Bluejackets in the Blubber Room

Bluejackets in the Blubber Room

A Biography of the William Badger, 1828-1865

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Bluejackets in the Blubber Room explores key events in US maritime history from the 1820s to the end of the Civil War through the biography of the sailing ship William Badger.
Taking a biographical approach to his subject, Peter Kurtz describes three phases of the life of the William Badger, a sailing ship with a long and exemplary life on the sea: first as a merchant ship carrying raw materials and goods between New England, the US South, and Europe; second as a whaling ship; and finally as a supply ship providing coal and stores for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in Beaufort, North Carolina, during the Civil War.
Kurtz begins Bluejackets in the Blubber Room by exploring early American shipbuilding and shipbuilders in the Piscataqua region of Maine and New Hampshire and the kinds of raw materials harvested and used in making the wooden sailing ships of the time. After its construction, the Badger became part of the key economic trade between New England, the US South, and Europe. The ship carried raw materials such as timber from New England to New Orleans and subsequently cotton from New Orleans to Spain and Liverpool, England. Using ship logs, sailors’ accounts, and other primary sources, Kurtz delves into both the people and the economics of this critical ?cotton triangle” trade.
Following service as a merchant ship, the Badger became a whaling ship, carrying its New England?based crew as far as the South Pacific. Kurtz presents a colorful story of life aboard a whaling ship and in the whaling towns ranging from Lynn, Massachusetts, to Cape Leeuwin, Australia. Finally, Kurtz describes the last phase of the Badger’s life as a key player as a supply ship in the Union Navy’s blockade effort. Although not the most dramatic duty a sailor could have, blockade supply nevertheless was critical to the United States’ prosecution of the Civil War and eventual victory. Kurtz examines the decision-making involved in procuring such ships and their crew, notably ?refugees” and escaped slaves known as ?contrabands.”

Bluejackets in the Blubber Room explores key events in US maritime history from the 1820s to the end of the Civil War through the biography of the sailing ship William Badger.
Taking a biographical approach to his subject, Peter Kurtz describes three phases of the life of the William Badger, a sailing ship with a long and exemplary life on the sea: first as a merchant ship carrying raw materials and goods between New England, the US South, and Europe; second as a whaling ship; and finally as a supply ship providing coal and stores for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in Beaufort, North Carolina, during the Civil War.
Kurtz begins Bluejackets in the Blubber Room by exploring early American shipbuilding and shipbuilders in the Piscataqua region of Maine and New Hampshire and the kinds of raw materials harvested and used in making the wooden sailing ships of the time. After its construction, the Badger became part of the key economic trade between New England, the US South, and Europe. The ship carried raw materials such as timber from New England to New Orleans and subsequently cotton from New Orleans to Spain and Liverpool, England. Using ship logs, sailors’ accounts, and other primary sources, Kurtz delves into both the people and the economics of this critical ?cotton triangle” trade.
Following service as a merchant ship, the Badger became a whaling ship, carrying its New England?based crew as far as the South Pacific. Kurtz presents a colorful story of life aboard a whaling ship and in the whaling towns ranging from Lynn, Massachusetts, to Cape Leeuwin, Australia. Finally, Kurtz describes the last phase of the Badger’s life as a key player as a supply ship in the Union Navy’s blockade effort. Although not the most dramatic duty a sailor could have, blockade supply nevertheless was critical to the United States’ prosecution of the Civil War and eventual victory. Kurtz examines the decision-making involved in procuring such ships and their crew, notably ?refugees” and escaped slaves known as ?contrabands.”

Bluejackets in the Blubber Room explores key events in US maritime history from the 1820s to the end of the Civil War through the biography of the sailing ship William Badger.


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Drawing on ship logs, sailors' accounts, and other primary sources, Browning, an author who writes articles about history and music, uses the story of the William Badger to illustrate key events in US maritime history from the 1820s through the end of the Civil War. He tells the story of the wooden-hulled ship through the three phases of its life on the sea: as a merchant ship carrying raw materials and foods between New England, the South, and Europe; as a whaling ship that traveled the world's oceans; and as a Civil War supply ship providing coal and stores for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in Beaufort, North Carolina. He also describes early American shipbuilding and builders in the Piscataqua region of Maine and New Hampshire and the types of raw materials harvested and used in the making of wooden sailing ships of the period. The book is meant for students of the Civil War and whaling history and maritime enthusiasts. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780817386450
0817386459
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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