Excerpt from On Board a Whaler: An Adventurous Cruise Through Southern Seas
N the spring of 1868, while yet a boy in my eighteenth year, I was living at Mattapoisett, on the shores of Buzzard's Bay. My ancestors were among the founders of the Plymouth colony, and many of them... had at some previous time been engaged in the whale fishery. A considerable ¿eet of whalers had once sailed from our little port; but during the Civil War the rebel Alabama captured and burned most of it, and the industry was fast becoming a tradition among us. There were, how ever, still many retired seamen living in the town who were fond of relating their experiences, and my first and most pleasing recollections are of tales told by them.
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