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About the Whalemen's Shipping List

We are happy to present for research, pdf versions of the Whalemen's Shipping List, first published in 1843 with the "...latest advices of every vessel engaged in the Whaling business, together with the prices current of our staple commodities, and interesting items of commercial intelligence." Whalemen’s shipping list, and merchant’s transcript, Mar. 17, 1843. The List was the main source of information on American whaling vessels throughout the second half of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.

To access the issue that interests you, click on the year from the list. A menu of months available for that year will appear below the list of years. Click on the issue that interests you and wait for the pdf to load.

We hope that this newspaper will become a valuable online research tool, used in conjunction with The American Offshore Whaling Voyage (AOWV) database also found on www.nmdl.org and compiled by members of World Whaling History. Please contact us regarding any discrepancies or thoughts in general at nmdlibrary@gmail.com

Whalemen's Shipping List and Merchants' Transcript

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Jan
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  20/1857
  27/1857
Feb
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  17/1857
  24/1857
Mar
  03/1857
  10/1857
  17/1857
  24/1857
  31/1857
Apr
  07/1857
  14/1857
  21/1857
  28/1857
May
  05/1857
  12/1857
  19/1857
  26/1857
Jun
  02/1857
  09/1857
  16/1857
  23/1857
  30/1857
Jul
  07/1857
  14/1857
  21/1857
  28/1857
Aug
  04/1857
  11/1857
  18/1857
  25/1857
Sep
  01/1857
  08/1857
  15/1857
  22/1857
Oct
  06/1857
  13/1857
  20/1857
  27/1857
Nov
  03/1857
  10/1857
  17/1857
  24/1857
Dec
  01/1857
  08/1857
  15/1857
  22/1857
  29/1857