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Whaling in Maine presentation set for July 16

Jun 30, 2020
Courtesy of: Charles H. Lagerbom Pictured is an image of scrimshaw on whale teeth, from the book, "Whaling in Maine.” Author Charles H. Lagerbom will speak on the subject online July 16.

Camden — The Camden Public Library will welcome author and historian Charles H. Lagerbom Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. for an online presentation on “Whaling in Maine.” Lagerbom will reveal why he believes Maine should rightly take its place alongside its more well-known New England whaling neighbors. This program is part of the Camden Public Library’s year-long series exploring Maine’s history. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend the talk.

The history of American whaling is most frequently associated with Nantucket, New Bedford, and Mystic. However, the state of Maine also played an integral part in the development and success of the industry. The sons of Maine became whaling captains, whaling crews, inventors, investors, and businessmen. Towns along the coast created community-wide whaling and sealing ventures, outfitted their own ships and crewed them with their own people. The state also supplied the growing industry with Maine-built ships, whale boats, oars, and other maritime supplies. For more than two hundred years, the state forged a strong and lasting connection with the American whaling industry.

Lagerbom received his master’s in History and Archaeology at the University of Maine with the research and excavation of a Revolutionary War Truckhouse on the Penobscot River. He has organized underwater surveys of ship remains in Maine lakes as well as the 1779 Penobscot Expedition and the 17th Century English galleon Angel Gabriel off Pemaquid. He worked in Antarctica with glacial geology research teams from UM Quaternary Institute, now Climate Change Institute.

Lagerbom has written, lectured, and given presentations on cruise ships, sailing vessels, and ashore. He covers topics related to history, life, politics, and science of Antarctica, Cape Horn, Maine whaling, and colonial Maine and New England maritime history. Lagerbom teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History at Belfast Area High School and makes his home on the coast of Maine.

For more information, visit librarycamden.org.

Author Charles H. Lagerbom will discuss his book 'Whaling in Maine' via Zoom July 16. (Courtesy of: Charles H. Lagerbom)
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