Maritime Researchers – New whaling database

SBWFDale Chatwin writes: You may be interested in a new website at Hull University.
  It includes two databases (2550 voyages and 13,500 whaling crew entries) as well as background on the southern whaling trade and the people involved. 

The Hull website is here.

You may also be interested in this painting which was recently sold in the USA. The painting depicts the William Mellish owned whaling bark Perserverance as well as another whaling ship to her left (very likely another Mellish vessel).  The painting also depicts coloured whaling boats (a first for the British Southern Whale Fishery to my knowledge though something which occurred in the Colonial Australian Fishery). The painting is probably by William John Huggins as Mellish had contracted with Green, Wigrams & Green for them to build him a number of whaleships in the late 1820s and early 1830s. He almost certainly knew of the paintings done for them by Huggins.  In the opinion of the British Southern Whaling Fleet (BSWF) team, this painting is one of the most significant contributions to our understanding of BSWF vessels as it is of such high quality and it depicts the vessel which undertook the most voyages in the trade over a period of nearly 50 years.

Link to the painting here.
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