Rites and Passages: The Experience of American Whaling, 1830 1870

Rites and Passages The Experience of American Whaling Rites and Passages presents a social history of American whaling Drawing on the diaries of sailors and on ship logs this volume examines the beliefs and behaviors of men who labored at sea It looks a

  • Title: Rites and Passages: The Experience of American Whaling, 1830 1870
  • Author: Margaret S. Creighton
  • ISBN: 9780521484480
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rites and Passages presents a social history of American whaling Drawing on the diaries of sailors and on ship logs, this volume examines the beliefs and behaviors of men who labored at sea It looks at the relationship between sailors and society ashore, reexamines the tyrannical sea captain, and studies the social dynamics of the ship s company In particular it consiRites and Passages presents a social history of American whaling Drawing on the diaries of sailors and on ship logs, this volume examines the beliefs and behaviors of men who labored at sea It looks at the relationship between sailors and society ashore, reexamines the tyrannical sea captain, and studies the social dynamics of the ship s company In particular it considers the ways in which whalemen related to women and how seafaring served as a rite of passage into manhood For than a century the American public has understood whaling primarily through the work of a gifted man named Herman Melville It is clear that other whalemen had tales to tell as well, and in Rites and Passages they share their compelling vision of life at sea.

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    1. Fantastic spotlight on a very interesting time in whaling history The author s research well illuminates the ways in which whaling culture both preserved and bucked the prevailing Victorian moral, economic, religious, and familial status quo.

    2. Fascinating account of social lives of sailors during great age of whaling

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