Transoceanic Voyages

Quaker whalers, Indigenous peoples, and Haureh Hussein in between

Throughout the 19th century, whale oil was a natural resource that was in high demand as both a lubricant and a means of illumination for the growing cities of the Atlantic World. One can even say: It fuelled the Industrial Revolution in this period. After having exhausted whale populations in the Atlantic, whaling ships from both London and New England ports ventured from the 1790s onwards into the Pacific. Such transoceanic whaling voyages, which could last up to four years, required regular stops for provisions and supplies at ports and islands. During their stopovers, members of whaling ships came in touch with local communities, traded not only guns and goods, but also employed Indigenous peoples on various islands in the Pacific Ocean.As such, these transoceanic whaling voyages put “thousands of people from around the world on the move” (Wanhalla 2013, p. 7) and “provided mobility and travel, which facilitated a kind of freedom that was not [always] present on land” (Russell 2012, p. 97). The whaling ventures departed from Atlantic ports followed the whale migration patterns as far as the Pacific in order to fulfill “the [growing] demands of a vast network of consumers” (Shoemaker 2014, p. 4) for its oil. This research blog shall give Haureh Hussein's dissertation project a (digital) audience and allow him to discuss specific topics and aspects, to introduce research details, key publications and accompany him in the academic journey on a regular base.

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Haureh Hussein

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20 août 2021

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Transoceanic Voyages
Haureh Hussein
Universität Trier
DFG Projekt: "Family Business: Creating a ‘Maritime Contact Zone’ in the Colonial Anglo-World, 1790-1840"
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