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Portside of Wanderer
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Starboard profile of Wanderer


Year: 1878 AD
Category: Modern
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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Whale boats on davits ready for lowering and taking to the chase.
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Forecastle deck area with windlass.
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Tryworks as seen from the front.
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Tryworks area as seen from the front.
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Cutting-in stage where the whales were cut up and brought aboard the ship in strips of blubber.
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1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
Monday hours are 10-4.
Tuesday - Saturday hours are 10-5.
We will be closed Monday September 4th for Labor Day.

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