The Departure

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.

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New Bedford Whaling Museum