Year: 1878 AD
Vessel Type: Merchant Ship
Scale: 1/16" = 1 foot
Overall Length: 163 feet
Built in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts in 1878, the "Wanderer" was one of the more famous ships in the American Whaling Fleet. She sailed under the American flag from 1878 until she was lost on Cuttyhunk Island ( Massachusetts) in 1924.
The first of her 25 voyages lasted 4 years and yielded 2600 barrels of whale oil. Whale oil was used to fuel lamps until Edison invented the electric light bulb. The industry of whaling was as important in the 1800's as the petroleum industry is today. Whale oil fueled our lamps and served as a lubricant for machinery in the industrial revolution.
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