Final Voyage by Peter Nichols audiobook

Final Voyage: A Story of Arctic Disaster and One Fateful Whaling Season

By Peter Nichols
Read by Norman Dietz

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In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil. New Bedford, Massachusetts, was fertile ground for this country's first multimillion-dollar industry. Founded by assiduous Quaker merchants seeking refuge for their austere religion, the town also lent unparalleled access to the high seas. The combination would lead to what would become the most successful whaling industry in America, and with it, the world's first oil hegemony. Oyl, or oil derived from whale blubber, revolutionized New England commerce. And as intrepid New Bedford whalers ventured farther into uncharted waters in search of untapped resources, the town saw incomparable wealth. But with all of the town's resources tethered to this dangerous industry and the fickle sea, success was fragile. Final Voyage is the story of one fateful whaling season that illuminates the unprecedented rise and devastating fall of America's first oil industry. Peter Nichols deftly captures what New Bedford life was like for its Quaker inhabitants and, using a wealth of primary resources, has created a vivid picture of the evolution of whaling and how its demise was destined even before that devastating voyage.

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Summary

In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil. New Bedford, Massachusetts, was fertile ground for this country's first multimillion-dollar industry. Founded by assiduous Quaker merchants seeking refuge for their austere religion, the town also lent unparalleled access to the high seas. The combination would lead to what would become the most successful whaling industry in America, and with it, the world's first oil hegemony. Oyl, or oil derived from whale blubber, revolutionized New England commerce. And as intrepid New Bedford whalers ventured farther into uncharted waters in search of untapped resources, the town saw incomparable wealth. But with all of the town's resources tethered to this dangerous industry and the fickle sea, success was fragile. Final Voyage is the story of one fateful whaling season that illuminates the unprecedented rise and devastating fall of America's first oil industry. Peter Nichols deftly captures what New Bedford life was like for its Quaker inhabitants and, using a wealth of primary resources, has created a vivid picture of the evolution of whaling and how its demise was destined even before that devastating voyage.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Both an illuminating portrait of Quaker life and industry, and a heart-pounding tale of danger on the open sea.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Peter Nichols has crafted a terrifyingly relevant historical narrative. As he demonstrates in riveting and fascinating detail, America’s current addiction to petroleum was anticipated by its ultimately disastrous dependence on whale oil. Final Voyage is a terrific read.” Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower

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Author Bio: Peter Nichols

Author Bio: Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols is the author of the international bestsellers A Voyage for MadmenEvolution’s Captain and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. He spent ten years at sea working as a professional captain and has taught creative writing at Georgetown University. NYU in Paris, and Bowdoin College. He divides his time between Europe and the United States.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English