In a day or two, the readied ship would leave the wharf and be anchored midstream. The crew would arrive on small boats a few at a time, each carrying their luggage in a chest. Greenhands would make up their bunks and begin to adjust to the constant rocking and rolling of a ship on the sea.
Down at the wharf, large crowds gathered to see a whaleship when it set out on a voyage. Women waved their handkerchiefs as the vessel slowly pulled out of the harbor. As the crowd began to disperse, activity on the wharf resumed its usual busy pace.
New Bedford Whaling Museum