Food for Thought Lecture with Dale Chatwin

Join us for a Food for Thought lecture by Dale Chatwin about Frederick Coffin and the Cruise of the Syren

In late April 1822, Nantucket born Frederick Coffin of the Enderby whaleship Syren landed one of the largest cargoes of sperm oil and headmatter ever landed in London. The cargo was the first from what was to become one of the most important whaling grounds – the ‘Japans’. This presentation will look at Frederick Coffins career in the broader context of Nantucketers in the British Southern Whale Fishery; discuss the specifics and importance of Coffin’s two ‘Japan’ cruises and who discovered the ‘Japans; and, finally speculate on the reason the most successful Master in the British Fishery in the early 1820s retired from the sea at 45 years of age.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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