan 16, 2008 -
A list of Watson’s campaigns in the eighties reads like a catalogue of Tintin adventures. In 1981, he secretly entered Siberia to document a Soviet food-processing facility that was converting illegally harvested whale meat into feed for animals at a fur farm. He succeeded in avoiding the K.G.B. and in outmaneuvering the Soviet Navy around a pod of gray whales. (Greenpeace, which visited the facility the following year, got caught; one of the Greenpeace activists told me, “I was taken into a room with a K.G.B. guy who asked, ‘Do you know Paul Watson?’ ”) In 1982, from a chartered airplane, Watson dropped paint-filled light bulbs on a Soviet trawler in the northern Pacific. He has used spoiled pie filling, fired from water cannons, as a weapon at sea. During the Falklands War, he contacted the British Navy and offered to assist its fleet by ferrying medical supplies to the front—“so I could head off any Argentine move to kill penguins,” he told me. The British declined the offer.Neptune's Navy [print]
, the life and opinions of Paul Watson, anti-whaling vigilante and founder of Sea Shepherd
. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 30, 2007 -
All you "Talk like a pirate day"
keyboard swashbucklers take heed: The Sea Shepherd Society's
flagship Farley Mowat is now officialy a pirate vessel
after Canada, Britain, and Belize revoked their registration. As the Japanese winter Antarctic whale hunting season begins (previously)
, the M/V Farley Mowat is setting sail to meet them, armed with a hydraulic "can opener" battering ram
, a pie cannon
, and moral conviction
. With the Japanese whaling fleet now majority owned by the Japanese government
, a subject of international diplomatic intrigue
, and after last year's confrontations
, this could get ugly!
posted by anthill
on Jan 14, 2007 -
During the 19th century, thousands of men took to the seas to hunt for whales. The indigenous peoples of the Arctic practiced whaling for several millennia before that. Technological change and changes in mores have reduced the whaling industry to a heavily regulated shadow of what it used to be. But it hasn’t disappeared altogether. Even now, at the dawn of the 21st century, ships prowl the seas in search of a spout or a gigantic fin. A few months ago, Outside magazine published an account of a whale hunt aboard the Norwegian ship Sofie.
posted by jason's_planet
on Oct 23, 2006 -
(Knock, knock) "Candygram!"
We don't know if ZDF has shown early SNL skits
(nostalgic photo here
), but German Greenpeace made a dramatic delivery to the Japanese Embassy in Berlin: a 55-foot-long fin whale that had been stranded in the Baltic. The dramatic gesture underscored the organization's contention that Japan's whaling, long defended as research, is in fact unnecessary: sufficient numbers of beached whales are available for research. The leviathan — 20 tonnes of blubber — was craned onto a truck and driven 150 miles from Rostock-Warnemünde to Berlin, and was due to be returned to the coast for study. (German-language stories on Greenpeace.de website here
, and here
, including logistical details for those curious about arranging their own special deliveries.)
posted by rob511
on Jan 22, 2006 -
Japan To Host IWC Meeting in Whaling Port . . .the sheer volume of food they [whales] need has actually become a threat to the ocean environment.
Apparently they feel that when the rest of the world gets to taste whale bacon, or whale soup, they will suddenly realize who stupid we've been in banning commercial whaling.
Am I hypocritical in eating tuna or salmon, but being horrified with the potential resumption of commercial whaling?
posted by Danf
on Apr 18, 2002 -