Newspaper Stories Promoting Local Nineteenth-Century Shore-Based Whaling in Hawaiian Waters


Susan A. Lebo analyzes three decades worth of newspaper articles reporting whale sightings, pursuits, strikes, kills, losses, and returns in Hawaiian waters between the 1840s and 1870s. Filled with colorful detail, the clippings capture the exciting nature of the enterprise at the time, which sought to promote shore-based whaling. Highlighting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous enterprises, Lebo captures the ephemeral nature of the industry, which came to an end—at least in print—in 1873.

DOI: 10.5282/rcc/8960