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In Those Days: Tales of Arctic Whaling


In this third volume of In Those Days, Harper shares stories of the rise and fall of the whaling industry in Canada’s Eastern Arctic. At the turn of the 19th century, whale baleen and blubber were extremely valuable commodities; sailors braved the treacherous Arctic waters, risking starvation, scurvy, and death to bring home the bounty of the North. The presence of these whale men in the North would irrevocably alter the lives of Inuit. Along with first-hand accounts from Inuit oral histories, archival research, journals and dozens of rare, historical photographs, this collection includes the myth of the Octavius‚ a ship that drifted for 12 years with a frozen crew; encounters between sailors and Inuit; tales of harrowing hazing rituals, and much more.

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