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Fish Bulletin No. 6. A history of California shore whaling


It was once suggested to me that as there were still living a few of the men who took part in the old shore whaling operations on our coast it would be a desirable piece of work to get, by personal interview, a history of whaling at Monterey Bay. This I started to do, but with an accumulation of whaling data my interest led me to write a history of the shore whaling of the whole California coast, with an account of whales and whaling operations past and present. Though what material I have obtained from old whalemen has been of great value, I have found it impossible to get reliable dates from them. Hence this account, rather than an original contribution, may better be looked upon as a compilation of records found in old newspapers, books of travel, fish commission reports, notes and clippings in the Bancroft Library, and in such-like sources of information.

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