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Nantucket Whaling
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Looking at Nantucket’s picturesque harbor surrounded by multimillion-dollar vacation homes, it is hard to imagine what it looked like during the heyday of the whaling industry in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At that time, Nantucket was a filthy working port, swarming with activity, with people busy preparing whaling ships to depart on long voyages, and transforming whales into usable products when they returned. Riches from across the globe poured into the island, as still reflected in the magnificent houses…...
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