The sons of Maine forging a strong and lasting connection with the American whaling industry

Library’s Bicentennial Series continues with Whaling in Maine program

On Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m., the Camden Public Library welcomes author and historian Charles H. Lagerbom for an online presentation on “Whaling in Maine.” Lagerbom will reveal why Maine should rightly take its place alongside its more well-known New England whaling neighbors.

This program is part of the Camden Public Library’s year-long series exploring Maine’s multi-faceted history. Email to request a Zoom link to attend the talk.

The history of American whaling is most frequently associated with Nantucket, New Bedford, and Mystic. However, the state of Maine also played an integral part in the development and success of the industry, according to the Library, in a news release. The sons of Maine became whaling captains, whaling crews, inventors, investors, and businessmen. Towns along the coast created community-wide whaling and sealing ventures, outfitted their own ships, and crewed them with their own people. The state also supplied the growing industry with Maine-built ships, whale boats, oars, and other maritime supplies.

For more than two hundred years, the state forged a strong and lasting connection with the American whaling industry. Lagerbom’s new book, Whaling in Maine, dives into the history of Maine’s influential role in the whaling industry.

Lagerbom received his masters of art in history and archaeology at the University of Maine with the research and excavation of a Revolutionary War Truckhouse on the Penobscot River. An avid scuba diver, he has organized underwater surveys of ship remains in Maine lakes as well as the 1779 Penobscot Expedition and the 17th Century English galleon Angel Gabriel off Pemaquid. He worked in Antarctica with glacial geology research teams from UM Quaternary Institute, now Climate Change Institute.

A published author, Lagerbom has written, lectured, and given presentations on cruise ships, sailing vessels, and ashore. He covers topics related to history, life, politics, and science of Antarctica, Cape Horn, Maine whaling, and colonial Maine and New England maritime history.

Lagerbom teaches AP U.S. History at Belfast Area High School and makes his home on the coast of Maine.

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