Whaling on the High Seas: Thar She Blows!

Speaker: Steve Renzi

Suitable for Schools · Grades 9–12

In our nation’s history, whaling ships sailed around the world searching for whales. The whales were hunted primarily for oil to light lanterns and to make candles, corsets and perfume. In the 1830s and 40s, Delaware went whaling with the formation of the Wilmington Whaling Company. This presentation tells the story of whaling and the whales’ subsequent slow recovery from the brink of extinction.