A Look at the History of Black Whaling Captains
January 20, 2017
A recent article on MVGazette.com examines the history of black whaling captains in the Northeast.
Over nearly three centuries of whaling, some 175,000 men went to sea in 2,700 ships. Of the 2,500 masters who captained these ships, at least 63 were men of color, five of whom are known to have Martha’s Vineyard ties.
“At least three are probably buried here,” says Skip Finley, who recently spoke at a Sail MV event at the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven. Finley’s talk, titled Black Whaling Captains: Masters of the Sea, brought to life his three years of research into this little-known aspect of whaling history.
Read about the history of black whaling captains in the Northeast.