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O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt with Michael Dyer, curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
Tuesday, April 23
6:00 pm
From the 1750s through the first years of the 20th century, American whaling voyages ranged farther off shore, and ultimately around the world, in a pursuit that produced oil and baleen for the growing population and industrialization of the US. The dangerous pursuit of whales has been justly studied and chronicled, but many writers have overlooked a significant cultural aspect of multiyear voyages wherein day-to-day events were pictorially recorded. Buried deep within the logbooks, journals, and manuscripts of America’s whaling heritage are paintings, drawings, and representations of the whale hunt rarely, if ever, seen by the public.

Join Michael P. Dyer for a special program on Tuesday, April 23rd that will kick off the Library’s Moby-Dick week. Mr. Dyer will present his talk on whaling illustrations in logbooks and journals, specifically those covered in his recent book O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt, which highlights the unique artworks that capture the essence of whaling and its culture.

O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea presents a comprehensive examination of whalemen’s art that will be the standard reference text for years to come. Dyer’s meticulous research is based upon a study of marine history and art spanning two decades.

More about Michael P. Dyer: Michael P. Dyer is the Curator of Maritime History at the New Bedford Whaling Museum/Old Dartmouth Historical Society. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in American History from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg. He has studied at Mystic Seaport, and was the inaugural U.S.A. Gallery Fellow at the Australia National Maritime Museum in 2008. From 1993 to 2001 he was Curator of Maritime History and Librarian at the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts. In addition to his specialization in whalemen’s art, he has contributed many scholarly articles to periodical publications, is a frequent public speaker, and has curated several exhibitions on American and world-wide whaling history, maritime decorative arts, and cartography.


April 23
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Provincetown Public Library: Marc Jacobs Reading Room
356 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657 United States
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