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    Re: History of whaling: tonight on tv (USA)
    From: Tom Sult
    Date: 2010 May 11, 12:20 -0500

    And indeed it was vary interesting.
    Thomas A. Sult, MD
    Sent from iPhone
    On May 10, 2010, at 19:05, Ellen Mallove  wrote:
    > People of NavList,
    > Tonight's two-hour episode of "American Experience" is about the
    > nineteenth century American whaling industry with many contributions
    > from Mystic Seaport, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and other New
    > England sources. It may be of interest to you NavListers?
    > Heres a review:
    > "Filmmaker Ric Burns [his brother is the more famous Ken Burns]
    > presents an absorbing look at such men and the rise and fall of
    > American whaling in "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World,"
    > which airs tonight on WGBH. He wrote, directed, and coproduced the
    > program, which rises on tremendous research, much of it about
    > America's whaling capitals, the Quaker communities of Nantucket and
    > New Bedford.
    > Burns mixes rich reporting on the industry with a sense of its
    > darkness, myths, and danger. American whalers were the best in the
    > world. They perfected the art of finding and killing whales and
    > rendering whale oil in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    > In the golden age, which ran roughly from 1820 to the early 1850s,
    > our whale ships were ubiquitous, harvesting huge amounts of whale
    > oil in the offshore grounds of the south Pacific, thousands of miles
    > west of South America. With little to guide them, they became
    > explorers and mappers as well."
    > That's from the Boston Globe. Read the rest here:
    > http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2010/05/10/the_lure_of_whaling_the_reality_and_lore/
    > Another review:
    > "In the right hands - as in historian Nathaniel Philbrick's award-
    > winning 2001 book "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the
    > Whaleship Essex" - this should be a pulse-pounding tale. (Philbrick
    > is one of the many talking heads here.) Here, it's about as tense as
    > a dog-paddle in a kiddie pool. The re-creations reflect either a
    > lack of budget or imagination.
    > [...]
    > American whaling was ultimately sunk by the country's expansion west
    > and the discovery of petroleum in Pennsylvania in the 1850s.
    > Burns' story has its moments, but it relies too often on static
    > shots and exposition from a fleet of experts. This is one journey
    > that would have benefited from a firmer hand at the helm."
    > And that's from the Boston Herald. Read the rest
    > here:
    > Check your local
    > listings.
    > EM.
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