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Whalemen's Shipping List and Merchants' Transcript

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 compiled by members of World Whaling History. Please contact us regarding any discrepancies or thoughts in general at nmdlibrary@gmail.com