The Friends of the Ledyard Libraries present Adventure, Discovery and Disaster: The New London Whaling Fleet and Arctic Exploration with Fred Calabretta
In 1846, the bark McLellan sailed from New London, Connecticut bound for the Davis Strait whaling grounds, an expanse of frigid ocean separating Baffin Island and Greenland. This voyage established the New London whaling fleet’s dominance of the eastern arctic whale fishery. For 70 years New London men and ships hunted whales in the North, worked closely with arctic explorers, and played key roles in a series of dramatic adventures. This presentation explores this Connecticut arctic legacy, including a number of remarkable adventures such as the greatest whaling “catch” of all – a New London arctic whaling crew’s discovery and salvage of the abandoned and ice-bound British exploring ship Resolute.
Fred Calabretta is Senior Curator and Director of Collections Management at Mystic Seaport Museum. He has curated several exhibitions on Arctic whaling and exploration, including an exhibition this past year at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.